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Equipment & Hire

Day walk equipment checklist

For a full checklist of things to do, think about and pack to help you prepare for your first day walk see Getting started – day walks on the Short Walks page.

Mt Cuthbert, located just north of Sullivan Rock is a popular spot for walkers on the Bibbulmun Track.
Mt Cuthbert, located just north of Sullivan Rock is a popular spot for walkers on the Bibbulmun Track.

Here is a quick suggested list – you may wish to add to, or subtract from it.

  • Bibbulmun Track map, Bibbulmun Track day walk map pack or Bibbulmun Track Guidebook and map combination.
  • Comfortable pair of walking shoes or boots.
  • Comfortable loose fitting clothes.
  • A watch, to decide when to turn back etc.
  • Sun hat.
  • A small daypack containing:
    • A bottle of water (1-2 litres depending on distance, terrain and weather).
    • A basic First-aid kit and blister kit (Fixomul etc).
    • Snack food/lunch.
    • Insect repellent and sunscreen.
    • A water/windproof jacket.
    • Warm clothing.
    • Beanie/gloves.
    • Binoculars/camera.
    • Toilet paper.

Overnight walk equipment checklist

Overlooking Quarram Beach with everything packed to get us to Denmark.
Overlooking Quarram Beach with everything packed to get us to Denmark.

For a full checklist of things to do, think about and pack to help you prepare for your first overnight walk see Getting started- overnight walks on the Short Walks page.

The Overnight Walk Equipment Checklist is a suggested list – you may wish to add to, or subtract from it.

Watch a short video on how to wear a pack and adjust the straps correctly.

Watch a short video on how to pack your pack.

Equipment hire

The Foundation has an equipment hire service to get your started.
The Foundation has an equipment hire service to get your started.

If you do not have any of the major items, the Foundation has a hire service available for:

  • Backpacks (children’s sizes 30 litres to 50 litres, adult sizes 50 litres to 80 litres).
  • Sleeping bags with liners, synthetic, rated to -1° C (-7° C lower limit), cotton liners.
  • Sleeping mats (closed cell foam).
  • Two person tents (approx. 2.3kg).
  • Stoves – Trangia type 1-2 person (0.9kg) or 2-3 person (1.2kg) (fuel not supplied).
  • Stoves – Jetboil Zip, 500ml. Gas not included.
  • Personal Locating Beacons (PLBs).
  • Food dehydrators (maximum two week hire).

All hire periods are for a minimum of one week. See below for prices.

Unfortunately we do not hire satellite phones. However you can contact Rent-a-sat-phone.

General equipment

To hire a backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, stove or tent, head to Equipment Hire in our shop. Here you can book and pay for hire gear. It also outlines the booking conditions and the bond which is required at the time of collection of gear. 

Bookings cannot be made over the phone or without payment. 

Personal Locating Beacons (PLBs)

The PLB SA2G is light weight and compact.
The PLB SA2G is light weight and compact.

The PLBs for hire are the KTI SA2G which operate on the 406 MHz frequency, are waterproof, compact and weigh 140 grams. Check the specifications.

You may hire these for use anywhere within Australia or New Zealand only.

If you wish to hire a Personal Locating Beacon (PLB) please head to PLB Hire in our shop. Here you can book and pay for PLBs. It also outlines the booking conditions and the bond which is required at the time of collection. We ask that bookings are preferably made five business days prior to the start of the hire period.

Note that the PLBs are required to be registered to the user. All mandatory fields on the booking form must be completed before a hire will be approved. The Foundation will register the beacon for you. Read more.

Please read the PLB Instructions for Use before you take the PLB on your outdoor adventure. We also suggest that you read the PLB User’s Manual before your walk.

Please book early! Our equipment is in high demand during the walking season (April to November). PLBs are often booked out months in advance.

Food dehydrators

These are available for up to two weeks at a time.

What is a food dehydrator?

A dehydrator is a healthy way to prepare and carry lightweight food.
A dehydrator is a healthy way to prepare and carry lightweight food.

A food dehydrator is an appliance that removes moisture from food to aid in its preservation. A food dehydrator uses heat and air flow to reduce the water content of foods. The water content of food is usually very high, typically 80% to 95% for various fruits and vegetables and 50% to 75% for various meats. Removing moisture from food restrains bacteria from growing and spoiling food. Further, removing moisture from food dramatically reduces the weight of the food. Dehydration is therefore an excellent way to prepare foods for carrying when bushwalking.

The Ezi-dri food dehydrator comes with an instruction and recipe book, five trays, one mesh sheet and four solid sheets for liquids.

Download the Dehydrator Booking Form & Conditions

Download the food dehydrator care information sheet.

For more information on food dehydrating see our webpage on Food.

Hire prices

All prices are based on a weekly rate and the minimum period of hire of one week. Pick up is by arrangement during our business hours from our shop/office. All prices include GST. A refundable bond will be charged at the time of collection. Bond fees vary according to the equipment hired. See the relevant hire item for details.

ItemMembers priceNon-members priceRefundable bond
Backpack$35$40$150/$300
Sleeping bag with liner$25$30$170
Sleeping mat$5$8$30
Fuel stove (Trangia)$25$30$120
Fuel stove (Jetboil Zip)$40$45$150
Tent (2 person)$45$50$150
PLB$40$50$300
PLB end-to-end (8 weeks)$200$250$300
Food dehydrator$40$50$280