Bushfire safety

To keep yourself safe during this bushfire season:

  • Plan your visits for cooler periods of the year, avoiding the hot summer months.
  • Check the Fire Danger Rating and do not go on the trails if the forecast is Very High or above.
  • Do not do extended multi-day trips as it is not possible to keep up with changing conditions (extremely limited mobile phone coverage) and it is difficult to self-evacuate from the trail at short notice.
  • Avoid remoter sections of the trail where there is limited vehicle access.
  • Abide by all trail closure signage, and any instructions from Parks and Wildlife and other emergency staff.

Trails and parks may be closed on days when the Fire Danger Rating is Very High or above. Check these websites when planning your walks:

The EmergencyAus app for Apple and Android provides up-to-date fire information.

FAQ

Weather – Plan your visits for cooler periods of the year, avoiding the extreme summer temperatures which can rapidly result in dehydration and heat exhaustion. Stay off the trails during severe weather to avoid risks from falling branches and flooding. Expect logs and flooding across the trails for some time afterwards.

Campfires - Seasonal campfire restrictions and prohibitions apply, generally between December and April. Check local restrictions on the relevant trail condition and updates page. Use fuel stoves for cooking.

Prescribed Burns - in the southwest these are primarily undertaken during spring and autumn. These burns are undertaken for property protection, fuel reduction and biodiversity management. They are carefully planned however they may cause some disruption to visitors. Where prescribed burns impact on trails, closures and diversions are implemented to ensure the safety of walkers and riders, including temporary camp sites where necessary. Prescribed burns are dependent on appropriate weather conditions and, as such, specific dates are not available in advance.

Maps - Maps for our long distance trails can be purchased from the online shop; visitor centres; outdoor equipment, book and bike stores and our community trail partners.

Water - Water tanks are provided at camp sites but these are rain-fed and therefore it is not possible to guarantee the amount or quality of the water available. It is essential that visitors keep an emergency supply of drinking water as back-up and use available water sparingly. All water should be treated before drinking by boiling for at least one minute, mechanical filtration or chemical treatment. 

Vehicle Access – Vehicles are not permitted on the Bibbulmun Track, Cape to Cape Track and Munda Biddi Trail. Recommended vehicle access points with parking are marked on the maps with red car symbols.

Transport Public buses service some of the towns along the Track. Check www.transwa.wa.gov.au for details. There are regular flights between Perth and Albany. Some tourism providers offer transport services details of which can be found on the BTF’s website.

Groups - Any non-commercial groups with eight or more members, that are staying overnight at Bibbulmun Track or Munda Biddi Trail camp sites, are requested to complete a Notification of Intent (NOI).  Find the relevant forms here for Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail. Commercial groups should click here. Information about existing group notifications, such as dates and numbers, can be found under Track conditions.

Consider universal planning and safety information and apply the Leave No TraceLeave No Trace principles.

Groups - Notice of Intent

Any non-commercial groups with eight or more members, that are staying overnight at Bibbulmun Track or Munda Biddi Trail camp sites, are requested to complete a Notification of Intent (NOI). This information assists other walkers with their planning and it helps manage and record group usage. Camp sites cannot be booked.

Group size is set at a maximum of 17 people, including leaders. There are a few specific group camp sites on the Bibbulmun Track for up to 30 people. This number has been set to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the camp sites, facilities and the surrounding environment.

Groups should not occupy the shelter until after 6pm as a courtesy to other users. All group members need to carry tents. Find the relevant forms here for Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail. Commercial groups should click here.

Trail Conditions and Diversions

Occasionally temporary trail closures are necessary due to maintenance, prescribed burns, bushfires or severe weather. If part of the trail is closed, a diversion may be marked and signage placed at either end. Check the current conditions in the area you are walking or cycling.

Information below is updated during business hours. More up-to-date information is available from the Parks and Wildlife office closest to the area you are planning to visit.