Latest News

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

  • Perth man charged for attack on two Finnish tourists

    28 June 2019

    A Perth man has been jailed for more than eight years for attacking two Finnish tourists who were hiking the Bibbulmun Track in July 2018 (see Bibbulmun Track Foundation shocked and saddened by incident out on the Track.)  

    Matt Whittaker (36) pleaded guilty in February to two charges of doing an act likely to endanger the safety or lives of others.

    Finnish couple, Queralt Tobarra and Tuomas Tani, were walking along the track in Paulls Valley close to the start of the Track.  The Bibbulmun Track crosses a few roads in this suburban area and unfortunately came out of the bush just as Whittaker was in the vicinity.  He ran them down with his ute at a speed of between 60-70kmph, then got out of his vehicle, took a shovel from his ute and attacked them.

    The couple eventually managed to overpower Whittaker after Ms Tobarra hit him over the head with the shovel. A passer-by stopped to help and the three of them held Whittaker down until police arrived.

    Whittaker is also facing charges of possessing methylamphetamine, an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

  • Adventure Raffle 2019 Winners Announced!

    7 June 2019

    We had an incredible response to this year's Adventure Raffle and are delighted to announce the lucky winners.

    1st Prize - Fully-supported tour with Inspiration Outdoors value of $4,750 - WINNER:  ELEANOR MORLEY, Mount Lawley

    2nd Prize - Blackwood River Valley Holiday for four value of $1,620 - WINNER:  PAULINE LANE, Gnangara 

    3rd Prize - Pemberton Discovery Holiday for four value of $1,200 - WINNER:  BEVERLEY DAVIS, Rivervale

    4th Prize - Sea to Summit Voucher value of $500 - WINNER:  ROBERT GUTHRIE, Beaconsfield

    Congratulations!

    Thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket.  

    Thanks also to our prize sponsors - 

  • Registrations now open - Bibbulmun & Beyond 9-day tour 2020

    3 June 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.

    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!

  • Protecting Possums through Feral Control

    10 May 2019

    The Torbay Catchment Group has secured 3 years of funding through the State NRM Community Stewardship program and Federal National Landcare Phase Two via South Coast NRM (until 30th June 2019). The project will protect habitat, raise awareness and survey populations of critically endangered Western Ringtail Possums.

    Included is an integrated feral predator control program which received praise by the State NRM panel stating that “This project represents an important contribution to feral animal control in Western Australia” The program includes support for the annual Torbay Community Fox Shoot, subsidised 1080 baiting training and accreditation workshops and feral animal awareness events. Support is provided to assist experienced local shooters to remove foxes and feral cats on private properties in the area and to collect fox and possum data.

    Another very important aspect of feral predator control is reinstating 1080 baiting and trapping in West Cape Howe National Park, with support and in collaboration with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Attractions (DBCA).

    The Torbay Catchment Group will contract Mike Butcher and his team at Animal Pest Management Services (APMS) to bait, trap and conduct camera monitoring in West Cape Howe National Park in May and October for the next 3 years. We understand the ethical treatment of all animals is extremely important and feral predator control will be undertaken in line with relevant legislation in a humane, ethical manner and with approval from DBCA. Mike has 37 years professional experience Australia-wide controlling pest animals and his methods of strategic baiting and trapping have had outstanding results.

    Mike was awarded the 2014 Australasian Wildlife Management Society Practitioners Award for the management of loggerhead turtles at Gnaraloo, Western Australia, having reduced fox predation from 80-100% to zero for the past 5 seasons.

    “Foxes can have devastating effects on native fauna and small livestock. We are urging all local landholders to concentrate their feral animal management during May and October to support our whole of landscape approach to feral predator control.” said Wendy Coffey (project officer) “Targeting these months will capture young animals finding new territory in autumn, and breeding pairs in spring. Strategic baiting, trapping and shooting is very effective at these times.”

    The Torbay Catchment Group on the south coast of Western Australia, is a community-based volunteer organisation, whose primary focus is on protecting and restoring the health of the lands and waterways within the greater Torbay catchment and supporting a prosperous and sustainable community within the area.

    For further information contact:
    Project Co-ordinator
    Pip Tilbrook
    Available: Mon to Wed
    Tel:  0439 461 591
    Email: info@torbaycatchment.org.au                     

    Photo Credit: Possum-Wendy Coffey; Fox-Sporting Shooters of WA

  • Donnelly River Shelters Upgrade

    6 May 2019

    The Donnelly River shelters upgrade was completed on 3rd of May by Bibbulmun Track Foundation Support Volunteers.

     

    The team stripped and de-nailed the old jarrah boards. Oiled, cut and installed all new jarrah boards, both sides. Applied second oil coat to exteriors after installation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    One of the shelters was installed with a cooking bench and transparent roof sheets were replaced with new.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The jarrah floor boards were washed and oiled, thanks to Macca and Donnelly District for supplying the timber preservation oil.