Tales from the Track

We are always looking for stories for both our website and the member's magazine 'Bibbulmun News'. Why not email your story of adventure? Photos are more than welcome!

Click on the headings to read stories from walkers.They are not listed in any particular order.

  • There and Back Again

    • From: Dave Hartley, WA

    Friends Dave Hartley and Stan Barclay (aka the 49ers) completed an end-to-end walk together between October 1st and November 25th 2012. This was Dave’s fourth end-to-end and Stan’s second. Dave is a very experienced walker; these are some of his reminiscences of the Bibbulmun Track and treks in other parts of the world.

    • 25 June 2013
  • Reflections from the South African Chooks!

    • From: Penny Allen and Hilke Kruger (the SA Chooks), South Africa

    South Africans Penny Allen and Hilke Kruger journeyed all the way from Johannesburg to walk the Track, after learning about it from a mutual friend, Sue Desmond, who had made an earlier end-to-end trek. Both ladies are experienced walkers, having trekked the 800km Camino de Santiago in Spain and the Grand Traverse, a 14 day very tough route right across the Drakensberg Range of Mountains in their home country. Here is what Penny (aka the Gallivanting Granny) had to say about their experience:

    • 15 June 2013
  • Finding my way on the Bibbulmun Track

    • From: Emily Pinkus, WA

    Two years ago, Emily Pinkus and Simon decided to take on the end-to-end challenge of the Track. Emily describes what the experience did for her:

    • 6 March 2012
  • What a difference a walk makes

    • From: Wayne, WA

    Walkers undertake an end-to-end for many and varied reasons. Wayne’s motivation began with a desire to introduce his son to the bush, and developed into a personal passion. After many difficult years he has finally achieved his dream.

    • 24 January 2012
  • Uluru and Lief - Albany to Pemberton

    • From: Jacqui and Lief, USA

    Uluru and Lief, aka Jacqui and Lief, travelled from the USA to spend three weeks walking on the Track between June 1st and June 20th 2006. Their journey took them from Albany to Pemberton. The website also contains the journal of Michael and Megan from New Zealand, who walked the whole trail north to south between August 17th and September 25th 2005. Both couples had many fascinating encounters along the way, human and non-human, and they all thoroughly enjoyed their time on the Track.

    • 24 January 2012
  • A walk along the south-coast

    • From: John Cannon, Tasmania

    John Cannon and his five companions undertook a walk of about 120 kms from Mandalay Beach to the Parry Beach Inlet. In this article, John describes the beautiful scenery of the South Coast and gives his impressions of the Track.

    • 24 January 2012
  • The way of the Waugal

    • From: Graham and Ella Reeks, No fixed abode

    Graham and Ella Reeks are standing, staring, walking, driving their way around Australia. Steve Sertis from the Foundation was lucky enough to share a campsite with them on a recent walk on the Cape to Cape Track. Naturally Steve told them all about the Bibbulmun Track. With a little advice from the Foundation, they set off to walk from Northcliffe to Walpole.

    • 24 January 2012
  • Real Dutch courage!

    • From: Lennard and Daphne Koster-Bloemkolk, Holland

    Dutch couple Lennard and Daphne Koster-Bloemkolk first heard of the Track in 2003, but it wasn't until 2009 that they eventually decided to travel to WA and do an end-to-end walk. It was a brave decision, involving Daphne giving up her job in order to have the time available. After several months of planning they embarked on their journey on September 20th. Their story speaks for itself, especially their vivid descriptions of the bush and its flora and fauna, and their great sense of fun and enjoyment is evident throughout the length of the article. They clearly enjoyed their experience, despite encountering a few problems on the way!

    • 24 January 2012
  • ARPA Bushwalkers return to the Bibbulmun Track

    • From: Karin Waterman, South Australia

    Having walked the northern section of the Track in 2008, nineteen ARPA (Australian Retired Persons Association) Bushwalkers met at Pemberton to walk the 400km southern section of the Bibbulmun Track in 23 walking days.

    • 24 January 2012
  • A walker’s philosophy

    • From: Peter Laud, WA

    Peter has walked several sections of the Track over the years. The following is a collection of reminiscences, his reasons for walking and his thoughts on some of the benefits that his relationship with the Track has brought him.

    • 23 January 2012
  • Becoming a maintenance volunteer

    • From: Peter Evans, WA

    The Bibbulmun Track Foundation is always seeking volunteers to maintain sections of the Track. Peter Evans decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. This was his first experience as a “newbie” volunteer:-

    • 23 January 2012
  • Track Trivia from Wrong Way Jim

    • From: Wrong Way Jim, WA

    Foundation volunteer and regular Bibb Track walker 'Wrong Way Jim' entertains us with his encounters on the Track - including a close call with 'aliens'.

    • 23 January 2012
  • A Bibbulmun experience…with a slice of comfort

    • From: Richard Kemp

    After years of lugging packs, dehydrated food and camping out on tracks around the world, Andrew Kemp embraced the comforts of a four-day Bibbulmun walking break!

    • 23 January 2012
  • Teen Trek

    • From: Chelsea Badger, WA

    Chelsea recounts her experience of walking on the Track for a weekend with a bunch of other teenagers.

    • 23 January 2012
  • The last yellow Waugal - or finishing the Bibbulmun Track

    • From: Lindy Lester, WA

    The emotions of the last six kilometres on the Bibbulmun Track, when I had the finish at Albany in my sights, were almost overwhelming. The following is a summary of those emotions and thoughts:

    • 23 January 2012