Latest News

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

  • Hitting the Track these Easter Holidays?

    19 March 2017

    Before starting out for a walk over the Easter break or school holidays there are a few things you should know.

    1. Are there going to be any groups at the campsites that you plan to stay at?
    2. Is there a diversion or another issue impacting the Track where you intend on walking? 
    3. How will the campfire bans affect you?
    4. Is there an inlet crossing which needs to be negotiated?

    To check on these points and other Track conditions, head to the Section By Section Guide (under Trip Planner) and select the section you are planning to visit. Then check the Groups on Track, Realignments/Diversions and Inlets (where applicable) tabs.

    You could do your own walk and perhaps utilise the Good Friday bus service or join our guided Easter walk.

    Remember:

    • you should be prepared for shelters at campsites being full when you arrive. Always carry a tent or you could be sleeping out in the wet. Groups of eight or more cannot occupy a shelter before 6pm and must carry tents.
    • you should only access the Track where a car is marked on the official maps, on the maps in the Section By Section Guide or by checking the list at the Track Conditions page. You may be prosecuted if your vehicle is found in Disease Risk Areas - read your map carefully. 
    • the Bibbulmun Track is a walking track only. No wheeled vehicles, including trolleys, wheelbarrows, prams and bikes should be on the Track or at any campsite. Please help to preserve the Track and the environment by keeping to ‘boots only’.
    • we are here to help you get on Track safely. Please read our FAQs, read information in the relevant Section By Section Guide and contact us if you have any questions.

  • Bibbulmun & Beyond guided tour

    14 March 2017

    Our popular Bibbulmun & Beyond 9-day tour, departs in May 2017.

    Led by experience guides, you will explore all the best sections along the Bibbulmun Track in day walks.  

    The tour then ventures beyond into the Stirling Ranges for a climb up Bluff Knoll and the reward of spectactular 360 degree views.  

    Comfortable accommodation, meals and transport in our private bus is included.  All you need is a pair of boots, your camera and a sense of adventure.   

    The whole experience was seamless with professional, enthusiastic, friendly and well organised guides

    Hurry - only a few places left!

    For more information and a full dossier click here.

  • New Interpretive Trail for Bibbulmun Track

    2 March 2017

    On 19th February a smoking ceremony at the Northern Terminus was held to launch the upgrade of the terminus and interpretive trail linking to the Kalamunda zig zag centre.

    Local Member for Kalamunda, John Day, and BTF Chair Mike Wood acknowledged the support of the Shire, Department of Parks and Wildlife, and Tourism WA.

    This exciting project is due for completion by July and all volunteers and members will be invited to attend the opening celebration.

    Olman Walley conducted the Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.
    Olman Walley conducted the Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.

  • Murray River bridge update

    27 February 2017

    We’re pleased to say that the ground works for the new suspension bridge over the Murray River were completed prior to the recent flooding.

    Murray River bridge footings
    Murray River bridge footings

    As shown in the above photo, the tower footings were submerged during the recent rain, indicating an above 10-year flood level.
    The above-ground construction will commence soon with completion due by May 2017.

    This project is being funded by:

             
             

     

     

    We thank our sponsors for their support.

  • Nature Academy nurtures new leaders

    15 December 2016

    The Edmund Rice Centre partnered with the Bibbulmun Track Foundation to launch a Nature Academy for youth from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds.

    The Foundation’s role was to conduct a programme designed to train youth to lead bushwalks.  Nineteen signed up - all young women between the ages of twelve and twenty years old from a range of countries including Somalia, Burundi, Sudan, Uganda, South Sudan and Senegal. 

    The first unit covered the theory of conducting walks on the Bibbulmun Track. Topics included a map reading and route planning exercise, health and safety, basic gear and clothing, some first aid, the nature of leading walks, and tips on how to lead group walks. Eighteen then completed unit two where they learnt to cook using a fuel stove. They prepared and tasted a range of dishes. The focus was on developing an appropriate menu taking into account the bulk, weight and suitability of food for hiking.

    Break at Hewetts Hill Campsite.
    Break at Hewetts Hill Campsite.

    The same participants then completed the third unit, an advanced day walk. The group put into practice the theory learned in the first unit. Keeping the group together, coordinating breaks, taking care of group members and navigating the bush were all part of the learning experience. The group was given autonomy to coordinate the foregoing tasks and to get the group to the end of the walk safely and in a timely manner.

    On a Saturday morning in April the fourth unit covered how to pack a backpack and make decisions regarding appropriate equipment, food and clothing. Fourteen participants attended and then went on to successfully complete the final unit; an overnight trek that weekend. Once again the group was given autonomy on setting goals: for example, the distances to be covered between breaks, the length of breaks, and the lunch stop location. They also had the responsibility of navigating and keeping the group together and safe.  In very adverse weather conditions, the group reached the campsite and worked as a team to successfully erect tents and prepare dinner. This was done in darkness as it was dusk by the time the group arrived at the campsite.

    Checking the map before setting out.
    Checking the map before setting out.

    Dealing with issues affecting the group, such as sore bodies, slow walkers and heavy packs, took its toll and this was a challenge for many, even the experienced Bibbulmun Track Foundation guides— a true learning experience for everyone involved!

    Spirits were still high the next day as participants broke camp and headed for the end of the walk. A debriefing and evaluation of the overnight walk and the entire youth leadership programme gave some great feedback ranging from “This is not for me” through to “I am interested in doing much more.”

    Sunny spot for a well earned rest.
    Sunny spot for a well earned rest.

    The next step on the youth leadership programme is for selected participants to be involved in BTF organised walks and to make a presentation of their experiences. We hope the fourteen young women who completed the programme will continue to enjoy the great outdoors and share their knowledge and experience with others in their community. 

    Resting those feet and checking for blisters.
    Resting those feet and checking for blisters.

    Many thanks to the Inclusion Unit at the Department of Sport and Recreation for supporting this programme.