Manjimup - Northcliffe

This popular section is often old form and good riding, the karri and jarrah trees are simply magnificent, and it passes through four towns; Manjimup, Quinninup, Pemberton and Northcliffe.

The Munda Biddi leaves Manjimup and tracks next to the Muir Highway as far as the Wheatley Coast Road, then on to Quinninup, cuts across to Pemberton, then heads South to Northcliffe. Most of the route is on form or dirt roads and is reasonably flat. 

The Trail crosses Wheatley Coast Road several times, and even runs along it for a short period. This road was originally a stock route for cattle to be taken from properties up on the Muir Highway to the coastal dune grazing locations near the mouth of the Warren River.

The small town of Quinninup offers public toilets and a tavern, which is open for lunch and dinner most days. It also has a small shop that stocks the basics. It is a nice spot for lunch and a drink, or to overnight at the caravan park. The first couple of kilometres out of Quinninup are through the Greater Dordagup National Park on a fire break.

Pemberton is surrounded by karri forest with five national parks within 60 minutes' ride and has plenty of rivers, streams and dams for recreation. The beautiful forest attractions include Big Brook Dam in the Pemberton State Forest 6km north of town (we will ride within 4km of it). Bird hides and jetties, BBQ facilities and sandy beach with a backdrop of karri make it a wonderful attraction. The 4km sealed walk trail around the lake is an ideal way to take in the tall Karri Forests.

The nearby Gloucester National Park (free entry to bike riders along the Munda Biddi trail) contains the famous Gloucester Tree. The tree served as a fire lookout and had a platform, cabin and climbing pegs installed in 1947. It was one of eight lookout trees constructed in the area between 1937 and 1952. Three are still able to be climbed - this, the Diamond Tree and the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree, the tallest at around 71 metres. The trees have metal rungs that allow visitors to climb them and reach the constructed lookout at the top.

Northcliffe is a small country town largely surrounded by karri, marri and jarrah forest and is close to the Warren, D'Entrecasteaux and Shannon national parks. It offers a small general store and several options for eating out. The Karri Country Good Food Shop on Wheatley Coast road is a community based business run by volunteers. They can pack food to required quantities in zip lock bags for Munda Biddi cyclists. 

The Boorara tree is 1km off the Munda Biddi trail. This tree was used as a fire look out from 1952 to 1972. The 50 metre tall Karri is estimated to be 200 years old.

Follow My Ride offers a detailed description of this section of the Trail that will give you a good idea of what parts of the Trail are like.

For more information on cycling from Manjimup to Northcliffe, go to the Section by Section Guide.