The Walk Book Project: Adventurous Walks of the Southwest

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BWA plans to publish a handy guide book for walks of the Southwest Region; mainly circuit day walks and multi-day bushwalks of minimum 15km length. These will not duplicate bushwalks that are already online elsewhere, but will include some loops off the Bibbulmun Track and Cape to Cape Track. They will give walkers opportunities to reach many excellent locations in the southwest that are bypassed by the Bibbulmun Track.

Many of the walks will intentionally be reasonably adventurous to give walkers opportunities to challenge themselves beyond the more developed trails. The book will help restore some excellent, long-overlooked SW walk areas to the schedules of today’s bushwalkers.

Since starting the project in April 2018, we have initial walk summaries including maps and GPS files for twelve excellent walk possibilities in the SW Region (see map and list). These walks visit nine different national parks ranging from Wellington National Park in the north (near Collie) to the various NPs along the SW and southern coast, including West Cape Howe NP near Albany. Many more good walks are yet to be added to the list.

All the walks need re-testing as the suggested routes are mostly substantially changed from previous ones in the areas, such as those in the 1985 “Forests on Foot” book. If you are keen to contribute to testing the walks or to providing information about these or other walks from your own past experience in some of the areas, do contact us now!

#1 Wellington NP 2 day (28km) Wellington NP
#2 Moons Crossing-Warren Campsite 1-2 day walk (14-23km) State Forest
#3 Upper Shannon 1 day (15 km) Shannon NP
#4 Lower Frankland 2-day walk (26 km) Walpole-Nornalup NP
#5 Mt Roe-Frankland River 3-day (27-30 km) Mt Frankland North NP/Mt Roe NP
#6 Lake Maringup 4-day (44.5 km) D’Entrecasteaux NP
#7 Boranup Forest 2-3 day (41km) Leeuwin-Naturaliste NP
#8 Yeagarup Dunes 2 day (28km) D’Entrecasteaux NP
#9 Warren River-Yeagarup Dunes 3-day (37-53km) D’Entrecasteaux NP
#10 West Cape Howe NP 2-3 day walk (36-45km) West Cape Howe NP
#11 Mount Lindesay 1 day walk (10-22km) Mount Lindesay NP
#12 Walpole-Nornalup NP 3-5 days (38-48 km) Walpole-Nornalup NP

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