The Bibbulmun Track is a network of walking trails stretching nearly 1000 km from Kalamunda in the Perth
Hills to Albany
on the south coast of Western Australia
. It goes through the heart of the scenic South West and traverses beautiful bush, forests and beaches.
One of the most unique aspects to this multi-day hike is that it is designed purely for walkers. Vehicles, trail bikes, mountain bikes, horses, dogs and pack animals are not permitted on the Bibbulmun Track or at any campsite.
You’ll need 6-8 weeks to complete the whole walk but many people choose to walk on the Track for much shorter periods. The walk is designed in sections so that you can decide to do a straight through walk from one point to another (by doing a car shuffle using two cars) or a return walk.
There are 49 campsites along the track, each spaced a day's walk apart. Each campsite has a three-sided timber shelter which sleeps between 8-15 people, tent sites, bush toilet (bring toilet paper), rainwater tank, picnic tables and a fireplace. No camping is permitted in water catchment areas - ie most of the Track between Kalamunda and Collie, and south of the Blackwood
The trail passes through the towns of Kalamunda, Mundaring, Dwellingup, Collie, Balingup, Donnelly River
Village, Pemberton, Northcliffe
, Walpole, Peaceful Bay
. This enables walkers to exit the bush for supplies, sleep in a bed, meet up with a support crew, obtain medical aid etc. A couple of towns are spaced more than a day’s walk apart so those walkers not carrying camping equipment will need to plan to only do the day walk sections of the track.
When choosing your start/end points, you must use only designated access points so check the official Bibbulmun Track maps and guidebooks for this critical information, which is strictly enforced.
Campfires may be lit only at approved campsites. The Blackwood
and Yourdamung campsites and all the campsites between Albany
and the Shannon River are designated as no fire zones all year round. They do not have fireplaces, and in these campsites, fuel stoves only must be used.
The best time to do the walk is during the cooler months between April and early November. Expect to see wildflowers
in the northern end about August, although September and October tend to be the peak times for experiencing the best wildflowers
along the track as you head south.
The best place to plan your Bubbulmun Track walk is on their very comprehensive website