Latest News

Find out the latest news about the Track and the Foundation before you set off for your next walk.

  • COVID-19 Response

    30 March 2020

    DBCA and the Foundation have updated our Coronavirus response for people considering heading out onto the Track.

    Please visit our Coronavirus Response.

    Please also be aware that the Foundation's Office Hours have changed as well as how we operate.

    During the current crisis, we are operating with a skeleton part time staff. As a result our reception is now closed. Please avoid coming into our office.

    • Phone messages will only be checked occasionally so the best way to contact us is to use the contact form on our website.
    • If you choose to leave a phone message, please also leave your email address if you can, because we may be working from home.
    • Hire gear collection and return, while still possible for now, is by prior arrangement only. Please contact us before you plan to come in.
    • The website will still be updated with current Track conditions in the Section By Section Guide
    • Online orders will still be processed at this time. The coming weeks will be a great time to plan your future walks for when circumstances return to normal. If you require any maps, Guidebooks or any other merchandise, we strongly suggest you place your order sooner rather than later. Merchandise orders will be scaled down as further community restrictions are introduced. Go to our shop.

    If an event that you are booked on is postponed, you will be emailed directly at least 24hrs in advance in accordance with our event booking conditions

  • Bibbulmun & Beyond 9-day Tour Oct 2020

    26 March 2020

    While this tour is usually held in May, current circumstances have meant that we are able to offer this extra departure in lieu of the May 2020 departure.

     

    Join us on this journey … and discover the spirit of Australia’s south west.

    The Foundation’s 9 days itinerary incorporates full and half-day walks along sections of the Bibbulmun Track and beyond into the Stirling Range National Park near Albany where participants climb to the summit of Bluff Knoll (1094 metres) and are rewarded with the breathtaking 360o views.

    Participants walk on the Track with only a small daypack and a private air-conditioned bus provides transport to and from the Track each day.  Each evening the group returns to comfortable accommodation in the rural towns and villages along the Track to relax and enjoy the local fare.  All meals, accommodation, transport to and from Perth, entry to attractions, guides and a Bibbulmun Track branded souvenir day pack and water bottle are included in the tour price.

    The Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia has an international reputation, having been called one of the “World's Best Epic Trails” by National Geographic, stretching 1000kms from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast.  The Track passes through some of the most diverse and unique areas of Australia’s south west.  From the small mountains and hills of the Darling Scarp through to magnificent ancient forests around Pemberton, the low lying Pingerup Plains, the giants of the Tingle Forests and then onto coastal heathlands with spectacular views and some of the finest coastal walking in Australia.

     

    The flexible itinerary allows people of all experience and fitness levels the chance to explore the Track and expert guides go the extra mile to ensure that participants have the best experience.

    BOOK NOW as places are limited to 15!

  • Support our Raffle!

    17 March 2020

    Over $5,500 worth of prizes to be won…

    The Adventure Raffle is the Bibbulmun Track Foundation’s major fundraiser for the year and we need your support! 

    Enjoy a magnificent trip to Nepal - including the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

    With grateful thanks to sponsor, Peregrine Travel Centre, WA.

    You'll be helping to fund major maintenance projects on the Bibbulmun Track ensuring that it’s still around for future generations to enjoy. 

    The Bibbulmun Track Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that, with the help of 400 volunteers, provides support for the management, maintenance and marketing of this incredible 1000km walk in Western Australia’s South West.

    The fantastic prizes include an exciting holiday and a voucher for your choice of outdoor and travel gear.  

    Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online

     

  • End-to-Enders gather

    15 March 2020

    On Sunday 15 March, the Foundation hosted a picnic for walkers who had registered an end-to-end walk on the Bibbulmun Track since it was officially opened in 1979.

    We were delighted that our Patron, Kerry Sanderson AC CVO, attended.  Kerry, who is Chair of the WA Parks Foundation, gave an informative update on their current projects, the importance of open spaces and the synergies between the Parks Foundation and the Bibbulmun Track.

     
     
    Despite the ominous weather forecast, the rain held off, the sun came out and everyone spent a pleasant few hours sharing stories, catching up with old acquaintances and making new ones.  Sadly, around 100 people didn’t show up due to fears of the Coronavirus.

     

     

    BTF Events Manager, Steve Sertis, handed out prizes to those who met certain criteria including our latest member, anyone who had walked or cycled to the picnic or had brought their fuel stove to make a cuppa!

    A rogues gallery of End-to-Enders was on display, a selection of log-books and red registers saw many people searching for their entries during their walks, and some of the valuable archived documents of the history of the Track proved fascinating.

     

     

    The real value of the event, however, was the personal interactions. Meeting up with people that some had only heard of, or maybe met out on the Track once. "Oh wow, it is you! I saw you walking out of Chadoora Campsite when it was bucketing" were some of the more typical comments.

    Thanks to everyone that attended and made it such a great day.

  • Community governance of the Bibbulmun Track

    10 March 2020

    Dr Jen George is an academic and consultant passionate about facilitating community-led governance of green infrastructure.  

    Last week Dr George presented a summary of her PhD research at an event organised by the Bibbulmun Track Foundation, which was well attended by representatives of local government and community land-care groups.  Her work included the Foundation as a case study of a successful, resilient and sustainable organisation.

    Community governance is about empowering and enabling community management.  It is an option when there is a community of citizens passionate about and wanting to participate in management of green infrastructure.  It can result in an effective, productive and economically sustainable working relationship between the community and the government (or other managing institution).  As described by Dr George, it “challenges the usual paradigm (where) it is assumed that citizens can’t take a direct role in delivery of services or management of projects”.

    The ‘community’ with a personal investment in the Bibbulmun Track include the walkers – particularly those who see it as sufficiently worth supporting to take out financial membership – the volunteers, whose contribution comes in the form of time and effort (as well as some out-of-pocket expense, sometimes not insignificant), and the staff and (volunteer) Board, who contribute their time and professional skills to an organisation they believe in.

    In the context of the community governance framework, the Bibbulmun Track Foundation is the necessary interface between the government and the ‘community’; the role of the BTF is to enable and strategically guide the effort of the ‘community’.

    Jen is a founder and director of Comcorp.  They work with organisation to develop strategies and action plans for positive partnerships and best practice community governance.  Find out more at comcorp.com.au