WA Family Bushwalking Club

Getting Families Outdoors

Upcoming events

    • 05 Dec 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Matilda Bay, Crawley. Next to Bayside Kitchen.

    Christmas Picnic at Matilda Bay, Crawley.

    Near the 2 jetties and next to the Bayside Kitchen.

    All are welcome to join us for a picnic by the Maltida Bay/Swan River with a possible visit by Father Christmas (To be confirmed). The kids can play, swim, canoe/kayak or sail if they wish, while the adults relax and chat on the beach or maybe a game of frisbee. You can arrive by bike if you wish. There are BBQs or BYO picnic, salads and snacks. Sometimes held in the morning, but this year it will be in the afternoon but always a pleasant way to spend the best part of a day under the shade of the peppermints. There is a cafe nearby for those wanting a coffee or ice cream. Bring something approximately $10 (wrapped and labelled with your child's name) for Father Christmas to give to your child.

    Time: 3pm onwards

    Venue: Matilda Bay, near Bayside Kitchen

    Cost: Free, BYO everything.

    Important information: Parents are responsible for their children. Young children must be supervised around the water.


    • 22 Jan 2022
    • 26 Jan 2022
    • 1 Rest Point Road Walpole WA 6398

    Start of 2022 Camp at Walpole (Members Only)

    Our traditional annual Torbay camp in January 2022 is unable to proceed as the campsite is already fully booked. I have been researching other campsites and have found all the private ones (where we could book out whole campsite) fully booked. Our only option is to choose a normal campsite where we will be sharing with others outside our group. 

    For 2022, Rest Point Caravan Park in Walpole has been selected over the 22-26 January period. All cabins are booked so camping is the only option. I have requested for families from our club to be placed together, but a deposit is required from each family to secure the arrangement.

    If you would like to join us for this camp, please call Rest Point CP and make your booking ASAP. Be sure to mention the WA Family Bushwalking Club so the CP Manager can put us together. This looks like a great spot for fishing, kayaking and walks. We will organise a variety of groups activities during the camp. Be sure to book ASAP so you don’t miss out. 

    Example of activities in Walpole:

    • The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
    • Walpoles's Circular Pool
    • Vineyards and Breweries
    • Bibbulmun Track nearby
    • National Parks
    • Conspicuous Cliff
    • Peaceful Bay
    • Sandy Beach for Swimming
    • Coalmine Beach for Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking.
    • 4WD Trails

    Details of the Caravan Park:

    Summerstar Tourist Park

    Walpole Rest Point Caravan Park

    1 Rest point Road

    Walpole 6398

    Tel: 08 9840 1032

    Email: restpoint@restpoint.com.au

    Web: https://summerstar.com.au/caravan-parks/rest-point-walpole

    Prices start at $42 per night for two people per camp site. Each adults is an additional $10 per person per night, additional children are $5 per person per night. There is a maximum of six persons per site, plus one car.

    All cabins are fully booked, only the two A-frame cabins and a few one bedroom units are still available (Current as at 13/05/2021).

    Contact: Peta Wells. Mobile: 0414333795. Email: Petaeei@bigpond.co

    • 20 Apr 2022
    • 24 Apr 2022
    • Barrabup sanctuary, Nannup

    April Camp at Barrabup Santuary (Members Only).

    Peta is organising the Easter camp this year at Barrabup Sanctuary, Nannup. This is a private campground next to the river and off the beaten track.
    This is the real bush experience. Bring your own power and water. Available are basic toilet and shower facilities with hot water when we light the boiler.
    We have a hunt for the Nannup tiger and Easter eggs.

    • Tent, Camper, Trailer, Swag.
    • Sleeping equipment
    • Cooking equipment
    • Swimming gear optional
    • Unpowered site - Bring your own battery/powerbank.
    • Food and potable water. There is underground water suitable for washing but not for drinking. 
    • A Bag or so of chocolate Easter Eggs to contribute towards the Easter Egg Hunt and a small bag or bucket for your child to carry the eggs they found.

