West Australian Family Bushwalking Club
Getting Families Outdoors
We are going to picnic and enjoy casual paddling around the area. Bring your own or hire there.
Including Giants, Art & craft, fishing/crabbing
March 3rd-6th coincides with a long weekend so there is no excuse for not joining us at Mandurah Caravan Park for our March long weekend camp. A variety of accommodation styles are available at the caravan park to suit families, including those who prefer not to tent. Please check their website for more information.
Please book early if you are interested as this is a long weekend and places will go quickly!
Book directly with Mandurah Caravan Park and the come here to register your interest, so we can keep tab of who is going.
We will organize group events such as visit to the Giants of Mandurah
Depending on interest, we will invite a herpetologist to educate and entertain our children.
Tessa (Tessa's Reptile Service) will bring several snakes, lizards and frogs and teach us all about them. Everyone who wishes to will be able to hold the snakes and lizards. There will be lots of time for interaction. Presentation will be 3-4.30pm, but those who wish to can stay on afterwards for picnic and swim.
We will meet on the grassed area south side of the cafe, where the 2 jetties are.
Archery - More details coming. Please register your interest now!
The Portagabra Track takes walkers though some beautiful jarrah forest, winding its way past granite outcrops and majestic grass trees, with stunning views of the Helena Valley River and Mundaring Weir. The walk features beautiful wildflowers between August and November and is suitable for all skill levels. The trail begins at the red/white trailhead sign in Fred Jacoby Park and then heads underneath the historic Mundaring to Kalgoorlie pipeline and into the forest. Please note dogs are not allowed on the trail as it's in a national park.
Distance is 3.5 km, About 1 hour
Meet at the start of the walk where you walk under the pipe, at Fred Jacoby Park, Hampel Road, Mundaring, 48 min (40.4 km) via National Highway 94. Please be punctual as we will not wait no more than 15mins.
Difficulty - Moderate level of fitness and experience required.
Bush Walk: Grade 3 - Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Fred Jacoby Park, Hampel Road, Mundaring,
48 min (40.4 km) via National Highway 94
Non Members: $5, Redeemable against WAFBC membership, if applied
within 3 months
Peta is organizing 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. There is an undercover area for cooking, basic BBQ and camp fire, but please bring your camp cooking equipment, stove and oven etc. Available are flusing toilet and shower facilities with hot water. There is access to the Blackwood River, and there is a wonderful swimming spot nearby. We are close to Nannup town for resupplies. In previous years, we have a hunt for the Nannup tiger and Easter eggs. There are short hiking tracks nearby and we have organised riddles for the children to solve.
What to bring:
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
Address: LOT 1423 Barrabup Road Nanup WA 6275
Datum: GDA94 Zone:50H, Easting: 0380492 Northing: 6238364
Please refer to this link: https://www.wahikingexpo.com.au for more information
Many hiking groups and outdoor equipment companies will be represented at the Hiking Expo and it is free to attend!
Our club will be hosting a stall as well as leading several bushwalks around the Perth Hills Discovery Centre. We will also host a number of activities catering to children and families with young children.
You are welcome to attend the event as a visitor. But better yet, please put your hand up as a representative of the WAFBC because we need volunteers to help at our stall for a few hours. For more information on volunteering, please contact us.
Michael Lee 0421 783 083
Including Marrinup Falls Walk Trail, high ropes...
Peta is arranging a camp for 5-7th May 2023 at Lane Pool Reserve in Dwellingup, camping at Charlie’s Flats campground. This campground has close access to the river.
Peta will be bringing her mountain bikes and doing some mountain bike tracks while there. She wold love for you to join her family. You need to book your own campsite via the link below Book early to avoid disappontment. Remember to also register on the WAFBC site so we know who is going.
by Michael Lee
Due to popular requests, I will be giving an online seminar primarily focused on preparation for an overnight hike. Much of the information on car camping applies to Car camping too, except weight and volume is less critical.
The lecture will cover the following topics
Yanchep National Park Cave Walk 4.5km Loop, passing 3 different caves
High Ropes aftewards (Optional) - Please note there is a fees for this, for more information, refer to https://treetopsadventure.com.au/
Bibbulmun Track OVERLIGHT - Camel Farm to Hewitt's Hill Return 6.5km
This is a good introduction to overnight hiking for families wishing to try a short overnight hike with little ones. We will walk toward the shelter in the afternoon and return the next morning.
Assemble Point: Camel Farm Carpark, 15mins before departure time. Address is 361 Paulls Valley Road, Paulls Valley WA 6076
Recommended hiking equipment should include:
Please contact Michael Lee for further information. Beginners are welcome and email me if you have any question or need help with what to bring.
M: 0421 783 083
Railway Reserves Heritage Trail Bike Ride
Details of start location and distance tbc. Please register your interest for more information.
Non-Members $5 Redeemable against WAFBC membership ($45), if joined
Please contact Peta Wells for further information. T: 0414333795. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whistlepipe Gully Walk 3.5km
This is a reasonably easy 3.5km return walk in the Mundy Regional Park, in the Perth Hills. The trail follows the narrow river as it courses over cascades and small waterfalls, and offer views over the coastal plain to Perth.
