Monday 7 May 2012: bibbulmun track
If anyone has six to eight weeks to spare, how about a wander along almost 1000kms of the Bibbulmun track. Then you will become an 'End-to-Ender'!!
This little logo, the yellow triangle with the 'Waugal' enclosed, guides the way and there are a number of these in the park that marks the arrival at (or departure from) the Northern Terminus in our village, Kalamunda. At the other end is Albany, a long way south!
For the very game there are 58 sections, and at the end of each section is a hut and campsite with bench beds, picnic tables, a water tank and pit loo and along the way forest, national parks and beaches. Depending on when you may chose to walk, a part or the whole, wildflowers will bloom before you as you walk south.
I've met a couple of 'End-to Enders' and they say the experience has changed their lives.
According to the Noongar (the indigenous people who live in this south-west corner of WA and are the guardians of the land) the Waugul, or Wagyl, is a snakelike dreamtime creature responsible for the creation of the waterways, landforms and geomorphology around Perth.
The Darling Scarp, on which Kalamunda perches, is said to represent the body of the Wagyl that created the gullies and hills as it wandered across the land.
How appropriate that the Wagyl now points the way through and across the land created by it during the dreamtime amd we can wander it for a day, a week or several weeks.