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Bibbulmun Track

Thursday, March 18, 2004
Sorrel has found one of the finest coastal views and walking trails in the world.

The Bibbulmun Track is a 963km continuously marked trail stretching from Kalamunda, a suburb of Perth, to Albany on the state's south coast. Walkers decide just how much of the track they want to undertake — there are a number of enjoyable day or overnight walks which can easily be undertaken, or you can follow the snake marker the whole distance. To go the entire length of Australia's longest walking trail would require an enormous amount of endurance and time!

For those who don't have the stamina or time, World Expeditions run eight-day treks, covering the very best of the Bibbulmun's back country.

All along the way are huts with tables, bunks, water tanks — you should carry water purifying tablets — barbecues and dry toilets. They hold up to 15 people quite comfortably and the cardinal rule is what goes in, must go out. You have to carry all rubbish out with you.

The track is accessible year round, but mid-summer heat can be oppressive, particularly on the Perth end.

The track starts on the outskirts of the hills suburb of Kalamunda, 20km east of Perth in the Darling Range. From there is descends rapidly to Piesse Brook in Kalamunda National Park, climbs to the southern rim of the Helena Valley, crosses the wall of Mundaring Weir and through CALM's Hills Forest Discovery Centre.

It traces the north-eastern flank of the Helena Reservoir, the Darkin River, winds through Jarrah and Wandoo forest to Mt Dale before crossing Brookton Highway, Abyssinia Rock and enters the Monadnocks Conservation Park.

It then runs parallel to the Albany Highway through flats of pale barked wandoo, and crosses the highway near the North Bannister Roadhouse. Mt Wells' old firetower gives 360° views.

The track traverses jarrah and marri forest into Dwellingup and follows the old rail line into town. Further south is the Murray, the largest undammed river in the Darling Range. The track parallels the river for 50km before crossing the historic timber Long Gully Bridge, and then the Worsley Alumina conveyor bauxite conveyer.

Every leg of the Bibbulum Track has something exciting and interesting to offer. Lakes, rivers, pools, forests, farming land, the rugged south coast and massive, ancient red tingle trees. Wildflowers in spring provide carpets of colour.

The Bibbulmun Track Foundation is an incorporated non-profit community-based organisation which provides support for management, maintenance and marketing of the track.

Location

From Kalamunda to Albany in WA

Cost

World Expeditions eight-day packages start at $1695 per person. They run every two weeks from October to April.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.

More information

World Expeditions
Level 5, 71 York Street
Sydney 2000
Ph: 1300 720 000, (02) 9279 0188
Fax: (02) 9279 0566
www.worldexpeditions.com
enquiries@worldexpeditions.com.au

The Bibbulmun Track Foundation
862 Hay Street
Perth 6000
Ph: (08) 9481 0551, (08) 9321 0649
Fax: (08) 9481 0546
www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au
friends@bibbulmuntrack.org.au

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