Spring has well and truly sprung here in sunny Western Australia, and if you are an outdoorsy Perthian like me, you must be itching to get out and enjoy all that this gorgeous season has to offer.
One of the greatest gems in the West is that we have access to some pretty amazing hiking trails and free campsites that can be used year-round. The Bibbulmun Track holds a trail of campsites that extends all the way from Kalamunda down to Albany (1005 kilometres!) and is an amazing hiking resource for those looking to get back to nature.
If you are after a short break from the big smoke, a single overnight hike may be the best way to get some much needed Vitamin Nature!
My favourite overnight hike that runs along the Bibbulmun Track is a return trip from the Perth Hills Discovery Centre to the Helena Campsite. It is 11.7km each way, and crosses quite quickly through Ball Creek campsite about 2km's in before winding down through Mann's Gully which is just lovely. As you emerge from the gully the wildflowers dot the track with stunning beauty and an array of colours you just don't get in the bush any other time of year. From deep purples to stunning reds, pink blossoms and white bush orchards, it truly is a sight to see. It's mostly uphill stretches from the rocky outcrops onward to Helena, but remember that this means a mostly downhill day following for the return trip (luxury!). Overall the walk is of easy to moderate difficulty with some short, steep uphill ascents, but is very manageable for a days walk.
The new Helena campsite is one of the best along the whole track, and boasts a huge sheltered sleeping area, plenty of picnic benches as well as beautiful tent sites across the hill. The views out across the valley are truly gorgeous, and often in the morning, there is a mystical mist that coats the hillsides.
The toilet was also rebuilt after the most recent fires and is of excellent quality for a drop-toilet. There are plenty of hooks in the shelter to hang your packs, and the campfire is surrounded by perfect stumps for sitting on and sharing a cup of cocoa.
Overall, this Helena is one of the most beautiful, well known and easily accessible campsites along the Bibbulmun Track, and is an ideal spot to come and clear your head and enjoy the perfect overnight camp.