The Nyingarn Bidi is a trail that links to the Bibbulmun Track to provide a three-day, two-night loop walk that starts and finishes in Dwellingup. 'Nyingarn' is the Noongar word for 'echidna' and 'Bidi' means 'path or trail'.
The walk is a collage of colours where the browns and blacks and soft greens of the jarrah and yarri forest shift for a short while to the deep greens of planted pines and the dappled whites and greys of eastern blue gums. The gentle hues of sunset and sunrise and peaceful surrounds while camping out under the starts make this an ideal getaway for a few days.
The Bibbulmun Track is signposted with yellow triangular markers symbolising the Waugal, the rainbow serpent of the Noongar Dreaming. The Nyingarn Bidi also uses the Bibbulmun Track Waugal symbol but in a rich tangerine colour.
Commencing in Dwellingup, walkers can undertake this Class 4 loop in either direction covering a total of 49.5km. This walk connects the Bibbulmun Track Chadoora Campsite with the Swamp Oak Campsite.
Each campsite has a three-sided timber shelter, a sit-down pedestal pit toilet (BYO toilet paper), rainwater tank, picnic tables and tent sites. The tank water is not guaranteed and must be treated by boiling, filtration or chemical treatment.
Dwellingup to Swamp Oak Campsite (12.9km - allow 5 hours)
The shortest but hilliest of the walking days, this is a great way to start or end your walking adventure as you pass through some radiata pine (Pinus radiata).
Swamp Oak to Chadoora Campsite (16.9km - allow 6 hours)
As you travel between the two Bibbulmun campsites the trail crosses Pinjarra-Williams Road, passes through a smooth-barked Sydney blue gum plantation (Eucalyptus saligna) and crosses over a remnant railway line. A gently undulating walk.
Chadoora Campsite to Dwellingup (19.7km - allow 7 hours)
The longest and flattest part of the trail, leaving or returning to Dwellingup. In areas you will follow the railway and walk past two sidings - Etmilyn and Holyoake - with the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway operating the line from Dwellingup to Etmilyn.
Make sure to download the detailed 'Walk the Nyingarn Bidi' map before commencing your journey. The map is also available from the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre.
Groups of eight or more staying at the Bibbulmun Track campsites should complete a Group Notification Form. The notification assists in considering the needs and enjoyment of other track users by preventing overcrowding impacts at campsites. Refer to the Bibbulmun Track Foundation website for more information.