Bibbulmun Track Celebrates 25 years

10 July 2023 11:20 AM

Bibbulmun Track Celebrates 25 years

One of the delights of spending time on the Bibbulmun Track is in proving the truth of the phrase “Deprivation is good for the soul”.  After walking all day, carrying a heavy pack, eating food that is less than gourmet standard and sleeping on a hard floor, the simple pleasures to be found in Kalamunda and the towns on the way, become highly magnified.

Thanks to the Bibbulmun Track Foundation, City of Kalamunda and the Parks and Wildlife Service, the track is going from strength to strength.  Hundreds of volunteers dedicate their own time to maintain the 1000km length beautiful terrain from Kalamunda to Albany.  

The first alignment of the Bibbulmun Track was marked in March 1974 after a very passionate long-distance walker, Geoff Schafer approached the WA Minister for Forests, H.D Evans and put forward his case for a long-distance trail. In 1979 when Western Australia celebrated its 150th anniversary celebrations, the ‘Bibbulmun Walk 79’ took place with thousands of participants from near and far.  A core group of dedicated walkers covered the whole length of the track and became known as the ‘end-to-enders’.  In the late 1980’s, the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) undertook a significant overhaul of the Track which saw the Trail brought into the State’s Heritage Trail Network.

This coming Friday (14 July 2023) at 10.30am will see a significant event take place in Kalamunda as the Mayor, Ministers, City Staff, the Bibbulmun Track Foundation, volunteers and of course, trekkers converge on the City to celebrate the 25 years and send off the end-to-enders on their 1000-kilometre walk.

For more information visit the Bibbulmun Track 25 Anniversary Celebration event page.
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