Australia is one of the worlds 25 biodiversity hotspots and this walk
will take you through many of the habitats that make this region so
spectacular and world renowned. The entire walk takes six to eight weeks
to complete or can be done in shorter stages and is exclusively for
walkers only, if you are interested in mountain biking please see the
Munda Biddi trail article. The Munda Biddi trail takes a similar course
and runs from Kalamunda to Albany as well.
Towns along the trail
can be days apart, the longest being 12 days walk so it is important
that you carry plenty of food and water. The only source of water on the
track is at the campsites which are located a days walk apart, the rain
is collected in rainwater tanks which are not filled by any other
means. Water may be limited after summer so if you are planning on
walking in April/May keep this in mind.
Unlike other famous trails
the Bibbulmun is not very crowded and it could be days between seeing
other hikers. But it can get busy on long weekends and holidays
particularly at the campsites that are easily accessible.
When to go:
in the region varies during the year, summer (December – March) is hot
and dry with bush fires being a real threat. So the track should be
walked in the cooler months (notice cooler- don’t be surprised if in the
middle of winter there is at least a few days with temps above 25OC)
any time between April and November. October and November can be really
hot and dry, and nights get cold in late winter and early spring. Most
rain falls in July and August and the southern half of the trail tends
to get more rain.
The wildflower season peaks in September and
October, can vary based on rainfall and temperatures. The bush comes
alive with hundreds of different flowers and colours and should be seen.
are found throughout the year on the track and the open shelters don’t
provide protection from them so a mosquito net is recommended to prevent
possible infection with River Ross Virus, some walkers will use the
shell (sealed inner) from their tent for protection.
track can be walked in both directions, with walkers choosing the
direction that suits them or is easier to travel too (more on this
later). The most common way to walk is from north to south. The track
passes through the towns of Kalamunda, Dwellingup, Collie, Balingup,
Pemberton, Northcliffe, Walpole, Denmark and Albany where hikers stay
for one or two nights to resupply, wash their clothes and enjoy the
The track is well marked with triangular markers with
a snake on it, although snakes are commonly found in the bush it is not
a warning to walkers, the snake is the Waugal which is a mythological
rainbow serpent from the Aboriginal dreamtime. The track is broken down
into 9 sections with 8 maps:
you are walking the entire track you will need to get to/from Kalamunda
and Albany. The northern trailhead is on the corner of Mundaring Weir
Road and Railway Road, Kalamunda. From the Esplanade busport in Perth
you can catch the 282, 296, 299 buses. Check out Transperth for
timetables and fees. A taxi from Perth cbd to Kalamunda cost
approximately Aud$55, and Aud$36 from the Airport.
trailhead is 409km south of Perth at the Old Railway Station on
Proudlove Parade, Albany. Transwa provides buses between Perth and
Albany for Aud$59.90 one way. Skywest provides flights to and from
Albany for min $186.
Transwa also offers buses from many of the towns along the track to Perth if you want a shorter walk.
the majority of the walk you will be camping. There are 49 campsites
spaced a day’s walk apart and each has a three-sided timber shelter and
are designed to sleep 8-15 people. They are free and offered on a first
come first served basis so you should be bring a tent for times when the
shelter is full. Each campsite also has a sit-down pedestal pit toilet,
rainwater tank, picnic tables and tent sites.
In the towns there are no campsites so you will need to stay in alternative accommodation,
are no fees to walk the track and stay at the campsites, you will need
to pay for accommodation in the towns, food, maps and equipment. There
are 8 water resistant rip-proof colour maps that cover the entire track
and are essential when taking on the Bibbulmun track as well as 2
compact guidebooks which show car access points, campsites, terrain
profiles and distance tables. These are available here, and at some
visitor information centres.
Individual maps (1-8) cost Au$11.50 each ($92 total)
Northern half map pack (1 to 4) cost Au$42
Southern half map pack (5 to 8) cost Au$42 ($84 total)
Northern Guidebook – covers Kalamunda to Donnelly River Village and includes map 1 to 4 cost Au$35
Southern Guidebook – covers Donnelly River Village to Albany and includes map 5 to 8 cost Au$35
Guided or Solo:
is a walk that is best done at your own pace and with your own
itinerary, if you want to stay a couple of days in a town go ahead or
want to skip one you can. But because of the length of time required
(not many people have 8 weeks free), or lack of hiking experience there
are tours along the track that take in the best sections. The foundation
offers tours in May and September that run for 9 days.