A test of brain and brawn!
Challenge yourself in a team environment, competing against other teams on the Bibbulmun Track.
The Bibbulmun Team Challenge is undergoing a major rejuvenation and will not be held in 2013. Our unique team building event will be back in 2014 - better than ever!
The core of the Challenge, described below, will remain the same. Register your interest today and we'll keep you posted.
In the meantime, take a look at our Group Activities & Team Building itineraries. Whether you’re looking for a corporate team building activity or simply a fun day out for the social club, we can arrange an event to suit your needs.
This innovative, nature-based event, held annually in October/November, involves teams of four, competing in a series of interactive activities during a 4-day hike on the Bibbulmun Track.
Activities focus on outdoor skills, leadership, problem solving, teamwork, safety and first aid, environmental awareness and physical challenge. Each heat includes an undisclosed adventure activity and covers approximately 50km of the Bibbulmun Track, with participants walking 15-20km per day in a selected location south of Perth.
See what some of the team member's from 2012 had to say...
"Met and exceeded all expectations of what different level of challenges should be. Challenging, difficult, absolutely satisfying. Definitely provided the environment to fully challenge myself to be the best I could be. I'm smiling every time I think about what I have achieved. Best of all I now have bragging rights with my 11 year old son!"
"I SO want to do this again next year!"
"The event is physically and mentally very challenging and at the same time a lot of fun. It is good that it runs for four days, this way it encourages real team work."
Teams are self-sufficient but training and support are provided. Experienced instructors co-ordinate the activities. Each team competes in one of four heats.
The event is an intense and fulfilling experience for participants which:
- Promotes team spirit.
- Builds positive relationships.
- Promotes group social interaction.
- Refines mental and physical aptitude.
- Promotes personal and physical well-being.
- Builds communication amongst participants.
- Raises funds for the ongoing sustainability of the Bibbulmun Track.
“The four days were the best organised activity based event I have ever been on.”
Rob, PPB Chartered Accountants
"Congratulations - this is a great event. As for the track and the hiking, you've given me an appreciation for them that will last long into the future"
Andrew Flaherty, Australia Post
"Brilliantly coordinated. Everything I had hoped for, plus more"
Michael Cake, Dept of Environment and Conservation
"Unique, once in a lifetime opportunity that I feel honoured to have experienced. Loved it!! (Can I go again???) Brilliantly thought out and organized"
Terry O'Donnell, PSN Water
A major fundraiser
All proceeds from the Bibbulmun Team Challenge help support the ongoing sustainability of the Bibbulmun Track. This is an annual event which raises needed funds for the Track.
Although the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is the Manager of the Track, the Bibbulmun Track Foundation is the primary focal point for community based support and involvement, and manages over 300 volunteers, who each maintain a section of the 1000km trail.
To see our current funding projects see our ways to give pages.
The Foundation also has primary responsibility for marketing the Track within Western Australia, interstate and overseas, and provides a range of services including free information packs and trip planning advice.
Frequently asked questions
This a good starting point and deals with some initial queries you may have.
What are the activities?
We are intentionally vague about the actual activities - they are a closely guarded secret, but we can tell you that most of them involve some sort of problem solving and team building, and some are just physical. There will be activities that run over the four days while others may only take a few minutes. Some activities are solo, some are completed within your team of four, and some involve more people than just your team mates. Activities occur throughout the day, every day, and sometimes in the evenings.
How fit do I need to be?
You will need a good level of fitness but you don’t need to be super fit! Previous overnight trekking experience is an advantage, and we encourage you to do some during your training in the lead-up to the event. Most participants have not even walked on the Bibbulmun Track before this event! You will be given a training program as part of your Information Manual. Remember you will be walking the Track (up to 15km per day) with a backpack (weighing about 18kg) with all your gear for four days.
How does a team win the heat and then go on to become the Challenge Champions?
This is a point scoring event. It is not a race, and the team with the highest points wins the event. Points are scored by winning the activities. A heat is won by the team that has the highest score out of the teams in that heat. After the last heat, one team will be the Challenge Champion based on the highest point score across all the heat winners.
What do heat winners or the Challenge Champions receive?
Along with the honour of having the team name inscribed on the Challenge Trophy for perpetuity (!), each member of the Challenge Champion team receives an individual trophy and a range of fabulous prizes from our sponsors.
I don’t have a team to join – can I register as an individual and join a team?
Yes! Register your interest as an individual with us now and we will do our best to find other individuals looking to make up a team, or a team that needs another person.
What kind of teams usually participate in this event?
All kinds – there are few limitations. Competitors so far have included National Australia Bank, The West Australian, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Dept. of Industry and Resources, Dept. of Conservation and Land Management, Dept. of Defence, Pitcher Partners, PPB Chartered Accountants, Geraldton Grammar School, Australian Red Cross, Ernst and Young, Integrated Group, PSN (KBR) Water Services, Australian Hotels Association, Agnew Gold Mine, Gold Fields Australia, Alphawest, IRC, FESA, Australian Geographic, The West Australian Tourism Commission, Newmont, Anglogold, Boddington Gold Mine, Bankwest, WestOne Services, Contraflow, Dept. of Planning and a multitude of teams of friends from around Australia.
Do the same four people participate every day?
Yes. There is no opportunity for people to be substituted during the course of the heat.
What’s included in the registration fee?
Each team member receives a comprehensive information manual. There is a briefing night, a training day on the Track, return transport from Perth city to the event, four team T-shirts (which can be overprinted with team name/company logo), loan of four backpacks, two fuel stoves, four sleeping bags, and two two-person tents to each team. Plus fantastic prizes for heat winners and Challenge Champions.
I’ve never been hiking before. What do I need to know and what information will I receive?
The Team Challenge Information Manual includes everything you need to know. It covers hiking equipment, appropriate food, campsite facilities, your itinerary, what’s expected of you, packing your backpack, training guidelines, health and safety issues and a bushwalker’s code of conduct. If there is anything that isn’t answered in the manual, then all you have to do is ask us!
How much is it and how do I register?
Ask for a registration form. The form has all the dates and costs involved.
You will be required to list your team members’ contact details and, in order of preference, your choice of heats one to four. Should your first choice not be available, you will be registered in the heat listed as your next preference. Heat placements are on a first come first served basis. Obviously the earlier you register, the more chance you will have of competing in the heat you prefer. You will need to pay the deposit to register a team and secure your place. You can pay by cheque or direct credit. If you require an invoice, please let us know in advance, or at the time of payment.
You will be sent a confirmation letter, which will set out your briefing night, training day and registered heat dates. In the lead up to the Challenge, you will also receive weekly email updates of new teams registered and useful hints and tips.
Once full payment has been received (due one month before start date) you will receive your complete and comprehensive Bibbulmun Team Challenge Information Manual. This is packed full of all the detailed information that you will need in order to participate. Bring it with you on the briefing night.
Mountain Designs is one of the Foundation's major sponsor (Diamond sponsor). Established in 1975, Mountain Designs is one of Australia’s premier outdoor equipment stores with over 30 branches including several in WA.
Visit our partnerships page to find out more about our sponsors. Email us for our sponsors information pack to find out more about sponsorship opportunities for your organisation.