The Bibbulmun Track Northern Terminus and Interpretive trail is now complete, with a successful Opening Ceremony hosted by the City of Kalamunda on the 1st of September.
The concept design comprised artists sketches laid over the site, drawing out the connection of the land to all people. Assurance was sought from relevant Government Aboriginal agencies, Heritage groups and stakeholders for this projects’ direction and integrity.
The upgrade to the Terminus and a designated walkway will increase its visual prominence, connecting the Bibbulmun Track Northern Terminus to the Perth Hills Visitor Centre. The interpretive trail leads visitors on a journey from Kalamunda’s Aboriginal heritage and European influences blending art, culture and the natural environment.
The upgraded facilities comprise rammed earth seating, interpretive signage of the adjacent Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail and art installations relating to the flora, fauna and the six Aboriginal language groups of the South West which the Bibbulmun Track passes through on its way to the Albany.
Starting at the track itself, the large steel etched snake or Wagyl, the symbol of the Bibbulmun Track itself, represents the carved landforms and waterways of the region. The 6 Aboriginal language groups of the South West region are represented in the 6 meeting point circles along Railway Road; the largest circle at the Terminus is indicative of a communal fire pit. The language groups are also reflected in the six, upright abstract leaves and Coolamon shaped poles at the Track entrance.
Local native species continue through all garden beds along Railway Road to the Perth Hills Visitor Centre. Jarrah, Wandoo and Darling Range Ghost Gum are the tree species chosen to also reflect the South West region.
The project was supported by Tourism Western Australia through the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program.