Latest News

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

  • Student involvement in Track maintenance – Spirit of Play Community School, Denmark

    2 July 2021

    The Spirit of Play Community School (PP – Year 6) have been looking after their section of Track since 2017.  As part of the Newmont ‘Eyes on the Ground’ Track maintenance program, the school have the sectional allocation from Ocean Beach Road to the trailhead at the Denmark River mouth.   

    The school’s Walkabout program sees all core classes (English, Maths, Science, Physical Education, Art and HASS) spend one day each week outside the classroom.  It includes walking for all students, with the distance suited to their age.  The students also cycle, as a large part of the section is dual-use pathway.  According to teacher and Track maintenance coordinator, Olly Watkins, the students use texts, websites, maps, and the knowledge of local Noongar Educators and Elders to learn about local plants, animals, insects and fungi; and also Denmark’s history.  “The kids love to see what they can find along the Track and notice the difference during the different Noongar Seasons”. 

    With the support of the Shire of Denmark, they have been involved in planting in the creek line opposite the school, where the Track approaches the river mouth.  Through engagement with the South Coast Bush Care service, they carry out weeding and bush care on different sections of the Track. 



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Other adventures take them further afield.  Recently, as part of a Refugee Ration Challenge, a group walked 11km from the school, along the Heritage Trail, to the Hay River.  Two years ago, a four-day expedition by the Upper Primary students involved cycling to the Booner Mundak shelter on the Munda Biddi Trail; then cycling to the Tree Top Walk and walking in to the Bibbulmun Track Giants campsite; then walking to the Frankland River (camping on a nearby farm); then completing the trip by paddling to Nornalup. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It’s fair to say that these kids are getting a great taste of the natural world through their outdoors education!  We hope this enjoyment continues and thank them very much for their contribution to the Bibbulmun Track. 

  • Western Australia’s native forests survey

    1 July 2021

    A new management plan for the South-West’s native forests is required every 10 years and before the formal consultation process for the Forest Management Plan 2024-23 starts, Amber-Jade Sanderson wants to hear from you. 

    A community survey has been created to give all Western Australians the opportunity to provide their views on the value and use of our South-West native forests.

    The survey has been developed by the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute and is open until Sunday, 1 August 2021.

    A fantastic opportunity for all Western Australians to act in a positive way to conserve our amazing forests for all of the future inhabitants of our country. It’s time to care for and take pride in our greatest asset… for our future.

    Take the survey

    A peaceful scene on the edge of the scarp.
    A peaceful scene on the edge of the scarp.

  • COVID-19 Response

    29 June 2021

    Please note that due to the lockdown, our office will be closed until the lockdown ends. Consequently, all merchandise orders will be delayed and other services requiring a visit to the office (such collection or return of hire equipment) will be suspended.

    If you need to contact us, please use the contact form on our website. Phone messages will be checked daily while the office is closed, however as we are working from home we will not be able to return your call until the office re-opens. Using the contact form will get a more prompt response.

    Visit the WA Government COVID-19 website for information on restrictions if you are currently out on the Track.

    Walkers should not leave the Perth Peel Region if already on the Track. 

  • Student involvement in Track maintenance – The Montessori School, Kingsley

    24 June 2021

    Students from The Montessori School in Kingsley have been involved with Track maintenance since 2010.  That was when their Year 11 Geography students adopted the section from North Bannister, past Gringer Creek campsite, across Albany Highway, and west alongside the edge of the forest towards Boonerring Hill.  Senior students have been carrying out maintenance of this section ever since.

    Teacher and group leader, Jaromir Kulir, describes their contribution…

    “Our main obligation has been pruning the vegetation that encroaches onto the trail, checking the track markings, making sure that the shelter and the campsite are in order, but also clearing the litter that (sadly) steadily accumulates at North Bannister Roadhouse.  However, the maintenance is only a part of the experience.  Just being there, with the people who we may know very well but who are now a bit different – far from the daily routine, in the “middle of nowhere”, surrounded by the ever-green bush, and (during overnight stays) dreamlike sky that has now far more stars than we ever counted. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It is encouraging, but not surprising, that more than a decade after our first student group decided to adopt the Bibbulmun Track, our current oldest students are willing to put their hands up for a trip down to Gringer Creek.”

    Parents and staff volunteers have provided invaluable support to enable the school to continue their involvement. 

  • Carey Baptist College students now helping to maintain the Track

    17 June 2021

    A small group of Carey Baptist College Year 9 students from the newly formed "Bibb Track Club" travelled to the south coast to help maintain an 8km stretch of the Bibbulmun Track between Peaceful Bay and Denmark.



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The club from Harrisdale campus has "adopted" this section of the Track, which includes some spectacular and rugged coastline, to care for. Students braved the elements as they hiked, trimmed, pruned and laughed their way up and down dunes and wild beaches. 



     

     

     

     

     

    The Bibb Track Club is for Middle School students and the maintenance trip will be offered to Year 9 club members each year. Year 7-8 students will undertake shorter hikes on the Bibbulmun Track closer to Perth.

    The College is looking forward to offering its students these unique opportunities!