Hello and Welcome!

Hi! I’m Issy, a 23 year old Australian who’s about to start a SOBO, end to end of the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia. The Bibb is an 1000km trail that stretches from Kalamunda, a suburb in the Perth hills, to a beautiful town called Albany, right down the south coast. It takes anywhere from 40 – 60 days to complete (unless you’re a nut and do it even faster!), and I’m planning on doing it in about 52 days.

I’m actually from Albany, the coastal town in which the trail ends, so it feels really special to be walking my way home! I’ve been planning for what feels like forever, so it’s very surreal to be a week out from arriving at the trail head. My plan for this blog is to do weekly/biweekly trail updates whenever I have a rest day in a town, so friends and family will be able to follow along with my journey.

Thanks for tuning in – I can’t wait to see what these next two months hold, and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to share the adventure with the Trek :))

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Comments 2

  • Crossword : Sep 27th

    My impression of Australia is that there are many animals there that can kill you. Do you have any concerns about that? What precautions are you taking?

    • Issy Bonnin : Oct 1st

      hello! I won’t lie to you, this question made me giggle. I’ve always found that people’s perception of Australia is along these lines, but in reality it’s a massive exaggeration. While we do have snakes, spiders, ticks etc, the most important distinction to make, I think, is that unlike other countries with bears, mountain lions, etc – animals that are carnivorous predators, that will actively go after humans – the animals in the South West of Australia are not aggressive. Yes, there are poisonous snakes, and maaaybe the occasional poisonous spider, but they will only ever attack when threatened.

      I’m not trying to downplay the importance of being prepared, however. It’s essential to carry snake bandages with you, and to wear gaiters to protect your legs from potential bites, but in truth as long as you keep your eyes out and make plenty of noise along the trail, animals will get out of your way. The saying goes that snakes are far more scared of you than you are of them!

      I hope that answers your questions :))


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