Latest News

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

  • Special Offer! – $696 off Bibbulmun & Beyond Tour

    21 March 2019

    The Foundation is offering 2 places for one couple at 12% off ($696 off) our Bibbulmun and Beyond 9-day tour departing Perth Monday 29th April and returning Tuesday 7th May 2019.

    Almost at the summit of Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges.
    Almost at the summit of Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges.


    This special deal offers great savings to experience the wonder and magic of the Bibbulmun Track and the South West.

    This is an all-inclusive guided tour with:
    • transport each day
    • 3 to 4 star accommodation
    • your new Bibbulmun Deuter daypack, Bibbulmun water bottle and Bibbulmun KeepCup
    • all meals (except lunch on the last day) included.

    “The whole experience was seamless with professional, enthusiastic, friendly and well organised guides” ~ tour participant.

    All you need to do is carry your new daypack each day with a few small items. Walk through tranquil forests, up rocky escarpments with exhilarating views and experience some unique eco-tourism.

    The full dossier, further information and the registration form can be found here.  The 12% offer provides a saving of $696 off the regular price for a couple. So you only pay the special price of $2552 per person.

     

    Conditions of offer

    • This offer is only suited to a couple sharing a queen bed.
    • This offer is only available to new bookings and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. No further discounts apply.
    • Full payment for both people is needed to make the booking and take the two places.


    This offer won’t last so BOOK NOW


    Email us your booking form with full payment to secure your place.

  • Member’s Special – 35% off Black Diamond Headlamps

    16 March 2019

    Are you a member of the Bibbulmun Track Foundation?

    If you are, then take advantage of these two specials.

    Together with our sponsor Sea to Summit, we are excited to offer members 35% off* two great Black Diamond headlamps:

    • The Black Diamond Spot (RRP $79.95) and
    • The Black Diamond Storm (RRP $99.95) models.

    This member’s only offer will be available while limited stocks last.

    If you are a member, you will have already received an email detailing how to take advantage of this offer.

    Not a member and want to take advantage of future specials? Join up here.

    The Spot headlamp
    The Spot headlamp

    The Storm headlamp
    The Storm headlamp

    *Discount is off RRP and no further discount available.

  • Ultra-Runners take the Bibbulmun Track in their stride

    15 March 2019

    In late February, Australia’s first 200 Miler ultra-marathon event, the Delirious W.E.S.T. 200 Miler, was held on the south coast.  The actual course was 350 kilometres between Northcliffe and Albany along the Bibbulmun Track.

    The gruelling race attracted 35 runners from six countries and 14 from interstate.  Many of the 170 volunteers and support crew also travelled from outside of WA, booking out all the accommodation in Northcliffe and much of Pemberton prior to the event and staying in Albany over the final weekend.

    Media attention was good and the events’ Facebook page gained 35,000 hits from people all over the world.  Several highly ranked international runners are already signing up for next year and a film crew will follow the entire event from start to finish to promote it, and our stunning coastline, to the world stage.

    The event organisers ensured that impact to the Track was minimal with all aid stations located off the Track and a zero-waste policy. Additionally $100 from each entry was donated to the Foundation for Track maintenance.  More information here.

  • Registrations close soon - Bibbulmun & Beyond 2019

    13 March 2019

    Join us on this journey … and discover the spirit of Australia’s south west.

    The Foundation’s 9 days itinerary incorporates full and half-day walks along sections of the Bibbulmun Track and beyond into the Stirling Range National Park near Albany where participants climb to the summit of Bluff Knoll (1094 metres) and are rewarded with the breathtaking 360o views.

    Participants walk on the Track with only a small daypack and a private air-conditioned bus provides transport to and from the Track each day.  Each evening the group returns to comfortable accommodation in the rural towns and villages along the Track to relax and enjoy the local fare.  All meals, accommodation, transport to and from Perth, entry to attractions, guides and a Bibbulmun Track branded souvenir day pack and water bottle are included in the tour price of $ 2,900 twin share.

    The Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia has an international reputation, having been called one of the “World's Best Epic Trails” by National Geographic, stretching 1000kms from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast.  The Track passes through some of the most diverse and unique areas of Australia’s south west.  From the small mountains and hills of the Darling Scarp through to magnificent ancient forests around Pemberton, the low lying Pingerup Plains, the giants of the Tingle Forests and then onto coastal heathlands with spectacular views and some of the finest coastal walking in Australia.

     

    The flexible itinerary allows people of all experience and fitness levels the chance to explore the Track and expert guides go the extra mile to ensure that participants have the best experience.

    BOOK NOW as places are limited to 15!

  • Lime Pit on the Nullaki Peninsula approved

    7 March 2019

    The State Administrative Tribunal has approved a lime pit on Nullaki Peninsula land owned by property developer Grame Roberston.

    The approval overturns the City of Albany’s decision last year to knock back the proposed lime pit. A similar proposal was rejected in 2007.

    The Foundation attended community forums and made submissions against the development as the mine is located in a conservation zone and is close to the Nullaki Campsite.   Some years ago the Track was realigned in the area after Mr Robertson constructed a 9km vermin-proof fence and wide firebreak on the boundary of the Nullaki estate.  This not only destroyed the original alignment of the Track (which was on boardwalk) but put a huge scar on the landscape in what was previously a scenic area.

    The BTF’s key concerns about the lime pit included:

    • Proximity to the Nullaki Campsite – potential noise and dust impacts from mining operations.
    • Noise and safety impacts of large trucks on the haul road. See the map image below.
    • Proposal to extend Lee Road which will impact the new alignment of the Bibbulmun Track where it leaves the fence line and heads toward the Nullaki Campsite.
    • The relative remoteness and undeveloped state of the Nullaki Peninsula makes it a natural asset that should be preserved for the benefit of future generations. A lime mine would be detrimental to the area and set a bad precedent for other development applications on the peninsula.
    • Realignment of the Track and/or relocation of the Nullaki Campsite would be an extremely costly and difficult scenario.  Finding a new location for the campsite equidistant from Denmark and West Cape Howe campsite that is scenic yet provides adequate shelter from the elements would be a challenge in itself. In addition to approval from the City of Albany; flora and fauna searches and aboriginal heritage approvals would be required for the campsite location and new track alignment.   Major expenses would include building a new shelter and associated facilities as well as rehabilitation of the existing campsite location.  The management and costs would primarily be the responsibility of DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service which is already stretched for resources.

    The full SAT report is available here.  Key points in relation to impacts on the Bibbulmun Track include:

    • The mine will operate for 10 weeks per annum during summer - between December and March. 
    • There will be 14 trucks per day, five days a week.
    • Access will be via Lees, Brown and Lake Saide Road. It will then follow the vermin proof fence bordering approx. 400 metres of the Bibbulmun Track. The route will be sealed.
    • The extraction area is approximately 400 metres from the Nullaki campsite. The SAT report states that noise and dust impacts will be within the most stringent limits required by the regulations.