"Bibbulman Track: volunteering in the bush" Perth Things to Do Tip by CatherineReichardt

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  Maintenance volunteers on the Bibbulman Track
by CatherineReichardt

We often get forum queries from people looking to volunteer in Australia - often young people on a 'gap' year - and so here's an idea that might be woth considering.

The Bibbulmun Track is a 964 kilometre premier walking track from Perth to a small city of Albany on the south coast of Western Australia. En route it passes through astonishingly beautiful bush and is a wonderful experience, even if you only get to hike a certain section.

Maintaining and upgrading the track is a labour of love, and is undertaken by a 3,500 strong band of volunteers, assisted by (to quote the website), "prison gangs of trustee prisoners for some of the heavier work" (!).

The Bibbulman Track Foundation is always looking for willing volunteers to assist them in this work - the company I used to work for in Perth used to do this as a corporate social responsibility exercise.

Even if you don't have the time and energy to help out in person, other opportunities to help include making a donation to their sponsorship drive for eco-friendly 'dunnies' (toilets) along the route. This provides you with a unique stab at immortality, as for a fee you can have a family or individual plaque set on the dunny door on any of the forty-eight shelters which house dry bush drop toilets! (See the website for details on how to avail yourself of this appealing opportunity).

An opportunity to spend time in the bush, have a toilet named in your honour and maybe even rub shoulders with dinky di crims ... sounds like the quintessential Aussie experience to me! :)

Website: http://www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au/SupportUs/Become-a-volunteer.aspx

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  • Updated Jun 6, 2012
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