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

  • Buy an Entertainment Book today to help support the Track!

    19 April 2017

    Introducing the 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Book and the Entertainment Digital Membership!


    The traditional Entertainment Book that comes with the Gold Card and vouchers

    -OR-

    The Entertainment Digital Membership that puts the value of the Entertainment Book into your iPhone or Android smartphone!

    Order your new Entertainment™ Book or Entertainment™ Digital Membership before 4 May 2017 and you will receive up to $230 worth of additional offers that you can use right away!

    $14 of your $70 purchase will go towards maintaining the Track, shelters and bridges. 

    In addition, you receive over $20,000 worth of valuable offers valid through to 1 June 2017 - win-win scenario for everyone!

    Click here to order your copy today.

  • A Tour to New Zealand’s Remote South - February 2017

    13 April 2017

    February saw an excited, if slightly apprehensive group of walkers assemble in Queenstown to greet each other and meet Angie and Peter, our local tour guides, for seven days of walking, sightseeing, hard work, sweat, fun and lots of laughs.

    Our amazing guides decided to see if we were all as capable as we hoped, so they put us to the test the following day, when we walked nearly 20 kilometres on the moderately-difficult rated Moonlight Track. From our starting point high above the Shotover River near Arthur's Point we began traversing the high hills, gaining altitude all the time. A bit of rain and strong cold winds made the walk interesting and the views were spectacular; deep river canyons, a turquoise coloured river, snow covered peaks, craggy rocks and kilometre after kilometre of single track through alpine grasses. The snow line was so close that we were able to pick up and taste some of the wind-blown snow. After several hours walking, and 1000m gained in altitude, we reached the Ben Lomond col, where a magnificent view of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu was spread below us. From here, we still had four kilometres of a sometimes treacherous, downhill, rocky walk to reach the Skyline complex and take an easy gondola ride back down to Queenstown.

    We all survived, but Gwen had damaged her knee and it looked like her walking might have to be restricted. A bus ride to Te Anau passed through more spectacular scenery, with the road hugging the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

    After overnighting at Te Anau we set out on a day walk along the Kepler Track, a very pleasant, gentle walk starting at a suspension bridge that crossed the Waiau River. We walked through a wonderland of fern gardens, expanses of mosses  covering the ground like  carpets, and found some colourful fungi in a very moist forest environment. This area is a unique and fragile wetland and the mainly level trail was an absolute delight after the previous day's tough walk. Before long we reached the Moturau Hut on the shores of Lake Manapouri, where we had our lunch before retracing our steps to the bus for our drive to Tuatapere, our base for the night. An evening briefing at the Hump Ridge Track office prepared everyone for what we could expect on our three day hike of the 62km Hump Ridge Track through the pristine Fiordland National Park. The track profile looked daunting!

    Early next morning we were bussed to the starting point of the Track, to discover that we were to travel by helicopter  across Te Wae Wae Bay to Flat Creek. That meant we wouldn't need to repeat-walk the 10 kilometre spur trail after completing the Hump Ridge Track loop, and eleven walkers were thrilled and very appreciative!  Because of her knee injury Gwen, with husband Chris, opted to use the  helicopter to Okaka Hut where they greeted us on our weary arrival many hours later.

    We were now joined by Hump Ridge guides Dallas and Greg who both proved to be ultra-fit walking coaches and founts of knowledge about the Track and its management. Greg discovered chocolate can work wonders as an encouragement, and soon Bev, our pocket-rocket, became our chocolate-rocket! One-person-only swing bridges, constructed boardwalks, native ancient pine forests, crystal clear streams, mosses, ferns, fungi, roots, bog, mud and almost vertical slopes were all seen, experienced and conquered as we walked, climbed, pulled, scrambled and sometimes clawed our way upwards to the sub-alpine altitude of Okaka Lodge, the highest point on the Track. From the lodge and the nearby loop walk which circles around the tors and tarns further up the ridge we had 360 degree stunning, panoramic views over the surrounding wilderness areas and across the ocean to Stewart Island.

    By day two, Kym had established herself as our pacemaker and led the way along the boardwalk that wound up and down through stunted beech forest along the ridge-tops towards Luncheon Rock, our first major break. Over 3000 steps up or down were covered over this 21km day. We dropped further down through mixed forest, and some mud, to reach the Edwin Burn viaduct and start a 7km walk along the old logging tram-way to the historical settlement of Port Craig, our accommodation for the night.

     We passed two mighty wooden viaducts including the Percy Burn viaduct—at 35m high and 125m long it's the largest wooden structure in the southern hemisphere. It is closed to walkers, which meant descending and ascending countless steps, but afforded magnificent views of the structure from below. On reaching Port Craig Lodge, we were able to explore the area's historical saw-milling relics and cool our tired feet and limbs in the Southern Ocean.

    We made an early start on the third day to enable us to catch the ferry to Stewart Island. The walk was mainly at sea level and took us through sections of pristine rain forest past our helicopter landing site of the first day. We emerged to trek through a series of sandy bays where the walking was easy on firm sand, giving us time to explore some of the many rocky pools on the headlands. Lunch was eaten at a deer hunters' hut adjacent to the swing bridge at Track Burn, then we continued on past fishermen’s shacks and over the swing bridge across the Waikoau River. Not long after we were back at our starting point and our amazing adventure ended as we were picked up by vehicle and whisked back to Tuatapere; weary, but feeling very satisfied with our achievement.

    The following day was a free day for everyone to do as they wished, including a taking taxis to an old whaling base, visits to the bird sanctuary on Ulva Island, local walks, kayaking, inlet cruises, visiting the quirky Bunkhouse picture theatre or just resting,  Some went on a night tour and were lucky enough to see a kiwi, penguin and sea lion in their natural habitats.

    Another early start had us back in Bluff where we visited Stirling Point for a group photograph at the southern-most sign post in New Zealand. A stop near Invercargill was an opportunity to visit Oreti Beach, made famous by the movie The Fastest Indian. We explored some of the interesting buildings in Invercargill before lunch and then drove back to Queenstown, with stops at Garston and the Devil's Staircase along the winding road beside Lake Wakatipu. In Queenstown we enjoyed a farewell dinner together at a local restaurant, re-living some of our exploits with good stories and wine. Everyone was going their separate ways next morning, but not before experiencing a magnificent breakfast-time pink and golden sunrise over Queenstown and its lake. It seemed a fitting close to a perfect week of amazing activities and adventure, great company, good weather and experiences that will remain with us all for a very long time.

    Written by group member Charmaine Harris on behalf of:

    Ann, Tricia, Elsie , Kathy, Fran, Barbara, Gwen, Chris, Kym and Bev

  • 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 any 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 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.