Top Trail: Bibbulmun Track, Kalamunda to Albany
About the Trail
The Track passes through 22 national parks and other reserves. The northern half of the Track is home to large jarrah, marri and wandoo forests only found in this part of Western Australia, while the southern half features ancient karri and tingle forests opening onto the Southern Ocean for spectacular coastal walking where whales can be sighted between June and October.
The award-winning Track also links some of the State’s most scenic and popular attractions including Mundaring Weir, the Gloucester Tree, Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, and Mandalay Beach.
Walkers can re-supply or base themselves in any of the towns along the way including Kalamunda, Dwellingup, Collie, Balingup, Pemberton, Northcliffe, Walpole, Denmark and Albany. At the half-way mark, the old mill town of Donnelly River Village offers a truly Australian experience with emus, kangaroos and other wildlife in abundance.
The Track is named after the Bibbulmun Nyoongar people, an aboriginal group which journeyed on foot over long distances for ceremonies. The distinctive trails markers depict the Waugal, a symbol of the Rainbow Serpent.
Although the Track is well marked, walkers are advised to use a map and guidebook. The eight water-resistant, full colour maps show car access points, campsites, terrain profiles and distances tables and are available from the Bibbulmun Track Foundation, DPaW offices, equipment stores and some visitor information centres.
Bibbulmun Track campsites
The campsites are in delightful locations and provide a welcome haven at day’s end. Facilities include a three-sided sleeping shelter, tent sites, picnic tables, water tank and toilet. Some campsites also have fireplaces but the use of fuel stoves is encouraged.
Distances between campsites range from 10 kilometres in the north to 20 – 25 kilometres in the south.
The independent way…
It’s important to plan your walk using the maps. There’s lots of useful information under ‘Trip Planning’ on the Bibbulmun Track website, or contact the Foundation for advice. The Foundation also offers:
- equipment for hire
- day walk maps packs (including walk notes for a range of day walks in 8 different areas)
- Bibbulmun Track publications and souvenirs
A touch of comfort…
For those who enjoy bushwalking – and their creature comforts – try a Bibbulmun Walking Break. Enjoy a day on the Track, and return to the comfort of a hot-shower, home cooking and a comfortable bed. Based around the Track towns, each with their own unique flavour, the minimum 2-day/2-night packages include a choice of accommodation (B&B or self-catering), meals, walk transfers, map and walk notes. Packages can be tailor made to cater for a short getaway or a holiday of up to three weeks – and all arranged for you!
A number of tour operators offer guided walks on the Track. Search on the Tourism WA website or the Accommodation and Services page on the Bibbulmun Track website.
Please be sure to read our full Disclaimer relating to information provided on the Trails WA website.