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Northcliffe to Walpole Section of the Bibbulmun Track

Northcliffe to Walpole

Bibbulmun Track




5-8 Days



Date Hiked

June 2018




7 Total



Traditional Custodians

Bibbulman & Minang People 

One of the most varied sections of the track and one of spectacular beauty, Northcliffe to Walpole is also one of the most divisive. Seasonal flooding affects the area known as the Pingerup Plains so if you tackle this section in winter or spring then there is a chance you'll be spending days on end wading knee or sometimes waist deep in water. In drier times this area is very pleasant, being touted as one of the most remote and wilder sections of the track. As you traverse the landscape, your day might take you from Karri forest to open plains to meandering along a river to walking along the coastline. Southbound walkers will experience the might of the Southern Ocean for the first time while northbound walkers will leave the dunes behind and enter the beautiful forests of the South West all the way up to Kalamunda. 

Northcliffe to Gardner

Length - 15.8km

Vertical Climb - 254m

Leaving Northcliffe, you walk through different patches of forest before reaching the wilder area around the Gardner River as you follow its path into the campsite.

Bridge over the Gardner River on the Bibbulmun Track
Mossy Log on the Bibbulmun Track
Railway Line Leaving Northcliffe
Lake Maringup on the Bibbulmun Track
Swamp Bottlebrush on the Bibbulmun Track
Northcliffe to Walpole on the Bibbulmun Track

Gardner to Lake Maringup

Length - 17.1km

Vertical Climb - 285m

Traverse sandy vehicle tracks, pop in and out of the Karri Forest and cross the Gardner River for the final time before arriving at a stunning natural lake.

Lake Maringup to Dog Pool

Length - 25.9km

Vertical Climb - 540m

The longest section of the Bibbulmun Track, walk through the stunning Karri Forest and then head through a variety of scenery on towards Dog Pool.

Karri Forest near Northcliffe on the Bibbulmun Track
Fungi on the Bibbulmun Track
Open Plains of the Bibbulmun Track
Mount Chance on the Bibbulmun Track
Crab Spider on the Bibbulmun Track
Pingerup Plains on the Bibbulmun Track

Dog Pool to Mount Chance

Length - 20.1km

Vertical Climb - 361m

Containing the infamous Marron and Pingerup Roads, this day sees you enter open plains and Karri islands before finishing at the breath-taking Mount Chance. 

Mount Chance to Woolbales

Length - 23.1km

Vertical Climb - 386m

Exploring the Pingerup Plains with a side trip to the summit of Mount Pingerup, this is a stunning part of WA that is often flooded in late winter and early spring. 

Mount Pingerup on the Bibbulmun Track
Wildflowers on the Bibbulmun Track
Green Tunnel on the Bibbulmun Track
Little Long Point on the Bibbulmun Track
Fungi on the Bibbulmun Track
Mandalay Beach on the Bibbulmun Track

Woolbales to Long Point

Length - 18.7km

Vertical Climb - 367m

Another monumental day as you hike from Woolbales through varied scenery towards Mandalay Beach and your first encounter with the wild Southern Ocean.

Long Point to Walpole

Length - 23.5km

Vertical Climb - 508m

Leaving the coastline, you head towards the Tingle forest surrounding Deep River and a climb up Mount Clare, where the walk into Walpole is all downhill.

Coastline along the Bibbulmun Track
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Tingle Forest on the Bibbulmun Track

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