Munda Biddi Trail

The Munda Biddi Trail is a long-distance mostly off-road cycling trail in Western Australia. It runs for over 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from Mundaring to Albany[1] – the longest track of its kind in the world.[2]

The name Munda Biddi means path through the forest in the Noongar Aboriginal language[1][3] and it runs largely through an undeveloped natural corridor. The track traverses vast areas of unspoiled forests and bushland with mostly gentle terrain. While the track is open year-round, riding conditions are better during spring and autumn, and potentially hazardous from December to March because of the often extreme heat and fire danger at that time of year.[1] As of May 2017, the record for completing the Munda Biddi Trail is four days, six hours and 39 minutes.[4]

Sections of the trail vary in terms of their difficulty and terrain type but it has stages suitable for everyone’s cycling ability and pace. The trail is easily accessible by car, and riders can begin their journey from multiple locations. There are free campsites at various points along the trail, some with more than a day’s ride between them. Detailed maps of the trail are recommended for those using the trail and can be purchased from a number of places, including the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation website.

In April 2012, geocaches were placed throughout the Munda Biddi Trail.

The trail is run by the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which was formed to assist the Department of Environment and Conservation and other land managers get the trail project off the ground. The foundation continues to be involved in trail development and planning, including managing volunteers, delivering events and trip planning, among other activities.

Munda Biddi Trail
LengthOver 1,000 km (620 mi)
LocationSouthwestern Western Australia, Australia
CompletedApril 2013
DesignationLong-Distance Cycling Trail
Trailheads
UseCycling
Hiking details
SeasonAll year, but spring is best
WaymarkBlue triangular marker
Hazards
  • Summer heat,
  • Fire danger
Right of wayCyclist
Maintained by
  • Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions,
  • Munda Biddi Trail Foundation
Websiteparks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/know/munda-biddi-trail
Trail map
The Munda Biddi Trail, shown in red, is a long-distance cycling trail between Perth and Albany. Also shown, in yellow, is the Bibbulmun Track.

Stages and Maps

Stage 1 - Mundaring to Collie

  • Map 1. Mundaring to Jarrahdale
  • Map 2. Jarrahdale to Nanga
  • Map 3. Nanga to Collie

Stage 2 - Collie to Northcliffe

  • Map 4. Collie to Jarrahwood
  • Map 5. Jarrahwood to Manjimup
  • Map 6. Manjimup - Northcliffe

Stage 3 - Northcliffe to Albany

  • Map 7. Northcliffe - Walpole
  • Map 8. Walpole - Denmark
  • Map 9. Denmark - Albany

The completed Munda Biddi Trail opened end-to-end in April 2013[5] when it claimed the title of the longest continuous off-road cycling trail of its kind in the world.[2]

Dandalup Campsite Panorama - panoramio
Dandalup Campsite near North Dandalup Dam east of North Dandalup.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Munda Biddi Trail". Parks and Wildlife Service. 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Exploring Munda Biddi – the world's longest continuous bike trail". RideOn. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  3. ^ "The Munda Biddi Trail Foundation". Munda Biddi Trail Foundation. 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  4. ^ Wildie, Tom (5 May 2017). "Mountain bike rider smashes Munda Biddi record, completing 1,000km trail within five days". ABC News. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  5. ^ Parker, Alia (23 May 2013). "The Munda Biddi Trail: cycling 1,000 km end to end". Cycle Traveller. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  • Costello, Verna. (2002) Munda Biddi : pathway through the forest. Landscope (Como, W.A), Summer 2002-03, p. 49-53,

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Albany, Western Australia

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DER focused on environmental regulation, approvals and appeals processes, and pollution prevention.

It was announced on 28 April 2017 that the Department of Parks and Wildlife would merge with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, the Zoological Parks Authority, and the Rottnest Island Authority on 1 July 2017 to form the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

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