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.

  • 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
  • Solo end-to-end restores health and happiness

    • From: Jan Price - Track Name “Jan”, WA

    Jan Price took to the track to seek solitude after her husband of 30 years passed away. Her story is inspiring and shows how powerful it can be to spend time in nature.

    • 23 January 2012
  • End-to-end or bust!

    • From: Mike Allanson

    Mike Allanson has finally become an end-to-ender after seven years of solid effort. His account is a wonderful synopsis of determination, family support, and fun, and his walk epitomises the concept of doing an end-to-end every which way over a long period of time. He describes it as “Leap-frogging and hop-scotching your way up, down, backwards and forwards along the track, and all the while trying very hard not to finish it too soon”. This is Mike’s story:

    • 23 January 2012
  • The Laughing Ladies who did it!

    • From: Narelle Goodall and Deb Badger, aka Laughing Ladies, WA

    Two of the “Laughing Ladies” have finally become end-to-enders. Narelle Goodall (Laughing Lady #1) and Deb Badger (Laughing Lady #3) have both walked every step of the Track between Kalamunda and Albany. Here are their stories:

    • 23 January 2012
  • Weekend Warriors

    • From: Sarah Longland, Sue Miles and Gael Mclean, aka “The Weekend Warriors”, WA

    Sarah Longland, Sue Miles and Gael Mclean, aka “The Weekend Warriors” share some hints and tips from their sectional end-to-end walk.

    • 23 January 2012
  • The Bibbulbums

    • From: Cliff and Sharron Burns

    Cliff and Sharron Burns aka “The Bibbulbums” recently completed an end-to-end walk of the Track. They prepared well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This is their story:

    • 23 January 2012
  • Ten years in the making

    • From: Sandi Sime, WA

    Some people walk the Track in one hit, others do perhaps half and then the rest later, some take months, others take years. No matter—as long as they walk every step of the Track, they are all end-to-enders! Sandi Sime and husband Doug definitely come into the latter category. This is their story, related by Sandi. It provides a good example of the characters you may meet on the Track:

    • 23 January 2012
  • Two million steps on the Bibbulmun Track

    • From: Alan Alexander, Queensland, Australia

    In 2009, Alan Alexander set out to walk the Track from end-toend with very definite objectives in mind. Despite some major problems, he finally succeeded. This is his story.

    • 23 January 2012