Take, for example, the 'Arkaba Trek' featured below, the idea of sleeping in a swag, to most Australians, conjures up images of a Wiley bush-ranger sleeping rough with the most rudimentary of comforts - but as you can see with the image below the ‘Arkaba Walk’ have taken the concept to the totally new level - after all, the climate is conducive to sleeping under the stars, so why not make the most of it. Options are available to those wanting to enjoy an outdoor hike, carrying the absolute minimum, spending the evening in a comfortable Bed and Breakfast/Wilderness Lodge or even an upmarket Safari Style Camp with support vehicles transferring luggage to the next evenings accommodation, while others simply provide a cook so you can just relax at the end of a days hike and not have to worry about cooking or doing the dishes.
Every year more options become available, enticing folk to experience beautifully remote regions that otherwise they would not have explored. Here are a handful of treks to inspire you of the 'Beaten Track', that allow some creature comforts to ease the way.
Bibbulmun Track – Beautiful Western Australia
The Bibbulmun Track is Australia’s longest walking track that makes it all the way from Perth to Albany and offers a range of experiences from an epic eight-week adventure staying in all 48 campsites, today walks staying in quaint rural towns The most popular is self-guided hikes that take in the beauty of a nine-day section between Walpole and Albany staying overnight at comfortable bed and breakfasts. On this section, walkers move through towering karri forests, down through misty valleys, over giant granite boulders and along coastal headlands and passing through the most beautiful national parks of the southwest. Carefully selected walking trails provide a variety of different walking experiences from moderate to challenging walks that are well within the abilities of most guests. No special skills are required.
Fitness level: 40% easy, 50% moderate, 10% harder. 15-25 km walking (5-7 hours) each day.