Latest News

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

  • Sandpatch Campsite Destroyed

    26 May 2018

    We are sad that we have lost our second campsite to fire this year.

    Shelter destroyed
    Shelter destroyed

     

    On Friday 25th May, a bushfire from an escaped prescribed burn  tore through the Torndirrup National Park in Albany and destroyed the most southern campsite on the Track.

     

    The roof on the shelter table
    The roof on the shelter table

    Sandpatch campsite was built in May 2012, along with Mutton Bird Campsite to replace Hidden Valley Campsite to the west because of the expansion of the wind farm.

    The fire burnt 620 hectares and the Track in this area will remain closed for many months.

    A diversion is in place. See the Section By Section Guide for more information and updates.

    In January this year, we lost Helena Campsite, near Mundaring, in a deliberately lit fire.

     

    The toilet, standing but damaged
    The toilet, standing but damaged

    Images of destroyed campsite from DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service, Albany.

     

    Sandpatch campsite before being destroyed in May, 2018.
    Sandpatch campsite before being destroyed in May, 2018.

  • Bushfires close Track

    25 May 2018

    The Track is CLOSED in two sections; Walpole and Albany. 

    For more information, click on the link and then click the Realignments/Diversions tab.

    1) Between Giants and Peaceful Bay from South Coast Hwy to Peaceful Bay due to a bushfire. 

    Rame Head Campsite is therefore also closed.

    A 10km diversion is in place. More info.

     

    2) Between Torbay and Albany between Sandpatch carpark and Frenchman Bay Rd is CLOSED due to a bushfire.

    This includes Sandpatch Campsite which was destroyed by the fire. A diversion is in place.

    More info.

  • Jeju Olle Friendship trail

    10 May 2018

    Board member and volunteer Charlie Soord and his wife Sue who is also a volunteer, completed route 19 (19.1km) on the Jeju Olle walking trail which is twinned to Map 8 Denmark to Albany section on the Bibbulmun Track.

    The Jeju Olle walking trail is located on the beautiful island of Jeju, South Korea. Jeju Island is located 130 kilometres south of the Korean Peninsula.  The Trail spans over 400 kilometres of beautifully maintained and managed walking trails. 


    Charlie and Sue completed the route on 30 April 2018, with the assistance from Jim (Jeju volunteer) and his wife. It was a great opportunity to discussion their maintenance program and how they manage their volunteers. The walk was very interesting passing through various landscapes along the way including, seaside towns and their Forrest. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The trail markers are very different to ours and the main trail markers are ribbons. The Ganse pony is the symbol of the trail and the Jeju Olle Foundation, and represents the small ponies that used to roam the island.

         

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Read more about Jeju Olle Trail in Trailing Around the World.

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

    16 April 2018

    Introducing the 2018 | 2019 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 2018 and you will receive up to $180 worth of additional offers that you can use right away!

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

    Click here to order your copy today.

  • The Loss of a Great Sponsor

    16 April 2018

    It is with great sadness that we have to announce the loss of the Foundation’s very first sponsor, Mountain Designs, due to the closure of their stores across Australia.

    When the team working on the Bibbulmun Track in the late 1990's; Jess Brampton and Mike Wood (then owner of Perth Mountain Designs Franchise) among them decided to start the Foundation, Mountain Designs gave it a home in the rear of their building on Hay Street. This was integral to the success of the Bibbulmun Track Foundation. As well as the security of free office space, Mountain Designs gifted all the initial hire gear and could be relied upon to come up with the goods and prizes for things like the volunteer rewards and raffle prizes.

    Many of the Bibbulmun Track Foundation’s potential sponsors took heart at seeing a respected company like Mountain Designs already sponsoring the Foundation and came on board and supported the Foundation as well. Both organisations benefited from the credibility they created.  It is unusual for a NGO like the Bibbulmun Track Foundation to have the same sponsor for 20 years.

    We would like to thank Mountain Designs and the Nunn family. The rise of online shopping has already had far reaching consequences for the retail sector and we wish them well in their future endeavours. 

    Thank you for playing such a significant role in the history of the Foundation.