Bibbulmun – S5 – Donnelly River

5 March – 6 March 2019 | Days 16 – 17

Kilometres 475.0 – 553.5 >>> 78.5 (48.8 mi)

I woke up reasonably early and was on the trail by a quarter to eight. The forest here is beautiful, lush, and dense. It’s Karri tree country. Karris are Eucalypts and are among the tallest trees in the world. They can grow up to 90 metres tall. (Despite the similarity in name, they have nothing to do with the giant Kauri trees in New Zealand.)

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A bridge from a fallen Karri tree.

The trail meandered through the thick forest and I was seeing mostly green all day. Definitely green tunnel out here.

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Crossing the Donnelly River.

I reached Beavis campsite by five past five. I lingered at the camp table for a while, had dinner, and listened to the sounds of the forest around me. Once it was dark though, I went to bed quickly and fell asleep.


The next morning I got up even earlier and was going at half seven. Maybe it had something to do with Pemberton, my next town stop, beckoning at the end of the day. However, town stops have been plentiful over the last few days and I don’t think I was desperate for yet another one.

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On the Steep Road, a bit east of Beedelup Falls.

The forest was even prettier than the day before and I absolutely loved the sight of the Karri trees towering above me. Their trunks are surprisingly slender, considering the height of the trees. However, once you stand close to one, you realise that they are indeed massive trees. Absolutely beautiful.

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Giants of the forest.

The weather was gorgeous as well and I loved looking up into the blue sky.

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Gorgeous canopy.

Just before noon, I arrived at Beedelup Falls. The falls were basically dry , because: summer, and looked less than impressive. I’m sure it’s quite a sight when it’s going.

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Looking towards the Karri Valley Resort and Lake Beedelup.

There is a resort at the nearby Lake Beedelup, but I didn’t walk over there. I did make good use of the drop toilet at the trail head car park though. Then it was back on the road.

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Good place to stop for a break.

I hiked for another six kilometres (3.7 mi) and moved into more built up country, with more road crossings and homesteads visible from the trail.

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Crossing Channybearup Road.

I had a thirty minute lunch break before continuing my way out to Pemberton.

In the afternoon, as I was getting closer to civilisation, I got phone reception and stopped briefly to book a hotel room. I found the Gloucester Motel, which has reasonable prices and is actually situated right on the trail.

As it stated on the confirmation email that check-in was only open until 6 pm, I got worried that I might not make it in time. Even though I was probably a bit overly anxious, I decided to take a little short cut into town. When I reached Stirling Road, just south of Channybearup, I left the Bib and instead followed the Stirling Road into Pemberton. This cut out a bit over three kilometres (1.9 mi).

I reached Pemberton at a quarter to five and still had time to go to the supermarket and load up with supplies for the evening before checking in at the Motel. I probably would’ve made it in time, but I might not have had the time to go to the supermarket. So I didn’t regret my decision.

Check-in was easy and uncomplicated. The man was very nice and quite happy that I’d arrived before six, since I was the last guest he was waiting for and he wanted to go home.

I moved into my room, had an extensive shower, and then snuggled up in bed and enjoyed a peaceful night.

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