25th Anniversary Celebrations

We are so excited to be celebrating the journey and invite you to join in! 

 

Background

On 13 September 1998 the new Bibbulmun Track was officially opened in Albany.  The Track had been significantly realigned, extended from Walpole to Albany and upgraded with the addition of timber shelters at the campsites.

An official function was held at the Bibbulmun Track Southern Terminus to open the Track and farewell a group of walkers, 11 of whom completed the first end-to-end.  Along the way they were accompanied by sectional walkers.  The event was called Bib Walk ‘98. 

In 2008, the 10th Anniversary was celebrated by an end-to-end walk starting in Albany.

 

25th Anniversary 2023 .... celebrating the journey.

The 25th Anniversary celebrations will also include several components and different ways in which you can get involved.

The celebrations will begin with a special ceremony in Kalamunda on Friday 14 July 2023.

From there, a small group of end-to-end walkers will begin their journey south, arriving at the Southern Terminus some eight weeks later.

At each town along the way we will have a community celebration and the End-to-Enders will be joined by a new group of walkers to walk the next section.

The 25th Anniversary celebrations culminate in an event in Albany after walkers arrive on Wednesday 13 September 2023.

We invite you to celebrate with us. Here’s how:

  • Apply to join the epic journey as an end-to-end walker (members only). Applications open June 2022 and close August, 2022.
  • Become a sectional walker. Registrations open January 2023.
  • Volunteer to assist with logistics and community events. See below.
  • Join in the send-off at the Northern Terminus in Kalamunda on Friday July 14, 2023 - all welcome.
  • Join in the community celebrations in the towns along the Track - all welcome.
  • Join in celebrations at Donnelly River Village on the weekend of 12 and 13 August 2023 - all welcome.
  • Join in the celebrations at the end of the walk in Albany for the 25th Anniversary on September 13, 2023 – all welcome.

Join the epic journey as an end-to-end walker

To be part of the small group of end-to-enders, walkers will be subject to a strict screening process.

Applications open June 2022 and close on August 31, 2022. Places are strictly limited.

Download the application form for information on fees, the application process, inclusions, exclusions and T&Cs.

The end-to-end group will be guided by BTF guides and will include plenty of support through pre-walk (online) briefings, training, selected gear and gear discounts, food drops, participation and invitation to special events and logistical support throughout the journey. See the application form for more information.

Become a sectional walker

Registrations for sectional walkers will open online early in 2023 and will be accepted on a first come first served basis, subject to the applicant’s experience and fitness.

There are 12 sections to choose from with varying degrees of difficulty, length of walk and nights spent on the Track. There are only limited spots available for each section and we expect that some sections will be filled quickly.

Go to the 25th Anniversary Sectional Walker webpage.

Get involved – volunteer with us!

We are looking for people along the length of the Track and the towns through which it passes in a number of roles. Find out more.

Community events

As the official end-to-end walkers make their way from Kalamunda to the Southern Terminus in Albany, a community celebration will be held in each of the towns through which the Track passes.

More information will be available here soon.

Donnelly River Village, the half-way party. Join us!

Everyone is invited to join us for the half-way party at Donnelly River Village (see key dates below). Get your family and friends together and book a cottage for the weekend (Friday afternoon to Sunday).

If you wish to reserve a cottage please contact us with the number of people in your group and those requiring queen or single beds. We will then give you the best option from the available cottages. Please do not reserve cottages directly with the Village.

Key dates

August, 2022 End-to-End applications close
January, 2023   Sectional registrations open
May 1, 2023   Sectional registrations close
​July 14, 2023  Walk starts in Kalamunda with send-off ceremony - all invited
August, 11 - 13, 2023  Donnelly River Village weekend celebration (the half way point) - book a cottage (see above) and join us!
September 13, 2023   Walkers arrive in Albany - join in to welcome the walkers at the end of their epic journey and celebrate the day of the 25th Anniversary!

 

We hope that you can join us to celebrate this historic occasion.