Gill Goes... Trekking The Bibbulmun Track End to End.
a trip by gillg
From: May 4th 2016
Until: July 4th 2016
The Bibbulmun Track is a long distance hiking track in Western Australia.
Yes, Western Australia. For probably 99% of the world's population who have never heard of Western Australia it is far away from everywhere in the universe. It is almost 4000km from Sydney, 3400km from The Great Barrier Reef and 3700km from Ayers Rock (Uluru).
Anyway, we have this world class hiking trail that measures some 1004km. It stretches from Kalamunda, in the Perth hills, to Albany in the Great Southern region of the state.
The Track takes walkers through towering karri and tingle forests, into mist-shrouded valleys, over giant granite boulders and along breathtaking coastal heathlands. It passes through many of the most beautiful national parks of the south west forests and coastline. Depending on the season you might witness the annual migration of the humpback and southern wright whales, see some amazing wildflowers, get up close and personal with Australian fauna such as kangaroos, emus, possum, bandicoots, a million birds, some deadly reptiles such as the tiger snake or dugite and some not so deadly reptiles like the blue tongue lizard.... and if you choose your season poorly, trillions of flies... and ticks. Don't go in summer. Seriously. Summer equals bush fire, high temperatures and those trillion flies.
Along the way are 49 campsites with 3 sided shelters, a drop toilet, a water tank, a table and benches and tent sites. The trail is marked by distinctive yellow triangles with a black snake, they are called Waugal markers, the Waugal representing the rainbow serpent of the Aboriginal dreaming.
My plan is to walk north to south over 56 or 57 days with 2 -3 rest days in the various track towns along the way. It will be a challenge (the biggest one so far I think).
I am very excited.
My pack feels very heavy.
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