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Mike & Judith's Bibbulmun Track Page

Home Page > Camping > Camping in Australia > Bibbulmun Track (WA)

Mosaic Waugel photographed in Albany.Western Australia's Department of Environment & Conservation describes the Bibbulmun Track as one of the longest, continuously marked trails in Australia. It is WA's only long-distance walking trail and is named after a distinct Aboriginal language group, known as the Bibbulmun, who inhabited some of the areas on the south coast through which the track passes. It is marked by a stylised image of the Waugal (rainbow serpent), a spirit being from the Aboriginal Dreaming.

The world-class, 967 km long-distance hiking trail stretches from Kalamunda, a Hills suburb on the outskirts of Perth, to Albany, on the south coast. Check out the very helpful website of the Bibbulmun Track Foundation.

As we do not have the time to take off the two months needed to complete the trail from start to end, our goal is to complete the trail in a piece-meal fashion. Hopefully, it won't take us too long to add our names to the growing list of end-to-enders. Below you will find short descriptions of the various sections that we have completed to date. These are listed in Section order rather than chronological order to assist in locating the section that you may be interested in.

The Summary of our Progress to Date is as follows:

  • Sections Completed = 7 of 58 (12.1%)
  • Distance Completed = 116.6 km of 967.2 km (12.1%)

  • Walpole to Peaceful Bay (Sections 47 to 50) -- 24 to 26 December 2006

Tingle TreeFrankland Hut
(1) Tingle Tree on the way to Frankland Hut. (2) Passing by Frankland Hut.

Camping on the TrailGiants Hut
(1) Camping a few kilometres past Frankland Hut at Sappers Crossing. (2) Passing by Giants Hut.

Camping at Nut LookoutConspicuous Beach
(1) Camping at Nut Lookout on Christmas Day. (2) Conspicuous Beach.

Camping at Peaceful Bay CampgroundPeacefule Bay Beach
(1) Camping at Peaceful Bay Caravan Park. (2) Coffee on the beach at Peaceful Bay.

  • Pemberton to Northcliffe (Sections 38 to 40) -- 30 September to 2 October 2006

Up at 4h30 and on the road by 5h00 allowed us to drive to Northcliffe, park the car, and have enough time to catch the TransWA bus back to Pemberton. Doing it this way allowed us to start hiking from Pemberton at 11h30 and the bonus was that we had the car waiting for us at the end of the hike so that we could try and miss the public holiday traffic on the Monday. The TransWA bus trip was only 25 minutes and cost $6.50 each for the ride back to Pemberton. This was great value for money and the service was right on time.

The first 3km of the walk was through Pemberton's side streets and headed in the direction of the Gloucester Tree. The Tree is 60 m high and was used as a fire lookout during its hey-day. Now, it's a tourist attraction where people can climb up the somewhat dodgy rungs and get a view of the surrounding land. We didn't the inclination or the time to carry out this feat, as we had about 17 km still to go to the Warren Hut. You don't get many views walking through the Karri Forest, but the environment is very pleasant. There are also no real hills to speak of. We saw a 1.5 metre long brown snake on the path, but it was in a great hurry to get out of the way, so no harm done. About 1 km before the Warren Hut, we decided to camp just off Collins Road, on the banks of the Warren River. This offered us all the water we needed and we fell asleep listening to water rushing over the ford. The total distance covered for the day was 19.0 km in 4h10 walking time.

Camping 1km before Warren Hut on the banks of the Warren River.Passing by Warren Hut early on Day 2.
(1) Camping 1 km before Warren Hut on the banks of the Warren River. (2) Passing by Warren Hut early on Day 2.

We woke early on Day 2 and made our way to Warren Hut where we found out that four people had spent the night. Two of these were end-to-enders. After passing through the hut area, we crossed the River Road Bridge, and then wound our way along the Warren River towards Moons Crossing. Nothing too exciting along this section of the track, but early morning in the Karri forest was beautiful. After a couple of rest stops along the way, and a couple more snake spottings, we arrived at the Schafer Hut in the afternoon and enjoyed a nice relaxing swim in the nearby dam. The water was cool, but ever so refreshing. This would have been an ideal place to spend the night, but with the following day being the last day of the long weekend, we wanted to miss the end of weekend traffic back to Perth so decided to push on. We had planned to spend the night near Lane-Poole Road, but it turned out that water was not going to be easy to find. We pushed on for a further 3 km until we crossed a small stream with water that could be filtered. We pitched the tent in the middle of the track and listened to the amazing birdlife while the sun went down. The total distance covered for the day was 28.0 km in 6h30 walking time.

