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1. Journey Details

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The Bibbulmun Track in the longest awarded bush walking trail in Western Australia. I celebrated the 9th Anniversary of the "Bibbulmun Track", which opened on the 13th September 1998, by completing an "End-to-End" walk from "Kalamunda to Albany". This Australian Track had been significantly realigned, extended from "Walpole" (the original End) to "Albany", and upgraded with the addition of timber shelters at the campsites. See: Bibbulmun Track 10th Anniversary

1. Journey Details

  1. Starting date - September 3rd 2007 in "Kalamunda".
  2. Finishing date - October 23rd 2007 in "Albany". Faithfully followed the "Bibbulmun Track" signage or map track, except where spring flooding caused slight detours in the "Denmark" area.
  3. Total distance walked 965kms solo in 51 days including 4 rest days which were an essential minimum for me. Getting lost in a swamp and climbing cliffs in another flooded area while detouring, added enough km's to make it over 1,001kms (621 miles) in unofficial total distance trekked. Thank you Universe 1001 times for this opportunity to achieve.

Bibbulmun Track End-To-End Certificate

2. Map, Distances Walked, Dates Top of Page

Started 3rd September 2007 - Rest days were: 1 day "Collie", 2 days "Pemberton" and 1 day at "Denmark". Total of 4 rest days and 47 walking days. Shortest walk day when feeling sick was 12km, longest walk day was 42km when double hutting - Tom Road passed Boarding House to Beavis.

Bibbulmun Track map 2007

 

Bibbulmun map track

 

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Ring-Necked Parrot

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Kangaroo

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Echidna

The shorter sections are sometimes more hilly.

* D/Hut = Double hutting or not stopping to sleep at a shelter. * Distances approx. Km's.

 

Sect
From
To
Km's
Date
Sect
From
To
Km's
Date
1
Kalamunda
Hewett's Hill
10.3
D/Hut
31
Donnelly River
Tom Road
16.0
28/9
2
Hewett's Hill
Ball Creek
10.6
3/9
32
Tom Road
Boarding House
22.9
D/Hut
3
Ball Creek
Helena
8.6
D/Hut
33
Boarding House
Beavis
19.3
29/9
4
Helena
Waalegh
9.5
4/9
34
Beavis
Beedelup
19.7
30/9
5
Waalegh
Beraking
8.5
D/Hut
35
Beedelup
Pemberton x 2
23.7
1/10
6
Beraking
Mt. Dale
9.5
5/9
36
Pemberton
Warren
20.0
4/10
7
Mt. Dale
Brookton
8.3
D/Hut
37
Warren
Schafer
21.2
5/10
8
Brookton
Canning
8.6
6/9
38
Schafer
Northcliffe
14.0
D/Hut
9
Canning
Monadnocks
15.6
7/9
39
Northcliffe
Gardner
15.2
6/10
10
Monadnocks
Mt. Cooke
12.7
8/9
40
Gardner
Lake Maringup
21.9
7/10
11
Mt. Cooke
Nerang
10.3
D/Hut
41
Lake Maringup
Dog Pool
25.6
8/10
12
Nerang
Gringer Creek
16.5
9/9
42
Dog Pool
Mt. Chance
19.4
9/10
13
Gringer Creek
White Horse Hills
17.7
10/9
43
Mt. Chance
Woolbales
20.8
10/10
14
White Horse Hills
Mt. Wells
14.5
11/9
44
Woolbales
Long Point
17.8
11/10
15
Mt Wells
Chadoora
14.8
12/9
45
Long Point
Mt. Clare
12.5
D/Hut
16
Chadoora
Dwellingup
19.5
13/9
46
Mt. Clare
Walpole
10.2
12/10
17
Dwellingup
Swamp Oak
12.7
14/9
47
Walpole
Frankland
17.6
13/10
18
Swamp Oak
Murray
18.5
15/9
48
Frankland
Giants
13.6
D/Hut
19
Murray
Dookanelly
17.7
16/9
49
Giants
Rame Head
17.8
14/10
20
Dookanelly
Possum Springs
19.3
17/9
50
Rame Head
Peaceful Bay
12.4
15/10
21
Possum Springs
Yourdamung
18.7
D/Hut
51
Peaceful Bay
Boat Harbour
24.0
16/10
22
Yourdamung
Harris Dam
18.7
18/9
52
Boat Harbour
William Bay
21.6
17/10
23
Harris Dam
Collie x 1
21.4
19/9
53
William Bay
Denmark x 1
19.9
18/10
24
Collie
Yabberup
19.6
21/9
54
Denmark
Nullaki
13.6
20/10
25
Yabberup
Noggerup
17.7
22/9
55
Nallaki
West Cape Howe
16.0
21/10
26
Noggerup
Grimwade
21.9
23/9
56
West Cape Howe
Torbay
16.7
D/Hut
27
Grimwade
Balingup
22.4
24/9
57
Torbay
Hidden Valley
17.0
22/10
28
Balingup
Blackwood
17.7
25/9
58
Hidden Valley
Albany
19.5
23/10
29
Blackwood
Gregory Brook
18.0
26/9
.
Double hut
Greenish
.
.
30
Gregory Brook
Donnelly River
20.5
27/9
.
Rest day
Purple
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More details including around 560 thumbnail photographs, converted to 800 x 600 half screen slide show photographs, plus click-able 9 megapixel full screen (fast downloading) photographs have been uploaded, now I have found the time and energy to work out how to make PV11 Slide Show Magic software work. The problem was my jumbled Web files on my ISP's server, which I now have fixed. It was still a big job afterwards to put titles to every picture.

