I am a hiker and one of the best walks that I experienced in Western Australia was the Bibbulmun Track. This 1,000-kilometre trail going from Kalamunda to Albany is the theatre of so much natural beauty with beautiful forests, valleys and stunning coastal views. Being able to walk the track from end to end is part of my bucket list.
When I heard that Michelle Ryan made a documentary showing all those beautiful landscapes and people volunteering to keep the track maintained, I wasn't going to miss the occasion.
On the 11th of March from 3 to 5 at the State Library, I will be there to be mesmerised by another beauty that Western Australia has to offer. I might even get the DVD to be able to enjoy the view of the Bibbulmun in between my hikes.
The track was first opened in 1979 and extended to Albany in 1998. Along the way, you will find markers every 500 meters in a yellow triangle shape with a Waugal (snake) inside. This symbol was chosen as a recognition for the Noongar people who are the first inhabitants of this land. There are also 49 huts/campsites along the way to be able to rest, shelter and cook quite comfortably. Water and toilets are found also along the way.
Every year, thousands of people hike for a day, a weekend or attempt the whole experience by walking the track end to end. The end to end adventure can be achieved in 6 to 8 weeks with a good preparation. You can get some useful tips and recommendations from The Bibbulmun Track Foundation. This not-for-profit organisation is responsible for the maintenance and promotion of the trail.
Michelle Ryan is also using this event as a fundraiser to help rebuild Helena's campsite, which sadly burnt last month. Part of the proceedings will be given to the foundation for that purpose.