The Bibbulmun Track (BIB) is located in Western Australia, stretching 1000km (621mi) from Kalamunda (near Perth), to Albany on the south coast. It winds through the Darling mountain range, and the heart of the scenic Southwest of Australia.
The guidebooks and maps are written from a southbound perspective, which is the same direction that I’ll be hiking. I expect to finish in Albany after about 30 days of hiking, averaging about 34km/21mi per day. This might sound fast, but there is relatively little elevation gain/loss on this trail. Also, the trail goes thru 9 towns along the way, which means I never need to carry more than 5 days’ worth of food! I love having a light backpack.
I chose a southbound direction for a couple reasons, it’s logistically simpler since I’m flying into Perth already, and I will finish the hotter northern part before the summer bushfire season starts.
Much like the Larapinta Trail, established campsites are built every 10-15km or so, with 3-sided roofed structures, long-drop toilets, picnic tables, and water tanks. It’s basically Australia’s version of the AT…but with bushfires and tiger snakes.
Along with snakes, I expect to see kangaroos, emus, parrots, karri and tingle forests, mist-shrouded valleys, wildflowers, and marshy coastal wetlands. And a few thousand of these trail markers:
The marker depicts a Rainbow Serpent, or Wagyl, which is part of the Noongar (Southwest Australian Aboriginal tribe) mythology.
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