WA Family Bushwalking Club

Getting Families Outdoors

Upcoming events

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

    Stirling Range Camp (Members only).

    Saturday 24th Sep to Tuesday 27th Sep 2022 (3 nights)

    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. Alternatively, the summit of Mt Hassell offers a spectacular view of Mt Toolbrunup a few kilometre to the west.

    This year, we will stay at Stirling Range Retreat. Please arrange the accommodation yourself and book early to avoid disappointment. It is a long weekend, so book early to avoid disappointment. Mention the WA Family Bushwalking Club and they will try and put us together.

    Thereafter, register with wafbc.org.au (here) so we know who is going. 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. 

    Depending on interest, we may drive to Porongurup National Park (60km one way from Stirling Range Retreat) to explore Devil Slide, a 5km Return Class 4 Walk.

    Entry into Bluff Knoll and Porongurup Range requires National Park Pass, currently $15 per vehicle per day per visit. 

    Stirling Range National Park has 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. With an elevation of 670m Devils Slide is the Porongurup Range's highest peak. It provides magnificent views over the granite domes of the Porongurup Ranges. Known for its high flora species diversity, the ranges are home to over 700 plant species, including 10 endemic species. You may even be lucky to spot one of the many mammal or bird species, honey possums, brushtail wallabies and even rare bird species of Baudin's cockatoo and noisy scrub-birds. 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.

    • 04 Oct 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Kangaroo Trail, Walyunga National Park

    The Kangaroo Trail is an easy four kilometre loop trail in Walyunga National Park which crosses creeks among granite boulders, wandoo and marri. There are some short rocky ascents and descents, with good views across to the opposite side of the river. The walk trail starts beside the lower pool in Walyunga and follows the river to Boongarup  Pool. It then ascends  high enough to give views to the opposite side of the river valley. It returns through marri and wandoo woodland to the lower pool. The trail markers are yellow triangles with a kangaroo and also green footprints. The markers are most visible when walked in an anticlockwise direction. Kangaroos can be seen in late afternoon along the riverbank.

    Walyunga National Park covers 1,800 hectares of the Darling Range, tucked behind the Darling Scarp, covering both sides of a steep valley. Just to the east of the park, in the picturesque Avon Valley, the Avon River joins the Brockman River to form the Swan River which passes through the tree lined valley.

     Where Walyunga National park - meet at picnic area next to Walyunga pool car park
     When 04 Oct 2022 10am.
     What to bring

    1-2L water per person

    Shoes and othe appropriate clothing for the weather

    Sun and insect protections

    Snacks and Food


    National Park Fees applies: ~$15 per vehicle

    Members: Free

    Non Members: $5 per family, Redeemable against Annual WAFBC membership, if applied within 3 months

     Contact Peta Wells. 0414 333 795 E:petaeei@bigpond.com

    • 09 Oct 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • 37 Kings Park Road, Kings Park WA 6005
    • 49

    WAFBC AGM at Biara Café (Fmr Sticky Beaks), Food Included.

     When  9 Oct 2022 9:30am
     Where  Biara Café, Kings Park
     What to bring  Sunscreen, Hats, Insect repellent, Water
     Cost  Free for members
     Contact  Michael Lee 0421 783 083


    Minutes of the Previous AGM:

    • 11 Nov 2022
    • 12 Nov 2022
    • 640 Wattening Spring Rd, Bolgart, Western Australia 6568, Australia

    Boshack Eco Stay (Members only).

    NOTE: This event has been moved 2 weeks later to Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November 2022

    • Family Farmstay Getaway.
    • 2 nights accommodation cabin for each family with share toilet/shower
    • 2 Continental Breakfast
    • 2 Dinners: Mains and Dessert
    • 1 Sandwiches Lunch, I Morning Tea: Damper Jam & Cream
    • All inclusive activities and 3 hrs guided tour
    • Trailer ride, animal fee, Marron netting, paperbark bushwalk, water divining, wool shed and damper, cubby building.
    • Canoeing, fishing, bushwalks.


    • Adult $218
    • Child $198 (3-12yo)
    • Infant Free (2yo and under)

    Contact: Peta Wells. Email: petaeei@bigpond.com  Mobile: ‭0414 333 795‬


    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.

    • 20 Nov 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Matilda Bay, Crawley

    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.

    Contact: Peta Wells. 0414 333 795 E:petaeei@bigpond.com

    • 13 Jan 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • 18 Jan 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • Camp kennedy, Torbay

    Torbay Beach Camp 2023 (Members Only)

    Torbay Beach Camp at Camp Kennedy was the Club's premier annual event on the south coast west of Albany (http://www.campkennedy.com) and we are bringing it back again!

    It is an absolute beachfront holiday. Past activities at the camp have included Talent show Evening, walks, swimming, canoeing, boogie boarding, fishing, coffee drinking at local cafe, etc. As in previous years, the site is deemed alcohol and smoking free.

