Caution: before any hike, always check relevant park management websites for updated information on track conditions, closures or dangers.
Some of the below hikes may have been affected by bush fires and may be closed for hikers. Please help those affected by fires by donating to The Red Cross, who work to provide aid during an emergency, conflict, disaster or crisis.
There’s a lot going on in Western Australia. With a total land area of 2.646 million km², 2.14% of which falls within a national park, WA encompasses almost every kind of landscape you can imagine. Fancy a long walk along the state’s seemingly endless coastline? Or perhaps you’d rather stay close to the capital of Perth and explore the hinterland of the south-west? Or maybe you’re itching for a taste of the real wilderness and want to venture into the guts of WA’s desert landscapes — of which, by the way, there are five. It’s almost inconceivable just how vast Western Australia is, but really, this just means that you’ll always have a new trail to explore, no matter how many you’ve already ticked off your to-do list.
While we’re always going to advocate for spending your weekends outdoors, do keep in mind that WA’s notoriously diabolical heat means that even the most experienced hikers must take the necessary precautions. Water sources are not readily available in some parts of WA, so even if you’re only heading out for a few hours, it’s imperative that you’re well prepared. Avoid hiking exposed trails on those incredibly hot days, and always let someone know your itinerary beforehand.
Now, with all that in mind, here are just a few Western Australian hikes that deserve your attention immediately.