Latest News

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

  • Get your Entertainment™ Book from the Foundation

    23 March 2015

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    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.

     

  • Sections remain closed after fire

    20 March 2015

    People were lucky to survive with minor injuries when this tree fell on a vehicle.  This highlights the danger of walking through fire affected areas.

    People escape with minor injuries near Northcliffe
    People escape with minor injuries near Northcliffe

    We urge everyone to stay away from affected sections of the Track until they are declared safe, assessed and re-opened.

    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

    3) Between Northcliffe and Mandalay Beach Rd

    Please click on the relevant section for details and campsite closures. These sections may remain closed for many months to come. If you are planning an End-to-End for 2015 you will have to postpone your walk for the time being.

     

    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) Brookton Hwy to Randall Rd including Canning Campsite

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

    4) Harris Dam Picnic Area to Collie

    5) Pemberton to Northcliffe including Warren and Schafer Campsites

    6) Mandalay Beach to Walpole including Long Point and Mt Clare Campsites.

    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

  • Walking over Easter?

    17 March 2015

    If you are planning a walk over Easter, in addition to the usual planning you should do for your walk, you will need to take into consideration the following: 

    Rainbow in the valley. Should I check out the pot of gold?
    Rainbow in the valley. Should I check out the pot of gold?

    • Sections remain closed due to bushfires. For information on which sections you cannot walk click here.
    • A campfire ban still applies at all campsites on the Bibbulmun Track. Take and use your fuel stove.
    • Large groups will be using some campsites out on the Track particularly between Walpole and Albany. Check these by going to the Section By Section Guide and clicking on the section you would like to walk and then the Groups On Track tab. Avoid these campsites if possible.
    • Take a tent as space in the shelters cannot be guaranteed.
    • Check the Track conditions on the section you are walking by visiting the relevant Section by Section Guide and clicking the Realignments/Diversion tab on our website. The long diversion south of Balingup is still in place.
    • Take enough water. Some tanks are getting low. If you are only doing day-walks, carry enough for the day and leave the water in the tanks for the long distance walkers.
    • The section from Balingup to Brockman Highway is still closed after the bushfire. Do not attempt to walk this section as it is not possible to cross the Blackwood River. The bridge no longer exists.
    • Refer to our FAQs and the Trip Planner pages for more information or contact us.
  • 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.

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

    5 March 2015

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

    Unfortunately, currently, this is NOT possible. The sections of Track affected by the recent fires are likely to be closed for at least a year.

    Parks and Wildlife are busy assessing damage. In some sections they may be able to put in diversions with temporary campsites (water and toilet but no shelter) along gravel roads to at least open a route through to other unaffected  sections.

    The biggest issue however is the Long Gully Bridge over the Murray River. Until that is replaced walkers won't be able to cross the river. 

    Our advice would be, if you can, wait and see what is open by mid 2015. If you are not able to, then we would advise to defer your plans until mid to late 2016.

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