A BASE TO EXPLORE
know before you go
The Bibbulmun Track is for walkers only and is signposted with yellow triangular markers symbolising the Waugal, the rainbow serpent of the Aboriginal Dreaming. Trail markers are spaced up to 500m apart. They are more frequent when there is an intersection with other tracks or when the Track takes a turn.
The best times to walk the Bibbulmun Track are Spring through Autumn. As a general rule walking in the summer months is not recommended especially in the Northern section where the risk of bush fire is great and it is just too hot to be a pleasant experience. For a safe and enjoyable walk plan ahead, wear appropriate clothing & footwear, take adequate food and water and check out the weather and latest Track Conditions.
The Track follows the Murray River through the picturesque Murray Valley, through some beautiful jarrah/marri forests with expansive views over undulating farmland. There is a choice of walks in the area – enjoy a day walk and picnic at a typical Bibbulmun Track Campsite, stroll along the banks of the Murray River or experience an overnight camping adventure – the campsites are equipped with a rustic timber sleeping shelter, pit toilet, rainwater tank and tent sites.
Walkers can join the track in both north and south directions from the centre of Dwellingup. Directions are available from the Visitor Centre.
Heading north, vehicle access to join the walking track is at Inglehope Rail Crossing, 10kms east of Dwellingup.
Bibbulmun Name Origins
The Bibbulmun were a sub-group of the Nyungar or Nyoongar people, whose country extended for many hundreds of square miles, comprising the triangle of land from what is now Jurien Bay to Esperance. These people lived in the forests near to rivers and water holes, sharing them with birds, animals and reptiles that they believed to be their elders and which became, with the passing of the centuries, their ancestor gods. At this time, thousands of years ago, rivers, waterfalls, canyons and beaches, as well as the sun, the moon, stars, animals and birds had their own stories of creation and inter-connectivity.
From this deep reverence for nature, the Aborigines lived in harmony with the land and its creatures.
In case of Emergencies
For all emergencies, contact emergency services on 000 however, do not rely on your mobile phone in the event of getting lost or injured as coverage is extremely unreliable on the Bibbulmun Track. The Department of Parks and Wildlife recommends walkers carry a personal locator beacon or similar. Remember to fill in the campsite log books and track town log books like the one at Dwellingup Trail and Visitors Centre as they may be useful in a search and rescue situation.