The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's greatest long distance walk trails, stretching nearly 1,000 kilometres from Kalamunda, on the outskirts of Perth, to Albany. Approximately every 20km along the trail there are campsites, tent sites, huts, sleeping platforms, toilets and water tanks. It is advised to carry a Bibbulmun Track map with you. Maps can be purchased at the Harvey Visitor Centre.
Bibbulmun Track access point is located approximately 42kms east of Harvey. From the Harvey Visitor Centre, turn left into South Western Highway, travel south approximately 1km and turn left into Weir Road. From the Harvey Dam turnoff the road changes name from Weir Road to the Harvey-Quindanning Road. From this turnoff to the Stirling Dam turnoff, it is approximately 6.8kms. From the Stirling Dam turnoff, travel 3.6kms and this is where the bitumen ends and the gravel begins. Travel along the Harvey-Quindanning Road for 35.5kms, then look for the yellow triangular markers, symbolising the 'Waugul', the rainbow serpent of the Aboriginal Dreaming which makes the access point.
HIGHLIGHTS ON THE TRACK IN THE HARVEY REGION
- The new Bilya Djena Bidi suspension bridge across the Murray River.
- The Murray River, a companion for walkers heading south with melaleuca thickets and flooded gum woodlands along its banks.
- Murray campsite is in a magic spot on the banks of the river.
- The Worsley Alumina conveyor belt just south of the Harvey-Quindanning Rd crossing which extends 50km transporting bauxite from the Mt Saddleback mine to the refinery on the coastal plain below the Darling Scarp.
FROM OLD TO NEW
In February 2015, the historic Long Gully trestle bridge, built in 1949 and 128 metres long, was destroyed in the Boddington bushfire. The bridge provided the only viable crossing point of the Murray River for walkers on the Bibbulmum Track. The bridge was considered an outstanding example of an early railway bridge and was built by Western Australian Government Railways and was an integral part of the rail network from the Serpentine-Jarrahdale area to Dwellingup region.
A new state-of-the-art bridge, built 12 kilometres downstream of the old bridge site in Lane Poole Reserve, was named Bilya Djena Bidi, Aboriginal for a '(swinging) river foot bridge'.
The locally designed and built bridge spans 82 metres and includes two 12-metre towers that hold the bridge above the 100-year predicted flood level, enabling Bibbulmun Track walkers to safely cross the Murray River.
The $850,000 project was funded by the State Government, Bibbulmun Track Foundation, and Alcoa Australia, with support from engineering company BG&E Pty Ltd who developed the concept design free of charge.
Harvey Quindanning Road, by Long Gully Bridge.