A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published March 5th 2015
Mountain biking fun near Perth
Perth has a lot of cycling trails, with the more popular ones along the river at South Perth and along the coast near Scarborough which are perfect for a bit of light exercise. However, there are also some exciting trails for adventure seekers who are looking for a bit of challenge and rougher terrain.
I am a mountain biking newbie and my heart was pounding when I went mountain biking for the first time. However, I need not have worried as the mountain biking trails are similar to a ski run with green, blue and black trails depending on your level of ability. Best of all – most of these trails are free!
Although, there are more tours further away from Perth around the Margaret River Region, Mandurah and Bunbury, there are some trails located close to Perth as well. If you are looking for an afternoon of adventure and leisure around Perth amidst lush forests and the stunning countryside, have a look at some of the cycling trails below located an hour or less away from Perth:
1) Kalamunda Mountain Bike Trails
These trails are quite close to Perth City – around a 35 minute drive or literally at your doorstep if you live in the east of Perth near the Swan Valley. Admire the cool jarrah forests as you whisk past in your bike. The trails are well signposted and I tried the green track which was perfect for beginners. I bumped into the occasional tree root where I had to attempt a very minor jump but overall it was a leisurely ride.
Camels near the bike trails
If you would like a bit more of a challenge, there are blue and black trails as well as a circuit where you can try your hand at jumps. The trails are around 44km long. At the entrance of the trail to the Bibbulmun track, there is a camel and animal farm as well (Calamunda Camel Farm and Oasis Tea rooms) which offers free entry to their farm as you enjoy a camel ride. As the camels carry you quietly through the forest, there are possible encounters with emus, kangaroos and wallabies.
2) Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park
These trails are only 4km from the Midland station, 30 mins from Perth. The trail starts at Greenmount rise (first turning after Scott Rd up Great Eastern Highway) and is a designated mountain biking area. There is also a skills park if you would like to learn some fancy tricks. This trail is for more experienced riders as the hill is steep and rocky with challenging technical sections.
If you would like a much longer ride, the Kep Track starting at the Weir Village Road at Mundaring Weir, about an hour east of Perth can signal the start of a cycle adventure. An easy trail spanning 75kms, you can also walk along this track. You may however want to organise a designated driver for drop off and pick up. The track passes through the communities of Sawyers Valley, Mundaring, Mount Helena and Bakers Hill to name a few.