We are so excited to be celebrating the journey and invite you to join in!
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).
- Hike a section with us!
- 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. Preorder your woodfired pizzas!
- Join in the celebrations at the end of the walk in Albany for the 25th Anniversary on September 13, 2023 – all welcome.
- Get your school to join the school's challenge.
- Walk with us for a day or afternoon as we reach each town.
- Join the Bibbulmun Track Virtual Hike Challenge.
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.
Hike a section of the official walk with us!
Registrations for sectional walkers will 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.
At every town, join the official group for the last few kilometres into each town. Choose how far you wish to walk. Some sections even have a free bus to get you out there thanks to the support of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Check out the local day walks here - there are almost 30 of them!
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 have not reserved a cottage with us (as at 17/5/23), you will need to contact Donnelly River Village directly to make a booking.
Pre-order your woodfired pizzas for the Saturday night party at the Clubhouse. Orders close on Sunday, July 30.
- Cambray Feta and Veg Pizza
- Cambray Feta and Veg “Pizza” (gluten free)
- Smoked Leg Ham Pizza
- Smoked Leg Ham “Pizza” (gluten free)
Get involved – volunteer with us!
Most volunteer roles have now been filled (amazing - thank you!), however if you wish to volunteer at some of the regional community celebrations (see dates below) please contact us.
Community events and key dates
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. You are welcome to join us at the community event or as we approach each town (also see the local day walks above).
|August, 2022||End-to-End applications close|
|January, 2023||Sectional registrations open|
|June, 2023||Sectional registrations close|
|July 14, 2023||
The massive send-off!
Official send off ceremony at the Zig Zag Cultural Centre in Kalamunda at 10am. Then parade at 11am with band, locals, walkers and volunteers to the Northern Terminus.
Dwellingup Community Celebration
Meet the walkers (see local day walks) and walk the last few kilometres into town. The walkers will arrive in Dwellingup at 2.40pm on the outskirts of town (east) and parade along Wallace, McLarty and Newton Streets and arrive at the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre at 3pm for the community event including refreshments and entertainment.
Collie Community Celebration
Join the walkers (see local day walks) at various points north of town or any point along the highway into town. This parade will generate a lot of excitement and atmosphere to welcome the walkers with plenty of noise and all sorts of hoo-hah! Or just meet us at the community event in town at 2.30pm.
Balingup Community Celebration
Locals and school students can join the walkers from various points out of town (see local day walks) or near the primary school at 2.30pm to parade down the street to the recreation centre. In the true spirit of Balingup - some locals are even getting into colourful costume!
|August, 11 - 13||
The halfway celebration! And it's going to be big!
Don't delay - book a cottage now at Donnelly River Village and join us.
Don't forget to pre-order your woodfired pizzas!
Several are already booked up!
Meet the walkers as they walk in on Friday afternoon and stay for the party on Saturday night where there will be a band and woodfired pizzas (pre-orders only)!
You can also walk a short section on Sunday morning as the official group leaves the village.
Pemberton Community Celebration
Join the walkers from a number of places north of town (see local day walks) or join us as the walkers parade into town toward the Pemberton Sports Club at 3.30pm.
Northcliffe Community Celebration
Locals and school students will join the walkers on the outskirts of town at the Acacia picnic area at 1.30pm as they parade into town. The parade will generate some excitement as we make our way to the Northcliffe Visitor information Centre at 1.45pm where local entertainment will be provided as well as a sausage sizzle and photo exhibition. Or you can join us much earlier and walk with us from various points (see local day walks)
Walpole Community Celebration
Join us for a fabulous event as we parade into town at 3pm. Join the local day walks and keep an eye out here for more information soon!
Denmark Community Celebration
The walkers will arrive at the Rivermouth Trail Head at 2.30pm. Locals and school children are invited to join the walkers there (or earlier the same day) and walk with the official walkers along the riverside nature trail into town. The parade will finish at the Community Resource Centre at 2.45pm for the celebration and a BBQ.
|September 13, 2023||
This is it - The big one!
This is the 25th Anniversary!
Join the walkers at several points on their last day of the epic journey. See local day walks and book a spot on the free bus or join us closer into town anywhere along the Bibbulmun Track.
Join us on an alternate route into town to parade up York St with locals, school children, walkers and volunteers finishing at the Southern Terminus next to the Albany Visitor's Information Centre at 12pm. The City of Albany is hosting this event at the Alison Hartman Gardens.
If you're eager to be a part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations but won't be able to get out on the Track, we have an exciting alternative for you. Introducing the Bibbulmun Track Virtual Hike Challenge! This virtual challenge allows you to participate in the adventure from anywhere, at your own pace. Join us in commemorating this milestone by embracing the spirit of the Bibbulmun Track without setting a foot on the Track. To learn more about the Virtual Hike Challenge and how you can get involved, simply click here.
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to be a part of our Anniversary celebrations and embark on a virtual hiking journey along the iconic Bibbulmun Track!
We hope that you can join us to celebrate this historic occasion.
Lotterywest is a major supporter of the 25th Anniversary Celebrations
We thank the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the City of Albany for their support.