Latest News

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

  • Members Night - Tales from other Trails 2017

    16 October 2017

    The team and crew from the Rabbit Proof Fence walk, will be sharing their 1300km journey along the Rabbit-Proof Fence.   From Mogumber Mission (formerly known as Moore River Native Settlement), just outside of Perth, to Jigalong in the Pilbara, Western Australia in the footsteps of Molly (14), Gracie (11) and Daisy (8), whose stories were told in Doris Pilkington's book, Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence. 

    Mountain Designs will also be drawing a door prize for their members as well handing out a number of spot prizes! There will also be Back Country food samples provided by Sea to Summit.

     

       

     

     

    This is a great opportunity to meet other members and become aware of walk trails from around the world that are just a bit off the beaten track for most!

    Too book head to the Events Booking page.

  • Outdoors October Challenge ...

    10 October 2017

    The Bibbulmun Track Foundation is joining Outdoors October, celebrating the great outdoors across WA.  Grab a friend and begin your out door adventure, explore, discover, play and grow.  

    There are few places on Earth where walkers can experience over 1000 kilometres of unbroken natural environment with the scenic variety offered by the Bibbulmun Track.  

    Share your photo's and activities over the whole month of October with us on Facebook or Instagram.  If you enjoyed the great outdoors over the October School Holidays with the whole family and got out and active, let us know.   We still have a few spots on a number of our events, which caters for all ages and fitness levels or head out on to the track on your own.

    This is the time in WA where the outdoor sector invites EVERYONE in WA to get outdoors. With over 100 exciting outdoor events. Across WA outdoor clubs, organisations and businesses join with thousands in the outdoors. Check out the calendar for ideas. So join us with Outdoors WA today and – Go on.  Get Outside!

    Be sure to share with us via our Facebook page or Instagram  #bibbulmuntrack #outdoorsoctober photo's of your adventure!

  • Bibbulmun Track North Terminus Link Opening

    1 September 2017

    Kalamunda City Mayor Andrew Waddell will officially open the Bibbulmun Track Northern Terminus Link this morning, Friday 1 September 2017 at 9:30am at the Northern Terminus of the Track.

    The project was supported by Tourism Western Australia through the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program. We are very pleased that the City of Kalamunda is keen to raise awareness of the Bibbulmun Track in the village of Kalamunda.  The upgraded terminus and link trail is a fantastic improvement to the start or finish of the walk.

    The new sculptures, called Bibbulmun Spirit Poles, at the entry to the Bibbulmun Track are a conceptual interpretation of the six language groups of the South West as created by Sharyn Egan.  The leaf shaped panels refer to the Coolamon, an indigenous carrying vessel.  The artwork was carved out of the panels by Gordon Mitchell.

    The Bibbulmun Spirit Poles artwork was generously funded by Newmont Boddington Gold.

  • Bibbulmun & Beyond guided tour

    29 August 2017

    Our popular Bibbulmun & Beyond 9-day tour, departs in May 2018.

    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

     

    For more information and a full dossier click here.

  • New Bridge Opens in Time for Winter

    7 August 2017

    We are delighted to announce that the new bridge across the Murray River and the related Bibbulmun Track realignment are now open. 

    The bridge was completed at the beginning of July, just before the winter river water level rose, which would have made the Bibbulmun Track impassable at the diversion crossing point. It replaces the historic timber trestle Long Gully Bridge in Lane Poole Reserve which was destroyed in the 2015 Boddington bushfire.

    Bily Djena Bidi opens just in time for winter
    Bily Djena Bidi opens just in time for winter

    The new state-of-the-art bridge, built several kilometres downstream of the old bridge site, has been named the Bilya Djena Bidi (pronounced beel-ya jenabidi) by the Gnaala Karla Booja traditional owners. The name means a swinging river foot-bridge.

    With an overall length of 92m and 82m between the towers, the design includes two 12m towers that hold the bridge deck six meters above the summer river level.  This enables Bibbulmun Track hikers to safely cross the Murray River all year around, while providing a unique feature on the Track.

    The design and the materials allow the bridge to blend into the surrounding environment. Weathering, a form of rusting steel, was used for the main part of the structure, including the towers and hangers. All materials offer a high degree of fire resistance and will require minimal maintenance.

    Under construction
    Under construction

    BTF volunteers installed the Track realignment and new signage. Some further work is still required to rehabilitate the site; unfortunately this is being hampered by bad weather.

    The total cost of the project was close to $850,000 including around $125,000 of in-kind contributions from contractors, volunteers and Parks and Wildlife Service staff. 

    We are very grateful to the individuals and organisations that contributed.  $100,000 was contributed by the Bibbulmun Track Foundation.  These funds were raised by members and friends through donations and raffles—originally for the restoration of Long Gully Bridge and then, sadly, for its replacement.  

    The bridge spans 92 metres and is 500mm above the 100 year flood level.
    The bridge spans 92 metres and is 500mm above the 100 year flood level.

    Other funding came from the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; Royalties for Regions Regional Grants Scheme administered through the Peel Development Commission and Alcoa Australia with support from engineering company BG&E Pty Ltd who developed the concept design free of charge.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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