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

  • Bushfires, campfire bans, walking in the heat during Birak and Bunuru

    14 December 2023

    Walking during Birak and Bunuru 

    If you are considering walking over between December and March (the Birak and Bunuru seasons), 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 extreme or catastrophic 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 extreme or catastrophic 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 (Birak and Bunuru).
    • Check the Fire Danger Rating and do not go on the trails if the forecast is extreme or catastrophic.
    • 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. This means you should not rely on rescue services, family or friends to come to your aid.
    • 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 extreme or catastrophic.

     

    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 may continue to April 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 may not be 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.

  • Sectional Vollies complete TS124 Steps Replacement

    12 December 2023

    Extending from the Peaceful Bay trail head to the canoe shed on the western side of Irwin Inlet, TS124 includes a number of steps, some of which provide terrific views of the Inlet and beach.

    About 6 years ago, long before the advent of well organised Support Volunteer Campaigns, the sectional volunteers replaced twenty of the original steps with repurposed jarrah signage and star irons provided by Parks & Wildlife in Walpole, however over time these too proved to be less than satisfactory.

    More recently the sectional vollies determined the scope of works required to replace all the steps and in November 2022 Parks & Wildlife delivered brand new pine risers and star irons to site in readiness for the work.  Much of this material was part of the BTF stockpile in Walpole from previous South Coast campaigns.

    Over five visits between June 2023 and November 2023 a team of volunteers installed a total of 53 new steps, with the bulk of the work attributed to sectional vollies. The result is a far more comfortable experience for walkers and a great long-term outcome for the Bibbulmun Track by avoiding any further impact from erosion.

    THE CAST (in order of appearance) included: Ian Rae, John Hosking, Leigh Wallace, John Fathers, Charmaine Harris, Selene Moonbeams, Margot Lowe and Mark Davidson.

    See below before and after photos:

  • The Beginner’s Guide to Planning an End-to-End Hike

    11 December 2023

    Welcome to your End-to-End planning journey!

    This guide is designed to touch on all major aspects of planning an end-to-end (or ‘thru-hike’) of the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia, from picking your walking window to choosing equipment and food, to registering your end-to-end at the completion of your journey.

    There are many details to consider before heading out on a long-distance hike along the Bibbulmun Track. Good planning can make all the difference!

     

     

    What defines an End-to-End or Thru-hike

    Hiking ‘end-to-end’, also referred to as a ‘thru-hike’ or ‘through-hike’, is the act of hiking an established long-distance trail or track, such as the Bibbulmun Track, from start to finish. A hiker who completes the full length of the 1000km Bibbulmun Track is called an End-to-Ender or End-to-End Hiker of the Bibbulmun Track.

    To be classified as an End-to-Ender you need to have walked the entire length of the Track. Whether you do this in one go, or in stages over many years (a ‘sectional end-to-end’) makes no difference. It doesn’t matter if you walk some sections from north to south and others from south to north. The important thing is that you have walked every step of the way!

    Explore our How To articles to start planning your end-to-end:

    How to start planning your End-to-End Hike

    Find out what the Bibbulmun Track Foundation can do to help. You don’t have to plan your end-to-end on your own.

    Picking a time frame for your End-to-End Hike

    The initial planning stage: Heading north to south or south to north? And when will you head out? Will you hike it all in one go or section-by-by section?

    How to choose and test your equipment for an End-to-End Hike

    Check out our recommended equipment list for overnight walks as well as tips on testing your gear before starting on your through-hike.

    Hiking food: How to stay well fed on an End-to-End Hike

    Learn about all things food: what will you eat while you are on the Track? How will you prepare your food? What are food drops and should you consider them?

    10 questions to ask when planning your End-to-End Hike

    As the Bibbulmun Track specialists, we’ve got some experience when it comes to advising hikers on planning their End-to-End Hike. We’ve found some details can often get overlooked.

    How to register your End-to-End Hike of the Bibbulmun Track

    You’ve done it! Now it’s time to register your End-to-End Hike to receive your badge and certificate. Registering also helps us at the Bibbulmun Track Foundation as it gives us a bit of leverage when it comes to sponsorship and grants.

    Getting excited yet? You should be! You’ve got a big journey ahead!

    If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the nitty gritty of thru-hike planning, don’t forget that the Bibbulmun Track Foundation is here to help. We offer workshops on end-to-end planning, how to choose your gear, and cooking on a fuel stove.

    In addition, Bibbulmun Track Foundation members benefit from our free one-on-one trip planning advice sessions. An experienced End-to-Ender will sit with you and give you heaps of useful advice and tips, check over your itinerary, food drops and even look at some equipment you might be planning to use on your walk. This service is also offered via email for those not in or near Perth.

  • Bibbulmun Track Foundation Partners with Act Belong Commit for Enhanced Mental Wellbeing

    8 December 2023

    We're excited to announce a new partnership between the Bibbulmun Track Foundation and Act Belong Commit, Western Australia’s longest-running mental health promotion campaign. This collaboration is a testament to our shared commitment to the power of nature and community in enhancing mental well-being. Act Belong Commit, spearheaded by Mentally Healthy WA which is based at Curtin University's School of Population Health, focuses on fostering mental wellness through active and communal participation.

    Steve Sertis, the Foundation’ Events Manager, captures the essence of this partnership: “Bushwalking offers more than just physical exercise; it provides a therapeutic journey through nature, allowing us to connect with nature and the mind to unwind.”

    A key highlight of this partnership is integrating our exciting 2024 calendar of events into the Act Belong Commit activity finder. This addition will make it easier for everyone to discover and engage in our unique and mentally enriching events. We're continuously expanding our offerings to align with Act Belong Commit's principles, offering a diverse range of choices to encourage people to get involved.

    We encourage you to take the "Mental Wellbeing Quiz" on the Act Belong Commit website, an important step towards enhancing your mental health. Keep an eye on their activity finder for our upcoming events and join us on this meaningful journey towards holistic wellbeing.

  • Exciting news! We’ve reached our goal!

    7 December 2023

    We did It! Thanks to your generous support, we've hit our $25,000 fundraising goal commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Bibbulmun Track.

    You have helped us raise much needed funds for track maintenance, with 10% of funds raised going towards Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre, helping save WA's Black Cockatoos.

    Walking on the Bibbulmun Track is free and we would like to keep it that way.

    Your donation helps us maintain, and improve, the Track and facilities, and conserve the environment through which it passes, to ensure that this wonderful resource is available for future generations to enjoy.

    These funds will be put to good use to:

    - Repair and maintain the 49 sleeping shelters, water tanks and other facilities along the Track.

    - Install water bars or steps to stabilise the Track to prevent or repair erosion.

    - Replace or improve signage after bushfires or when damaged.

    - Prune vegetation and remove fallen trees to keep the path clear.

    - Realign the Track as required to improve the experience for walkers.

    A big thank you to all contributors for making a difference!