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Four-year-old walks 963km in Australia28th June 2002
A four-year-old Queensland girl has become the youngest person to complete a renowned 963km bush trek in Western Australia. The Herbert family, from Brisbane, took 11 weeks to walk the Bibbulmun Track, which stretches from Albany, in the south of Western Australia, north to Perth. Ricky Herbert and his wife Leanne, both 34, and children Callum, eight, Lachlan, seven, and Niamh, four, reached the end of the track at Kalamunda, in Perth's Hills district.
The non-profit group, Friends of the Bibbulmun Track, said Niamh was the youngest person to complete the route. Before committing to the entire walk, the girl's parents first did a trial walk for a few days to see if their children wanted to pursue the idea. By the end of their long journey the children said they wanted to do it over again.
The track, which opened on September 13, 1998, is billed as one of the world's great long-distance walk trails. About 50 three-sided wooden shelters are placed along the route, never more than a day's walk apart. The family covered an average of 17km a day and lived on pasta, rice and biscuits.