Weekender: Bibbulmun Track
Weekenders are all about the here and now, about making the most of the time you DO have! With that in mind we loaded our packs and headed for Dwellingup, a short 1.5 hour drive from Perth.
After a quick lunch in town we met up with Pete from Dwellingup Adventures who we had previously organised to drop us out to Yarragil Form on the Bibbulmun Track. From here it was about 7.5km to the Swampy Oak Campsite - with the yellow Waugal (the rainbow serpent of Aboriginal Dreaming) leading the way. It was a billy goat start (aka a bloody big hill) at a time when a post lunch siesta would have been more appropriate, but that did not break us, nor stop us from having a great afternoon of hiking.
The bush was green, the grass trees were flowering, the bees were pollinating, echidnas were rustling and lizards bolting. In fact I was actually quite amazed with how much was going all so close to home, all so accessible.
For me quality time in camp is one of the greatest parts about hiking, so I make sure I plan our hikes to include plenty of it. Making camp, relaxing, chatting, having a nice cuppa, cooking dinner, enjoying the night sky and then snuggling in to bed early, ready to wake with the day. It never cease to amaze me at just how easily our body synchronises with the natural light-dark cycles if we just let it.
After coffee and packing up we headed off in the cool of the morning towards Dwellingup, a longer but easier 13km. We arrived just in time for lunch and prior to some rain - perfect timing.
The navigation is easy, the information is plentiful and the gear and food needed minimal - a short overnighter on the Bibbulmun Track or your local track may be perfect for your next adventure.