I am the volunteer and events coordinator at the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation in addition to being a trail maintenance volunteer and ride guide. If you would like to know more about the Trail I am happy to chat.
Published September 2nd 2014
Conquering the Munda Biddi Trail, a purpose built off-road cycling trail through the spectacular Western Australian bush.
1,045 kilometres in 16 days! The Munda Biddi Trail, whose name means bush path in the Noongar Aboriginal language, stretches from Mundaring in the Perth Hills to Albany on the South Coast encountering wildlife and plants not found anywhere else in the world.
Cyclists enjoying a ride on the Munda Biddi Trail through Crooked Brook Forest near Boyanup. A lovely section of single track that is surrounded by wildflowers from August through to October.
My trail buddy Mark and I opted to start our ride from the trail head at Sculpture Park, Mundaring in August 2014. We stayed in nine of the purpose built shelters and six nights in towns as we cycled south to Albany through vast areas of unspoiled forests and bush land.
The Munda Biddi Trail has 12 purpose built shelters; situated a comfortable day's ride apart, the camps have roomy sleeping shelters and tent sites. If a hot shower and a comfortable bed is more to your liking, the Trail passes through a town at least every third day.
Jinung Beigabup Camp Site is dwarfed by the surrounding karri trees. This camp site was named by the traditional aboriginal owner; Beigabup is Mt Lindesay and Jinung is looking. Hence the name 'looking towards Mt Lindesay' the site offers spectacular views of the nearby mountain which can be seen from many vantage points as you cycle towards Denmark.
Click here to see an overview map of the Munda Biddi Trail.
A memorable adventure which offered many challenges - beware of the dreaded pea gravel, not as bad after winter rains but hazardous in the drier months; broken gear cable and being stuck in the hardest gear, luckily Mark was carrying a spare cable and he was able to replace it; having my rear brakes fail exiting the Tree Top Walk, I swapped the back brake pads with the front which got me out of trouble and bush rats eating holes in my panniers, taking off with a bar of soap and a tube of facial cleanser! Oh and did I mention that I tripped on a rock on day five and cycled the remaining eleven days with a fractured rib?
Some of the highlights for us was cycling into Jarrahdale with a near full moon, huge in the clear evening sky; the views to the coast and watching the sunset from Dandalup Camp Site; star gazing whilst lying on the timber deck beside a babbling brook at Bidjar Ngoulin Camp Site and at Yirra Kartta Camp Site star gazing from the huge granite outcrop which also provided a warm platform for a nap on sunny afternoon; swimming in the Collie River after cycling down some challenging switchbacks in Wellington National Park; undulating single track with coastal views in William Bay National Park and a swim at Greens Pool is always great to wash of the dust.
The end - 1050 kilometres. Mark and I ended our Munda Biddi Trail adventure on a sunny August afternoon in Albany after riding 75 kilometres from Denmark on the last day.
If you would like to know more about the Trail or would like assistance to plan your next adventure; be it a day ride close to Perth or an Epic end to end ride click here for assistance or contact Leanne on (08) 9481 2483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
No need to do it hard! Each year the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation offers cyclists a fully supported End to End ride; all meals are provided and there is a hot shower and a comfortable bed at the end of each days ride, and best of all you only need to carry a day pack as your luggage is transported for you. For more details or to join the 2015 Epic riders call (08) 9481 2483 or email the office email@example.com.