River Road BridgeThe swimming hole (dam) at Schafer Hut.
(1) Checking the map at River Road Bridge. (2) The swimming hole (dam) at Schafer Hut.

We were up again early on Day 3 which basically follows farm roads/tracks all the way to Northcliffe. With the flowers out at this time of year, it was a very pleasant walk and the 8 km to town only took 90 minutes. The most surprising thing for us for this, our first experience of the Bibbulmun Track, was the distance that could be covered in a day. The walking is very easy in this area and the quality of the track is exceptional, something which we haven't had in a very long time!

Schafer HutCamping on the track a few km past Schafer Hut.
(1) Schafer Hut. (2) Camping on the track a few km past Schafer Hut.

Our Bibbulmun Track exploits are summarised in the Table below:

Section
        From        
         To         
Sec. Dist.
Cum. Dist.
Date Completed
1
Kalamunda Hewett's Hill
9.6
9.6
 
2
Hewett's Hill Ball Creek
10.2
19.8
 
3
Ball Creek Helena
8.4
28.2
 
4
Helena Waalegh
9.4
37.6
 
5
Waalegh Beraking
9.1
46.7
 
6
Beraking Mount Dale
11.5
58.2
 
7
Mount Dale Brookton
7.7
65.9
 
8
Brookton Canning
11.2
77.1
 
9
Canning Monadnocks
15.7
92.8
 
10
Monadnocks Mount Cook
12.9
105.7
 
11
Mount Cook Nerang
13.0
118.7
 
12
Nerang Gringer Creek
16.8
135.5
 
13
Gringer Creek White Horse Hills
18.2
153.7
 
14
White Horse Hills Mount Wells
14.7
168.4
 
15
Mount Wells Chadoora
14.9
183.3
 
16
Chadoora Dwellingup
20.3
203.6
 
17
Dwellingup Swamp Oak
13.1
216.7
 
18
Swamp Oak Murray
19.0
235.7
 
19
Murray Dookanelly
18.0
253.7
 
20
Dookanelly Possum Springs
19.7
273.4
 
21
Possum Springs Yourdamung
19.1
292.5
 
22
Yourdamung Harris Dam
14.9
307.4
 
23
Harris Dam Collie
16.1
323.5
 
24
Collie Yabberup
26.1
349.6
 
25
Yabberup Noggerup
18.1
367.7
 
26
Noggerup Grimwade
22.5
390.2
 
27
Grimwade Balingup
22.3
412.5
 
28
Balingup Blackwood
18.5
431.0
 
29
Blackwood Gregory Brook
18.2
449.2
 
30
Gregory Brook Donnelly River Village
21.0
470.2
 
31
Donnelly River Village Tom Road
8.0
478.2
 
32
Tom Road Boarding House
22.9
501.1
 
33
Boarding House Beavis Campsite
19.3
520.4
 
34
Beavis Campsite Beedelup
19.7
540.1
 
35
Beedelup Pemberton
23.7
563.8
 
36
Pemberton Warren Camp
20.0
583.8
30/09/2006
37
Warren Camp Schafer Camp
21.2
605.0
01/10/2006
38
Schafer Camp Northcliffe
14.0
619.0
02/10/2006
39
Northcliffe Gardner
15.2
634.2
 
40
Gardner Lake Maringup
16.1
650.3
 
41
Lake Maringup Dog Pool
25.6
675.9
 
42
Dog Pool Mount Chance
19.4
695.3
 
43
Mount Chance Woolbales
20.8
716.1
 
44
Woolbales Long Point
17.8
733.9
 
45
Long Point Mount Clare
12.5
746.4
 
46
Mount Clare Walpole
10.2
756.6
 
47
Walpole Frankland River
17.6
774.2
24/12/2006
48
Frankland River Giants
13.6
787.8
25/12/2006
49
Giants Rame Head
17.8
805.6
26/12/2006
50
Rame Head Peaceful Bay
12.4
818.0
26/12/2006
51
Peaceful Bay Boat Harbour
24.0
842.0
 
52
Boat Harbour William Bay
21.6
863.6
 
53
William Bay Denmark
19.9
883.5
 
54
Denmark Nuilaki
13.6
897.1
 
55
Nuilaki West Cape Howe
16.9
914.0
 
56
West Cape Howe Torbay
16.7
930.7
 
57
Torbay Hidden Valley
17.0
947.7
 
58
Hidden Valley Albany
19.5
967.2