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10 Best Day Hikes in the South West

The South West of Western Australia is home to some spectacular natural beauty and we are incredibly lucky in Perth to be only a few hours from forests of giant eucalyptus, empty expanses of pristine white beaches and towering granite peaks ready to challenge our body and mind. 

The tradition of taking a road trip down south is ingrained into the culture of West Australians and with so many great walking trails to enjoy between towns, why not start organising your next trip?


Being located within a biodiversity hotspot provides a variety of wildflowers, unique forests and some of the most photogenic landscapes in all of Australia. Add in some world class wineries and great local produce and there are some great memories waiting to be captured.

I've limited my list to one great hike per area so be sure to visit my Hiking the South West page for more excellent trails that didn't quite make the cut.


For a full description with more photos and a zoomable map, be sure to click the links for each trail.

Hiking Trails Near Albany

Bald Head Walk Trail

Torndirrup National Park

Length - 12.4km (Return)

The best day hike in the South West, perhaps even WA, the Bald Head Walk Trail is a stunning out and back along the Flinders Peninsula where you'll get some awe-inspiring scenery.

Warren River Loop Trail

Warren National Park

Length - 11.8km (Loop)

Surrounded by some high quality Karri Forest and following the banks of the Warren River for a long section, the Warren River Loop trail allows you to fully immerse yourself in nature.

Warren River Loop Trail
Best Coastal Walks in the South West

Meelup Trail

Meelup Regional Park

Length - 8km (One Way)

Exploring the edge of Geographe Bay near Dunsborough, the Meelup Trail comes alive in spring with a mass of wildflowers, orchids and the famous whale migration.

Toolbrunup Peak

Stirling Range National Park

Length - 4.2km (Return)

The toughest day hike in the Stirling Range, Toolbrunup Peak provides a fun experience as you scale up boulder fields towards some stunning views from the tricky little summit.

Best Hike in the Stirling Range
Best Hikes in Western Australia

Deep River Walk Trail

Walpole-Nornalup National Park

Length - 4.8km (Loop)

Hidden away in the unique Tingle forests near Walpole, the Deep River Walk Trail utilises a section of the Bibbulmun Track to provide a great short walk that showcases the best of this area.

Mount Lindesay

Mount Lindesay National Park

Length - 9.9km (Return)

A spectacular trail taking you from the banks of the Denmark River to the summit of Mount Lindesay and back, experience some epic views from the granite summit.

Best Hikes Near Denmark
Best Forest Walks in the South West

Bridgetown Jarrah Park


Length - 6km (Loop)

Located a short drive from Bridgetown is a fantastic piece of transition forest along Maranup Brook. One of the best places to experience both towering Karri and Jarrah Forest.

Castle Rock Granite Skywalk

Porongurup National Park

Length - 4.4km (Return)

An iconic location located just north of Albany, this fantastic hike takes you through the Karri Forest to a stainless steel platform bolted directly to the side of the boulders at the summit. 

Castle Rock Albany
Jabitj Trail

Jabitj Trail

Wellington National Park

Length - 6.3km (One Way)

Linking up Wellington Dam and the popular camping spot at Honeymoon Pool in Wellington National Park, the Jabitj Trail is a scenic walk along the Collie River with plenty to enjoy.

Mount Frankland

Mount Frankland National Park

Length - 2.5km (Loop)