Latest News

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

  • Bushfire Update

    11 May 2015

    The sections which remain closed are:

    1) Between Mt Dale Campsite and Brookton Hwy - Diversion now in place linking Kalamunda to Dwellingup.

    2) Between Driver Rd and Harris Dam Picnic Area - Diversion planned to be in place after the end of May 2015. However this will be dependent on the level of the Murray River.

     

     

    The following sections have been re-opened:

    1) A diversion is in place between Mt Dale Campsite and Brookton Hwy (see link above). Mt Dale Campsite is now open.

    2) Dwellingup to Driver Rd including Swamp Oak and Murray Campsites

    3) Harris Dam Picnic Area to Collie

    4) Pemberton to Northcliffe including Warren and Schafer Campsites

    5) Northcliffe to Walpole - the original alignment is only open until river levels rise. Diversion planned to be in place after the end of May 2015.

    Some of these sections will include temporary campsites with a toilet and water tank but no shelter. Walkers will need to take tents.

    Please click on the relevant section for updates. 

    Brookton Campsite destroyed
    Brookton Campsite destroyed

    The bridge lost to fire.
    The bridge lost to fire.

    Lower Hotham Fire destroys Possum Springs Campsite
    Lower Hotham Fire destroys Possum Springs Campsite

  • Are you planning an End-to-End in 2015?

    23 April 2015

    Dog Pool shelter destroyed.
    Dog Pool shelter destroyed.
     We have had several enquiries from people planning an end-to-end in 2015. 

    While an End-to-End is still not possible, we are very pleased to announce that some sections will re-open, with others having diversions installed making an End-to-End journey possible after May 2015. 

    Some sections of Track affected by the recent fires will have diversions with temporary campsites (water and toilet but no shelter).

    Walkers will need to carry tents with them.

    Check the Section by Section Guide (under Trip Planner) for each section to see their current status. See the Realignments/Diversion tab.

  • Get your Entertainment™ Book from the Foundation

    23 March 2015

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    Entertainment™ Books are packed with hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for the best restaurants, cafés, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel and much more.

    Available from early May, the new Book is still only $65 and you receive over $20,000 worth of valuable offers valid through to 1 June 2016! 

    This is a great fundraiser for the Foundation with $13 from each book going towards the upkeep of the Track.  It’s a win/win situation.  

    Click here to pre-order your copy today.

     

  • Another campsite lost - Gardner Campsite

    16 March 2015

    Initial reports from aerial observations indicated that Gardner Campsite was still standing. However on-the-ground assessments have revealed that it has been damaged beyond repair. 

    Gardner Campsite - another nice spot to spend a night.
    Gardner Campsite - another nice spot to spend a night.

    Both Gardner and Dog Pool Campsites were located well within the fire zone. We are yet to hear about the fate of the many significant bridges in the area while assessment continue to take place.

    Dog Pool shelter brought to the ground.
    Dog Pool shelter brought to the ground.

    We are also saddened to learn that the bridge across the Shannon River has been destroyed.

    Dog Pool Bridge over the Shannon River significantly damaged.
    Dog Pool Bridge over the Shannon River significantly damaged.

    This has a significant impact to walkers as the Track is now cut in two places; the Long Gully Bridge across the Murray River and this bridge across the Shannon River.

    If you are plannning an End-to-End please click here.

    Remains of the Water gauging station solar panel.
    Remains of the Water gauging station solar panel.

    Dog Pool shelter destroyed.
    Dog Pool shelter destroyed.

  • Historic Long Gully Bridge lost to fire

    12 February 2015

    The Lower Hotham fire has claimed an historic victim by burning an important crossing on the Bibbulmun Track - the historic Long Gully Bridge.

    Considered an outstanding example of an early rail trestle bridge, the 128 metre long bridge was a great example of the technical design skill of the Western Australian Government Railways. The bridge was built for the WA Government Railways in 1949. The rail network was integral for the timber industry from the Serpentine-Jarrahdale area to Dwellingup region. When the Dwellingup Mill was burned down in 1961, the track ceased operation. The Bridge met sections of land that rise steeply above Murray River valleys and it provided the only viable crossing point for walkers on the Bibbulmun Track.

    The bridge lost to fire.
    The bridge lost to fire.

    As many of you know, the Foundation was raising funds for its restoration. We will need to decide if these funds go towards restoring our other major timber bridge - River Road - or if they go towards a solution to replace Long Gully. It won't be easy due to the long span. Another timber bridge is out of the question.

    Once the dust and ash settles we will investigate how we can create a new crossing for walkers.

    Clearing vegetation around Long Gully Bridge
    Clearing vegetation around Long Gully Bridge

    As can be seen from the images, Parks and Wildlife Fire crews did all they could to help save the bridge. The bridge was doused with water and before the fire hit it was also sprayed with a fire retarder. We thank them for their efforts.

    The bridge ready to be hosed down with smoke from the fire in the background.
    The bridge ready to be hosed down with smoke from the fire in the background.
     
    Crews do all they can to prepare the bridge for the  impending fire.
    Crews do all they can to prepare the bridge for the impending fire.

    The last moments of Long Gully Bridge
    The last moments of Long Gully Bridge

    G Class locomotive crossing the Long Gully Bridge.
    G Class locomotive crossing the Long Gully Bridge.

    One of the last locomotives (The Black Butt) to use the bridge.
    One of the last locomotives (The Black Butt) to use the bridge.

    The historic Long Gully Bridge, being the largest and most significant wooden trestle bridge along the Track.
    The historic Long Gully Bridge, being the largest and most significant wooden trestle bridge along the Track.