Any groups with eight or more members, that are staying overnight on the Bibbulmun Track are requested to complete a Group Notification (previously known as the Notice of Intent or NOI). This information assists other walkers with their planning and it helps manage and record group usage. Campsites cannot be booked.
Group size is set at a maximum of 17 people, including leaders. There are three specific group campsites on the Bibbulmun Track for up to 30 people (Mt Cook group site, Arcadia and Lyall's Mill). These numbers have been set to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the campsites, facilities and the surrounding environment.
Why is notification needed?
The Group Notification provides Parks and Wildlife Services with information regarding your planned group activity, to help sustain the biodiversity and conservation values of the diverse environments the tracks and trails traverse. The Group Notification also assists in considering the needs and enjoyment of other Track users by preventing overcrowding in campsites and/or potential clashes of expedition dates of groups.
Campsites on the Bibbulmun Track cannot be booked. Therefore, the Group Notification is not a booking system.
While this information remains confidential, it may be used in emergency situations, such as a bushfire.
If you are intending to conduct an organised, educational or leisure activity of one night or more on Parks and Wildlife Service managed tracks or trails (with eight or more members), it is preferred that notification is received at least four weeks prior to the activity being conducted.
The Foundation and Parks and Wildlife thank all groups who complete a Group Notification, it is very much appreciated.
Early notification will allow you to be
- Alert you to possible problematic Track conditions.
- Alert you to other groups already using the same campsites (so you can change your itinerary).
- Have enough time to formally reply to your notification.
Note that for overnight stays at the Bibbulmun Track campsites,
- total group size should not exceed 17 persons (including leaders) and all members should carry tents.
- at the three group campsites however, Mt Cooke group campsite, Lyall's Mill and Arcadia campsites on the Bibbulmun Wellington Spur Trail, the maximum group size is 30. There is no sleeping shelter, so tents are essential.
This number has been set to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the Track, campsites, facilities and the surrounding environment.
Remember that groups of eight or more cannot occupy a sleeping shelter at a Bibbulmun Track campsite until after 6pm. Check out the Code of the Campsite.
Notifications are not needed for day walks.