I actually solo hiked the track end-to-end back in 2009 starting from Albany and finishing off in Perth alias Kalamunda. It took me bloody 48 hiking days to complete the whole thing. I suffered from blisters and a twisted ankle and also a sore hip which I hurt when I slipped down on a gravel road. But something in the inside pushed me and still encouraged me to fulfil my dream, hiking the whole Bibbulmun Track.
As this was my first long distance walk at all, I had to learn while doing some mistakes in not being set up properly for such hike. First I had too much weight in my pack (30kg) and after rethinking and repacking the backpack it weighed only 21kg. I’m thankful to people I’ve met along the way who took part of my stuff back to Perth which I then collected once I’ve been back. – If you are up to do an end-to-end walk really think over what you don’t need and what you really need. The gear and the food is important. Every little gram what is in the backpack, you will need to carry.
I made awesome experiences and unforgettable ones. There were gorgeous people who tracked the opposite direction or just did days or section hikes who shared the hut at night with me as well as wonderful conversations. Twice, random people let me stay at their place along the way as the accommodations were fully booked or not open though. This was a really unique experience and a value one. I actually miss those friends.
The nature changes so quickly, actually every section holds a surprise. I’m talking about different flora and fauna. Of course I came across snakes but those ones were quicker than I was to actually see them in their whole beauty. Spiders were making their art across the bushes, so I had to look out for them as I wasn’t that food adventurous to have swallowed one :D Birds, e.g. blue wrens, kookaburras, willie wagtails, cockatoos, etc. as well as kangaroos, possums, etc. were seen along the way. I really loved the kookaburras who made me laugh when they started laughing in the evening or in the morning, it was so real and lovely.
There have been bushfires along the way, which was kinda scary as I was not told about them by the DEC office when I asked about track condition, weather and control burnings in Walpole. Luckily the guy in Pemberton at the DEC office knew the path really well between Pemby and Balingup, so I could enjoy the hike again.
I must say, it was absolutely peaceful to walk that trail. There are so many thoughts coming through my mind which I wouldn’t have got when I would be working. It felt like a meditation hiking the Bibbulmun Track. That one changed myself and I definitely would love to do it again but in spring time, walking the opposite way, having the sun in the back and the ocean in the end for having a swim at the final destination :D Also I’d like to carry a tent to camp wild and get closer experiences with the nature. We are just so spoilt sleeping in a proper bed and a roof over ones head as well as having a shower every day. I was so amazed how much energy and positive thoughts a nature could give me. I still think about that track a lot, it feels like I would’ve hiked it a few days ago.
A big thank to the Bibbulmun Track Foundation and the maintenance staff who have set up such an amazing track and looking after it. Keep the Waugals up :D
Enjoy your hike.
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