Find out the latest news about the Track and the Foundation before you set off for your next walk.
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.
28 February 2019
We are very pleased to advise that the rebuild of Helena Campsite is underway.
The internal layout of the shelter is similar to the Deep South providing increased weather protection whilst leaving most of the front wall open to maximise the views.
Walker feedback from the rammed earth shelters built previously has been taken into consideration including maximising hanging space.
Furthermore, improvements to the existing four rammed earth shelters built in the Nornalup Design are being carried out including closing in one side to improve weather protection.
It has been just over a year since the Helena campsite and shelter were destroyed by fire in January 2018. It is due for completion by the end of June.
Walkers should be aware that construction vehicles will be using part of the Bibbulmun Track to access the site.
In the meantime, we kindly ask that walkers do not use any part of the campsite spur trail and keep away from the campsite itself, as trucks and construction equipment will be in the area.
The campsite will remain closed and is about 18km between Ball Creek and Waalegh Campsites. Please keep an eye on the Track conditions in our Section By Section Guide.
27 February 2019
Keeping up with the latest gear for bushwalking on the market can be daunting sometimes. Having Sea to Summit, a Perth based company and proud sponsor of the Bibbulmun Track Foundation, run a workshop for us helps keep us up to date.
Volunteer guides and our office staff attended a workshop at the Sea to Summit warehouse.
Not only were we shown the latest product lines, but we were also given insight into the long process of how products are developed, the standards they have to meet and the testing they have to successfully pass long before they even reach the shelves at your favourite outdoor store.
Some gear was even put to the test in front us (a sleeping mat and a sharp knife).
If you are a member of the Foundation, keep an eye out for some really great special offers on Sea to Summit gear in 2019. If you are not a member and want to receive the benefits of being a member and also support the Bibbulmun Track, then join up here.
25 February 2019
It is always great to received positive feedback from organisations who have benifited from one of our services. Late last year one of our trained presenters visited the Bush Rangers from Emmanuel Catholic College to share with them some key points before they headed out on their camp. Some of the topics covered included expedition planning using maps, minimal impact guidelines (Leave No Trace), food suggestions, equipment for overnight walking and first aid and safety.
I just thought I would let you know that my Year 8 Bush Rangers Unit completed their walk from Fern Road through to the Perth Hills Campsite on the 15 November 2018 on a rather hot day. Oh and they did it with a little 2 hour detour as they went the wrong way at the beginning of the track (they were heading to Kalamunda!). We did stop and say a prayer of thanks when we saw that the Mundaring Weir bridge was open and we wouldn’t have to climb all the stairs down and back up again!
The students were constantly reminding each other of things you mentioned in your talk to them – stay together as a group, we need to slow down and walk together, our breaks start when the last person gets here! I honestly believe your presentation did a lot for them.
Our section leaders did an amazing job and managed to navigate the students all the way to the finish line where we had extra ice-creams waiting for the very hot crew. The camp was so successful that we are going to run it again in the same format this year. We will be in touch with you to ask you to come out and speak to the new batch of Bush Rangers.
Thank you again for your assistance and knowledge – it was greatly appreciated.
We are really glad the presentation had a positive impact and that the school will be doing it again.
13 December 2018
Congratulations to our two winners:
"A Hiking Adventure" by Tanika Schoeman
"Rocky Pool Trail Walk" by Adayna Fozdar
It was extremely close between all entries so congratulations to you all!
Everyone will be receiving a small prize in the post over the next few weeks.
Thank you all for your participation we have greatly enjoyed reading all your adventures.
Below are the 4 top entries:
A Hiking Adventure
by Tanika Schoeman
We were walking along the Bibbulmun Track near Albany. It was a hot afternoon. We could smell the sea, but all we could see was the bush along the track. Dad was in the front. My sister and I were behind him and Mum was dreaming along at the back. We met a fisherman who told us that there was a whale stranded down at the beach.
It was very exciting. We decided to hurry along. Dad was panting. Cicadas were singing loudly. The sandy path winded up and down hills. I heard a rustle in the bushes. I wondered what it was.
Finally we were stumbling down the dune that would take us to the beach. I saw something in the distance. It was a big, black blob. We scurried along the shore. As we came closer, the blob started looking like a whale. I ran ahead. My feet were numb with cold from the icy sand and water. Would I be able to touch the whale?
At last I arrived. I was a bit scared and stood back. The others caught up to me.
“Wow!” said Dad.
My sister was gaping.
“Look at his eyes,” said Mum. The whale’s eyes were as black as the night.
