Find out the latest news about the Track and the Foundation before you set off for your next walk.
1 March 2021
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15 February 2021
There's something very special about a campfire, and for many people the camping experience is not complete without sitting around the crackling flames in the evening. It is an experience that you can enjoy in many campsites.
But with fire comes risk and responsibility. In places that are as hot, dry, and distant from emergency services such as Western Australia's parks are, for at least some part of the year the risk of fire is often very high.
In some campsites, fires are not permitted at any time; at others, open campfires are permitted within seasonal restrictions and in provided fire pits only. There is a period during which campfires are not permitted at any time of day or night. Very generally, this period is from December 1 to March 31 inclusive, but it often varies from place to place and from year to year. Where these bans are in place you are still able to use your camp stove (gas or fuel). Information related to these bans is available under the Trip Planner / Section by Section part of our website.
Permanent campfire bans are in place in certain campsites (Yourdamung, Blackwood and all campsites south/east and including Mt Chance campsite). This is to preserve fragile and important surrounding vegetation and only a fuel stove is permissible.
A Total Fire Ban (TFB) is declared on days when fires are most likely to threaten lives and property. This is because of predicted extreme fire weather or when there are already widespread fires and firefighting resources are stretched. NO fires whatsoever are to be lit during these bans. This includes your fuel stove. On a Total Fire Ban day, it is illegal to light an open-air fire or conduct any activity that could start a fire.
Occasionally TFBs may be declared outside of a fire season (such as in May or June) due to other factors such as higher temperatures and expected strong winds preceding a storm front.
Campfire restrictions can be imposed with immediate effect and without notice at any time or place. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to have a campfire. You must always comply with any instructions at shelters, campgrounds and parks.
HEAVY PENALTIES APPLY FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH FIRE REGULATIONS
14 February 2021
Maringup campsite, nestled on the shore of the beautiful Lake Maringup south of Northcliffe, is a favourite location for many walkers. However, due to the relatively remote location it is overdue for some maintenance attention. Having survived the 2015 Northcliffe fire (when we lost Gardner and Dog Pool shelters) the timber structure and surrounds require some TLC and repairs.
To achieve this, a large group of BTF volunteers will be in residence on the weekend of 26 and 27 June for the annual Donnelly District Field Day. The group will arrive early afternoon on Saturday 26 June and leave early afternoon the following day, overnighting at the campsite. While the group will make every possible attempt to minimize disturbance, walkers should be aware that there will be additional people, vehicles and equipment present. We suggest you adjust your schedule if desired!
28 January 2021
An important milestone arising from the 2017 Vision Survey was achieved in mid-January with the completion of a realignment to move the Track off Ficifolia Rd (south of Walpole) thereby adding to walker safety and enjoyment.
A team of Support and Sectional volunteers were lucky to strike cool weather which allowed them to cut trail through sometimes heavy regrowth and complete the work in two days.
This is the first of several Frankland District realignments for 2021 aimed, in combination with ongoing stabilisation projects and erosion control, at constructing durable readily maintainable trail.
14 December 2020
Positioned on the edge of Lake Beedelup and surrounded by the majestic Karri Forest, the natural charm of RAC Karri Valley Resort provides the perfect setting for a relaxing nature escape.
We are excited to announce the addition of caravan and camping options at the resort, opening 18th December 2020. Surrounded by towered Karri forest, the campground includes modern camp kitchen, playground, barbeque, accessible facilities and the revamped lodge used as a new recreation room. With powered, unpowered and ensuite camp sites, there are now even more ways to explore the spectacular Karri Valley. Visit our website for more info.
Fun, safe, memorable and all-inclusive experiences in the Perth Hills, South West & Great Southern!
Choose from half or full day adventures, overnight or multi-day trips or create your own bespoke experience.
Mundaring Weir Hotel is located in the beautiful forest near Mundaring Weir. It is conveniently located on the Bibbulmun track making it easy for you to plan your next trek.
The hotel features 10 motel-style rooms that are tucked away amid the hotel gardens, overlooking either the forest or the grounds. All feature reverse cycle air conditioning, TV/DVD, microwave oven, kettle, toaster, bar fridge, iron and ironing board, as well as cutlery, crockery and glasses. Laundry facilities are available if you're staying a while. You can choose from twin or double rooms, and some come with bunk beds, allowing up to four people to a room. Special rate: $125 per night, any night of the week.
The Hike Collective came about through a small idea and a big heart. Founder and owner, Kate Gibson, wanted to create a community for hike enthusiasts, beginners and dreamers, to enjoy and experience the best hiking trails that Perth had to offer while embracing movement, connection, and nature. Our experiences are designed to be engaging, explorative, experiential, and entertaining, and they leave our guests feeling safe, and relaxed after exploring Western Australia’s most incredible natural assets.
At the heart of our hiking experiences is our team of passionate and high quality guides, who care deeply about the guest experience, and the places they are sharing with their guests.
Simply Trekking help families and youth reconnect through adventure and outdoor education.
Simply Trekking offers treks of 3, 5 and 7 days, providing ultralight trek gear for each participant as we feel it is important that growing bodies carry no more than 20% of their body weight.
To date we have guided many teens on sections of the Bibbulmun Track and the Cape to Cape.
On our treks we supply ultralight backpacks, sleeping cocoons/tarp and gaiters inclusive of trek cost. We include practise and qualifying in one journey allows for greater personal growth. Group size are a maximum of 5, and teens can join us just for the fun (not for Duke of Ed award). We are a professional insured company with 2 multi day experienced trek guides on each trek with emergency satellite trackers and first aid.
Dirty Feet Tours, based in Denmark, offer outdoor adventures for those who want to immerse themselves in pristine natural environments. Using our local knowledge, we can take you on guided walks and trail runs that showcase the best of the region. We are fully accredited as a Sustainable Tourism Business, have a licensed commercial vehicle at our disposal, and most importantly we are full bottle on getting you outdoors and having heaps of fun responsibly on our Amazing South Coast. Come get dirty feet with us!