The Trail from Collie to Nglang Boodja takes you back along the spur Trail to the Wallis Form intersection. From here the Trail proceeds southwest, crossing the busy Coalfields Road before entering the Wellington National Park. Windy Ridge Road is a forest track that leads you deep into the popular Wellington River valley. On your descent you will approach a series of purpose built switchbacks or zigzags, before and after crossing River Road. Huge granite boulders can be seen in the vicinity of the Trail. Touring cyclists may find the section of Trail between Windy Ridge Road and the campsite quite challenging, therefore it is recommended that you take plenty of rest breaks or walk your bike up or down the hills. Follow the markers carefully, as other bike trails occur in this area.
When you reach the river valley you will notice a series of one-way roads. Please adhere to the Trail markings to avoid traffic issues. If you are going south follow the Trail marking up River Road; if you are heading north follow Riches Road and then Lennard Road. (See inset on Munda Biddi Map 4a). Once you make your way up Riches Road, Nglang Boodja campsite is located on a short spur to the north-east of the Trail. The shelter is nestled into a slope under a canopy of Peppermint and Blackbutt trees, overlooking the gully below. It is a delight to sit quietly and listen to the nearby running brook and the birds in the bush.
As you ride south of Nglang Boodja the Trail skirts to the back of the old Wellington Mills town site and the Wellington Forest Discovery Centre. Following a series of forest tracks the Trail descends gently into the scenic Ferguson Valley via Richards Road. The Ferguson Valley is renowned for its wineries, country style accommodation and Gnomesville. (Local maps are available from Collie and Donnybrook).
From here the Trail follows sealed Ironstone Road until it reaches Crooked Brook, a small forest picnic site. Crooked Brook has toilets, BBQ and drinking water facilities and some great little wildflower trails that allow you to get off your bike and stretch your legs. After leaving Crooked Brook the Trail uses local back roads to the township of Boyanup (1 kilometre north along Hurst Road). Be aware of other vehicles and exercise caution.
From here the Trail is easy riding along sealed country back roads through to South-Western Highway. Once you have crossed the highway the Trail winds around the Donnybrook wastewater treatment plant and farmland towards the townsite. Follow the spur trail into Donnybrook (approx 2 kilometres), a good place to stop off for a break. There is a post office, tavern and deli. You can deviate to Bunbury as it is only 17 kilometres from the Trail near Boyanup. The Bunbury Visitor Centre is located in the Old Railway Station, Carmody Place, Bunbury.
Donnybrook is home to Western Australia’s apple growing industry. Apart from apples, the town is also a centre for the local timber, beef and dairy industries. Sitting alongside the scenic Preston River, Donnybrook is a pretty town with many historic stone buildings. The town comes into its own in October when the roads are lined with blossoming apple and cherry trees. From here, take the Donnybrook spur out of town to meet the main Trail, which heads south through open jarrah/banksia woodlands. Look out for the range of plants in this area such as Kingia australis - a weird looking grasstree with large drumstick-like flowers and the Snottygobble (Personnia sp.), a small forest tree that has sprays of dark yellow to orange flowers over the summer months. You might also notice patches of the famous Boronia that has a sweet scent in spring.
Heading south the Trail joins busy Goodwood Road for about 5 kilometres before returning to the forest. Note: cyclists are advised to stay on the shoulder of the road and remain visible at all times. Following the boundary of local farmland the Trail then winds its way down through jarrah/banksia woodlands and pine plantations before reaching the quaint forest settlement of Jarrahwood and the Trail campsite. Jarrahwood, like many other settlements, has a rich timber history. It is located in an area of jarrah forest which was subjected to heavy cutting in the last century. The principal company operating in the area was the Jarrah Wood and Sawmills Company Limited. Uniquely, Nala Mia campsite is located within the settlement, so cyclists are asked to respect the community that resides here by removing all rubbish and parking in the designated area. Please note: this is not a town and therefore does not have any shop facilities.
Follow My Ride offers a detailed description of this section of the Trail as well as video material that will give you a good idea of what parts of the Trail are like.
For more information on cycling from Collie to Jarrahwood, go to the Section by Section Guide.