- Start date: 3 May 2009
- Age When Completed: 60
- Direction Walked: Sectional
- Others in Group:
Bob Saunders. Dave, Diana, Mike on some sections.
We found life on the track both challenging and rewarding.We liked the variety of landscapes,flora and fauna. The campsites were a welcome sight and provided the basics that we needed.We enjoyed having a fire. Some camps had a good wood supply.The tracks were well marked and maintained. We met some interesting people on our walks.It was great getting close to nature and appreciating the simple things in life.
We dehydrated our food and did food drops along the way.
We loved the southern half. Northcliffe to Walpole in particular.
Waking to a morning chorus of lots robins and wrens flitting everywhere in the valley at Gregory Brook. Climbing Mount Clare at night to see an amazing display of stars. We turned our torches off to get our night vision. Reaching Mandalay Beach after hearing the crashing waves for hours. We were rewarded with the view of a brilliant turquoise ocean streaked with white wind whipped waves pounding onto a massive expanse of white sand. We followed a little stream into the sand hills at the southern end and picked fresh watercress which tasted amazing! Seeing the frothy white tannin streaming down the giant Jarrah trees, due to the first big rain of the season between Frankland River and Giants campsites.
We enjoyed walking the Track in six sections. Although it took us eight years to complete we did other walks during that time period. We both had a great feeling of satisfaction when we completed the Bibbulmun Track end to end.
We saw more wildlife in the southern half. Possums, kookaburras, honeyeaters, white breasted robins, blue wrens, cockatoos, kangaroos, snakes, wallabies, echidnas, tiny red spiders.
Your Best Equipment
Our little gas stove.
Your Worst Equipment
Everything was valuable.
Advice for Others
Get good light equipment. Take your time and explore all the side-tracks/lookouts.