Bibbulmun Track

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The Bibbulmun Track is a long distance walk trail in Western Australia. It runs from Kalamunda, east of Perth to Albany and is almost 1000 km long. The name comes from the Bibbulmun, or Noongar people, Indigenous Australians from the Perth area.



The route has been changed twice, partly due to it passing through a significant section of forest that was at risk to change from either forestry, bauxite mining or dieback.

The track was suggested in 1972. The groups that had suggested and also who were involved in planning with the then Forests Department of Western Australia were -

  • Perth Bushwalkers
  • Western Walking Club
  • Youth Hostels Association
  • Scout Association of Australia (W.A. Division)
  • The Speleological Research Group of W.A.

The Track was first opened in 1979 but the third and final alignment and extension through to Albany was opened in 1998 and retains less than 10% of earlier alignments.

The Bibbulmun Track is a walker-only trail. No wheeled vehicles of any kind are permitted. It has a parallel long distance bicycle trail - generally to the west - known as the Munda Biddi Trail - which currently only goes as far as Collie.

Track Components

The track consists of around 50 sections. Each section is approximately one day's walk, except for the northernmost 150km or so, where the sections consist of half-day walks. At the end of each section is either a town or a purpose-built campsite. Each campsite consists of a three-sided shelter with wooden sleeping platforms, a water tank, a pit toilet, picnic tables and cleared tent sites. In the northern half, most campsites also have a barbecue pit and plate (open fires are banned in the southern section).

The Track is almost all through state forest, national parks and other reserves, with only a few small sections of farmland. The first half of the Track is through the Jarrah forests of the Darling Range. It then moves through flatter tall Karri forests until reaching the coastline near the town of Walpole. The remainder of the Track is through coastal forest and scrub along the south coast, in some sections routed along sandy beaches.

The major towns the Track passes through are Dwellingup, Collie, Balingup, Pemberton, Walpole and Denmark.

Highlights of the track include:

  • Mundaring Weir
  • Monadnocks area and Mount Cooke
  • Murray River Valley
  • Karri Forests between Donnelly River and Denmark
  • Tingle forest near Walpole
  • Coastal scenery along the south coast
  • Wildflower displays, birdlife and other Southwest Australian flora and fauna.
  • Marine mammals along the south coast such as seals, dolphins and whales

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