Camping, Huts and Other Accomodation
Q: Where can I camp overnight?
There are two types of campsites along the Munda Biddi Trail: the purpose-built Munda Biddi campsites (marked in green on the maps) and the regular forest-based campsites (marked in yellow). The vehicle-based forest campsites are accessible by car, but only have basic facilities including a bush toilet, tent sites, picnic tables and a fire ring. They do not include a sleeping shelter or water tanks, making them are better suited to people with support vehicles.
Q: What facilities are provided at the Munda Biddi campsites?
The purpose-built Munda Biddi campsites contain a sleeping shelter that holds 20-25 people, several tent sites, a composting toilet (bring your toilet paper!), two rainwater tanks, picnic tables and a bike storage shelter. Please note that Munda Biddi campsites are campfire-free.
Q: Do I need to take a tent on the Trail?
There are a number of campsites along the Trail which are spaced a day's ride apart. There is no booking system for the campsites or shelters. Therefore all cyclists wishing to stay on the Trail overnight should seriously consider taking a tent in case the shelter is full on arrival. Designated tent sites, located at the campsites, should be used and no camping is permitted between campsites within drinking water catchment areas - i.e. most of the Trail between Mundaring and Collie and south of the Blackwood River.
Q: Can I drive to a campsite?
No, all the purpose-built campsites marked in green on the maps are for cyclists only and are not accessible by vehicle. This has been done to give cyclists as natural experience as possible, to protect water supplies and to minimise vandalism. There are, however, several campsites along the Trail that can be accessed by cars and buses (in some circumstances) making them suitable for cyclists with support vehicles. Please note that some of these sites may have camping fees.
If you are looking for vehicle based camping, visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife's camping webpage.
Q: Can I camp anywhere along the Trail?
Camping anywhere other than the designated campsites is prohibited in drinking water catchment areas. Catchment rangers regularly patrol these areas. People found camping outside of these sites could be subject to prosecution under the by-laws of the Metropolitan Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Act. HELP PROTECT OUR DRINKING WATER — camp responsibly!
Q: Can I ride the Trail but sleep in a soft bed each night?
The Trail passes through a number of small country towns with a range of accommodation. The first section, however, starts at Mundaring and travels 103 km before it arrives in the next town of Jarrahdale. The second section, between Jarrahdale and Dwellingup, is 81 km. For all but the fittest cyclists, these distances can be too long to travel in one day. If you don’t wish to camp out under the stars, it is recommended that you organise a support team or arrange for someone to pick you up at the end of each day, take you to town, and then drop you back on the Trail the next day. Alternatively, you can plan day trips beginning and ending in town. For more information on accommodation and surrounding attractions, visit the Cycle Friendly Businesses Directory.
Q: Are fires allowed at campsites?
The purpose-built Munda Biddi campsites have been designated ‘FUEL STOVES ONLY’ to help preserve the surrounding natural bushland and ecosystem. Cyclists camping out will need to carry a fuel stove or choose an alternative method of cooking. Methylated spirit or gas-operated stoves are also generally more efficient than traditional open fires and are great when it rains.
We always advise that you visit the Trail conditions page supplied by the Department of Parks and Wildlife for a list of Trail conditions. Notices will also appear at campsites.
During the summer months, when bushfires are a very real danger, a total fire ban may be declared. On these days, cyclists are not permitted to light any fires whatsoever including lighting a fuel stove. For information about locations of current total fire bans call 13 3337 or visit the DFES Alerts webpage.
If information is not readily available, use your common sense, but be aware of the real danger posed by bushfires. Several kilometres of the Trail and some campsites have been damaged or destroyed by bushfires in the past. Please do not light fires other than in the fireplaces provided, and resist lighting fires in summer. In particular, never light fires at or near the tent sites.
Q: What do I do with my rubbish whilst on the Trail?
When using the Munda Biddi Trail, Leave No Trace Principles should be followed at all times. In regards to rubbish while riding, step 3 of the LNT principles should be followed: Dispose of waste properly. Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for rubbish or spilled foods. Pack out all rubbish, leftover food, and litter.
Deposit solid human waste and toilet paper in holes dug 20-25cm deep at least 100 metres from water, camp, and tracks. Cover and disguise the hole when finished. Pack out toilet paper and personal hygiene products.
To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 100 metres from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.
For more information visit the Leave No Trace website www.lnt.org.au