Walpole to Mount Clare
The Hike - With Christmas holidays booked in for Walpole I was excited to see where the accommodation was so when mum emailed me the address I was immediately on Google Maps to check it out. I happily discovered that the Bibbulmun Track literally went past the backyard so I went to the Bibbulmun Track website to research the area a bit further. Being one of the track towns, I was already planning a walk along the Bibbulmun but the location of the holiday home influenced me to head west out of Walpole towards the Mt Clare campsite. The BTF website suggests this is a good overnight hike and a good day trip would be John Rate Lookout to Mt Clare return (8.6km). I used the distance calculator and found out a return trip from Walpole was only 20kms so being a fit and fairly young whippersnapper, I was all systems go to spend a morning exploring what is often regarded as one of the best areas of the Bibbulmun Track.