Top Trail: Bibbulmun Track, Kalamunda to Albany
The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000 kilometres from Kalamunda,in the Perth hills, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast. The Track offers a range of experiences from an epic eight-week adventure staying in the 49 campsites along the way, to day walks staying in comfort in one of the quaint rural towns. Bushwalkers from around the world come to WA to become an end-to-ender on ‘The Bibb’.
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.
Need to Know
Albany Visitor Centre
Old Railway Station 55 Proudlove Parade, Albany Western Australia 6330, Australia
Phone: (08) 9841 9290 | www.amazingalbany.com.au
The Albany Visitor Centre is positioned on the edge of the stunning Princess Royal Harbour on Proudlove Parade. This award winning information and booking service, staffed by friendly and helpful locals, can provide knowledgeable information about the Amazing Albany region as well as assisting you with booking your chosen tours and accommodation. The team at Albany Visitor Centre can provide you with the perfect accommodation options to suit your needs. The experts on local attractions, they will help you to make the most of your time in their beautiful city. Let them advise you on the best beaches, fishing, diving and surfing locations, how to find the best wineries or perhaps a cruise on the Southern Ocean during the whale migration season. For advice that only the locals know, visit the centre and grab your free Amazing Albany Holiday Planner, or one of their many brochures to help you plan your journey in their region. Don't miss out on the local produce - grab a copy of the Amazing Albany Dining Out Guide to make the most of your time in Amazing Albany. Albany Visitor Centre is open every day from 9am to 5pm, except Christmas Day.