1 week cycling trip
Ride from the Perth hills to Nannup on the Munda Biddi Trail, which means ‘path through the forest’ in the Nyoongar Aboriginal language. As well as magnificent native forests, you’ll wind through the scenic river valleys and charming towns of Western Australia’s south-west corner. The track follows bush tracks, firebreaks and disused railway lines and has sections for of all levels of cycling experience. Do short rides or have a week-long adventure, spending the night in pretty towns or one of five purpose-built campsites, situated a comfortable day’s ride apart. You can drive to many different starting points along the trail.
To reach your starting point of Mundaring Sculpture Park, do the 45-minute drive from Perth or take the train to nearby Midland. It’s an easy ride to Mundaring Weir, but you’ll encounter your first gruelling hill pulling away from the pipeline. Bump along a pea gravel road to Carinyah campsite, your overnight oasis amongst slender sheoak trees. Ride out of Carinyah on gentle grades that turn to steep hills around the ancient, weathered slabs of Poison Gully and Canning River East. Fly down the long hill to Canning River, powering out the other side on a steep pea gravel slope. Ride past a pine plantation and across Albany Highway, where newly planted jarrah forests line the way into Wungong campsite. From here, it’s a relatively flat ride to Jarrah Road, with more undulating terrain to Balmoral Prisoner of War Picnic ground. Ride alongside Honor Brook, past creamy bullich trees and green farmland and into Jarrahdale, surrounded by towering jarrah forests.
Visit historic Whittnish Cottage, the Machinery Museum and the Old Post Office. Then ride out to picturesque Serpentine Dam, Gooralong or Langford Park for a picnic or barbecue. Back on the trail, more pea gravel sections and a few serious climbs lead you out of the Serpentine Valley. Ride into Dandalup campsite, where you can relax beneath butter gums and enjoy the view over the green valley. Detour to Oakley Dam for a dip or follow the straight but less scenic track to the forest town of Dwellingup. From here the trail winds through the jarrah and wandoo forest of Lane Poole Reserve. Stop to fish from the Murray River, picnic next to waterfalls and spot parrots and bright blue fairy wrens. Back on your bike, you’ll have a few steep climbs to the pine-grove of Nanga Mill, then an easy 12km downhill to Bidjar Ngoulin campsite, which means ‘place of rest’ in Nyoongar. Enjoy the tranquillity from the creek-side platform.
It’s 30km south from the campsite to Logue Brook Dam on the calm, blue waters of Lake Brockman. Stop to swim, water-ski or canoe surrounded by the jarrah forest of the Darling Ranges. Camp here overnight before tackling the next leg - a varied 46km through bushland to the hill-top Yarri campsite. Enjoy views over blackbutt forest and the Harvey River from the large wooden deck. From the campsite, the trail winds for a scenic 45km to the outskirts of Collie. Learn about the town’s timber, mining and railway industry on a heritage walk and visit the Anglican Church built in 1915 in a traditional Norman style. You could also tackle the tough hillsides around Dardanup on the Mt Lennard Mountain Bike Trail System.
Head up Riches Road to Nglang Boodja campsite, tucked into a slope beneath a canopy of peppermint and blackbutt trees. Stop for a break in Boyanup, or do the 17km to Bunbury. Ride through Donnybrook, Western Australia’s apple capital, on the scenic Preston River. Check out the historic stone buildings and the apple and cherry trees which blossom in October. Stay in the Nala Mia campsite in Jarrahwoood timber settlement. The trail ends in Nannup, in the heart of the storybook Blackwood River valley. Explore the private and public gardens, which are alive with the colour of blooming tulips and daffodils in spring. Wander the main street or follow one of the walking trails through the surrounding forest.