3. The Idea of this Site Top of Page

To assist anyone planning to travel North to South (N to S) completing in one hit an End to End (E to E) journey of the "Bibbulmun Track" in the most popular time - spring - by providing a list of:

  • what I took that I really used: aluminium lightweight billy, mosquito net or roll-on repellent (tropical strength), camera, Guide to the Bibbulmun Track with maps included, fixomull tape for blisters, water bag 3 litre, rather than bottles.
  • what I could have left behind: de-hydrated eggs and cooking oil.
  • what I would have found useful: still thinking on this one - more smaller food parcels to reduce weight. A smaller, lighter camera
Steve Parish looking wild on returning to Perth after completing the Bibbulmun Track
 
On my return to Perth - the wild look!

These details will follow the photographs which I want to make available ASAP mainly for friends and relatives that: supported my endeavours by: a) encouragement (Renya, Robert, Steve, Graham, Jenny, Lindsay, Gill, Parents), b) helped dehydrate food (Jenny), c) dropped me at "Kalamunda" (Robert), d) visited me while I was resting for 2 days in "Pemberton" (Renya and Luke), e) looked after my home and garden (Renya and Luke, plus next door neighbours), f) passing on emails and giving progress reports of my journey (Renya), g) listened to my planning and also suggesting alternative ideas (Jim Baker, Vince Harding and Lee Boyett), h) Track cooking classes and recipes (Steve Sertis). Thank you all and many others not named. The trip was a cool success and very enjoyable, exceeding all my short-term goals, while completing the total journey in one hit - my ultimate end to end goal!

Steve Parish

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4. Why did I walk? Top of Page

Because it was do-able! I felt I owned the following traits too: 1) Motivated. 2) A planner. 3) Positive thinker. 4) Could train my body and become fit enough. 5) A big enough challenge - that was achievable. 5) Had the time available. 6) Could finance the loss of income. 7) Talked myself into the commitment. 8) If I did not do it this 2007 year, it would always remain something I meant to do!!

The only question is what are your reasons for walking the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia, as everyone's are different?

9:Judge2 Judge a person not by their job, but in their happiness in doing it. Steve Parish Original Affirmation v4

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