    Cost (to be confirm with camp operator): $20 per adult per night. Children free. Money to be collected at the camp. Bring cash.
    Contact: Peta Wells 0414333795

    We have an under cover area for cooking, basic bbq and camp fire, if the restrictions are lifted. Bring your camp stove and oven. There is access to the river. There is a wonderful swimming pool nearby and we are close to Nannup town.

    Address: LOT 1423 Barrabup Road Nanup WA 6275

    Datum: GDA94 Zone:50H, Easting: 0380492 Northing: 6238364 


    • 11 Jun 2022
    • 10:15 AM
    • 12 Jun 2022
    • 1:30 PM
    • Perth Hill Discovery Centre

    Overnight Hike from Perth Hill Discovery Centre to Helena Campsite and return.

    • Members only event.
    • Approximately 24km total.
    • Parents are responsible for their children at all times.
    • Walk is graded as 'Difficult' due to narrow and uneven ground. There are short sections with steep terrain.
    • Helena Campsite is 'new' and very comfortable. 
    • Appropriate gear is required for this walk. Please refer Members' Only resource page of the web site for more guidance.
    • The nighttime temperature may be low.
    • Members may be refused participation if the safety of the group or the participant is compromised by inappropriate equipment.
    • I have a PLB for emergency use, for the safety of the group.

    Assemble Point: Perth Hill Discovery Centre Carpark 15mins before departure time.

    • Mobile coverage is unreliable for much of the Bibbulmum Track, so we will not be waiting long if you are late to the assembly point as there is no way of determining if you are coming or not. 
    • There is no Mobile service at Helena campsite for Optus/Vodafone, weak for Telstra (Unsure about Telstra). PHDC should be a reasonable safe to park your car overnight. 
    • Registration is necessary, this event may be cancelled if there is no registered participants.   

    Hiking equipment must include these:

    • Suitable attire, sturdy shoes and other personal protection equipments.
    • Water (Minimum 2L per person at departure).
    • Food (Lunch, Dinner, breakfast and snacks)
    • Hiking backpack.
    • Warm sleeping gear  - Sleeping bag and mattress.
    • Tent (The shelter may be busy and space may not be available).
    • Personal Hygiene and toilet paper.
    • Basic First Aid kit.
    • Please keep total pack weight below 10-12kg, including water. Children should not carry more than 10% of their body weight. 

    There may be option for a day walk, or short overnight walk (eg PHDC to Ball Creek, or PHDC to Mundaring Weir etc) if another family is willing to lead.

    Please contact Michael Lee for further information. Beginners are welcome and email me if you have any question about gear selection.

    E: mastcell@gmail.com

    M: 0421 783 083


    • 24 Sep 2022
    • 27 Sep 2022
    • Stirling Range Retreat, 8639 Chester Pass Rd, Amelup WA 6338

    Stirling Range & Porongurup National Park Camp (Members only).


    If you ever consider strolling up Bluff Knoll before sunrise to catch the cloud waterfall in the morning dew, or challenge yourself with a scrambling climb to the peak of Toolbrunup for a stunning vista, here is your chance. For the less adventurous, Mt Hassle walk has been recommended as a good walk for children.

    This year, we will stay at Stirling Range Retreat. Please arrange the accommodation yourself and book early to avoid disappointment. With international travel restricted, many places are already booked out!

    As of 13/04/2021, the following are still available:

    • 3 Rammed Earth Cabins 
    • 1 Powered Site
    • 1 Park Cabin 
    • 2 On-site Caravan 
    • Non-powered Camping - quite a few available
    • 3 different Motel Rooms 

    Mention the WA Family Bushwalking Club and they will try and put us together.

    Thereafter, register with wafbc.org.au here and indicate to me via email which nights/how many nights you will be staying and how many of your family will be going, so we can schedule WAFBC group events accordingly. I also welcome other family to organise group activity if you have any anything you wish to share with the group. Stirling Range Retreat offers a range of accommodation so 'cabin stay' options are available if you wish to Glam-It. 

    This year, we will drive to Porongurup National Park (60km one way from Stirling Range Retreat) probably on the final day to explore Castle Rock/Granite Skywalk before heading back to Perth.

