Team Wesley Mission Queensland is off to trek the Bibbulmun Track!
Check back here for daily updates as the team challenges themselves through the rocky and coastal terrain of Western Australia.
Every dollar raised goes to support Humming Bird House, Queensland's only children's hospice. Show your support by donating here.
And the adventure begins.....
After a great night of rest - we were able to award and recognise Margie for being the highest fundraiser - raising an amazing $25k + ! Margie was awarded the yellow hat for the day and proudly wore it through a guard of honour. We set off at 8.30am to visit the Giant Tingle - stunning forest with giant tingle trees. Sue was our main guide today and shared awesome information regarding all the flora along the trail and the co-existence of fungi to the natural habitat of the Karri trees.
This morning we recognised and celebrated our amazing sponsors of the trek that has helped us raise funds for Hummingbird House.
The morning began with Brian apologising to Marg ... just in case 🙂
Today started by raising our keep cups to the participants who contributed to our fundraising effort but didn’t make the trek due to changes of circumstances. We saluted them all!
It was then time to have a beanie day competition- or as Ian narrated a Beanie Off!
Chrissy won with a cream fluffy number and Brian got an honourable mention with a teapot granny style beanie.
We drove a short distance as we walked the Bib from the forest to the coast with vegetation changing along the way. Just before reaching the coast we came over the hill crest to see the stunning Great Southern Ocean - a site all will remember for a long time. Blue warm skies all day gave us all a sense of “how lucky are we“
A number of the team said this was the best day!
After a lunch with a picture perfect view we visited a nearby town for a well deserved drink.
Dinner was interrupted by a Chubby Bunny challenge that was very very memorable with Rachel a standout winner with 19 marshmallows 🙂
We started the day honouring our amazing guides Sue and Jazzy for being the best guides ever! Brad and Sue from Adventurous Women - thanks for sending your best. Today was our longest trek of over 16km as we walked from Conspicuous Cliff through to Peaceful Bay. We traversed across the dunes alongside the Southern Ocean with spectacular views.
In the last hour, we were treated to breaching whales, kangaroos in the hills and seals playing in the ocean wash. And then top it off a stunning rainbow over the ocean.
We finished our walk at Peaceful Bay greeted by “Ivan” who had to wait for us since early in the morning. After being greeted with champagne and nibbles we made the experience a memorable one jumping into the ocean. What a day!!!
Mixed emotions today as we prepared for the last day of our trek. After a big brekkie cook up together we left our accommodation to join the local WOW Boat cruise around the inlet. The skipper Gazza was a hoot and super knowledgeable about local history, flora and fauna and, in a bizarre way, Russian Walpole history. The cruise took us over to some remote island areas where we explored beaches. On queue, the rain came to us after 7 clear days!
Then it was time to say goodbye to Mum and Dad (Marg & Brian) and the little town of Walpole after 7 amazing days. The trip back to Perth involved some bus karaoke and some sleep before dropping off Chrissy to friends. Then the rest of the team rolled off the bus in Perth at 6.30pm.
Dinner together at a local tapas bar was a great way to celebrate our team, time together and the funds raised for Hummingbird House.
What a great trip, guides and team!