Find out the latest news about the Track and the Foundation before you set off for your next walk.
19 October 2018
The Bibbulum Track is now twenty years old and showing wear and tear at various places along its length often due to erosion from rain made worse by the Track running almost straight up and down hill in places. Conventional repair methods have produced short-lived results requiring frequent time-consuming maintenance. Wind has also accelerated erosion along the south coast particularly at Conspicuous cliffs where the delicate sand layer has disappeared in places to expose the underlying limestone base.
The rising popularity of walking and mountain biking has lead to developments in durable trail design, construction and maintenance, which are being applied to the Track in a strategic programme of realignments or stabilisation.
Walkers will have experienced recent realignments in the Perth Hills District near Mann’s Gully and Waalegh and Canning campsites where realignments have been designed and constructed to cross the slope rather than go straight down like the old route, with the intention of eliminating erosion from rain. The presence of rock in several areas provided a solid base enabling the route to descend before returning to join the existing alignment.
While realignments using the new design principles might produce a more durable trail they do require a range of lengthy and sometimes costly approvals and might bypass some of those spectacular views for which the Bibbulmun Track is renowned, such as the top of Conspicuous cliffs. In such cases boardwalks or stabilisation of the existing trail using plastic cellular pavers are options.
A group of Bibbulmun Track Support Volunteers has been trained by Parks and Wildlife staff and earlier this year assessed sites of erosion and inundation between Conspicuous cliffs and Parry Campground. The report recommended a mix of stabilisation and realignments some of which will be constructed over a number of years.
Following the findings of the 2017 Vision Workshop other sections of Track have been selected for possible realignment or stabilisation and, if feasible, will be included in an overall improvements programme for implementation by the Foundation’s maintenance volunteers supported by Parks and Wildlife.
1 October 2018
There still seems to be information out there that states that, in remote areas where there is no phone signal, by dialling 112 (instead of Triple Zero, 000) on your regular mobile or smart phone, that you will be connected to the emergency services.
So what’s the deal – what is a furphy (false) and what is dinkum (true)?
Let's break it down.
DINKUM: 112 is a secondary emergency number that can be dialled from mobile phones in Australia.
DINKUM: Special capabilities, including roaming, once only existed when dialling 112, however mobile phones manufactured since January 2002 also provide these capabilities when dialling Triple Zero (000) to access the Emergency Call Service.
FURPHY: 112 calls will work if there is no mobile coverage by any network.
DINKUM: All that 112 will do is a) override your locked SIM card (tied to one specific phone network) or b) if you have no SIM card, allow you access another mobile network if it is available (probably Telstra as they have the largest coverage in Australia) to make the call.
FURPHY: 112 calls can work on regular mobile phones/smart phones when there is no mobile network via a satellite network. Satellite phones use a different technology and your mobile phone cannot access a satellite network.
DINKUM: If there is no coverage by any mobile phone network, then you will not be able to reach the Emergency Call Service via a mobile phone, regardless of which number you dialled, even if you have the Emergency + App.
DINKUM: 112 is an international standard emergency number which can only be dialled on a digital mobile phone (that is, 112 will not work on a landline phone for example). It is accepted as a secondary international emergency number in some parts of the world, including Australia, and can be dialled in areas of network coverage with the call automatically translated to that country’s emergency number. It does not require a SIM card or PIN to make the call, however phone coverage must be available (any carrier) for the call to proceed.
DINKUM: There is no advantage to dialling 112 over Triple Zero (000). Calls to 112 do not go to the head of the queue for emergency services.
FURPHY: It is the only number that will work on a mobile phone. Calls to Triple Zero will also get through if there is network coverage (any carrier).
FURPHY: Emergency services can be contacted using the Short Message Service (SMS) on your mobile telephone.
More information can be found at Triple Zero.
22 September 2018
Please note that the roadhouse and the service station are two separate businesses.
Parcels will be charged $10/parcel. $5 for any additional parcel for the same person.
It can take a number of weeks for mail to reach them from Perth as their mail is not delivered directly to them.