At first we didn’t know whether it was alive. After some time we realised it was not. It was moving, but it was just the waves that were pushing its tail around. It had marks from where it had been washed up on the rocks. I was sad. Mum took a photograph. Guess what? I got to touch the whale! We stayed with the whale for a long time. I felt the scrapes on its body. We found the blowhole. It was tightly shut. The teeth were sharp and pointy. They were as big as my pinky. The skin was rough in places, but smooth in other places.
It was starting to get dark. It was time to go back. We had seen a beautiful whale.
“Goodbye, Whale. Thank you,” I said sadly.
We hurried back to the path and started walking along the track. The walk was uphill. We had to be quick, because it was getting dark. I pumped my arms hard, so I could go faster. I was sweating. Mum and dad were worn out. My sister asked for a drink. I was feeling so happy. I was sad the whale was dead, but happy we got to see it. In the trees I heard an owl hooting. Maybe it was a Boobook Owl.
When we arrived back at our tent, the stars were shining. We cooked sausages on the fire and went to bed early. That night we all slept well, listening to the sounds of the bush. Mostly it was quiet.
The next morning we carried on along the Bibbulemun track. We finished our walk and went home tired. We will always remember the day we saw and touched the whale.
Rocky Pool Trail Walk
By Adayna Fozdar
One sunny afternoon, the Fozdar family set off for a trail walk. This was our second attempt at this walk, because the first time we got a bit lost. But this time we didn’t because we parked at Jorgenson Park car park and followed the Bibbulmun Track signs to get to Rocky Pool. During the walk, we saw lots of beautiful wildflowers and lots of sticky brown mud. A funny moment was when Amin, my brother, stepped on some very stick and squishy mud. “It felt like my feet were sinking down and down and my brand new shoes got completely covered in mud”, Amin said.
The walk was very bumpy and sometimes very steep. But it was worth it in the end. Once we got there, we could see the Rocky Pool’s stream and the big towering rocks behind it. We dipped our feet in the stream. It was cold and refreshing. After that, we packed up and walked back to the car park. We drove home while watching the sunset.
I think this was a good walk in the end and I would recommend it for all family walks. ��
The Bibbulmun Track
I love my visits to the Bibbulmun track. Our heavy packs are full, chucked in the boot and off we go…
We drive to the start and have a little play. The carpark is mostly gravel, but there is bush on both sides of the road, so we have an energetic play in the undergrowth.
Though the walks are exhausting, I still like going through the bush because I get to see all the native plants and sometimes blue-tongue lizards too. Along the track, there are enormous logs and rocks that we stop at to explore while we rest and snack. I love it when Mum hands out chocolate to give us ‘Chocolate Legs’! The chocolate makes me walk faster and gets me up the steep and tiring hills. Occasionally we pass a yellow Bibbulmun Track wagul. Sometimes we even have a little competition to see who spots a wagul first.
We get to the hut and I’m really happy. I always write in the hut book and have a well-deserved rest. When I feel lively again, I love to play on the rocks, the logs and amongst the grass trees and the gum trees as I explore the bush. I like to get charcoal all over my face. I search for witchetty grubs in all the dead grass trees that have fallen onto the leaf-covered ground. I like to gather sap from the grass trees which I melt over the fire or keep to trade with the other kids. I also collect long sticks to roast my sausages and marshmallows on. We keep an eye out for firewood to collect.
In the evenings, I like to help light the campfire with fire starters and firewood. Then we cook a dinner of couscous, peas and German sausages. Yum! Sometimes, as a treat, we roast scrumptious, marshmallows on the campfire for dessert. Burnt, gooey ones are extra yummy! We enjoy a warm cup of soup after dinner. We play Spotlight or 44-Home before we wrap up warm, snuggle up in our sleeping bags all toasty and ready for a good night’s sleep.
In the morning we eagerly light the fire and warm ourselves up - it’s always cold at that time of day! After we’ve had our breakfast and packed up our belongings, the day warms up and we have our last play. Now it’s time to heave on our packs.
Once again we make our way down the track. As we get closer to the car, I start to look forward to going home.
Back in the carpark, we say goodbye to our friends and head off on the bumpy road leading home.
Yay! Home Sweet Home. I take off my sweaty boots, have a shower and wash my hair. That night I am happy to be back home, clean and warm in my very own bed.
What a great weekend away!
I’m looking forward to my next Bibbulmun Track adventure already!
The Bibbulman Track
By Jessica Gauntlett
The Bibbulman Track is in the middle of no-where; It has
A charred black forest, a boiling hot sun, a 3 sided hut, a long drop toilet
That always has spiders on its seat and is even home to the weirdest wildlife that I always search for.
My siblings, friends and I do what happy kids do, making cubbies out of sticks and leaves, warming our hands by the crackling fire, waking up to fog surrounding the valley, prowling around in the dark playing spotlight and carving weapons with our pocket knives.
Bringing home souvenirs of the bush.