Peta Wells. 0414 333 795 E:email@example.com
This challenging 15km approx circuit walk around John Forrest National Park offers great views across the Swan Coastal Plain to Perth city and the ocean in the distance. The trail is a bushwalker’s delight, covering a variety of relatively pristine habitats, passing beautiful waterfalls and boasting spectacular wildflower displays in Spring. Situated in the Darling Ranges, John Forrest is the oldest National Park in Western Australia and passes through varied vegetation types, including heathlands, open wandoo woodlands and mixed jarrah marri-wandoo forest.
The Eagle View Walk Trail takes walkers away from the picnic areas, initially following Jane Brook down the valley. It then climbs up the valley wall where you can stop and admire the view. The trail then weaves its way up and down valleys, creek lines and hills before heading back to the Brook which it follows back to the main visitor's area. Signs every two kilometers advise how far you have walked and how far to go. Hovea Falls is a pretty place for a picnic lunch when water is flowing.
If there is a big turnout and another family is interested, there is the option for another family to lead the shorter Christmas Tree Creek (10.5km) or Wild Flower Walks (4.5km), depending on the group's stamina.
A tavern is located right in the John Forest NP for end-of-hike refreshment.
1-2L water per person
Shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather
Sun and Insect protection
Snacks and Food on the go.
National Park Entry fee apply, ~$15 per car
Member: Free to join group
Non-member: $5 per family, Redeemable against WAFBC membership, if
joined within 3 months
Dogs not allowed. Please be punctual as we will wait no more than 15mins.
Parents are responsible for their children.
Helena Pipehead Hike
This is a moderate 5.2km walk through the Beelu National Park in the Perth hills, with lovely views of Helena river, wandoo woodland and Helena pipehead dam.
Non Member: Non-Members $5
Redeemable against WAFBC membership if joined within 3 months
Kalbarri’s Red Bluff Tourist Park is where WA’s rugged shoreline meets the stunning Indian Ocean. Surrounded by Kalbarri National Park and a moment’s walk to the Red Bluff beach, the picturesque location offers views of gorgeous sunsets, migrating whales and pods of dolphins. All camping site include a powered ensuite, but there are other accomodation style for family that prefers not to set up tents.
There are options for swimming, fishing, hiking and exploring.
Call for expression of interest: We are going to secure a few camp sites so families can stay close to each other, and our children can be near us. Please register your interest so we can gauge the numbers and book the campsites together.
Tue 4th July ~ Sunday 9th July, 2023 (School Holiday)
Contact: Michael Lee. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 observe their cancellation policy.
Start/finish: Valley Head car park
Length: 2km loop trail
This walk climbs to the top of the spectacular Sixty Foot Falls, affording magnificent views of the City and the Valley along the way, before descending past the old Barrington Quarry where old workings provide a window into the geology of the area.
Shoes, Water, Snacks, Hats
Location to be confirmed
For further details please contact Peta on 0414333795
Shoes, Water, Snacks, Hats
Assemble Point: Perth Hill Discovery Centre Carpark 15mins before departure time.
Hiking equipment must include these:
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.
We will go on a casual hike through bushland looking for various fungi and attempting to identify it with the help of a fungi book.
This is a moderately challenging 10.5km loop exploring the most scenic parts of the Eagle view trail, before transversing over the park to Hovea falls via a steep incline.
Please ensure you have good footwear for hiking, plenty of water, and weather protection.
Start/finish: Near Toilet block, the Ranger's office
This is a 4.5km loop walk where we will hopefully spot lots of wildflowers.
Please ensure you have good footwear for hiking, plenty of water, and weather protection.
Ever wanted to feel like you have your own piece of paradise in the Southwest? Bush Camp Caravan Park makes you feel like you have just that! Your kids are free to be kids and a whole park and facilities are all yours. Be sure to make yourself at home and enjoying the peace and quiet on the banks of the Blackwood River.
BCCP is a family run camping ground located 269 km SSE of Perth along the Blackwood River. It is 32km NE of Bridgetown and 10km from Boyup Brook town.
Contact: Peta Wells. Email: email@example.com. Mobile: 0414 333 795
Further information: https://www.facebook.com/bushcampcaravanpark/
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.
Ice Blocking/Reverse Tobogganing at Banks Reserves Mount Lawley
Ice blocking is a much anticipated activity we are trialing this year. What is ice blocking, you ask? Well, it is a bit like reverse tobogganing, so instead of sliding down an icy hill on a toboggan, we will be sliding down a grass hill sitting on a giant block of ice! It is lots of laughs and fair bit of rolling down the hill!
Please bring a towel to sit on and a drink bottle for refreshment. The ice blocks comes with a rope handle so your child has something to hold onto. The ice blocks will last for hours, so be prepared for the length of stay. The hill are not that steep so it will suit most children.
Please register the number of participants at WAFBC.org.au and pay via direct banking to WAFBC BSB 066-162 Account 1017 2738
WAFBC AGM at Koorak Café (Fmr Sticky Beaks), Food Included.
Minutes of the Previous AGM:
we will be searching for frogs as well as looking out for other nighttime creatures.