Latest News

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

  • Check out the new Sandpatch Campsite shelter

    20 January 2020

    We are excited to see that the new shelter at Sandpatch Campsite near Albany is ready to go well before the 2020 walking season.

    The new shelter at Sandpatch, open in late 2019.
    The new shelter at Sandpatch, open in late 2019.

    The original shelter was destroyed by bushfire in May 2018 after only being in use for 6 years almost to the day!

    We thank staff at DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service for the rebuild.

    See the news article about the fire.

  • Bushfire closes Track

    14 January 2020

    The Track reamins CLOSED north of Collie due to a bushfire.

    See our Track conditions in the Realignments/Diversion tab in the Section By Section Guide for the latest information. 

    Click here for more info.

  • Latest Calendar of Events now online!

    5 January 2020

    The Bibbulmun Track Foundation offers a variety of events to suit all ages and most fitness levels.

    From guided walks to learning how to cook amazing food on a fuel stove you're sure to find something that interests you!  

    Our events calendar is published online twice a year.

    It includes day walks, overnight walks, ladies only walks, kids'events, and range of seminars and workshops.

    There are still places available on our Easter trek - KTC Easter Expedition.

    Check it out now.

  • Bushfires, campfire bans, walking in the heat and over summer

    14 December 2019

    Walking over summer 

    If you are considering walking over this summer, please restrict your walks to day walks (duration of one day). We advise that you check the weather and fire forecasts. If the fire danger is Very High or above we recommend walkers don’t go out on the Track, or leave if they are already out. If in doubt, and the weather forecast is for hot (and windy) conditions, the recommendation is not to go walking.

    Watch this video about bushwalker safety and fire. It shows how close a walker came to perishing in a bushfire in January 2018 at a Bibbulmun Track campsite.

    It is usually too hot to walk in the peak of summer. 

    It is strongly recommended that you do not carry out any extended walk between December and the start of March anywhere on the Track. 

    If you do go out, you must be able to self-evacuate in the event of a bushfire as a rescue may not be possible.

    The Track gets very hot and the bushfire risk is extreme. Temperatures can range from low 30s to mid-40s. In recent years the Track has been severely impacted by bushfires with the destruction of campsites and other structures which fire fighters were not able to save due to the ferocity of the fires. Much of the Track is difficult to access quickly in an emergency and more so during a bushfire.

    Please plan to walk outside of these months and avoid putting your life at risk and the lives of those that may need to rescue you.

    Day walks in the karri forest can be comfortable on cooler days (temperatures less than 27 degrees). We advise people planning a day walk to check the weather and fire forecasts. Again, if the fire danger is ‘very high’ or above it is strongly recommend people don’t go out on the Track. The south coast, although may be cooler, offers little protection from the sun due to the lack of a forest canopy and fire spreads more quickly in open bush and grassland. Even when walking in winter, always cover up and wear a hat and sunscreen. 

    Some key points to remember:

    • Plan your visits for cooler periods of the year, avoiding the hot summer months.
    • Check the Fire Danger Rating and do not go on the trails if the forecast is Very High or above.
    • Do not do extended multi-day trips as it is not possible to keep up with changing conditions (extremely limited mobile phone coverage) and it is difficult to self-evacuate from the trail at short notice. You must be able to self-evacuate in the event of a bushfire.
    • Avoid remoter sections of the trail where there is limited vehicle access.
    • Abide by all trail closure signage, and any instructions from Parks and Wildlife and other emergency staff.
    • Trails and parks may be closed on days when the Fire Danger Rating is Very High or above.

     

    More info about total fire bans and permanent fire bans at specific Bibbulmun Track campsites.

    More info about bush fires and safety.

     

    Campfire in a fire ring at a campsite
    Campfire in a fire ring at a campsite
    Campfire bans will be in place at many campsites on the Bibbulmun Track.

    Walkers are not permitted to light any campfires or wood operated stoves where campfire bans are in place. Please carry and use a liquid fuel stove.

    Campfire bans will begin from December 1. Once in place, they will continue to April 2020 depending on weather conditions. Please check the Section By Section guide (under Trip Planner) for any changes.

     

    Check the Section by Section Guide relevant to the section you are walking for other impacts. There are likely to be some sections of the Track that will be impacted by bushfires this summer.

    The Track is indistinguishable alongside this creek bed after the  fire.
    The Track is indistinguishable alongside this creek bed after the fire.
    On certain days, a total fire ban will be in force where walkers are not permitted to light a fuel stove either. For information about locations of current total fire bans call 1800 709 355 or visit the www.emergency.wa.gov.au/.

    No fires are permitted at any time of year at two campsites in the northern section (Yourdamung and Blackwood) and between the Mt Chance campsite (south of Northcliffe) through to Albany.

    We strongly encourage walkers to always use fuel stoves to cook on whenever they are walking the Bibbulmun Track. Campfires are great to sit around, but they can have an adverse effect on the environment.

  • Season’s greetings and summer office hours

    13 December 2019

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members, volunteers and sponsors for their support during the year and wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    The Bibbulmun Track Foundation office is now closed and will reopen at 9am on Monday 20th January, 2020

    Emails and online orders will continue to be processed during this time, though there may be some delays with merchandise orders.

    If you wish to get in touch, contact us through our website. Most questions can be answered in our FAQs.

    If you wish to report a problem on the Track, please see the instructions at the top right of the contact page.

    Track conditions, listed in the relevant Section By Section Guide will be kept up to date during this time.

    Season's greetings.

    The Bibbulmun Track Team.

    The Track gets some Christmas maintenance
    The Track gets some Christmas maintenance