COVID-19 Response

To all valued members and Bibbulmun Track hiking community,

As at 18th May, restrictions have eased again to allow gatherings of up to 20 people - and hiking and camping is permited.

Please remain within your region (see map reference below) and continue to maintain social distancing and hygiene precautions:

  • Up to 20 people.
  • Keep the required minimum distance between you and other hikers, currently 1.5m. Avoid shaking hands or other close contact — waving is a safer way to greet others.
  • Use hand sanitiser before eating and after touching surfaces. Use hand sanitizer that contains 70-95% alcohol.
  • Avoid sharing food, utensils and drink bottles.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Use the crook of your arm (inner elbow) or use a tissue, put it into a sealable bag and dispose of it using Leave No Trace principles.

Shelters are open, but....

If you are heading out onto the Track please observe the following:

  • The 4m2 per person rule still applies inside the shelter. This means there is a limit on how many people can be inside a shelter at any one time (including for meal preparation) and, as always, you should take a tent as there is no guarantee of a spot.
  • The limit ranges from between 4 to 8 people under the roof at any one time. This includes people who are using the bed boards AND sitting at the inside table for example. Signs are in the process of being installed in the shelters indicating the limit but people are asked to use common sense until these are in place.
    • The smaller shelters like Ball Creek and Hewett’s (Standard and Stretch style) will only allow 4 people at any one time.
    • The medium shelters like Mt Dale and Canning (Deep South) will vary a little between 4 and 8.
    • The larger shelters like Helena, Brookton and Mutton Bird (Nornalup Style) will allow 8 people at any one time.
    • The three Group Campsite shelters (Mt Cooke Group site, Lyall’s Mill and Arcadia) will hold around 10 people.
  • While it is a good idea to take your tent, most campsites on the Bibbulmun Track only have 3 to 8 tent sites and making new sites only damages our beloved Bibbulmun Track.

We understand we have all been putting off our walks for a while, but the Track will still be there when all of this is over. Keep the size of your group small and try and avoid the most accessible campsites close to Perth.  We really wish to avoid the reintroduction on restrictions like we have seen elsewhere in Australia where over-crowding has been an issue.

  • Walkers are also reminded that some regional travel restrictions are still in place which may result in some people not being able to reach the Bibbulmun Track.
  • Because the Bibbulmun Track no longer crosses any restricted boundaries, an End-to-End is now possible provided you live within the South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Perth-Peel regions. Remember to access the Track only where a red car symbol appears on the official Track maps.  
  • It should go without saying (but we will say it anyway) – do not hike on the Track if you are required to self-isolate, quarantine or feel unwell. At this stage this applies to those who have arrived in Perth from overseas or interstate, have been exposed to the virus, are waiting for their test results or are a vulnerable person. You need to self-isolate AT HOME for a minimum of 14 days. 
  • You need to be prepared for your own evacuation off the Track if you hurt yourself.

Some things to consider

  • Many parcel holding places (e.g. visitor centres), accommodation and other service providers may still be closed.
  • Transport providers and Trail angels may not be willing to assist.
  • If you do get sick, you will not be able to self-isolate in any accommodation along the Track, you will need to go home.

We will continue to monitor the advice and Guidelines of the Australian Department of Health. For latest updates and health advice visit WA.gov.au. For COVID-19 updates from Parks and Wildlife Service visit the Explore Parks website and Park Alerts.

 

Updated 18/5/20 11.00am