    Entry into Bluff Knoll and Granite Skywalk requires National Park Pass, currently $15 per vehicle per day per visit, or you may want to obtain a 5 days pass for $25 online. Other options also exist. 

    Stirling Range National Park encloses the only major mountain range within the southern half of Western Australia. The rugged peaks, which rise to more than 1000m above sea level, feature stark cliff faces, sheltered gullies, magnificent views and a rich diversity of unique and colourful wildflowers. The park is one of the world’s most important areas for flora with 1500 species, many of which grow nowhere else, packed within its boundaries.

    Porongurup Range is a fascinating place for picnicking and bush rambles. It is a place of incredible biodiversity, with 750 native plant species in an area of just 2600 hectares. The Granite Skywalk is a suspended walkway on the huge granite outcrop of Castle Rock. The two kilometre walk up from the Castle Rock picnic area passes through jarrah, marri and karri forest and by Balancing Rock to reach the base of Castle Rock and the lower lookout. Reaching the upper lookout requires scrambling through and over rocks and climbing a 6 metre ladder.

    Contact: Michael Lee. Email: mastcell@gmail.com  Mobile: 0421 783 083

    This event can be viewed by anyone but you must be a member to participate in overnight activities. All fees to be paid direct to vendors providing services. Please adhere to their cancellation policy.