Walkers should post food parcels at least two weeks prior to starting their walk from the northern terminus.
Post parcels to:
6519 Albany Hwy
North Bannister 6390.
You will need a valid ID to collect. Parcels will be store for 21 days once received.
Contact the roadhouse on (08) 9884 1070 or via social media for further information.
Methylated spirits for trangia type stoves is sold at the service station along with refreshments and food typically available at a petrol station.
The roadhouse is looking at stocking gas canisters and other food supplies for walkers. When this becomes available, it will be posted here.
Showers and accommodation are not currently available.
19 September 2018
Before starting out for a walk these holidays, there are a few things you should know.
- Are there going to be any groups at the campsites that you plan to stay at?
- Is there a diversion, closure, or another issue impacting the Track where you intend on walking?
- How will any prescribed burns affect you?
- Is there an inlet crossing which needs to be negotiated?
To check on these points and other Track conditions, head to the Section By Section Guide (under Trip Planner) and select the section you are planning to visit. Then check the Groups on Track, Realignments/Diversions and Inlets (where applicable) tabs.
- you should be prepared for shelters at campsites being full when you arrive. Always carry a tent or you could be sleeping out in the wet. Groups of eight or more cannot occupy a shelter before 6pm and must carry tents.
- you should only access the Track where a car is marked on the official maps, on the maps in the Section By Section Guide or by checking the list at the Track Conditions page. You may be prosecuted if your vehicle is found in Disease Risk Areas - read your map carefully.
- the Bibbulmun Track is a walking track. No wheeled vehicles such as including trolleys, wheelbarrows and bikes should be on the Track or at any campsite. Please help to preserve the Track and the environment by keeping to ‘boots only’.
- we are here to help you get on Track safely. Please read our FAQs, read information in the relevant Section By Section Guide and contact us if you have any questions.
19 September 2018
These spring school holidays are the perfect time to get the kids and whole family out on the Track and into the bush. Bushwalking is a fun and healthy outdoor activity which can be enjoyed by all the family. The Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia's world-class long distance walk trail, is right on our doorstep, stretching over 1,000km from the Perth Hills to Albany, through some of the most beautiful and varied natural areas of Australia’s South West.
The Track is maintained to a high standard and with its ease of access and navigation is an ideal environment to take the family on an adventure to experience the wonders of the bush. Planning and preparation of your walk will ensure that you have the most enjoyable experience. The Bibbulmun Track Foundation website is a great source of information providing details of what you need to do, pack and think about before you get going for a day walk.
If going it alone is not for you then why not book into one of the many kids events taking place over the next 2 months. One of the Foundations most popular children’s events is Camp Cooking for Kids - in a beautiful bush setting children will learn camp cooking through hands-on experience!
The Bibbulmun Track Foundation is running two Camp Cooking for Kids sessions in the September/October school holidays. The event includes a 4km return walk to a Bibbulmun Track Campsite where children will learn camp cooking and have the opportunity to ‘bring out their inner Masterchef’ in a beautiful bush setting. Kids will enjoy a hands-on experience and will have time for exploring while waiting for their creation to cook! Experienced guides will keep the kids occupied while parents or grandparents can sit back and enjoy just being in the outdoors.
“My two kids aged 8 and 10 loved it. The walk was enough for their first time out on the track but enough to want to do more. Steve kept them interested and I loved the pop questions he kept asking them. I think I even learnt something. With time for the kids to explore the bush afterwards climbing the boulders and tree trunks around the campsite my two loved it. Thanks for helping me show my kids the wonders and magic of nature...” Mary-Louise – event participant
Be sure to also check out Dr Dolittle Goes Bush - a 2km walk to a typical Bibbulmun Track campsite to meet the friendly native creatures from Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
This is a wonderful way for you and your children to get up close and personal with some of our most shy Australian fauna. The wonderful volunteers from Kanyana have an amazing amount of knowledge and the perfect skills to present it all whilst getting the kids so involved. Watch their faces light up as they interact and learn about our native animals.