From the casual walker to the hard-core BACKpack-wielding superhuman,there’s something for you.
The West Coast is home to some of Australia’s most untouched and untamed wilderness - and the best way to connect with it is to explore it on foot.
Group A: Sturdy walking shoes or boots, sun hat, sun block, sunglasses, clothes suited to the day, and water.
Group B: Group A + raincoat, woollen jumper or fibre pile jacket, snacks or drink.
Group C: Group A & B + thermal leggings or shorts, warm hat or beanie, gloves, waterproof trousers, gaiters, lunch, drink, and map.
You need to be prepared for cold weather, even in summer months. We’ve been known to have highland snowfall in January.
Check out our Walks listings for details on the best West Coast Walks
Grade 1: No bushwalking experience, flat even surface, suitable for wheelchair users who have assistance.
Grade 2: No bushwalking experience, may have a gentle hill section and steps.
Grade 3: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels, some bushwalking experience recommended, may have steep hills, rough surface, and many steps.
Break up the long drive and stretch your legs - you won't be disappointed. Nelson Falls are reached after an easy 20 minute return (1.4km) boardwalk stroll beside a river through a forest of sassafras, myrtle and ferns. The falls are especially spectacular after heavy rain.
Henty Sand Dunes
A series of giant dunes formed by the Roaring Forties are great to explore. The dunes are around 30m high, reaching several kilometres inland and extending 15 km along the coast. From the picnic area it's an easy 1.5 hr return walk through the dunes to Ocean Beach.
Lake Mackintosh is one of the most beautiful lakes in the region. The lake and surrounding country is magnificent with myrtle, sassafras and eucalypt forests along with native ferns growing almost to the lake's edge.