    Families stay in separate 'hut'. The huts have a bed base and mattress but little else – they are really basic. You will have the use of the shared Outdoor kitchen/BBQ area, dish washing area with running water, fridge & freezers and the ablution blocks. There is also a fee-paying washing machine and clothe lines for laundry. Dining hall has tables and benches. Due to COVID restriction, you will need to provide your own cooking pots and serving plates and utensils.

    For 2023, the indicative prices are:

    • Dorms is $20/n for Adult and $15/n for Children.
    • Camping at unpowered site is $14/n for Adult and $12/n for Children.
    • Powered site is $17/n for Adult and $14/n for Children. There are only two sites.
    • Please book directly with Camp Kennedy: kennedycamp@baptistwa.asn.au
    • Then register your intention here with WAFBC so we know who is going.
    Interested families needs to book directly with the Camp Manager, please book early to avoid disappointment! The accommodation will be given on a first come first serve basis. Unlike previous years, we no longer have exclusive use of the entire camp ground.

    Check-in time is 3.00pm and check-out time is 11.00am.

    Each family will also be given a cleaning rooster for cleaning bathroom, dining hall etc.  

    • WAFBC Contact for more information: Michael 0421 783 083 or mastcell@gmail.com
    • Book directly with Camp Kennedy: kennedycamp@baptistwa.asn.au
    • As of 22/03/2022, the following are still available: Torbay 1, Tambellup 4 & 5, Chapel 7, Glencoe 9-14, Wagin 17 & 18 

    What to bring/Expect:
    1. Bedding: Sheets, Pillows, Quilts or Sleeping bags.
    2. Cooking utensil, Serving plates, Cutlery and cooking utensils.
    3. Tea Towels (Bring a few) - You are expected to clean your dishes.
    4. Camping chair, if you want to sit in front of your dorm/hut.
    5. Games to play (there is also small sand pit playground for kid).
    6. Books to read.
    7. Food.
    8. Each family is encouraged to participate in the Talent Show concert night.
    9. Activity-based gear e.g. hiking, swimming, fishing etc.
    10. Each family is encouraged to host a group based activity, such as going to the beach or coffee at Cozy Corner.
    11. I will organise an Overnight hike to a Bibulmum shelter and return the next morning, if there are interest.

    • 18 Apr 2023
    • 23 Apr 2023
    • Barrabup Sanctuary, Nannup

    April Camp at Barrabup Santuary (Members Only).

    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 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:

    • Tent, Camper, Trailer, Swag.
    • Sleeping equipment.
    • Cooking equipment.
    • Drinking and cooking water.
    • Food
    • Swimming gear or kayak optional
    • Pushbike optional
    • This is an unpowered site - Bring your own battery/powerbank/solar charger.
    • There is underground water suitable for washing dishes but probably not for drinking.
    • Some chocolate Easter Eggs to contribute towards the Easter Egg Hunt and a small bag or bucket for your child to collect the Easter Eggs

    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

    • 23 Sep 2023
    • 27 Sep 2023
    • Boyup Brook

    Boyup Brook Bush Camp (Members only).

    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.

    • No Pets
    • Relaxed check-in and check-out time
    • BYO firewood or buy from the owner
    • Unpowered sites only
    • Powered Amenities, Hot clean showers, Flushing toilets, Large Games room with Pool Table, Darts, Table Tennis and Lounge area.
    • Activities: Walk trails, Swimming and Kayaking in the river, Coffee or Lunch at Boypu Brook Pub
    • Indicative cost is $25/n Adult, and $18/n Child

    Contact: Peta Wells. Email: petaeei@bigpond.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.

Past events

14 Aug 2022 Bold Park Hike
14 Jul 2022 Mid-Year Camp at Lancelin (Members Only)
10 Jul 2022 FR Berry Reserve 2.7km Walk
03 Jul 2022 Eagle View Walk, John Forest NP
19 Jun 2022 Whistlepipe Gully Walk
18 Jun 2022 Bibbulmun Overnight - PHDC to Helena Return 24km
11 Jun 2022 Whiteman Park Wunanga Walk 4.3km
22 May 2022 Yanchep National Park Cave Walk 4.5km
06 May 2022 Online Lecture: Preparing for overnight hike with your child
01 May 2022 WA Hike Expo 2022 IS CANCELLED
20 Apr 2022 April Camp at Barrabup Santuary (Members Only)
10 Apr 2022 Bike Ride
08 Apr 2022 Online Lecture: Preparing for overnight hike with your child
03 Apr 2022 Lake Leschenaultia 5km
06 Mar 2022 Mettams Pool (cancelled)
12 Feb 2022 Night Walk at Lightning Swamp, Noranda
22 Jan 2022 Start of year Camp at Walpole
05 Dec 2021 Christmas Picnic at Matilda Bay
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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