Past events

07 Nov 2021 AGM (Committee Meeting follows immediately afterwards)
24 Oct 2021 Bells Rapids River Walk
25 Sep 2021 Stirling Range & Porongurup Skywalk Camp (Members only).
05 Sep 2021 Whistlepipe Gully Walk
21 Aug 2021 Noble Falls Walk Trail 3.6km
10 Jul 2021 Bibbulmun Track - Camel Farm to Hewitt's Hill Return 6.5km
27 Jun 2021 Bibbulmun Track - Sullivan Road to Mt Cuthbert Return 8km Dayhike
13 Jun 2021 Bold Park Hike. Limestone Trail.
29 May 2021 Bibbulmun Overnight - PHDC to Helena Return 24km
02 May 2021 WA Hike Expo
14 Apr 2021 April Camp at Barrabup Santuary (Members Only)
08 Apr 2021 Camping at Prevelly Caravan Park in Margaret River (Members Only).
01 Mar 2021 Snorkel, rock exploring, and swim - Mettams Pool, Trigg.
21 Feb 2021 Re-Adjourned 2020-2021 AGM of the WAFBC
30 Jan 2021 2020 AGM (Committee Meeting follows immediately afterwards)
18 Jan 2021 Albany Wind Farm to Camp Kennedy Bibbulmen Overnight Hike (Members only)
15 Jan 2021 Torbay camp 2021
22 Nov 2020 Canning River Ride
28 Sep 2020 Camping at Kalgen River Caravan Park
25 Sep 2020 Stirling Ranges Camp
13 Sep 2020 Wildflower walk trail
15 Aug 2020 Bibbulmun Overnight - PHDC to Helena Return 24km
25 Jul 2020 Whiteman park trail
09 Jul 2020 Lesmurdie Falls
05 Jul 2020 Bold Park Walk, 2km
21 Jun 2020 Piesse Brook
06 Jun 2020 Portagabra Track
24 May 2020 CANCELLED Paruna Sanctuary walks
03 May 2020 CANCELLED Hiking expo
21 Apr 2020 CANCELLED Bibbilmun track Camel farm to Hewetts hut , Kalamunda
16 Apr 2020 CANCELLED Bells Rapids River Walk
09 Apr 2020 CANCELLED Easter camp
05 Mar 2020 Cervantes Camp
02 Mar 2020 Canning River ride and kayak
20 Jan 2020 Torbay Beach Holiday 2020 (Member only event)
20 Jan 2020 Camp Kennedy to Torbay Campsite Bibbulmen Overnight Hike (Members only)
20 Jan 2020 Albany Wind Farm to Camp Kennedy Bibbulmen Overnight Hike (Members only)
14 Jan 2020 Night stalk
27 Dec 2019 Post Christmas picnic
12 Dec 2019 Christmas Party
22 Nov 2019 Camping at Geographe Bay Busselton (Members Only Event)
09 Nov 2019 Canning river ride and kayak
13 Oct 2019 Ellis Brook Valley Wildflower Walk 2.8km
12 Oct 2019 Kings Park Picnic - 2019 AGM and Free Pizza
19 Sep 2019 RAC Nature Park Margaret River (Members Only Event)
31 Aug 2019 F.R. Berry Reserve Walk Trail, Swan Valley
11 Aug 2019 Fred Jacoby Park
15 Jul 2019 Whistlepipe Gully 3.5km Loop
15 Jun 2019 John Forest – Glen Brook Trail
08 Jun 2019 Whiteman Park – Wunanga trail
17 May 2019 Camping and Tour at Dryandra Woodland, Narrogin (Members Only)
11 May 2019 Beeliar Park, Spectacles Aboriginal Heritage Trail 5km loop
25 Apr 2019 Walyunga National Park Walk 4km Loop
19 Apr 2019 Camp at Barrabup Sanctuary (Nannup) Easter (Member only event)
18 Jan 2019 Torbay Beach Holiday 2019 (Member only event)
21 Dec 2018 Xmas Party 2018
21 Oct 2018 Kings Park Picnic - 2018 AGM and free Pizza
28 Sep 2018 Blackwood River Canoe weekend - camping (Member only event)
15 Sep 2018 Ellis Brook Valley
02 Sep 2018 Walk in John Forest National Park 2018
01 Jul 2018 Whistlepipe gulley walk, Mundy Regional Park
09 Jun 2018 Piesse Brook 2018
27 Apr 2018 Perth Hills Discovery Centre Walk
21 Apr 2018 Coral Bay April 2018
14 Apr 2018 Walyunga National Park 2018
30 Mar 2018 2018 Camp at Barrabup Sanctuary (Nannup) Easter (Member only event)
25 Jan 2018 Torbay Beach Holiday 2018 (Member only event)
03 Dec 2017 Xmas Party 2017
26 Nov 2017 Picnic for the Park
23 Sep 2017 Piesse Brook
17 Sep 2017 Whiteman Park- Werillyup Trail
10 Sep 2017 2017 AGM
15 Aug 2017 Ellis Brook Valley, Martin
06 Aug 2017 Eagle View Walk - John Forrest National Park
05 Aug 2017 Star Swamp Fungi Walk
14 Jun 2017 Whiteman Park- Werillyup Trail 2017
02 Jun 2017 Camping weekend - Logue Brooke/Lake Brockman - Dwellingup
25 May 2017 Camping weekend - Dwellingup
14 May 2017 Glen Brook Trail Mother's Day walk &
22 Apr 2017 Helena & Aurora Trip - ANZAC "long weekend" (Members Only Event)
14 Apr 2017 Camp at Barrabup Sanctuary (Nannup) Easter (Member only event)
19 Mar 2017 Yancep National Park -Wetlands walk
22 Jan 2017 Torbay Beach Holiday (Member only event)
04 Dec 2016 Xmas Party
25 Nov 2016 Committee meeting (Nov)
20 Nov 2016 Moore River (Member only event)
07 Oct 2016 Blackwood River Canoe weekend - camping (Member only event)
01 Oct 2016 Overnight Hike on Bibbulmun Track (Members only event)
25 Sep 2016 Stirling Ridge Walk - Part of Stirling Ranges Camp (Members only event)
23 Sep 2016 Stirling Ranges Camp (Members only event)
04 Sep 2016 Araluen Fathers Day Walk (Members only event)
21 Aug 2016 AGM
14 Aug 2016 Eagle View Track Walk
07 Aug 2016 Noble Falls walk and ‘found treasure art competition’
10 Jul 2016 Kalbarri camping (members only event)
19 Jun 2016 The Portagabra Track
04 Jun 2016 Possum Lane (members only event)
29 May 2016 Kitty’s Gorge Trail (Cancelled)
20 May 2016 Committee meeting (May)
15 May 2016 Bike Ride
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