Bushwalkers of Western Australia





Walking is a year round activity. Bushwalkers of Western Australia Inc (BOWA) based in Perth has a complete annual programme. In Winter (May to October) longer walks of up to 20km in length are undertaken. These require a full day and most of the information about walking presented here applies to these walks. From time to time the Winter programme will include, for variety, a shorter half day walk.  In Summer members maintain fitness by shorter walks around the Perth environs which are completed before midday. On almost every Sunday of the year it is possible to sample the experience of walking with our club. How do I get started?

Winter walks are the mainstay of our walks annual programme. They take place on most Sundays between May and October. The meeting time and location is given in the events calendar. Walks may vary in length from 12 to 20 km or more (shorter for half day walks) depending on the terrain and nature of the course. We walk in all weather. The Bibbulmun track, Monadnocks region, Avon Valley, Toodyay and Serpentine areas are some of the walk locations.

Summer walks are half day walks in and around Perth. These are held on Sundays during the warmer months. They provide a pleasant way to stay fit. Locations such as Fremantle, Cottesloe beach, The Swan River and Herdsman and Joondalup Lakes are popular. Many of these walks are designed to go past a cafe where walkers may pause for a while to enjoy a refreshment. Equipment required for these walks is very basic - shoes, hat, sunscreen and water. Meeting points are as decided by the walk leader and are on the programme. Visitors are welcome - just telephone the walk leader a few days prior.

Our club has about 60 members. All ages are welcome. At present the membership age ranges from early middle age upwards. 

We welcome visitors who wish to sample the experience of bushwalking. Walking as a visitor is the starting point for prospective members (How do I get started?).


Bushwalkers of Western Australia Inc (BOWA) is a small informal bushwalking club. We promote and facilitate bushwalking mostly on weekends in the wild areas around Perth. Less frequent outings are held in the more distant reaches of Western Australia such as the Stirling Ranges and Dwellingup. 

A reasonable level of fitness is essential. This would be the level attained by a moderately active person. If you walk regularly and can walk 3-5km at a steady pace without a break then you are probably fit enough to go bushwalking. If you know that you are very unfit it is important that you work on your fitness level before commencing bushwalking.

Nettleton State Forest

A 14-16 km medium grade walk with soft hills. Not too far to drive from Armadale.
09:00 h
Medium Walk

Boonering Hill

A 16km walk with a gradual ascent to the base of Boonering Hill, then a steeper climb to the top. Great 360 degree views from the top including Mounts Vincent, Cooke and Randall. Also expect a visit from the resident eagle. Note the 8:30 start as there is a drive of around 35 minutes down the Albany…
08:30 h
Medium/Hard Walk

Lacey Rd to Yanchep

A medium walk of approximately 11.5 km. Goes up and down the dunes and is quite sandy in places. There is not a lot of shade around midday, so we'll stop for brunch at the lake, and If it's a hot day we could wait for the sea breeze to arrive before walking back. Meet at Whitfords Train Station at 8…
08:30 h
Medium Walk
Mostly Cloudy


Perth, Australia

Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 80%
Wind: SW at 6.84 K/H
Tuesday 10.56°C / 20°C Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 10°C / 25°C Sunny
Thursday 13.89°C / 27.78°C Partly Cloudy
Friday 13.89°C / 21.67°C Scattered Showers
Saturday 13.33°C / 18.89°C Rain
Sunday 12.78°C / 21.11°C Scattered Showers
Monday 12.78°C / 19.44°C Scattered Showers