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Nyingarn Bidi, Dwellingup Nyingarn Bidi, Dwellingup

  • Multiple day
  • 49.5 km
    • Bush Walk Class 4

      Difficult trail with rough surface that may have very steep hills or extensive rock hopping. Directional signage may be limited. Bushwalking experience, navigation and emergency first aid skills, and good fitness required.

Experience the iconic Bibbulmun Track with the Nyingarn Bidi, a three-day, two-night loop trail in Dwellingup. This Class 4 hike winds through jarrah and yarri forests, planted pines, and eastern blue gums.

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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.

Visit Dwellingup

Just over an hour's drive from Perth, Dwellingup has an abundance of nature-inspired experiences and unique offerings. Filled with ancient forests, flowing rivers, vibrant hiking and mountain-biking trails and incredible camping spots, Dwellingup is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. 

 

Dwellingup was recently announced as 2023 National Top Tiny Tourism Town and as the only place where the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi meet, Dwellingup is home to an array of trails for you to explore including hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, horse riding and four-wheel-driving. The adventure is yours to create in this remarkable part of Western Australia.

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Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre

(08) 9538 1108

National Parks

  • Bibbulmun Track Dwellingup

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Expand your trip and enjoy great businesses nearby

Waypoints Cafe

Waypoints Café serves tasty, seasonal food and drinks to nourish the active and adventurous. Overlooking the skate park, pump track, Hotham Valley train and shaded lawn you won't ever need to leave!

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Dwellingup Adventures

Invent your own adventure and lose yourself in the forest and river valleys of Dwellingup.

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Dwellingup Rural Chalets at Lewis Park

Lewis Park is a 16 hectare property with valley and forest views. A perfect place to escape the city and have a relaxing weekend away.

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Dwellingup Transfers

Looking for transport to or from Dwellingup? A drop off out on to the Bibbulmun Track perhaps? We can get you where you want to be!

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Longriders Cafe & Restaurant

Licensed family restaurant with locally sourced produce inspiring the breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.

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Jarrah Forest Lodge

Self Service Nature Lodge, Scenic Shared Facilities Accomodation in the Jarrah Forest. Conference Room, Gazebo, BBQ, Pizza Oven, Fire Pit.

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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.

Time / Duration

3 to 4 days

Length

49.5km loop

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre, 105km (1.5 hours) south of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Class 4

Difficult trail with rough surface that may have very steep hills or extensive rock hopping. Directional signage may be limited. Bushwalking experience, navigation and emergency first aid skills, and good fitness required.

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Hazards & Warnings

Conditions on the Track change almost daily. From controlled burns and temporary diversions to bushfires and storm damage - always check the current Track conditions or Park Alerts before embarking on a walk.

Safety

Walkers need to plan ahead and consider food, drinking water and equipment requirements. Supplies can be purchased in Dwellingup. 

In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000) if there is mobile phone coverage.

Before you go, install the free Emergency+ app on your mobile phone. It can be used in the event of any emergency to call for assistance. If there is no mobile phone coverage you will not be able to call Emergency Services but the app will provide you with GPS location details.

Do not rely on your mobile phone in the event of getting lost or injured, as coverage is unreliable on the trail.

Consider carrying a personal locator beacon (PLB) or other emergency communication.

Facilities

Tank water is not guaranteed and must be treated before use. Use tank water sparingly and keep an emergency supply of drinking water as backup. Tank water should be treated by boiling, mechanical filtration or chemical treatment. 

If staying overnight at the Bibbulmun Track Chadoora Campsite and Swamp Oak Campsite in a group of 8 or more people, a Group Notification Form must be completed. See the Bibbulmun Track Foundation website for more information.

  • Bicycles Prohibited
  • Camping
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Water Access Points
  • Visitor Information Centre

Best time of year

March to November

Trail Access

2WD. Approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Perth to Dwellingup (105km). The trail can be started from the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre on Marrinup Street.

Prohibited Items

No pets, bicycles, horses or vehicles. No campfires from December to April - check current campfire bans on Park Alerts.

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