The ride from Bidjar Ngoulin campsite south is a gentle ride upwards along the compact surface of King Jarrah Form, situated on an old forest rail formation. When you stop for a break, look out for some of the beautiful flora in the area including plants like donkey orchids and bullich groves. Sightings of bandicoots and quokkas have been recorded in the stream zones. For a small diversion, branch off south of Zig Zag Road to the Willowdale Aboretum. It’s a great place to have a break away from the Trail. Willowdale Arboretum is a collection of Eucalytus trees of different species, cultivated for scientific purposes.
From Willowdale Road to Logue Brook Dam there are a few harder hills, as the Trail traverses the escarpment alongside of Camp Logue Brook towards Lake Brockman. Please note: in 2008, it was proposed that Logue Brook Dam was to be closed as a recreation facility so it can be transformed into a drinking water source. Cyclists will be updated on any changes relating to the Trail as they arise. Continue to check the websites for any changes prior to your ride.
From here the ride is initially easy yet soon becomes undulating as it meanders alongside Clarke Brook. The next section of trail criss-crosses the Harvey River and its tributaries. You may have to get off and walk in the challenging section as the trail descends towards Harvey River. With generally a good surface, the ride takes you on a wide loop around Stirling Reservoir Protection Zone. Tallanalla pine plantation provides a good point to take a break and a place to meet up with support vehicles. Between Tallanalla and Yarri campsite the trail is relatively easy as it uses sections of old rail formations.
The Yarri campsite is situated on a hillside along a lovely tributary to the Harvey River. Yarri is the aboriginal name for the blackbutt tree (Eucalyptus patens) found in abundance in the area. This large tree has rough, grey bark that is often charred near the base, which is how it got its common name. The Yarri shelter has been designed to take advantage of the slope of the site with a stunning Parks and Wildlifek area that looks over the surrounding forest.
As you ride from the Yarri hut, enjoy the scenic cycling along Lancaster Form, the old rail formation out of Yarri campsite, which provides some pleasant riding. As you approach Aldan Road, the Trail becomes a little more challenging. However, don’t despair - you will soon be rewarded with the rolling country hills of Zephyr Road under a majestic canopy of Blackbutt forest flanking farm properties and the Brunswick River. Look out for the Red-tailed black cockatoos that nest in this area. The local Noongar name for this bird is ‘Kar-rak’ because of its distinctive call.
Opening up onto a straight stretch of Mornington Road, cyclists are advised to ride close to the verge because this road takes country traffic between Collie and Harvey. The section between Frederic River and Wallis Form is a lovely stretch of Trail following a series of water courses. This area is delightful in spring with the pea flower in abundance.
Important note: At the junction of Wallis Form and Hamilton River you will notice a Trail intersection.
The eastern spur takes you into the regional town of Collie; the southern section takes you south into Wellington National Park, enroute to Donnybrook. If you need to top up your food supplies, have a warm shower or get some bike repairs, take the eastern spur to Collie. The riding from here is relatively easy, being made up of forest tracks, sealed roads and dual-use pathways into Soldiers Park in Collie. Be aware of other vehicles and exercise caution.
The town of Collie embraces its mining and forest history proudly as well as making the most of its scenic location to entertain visitors.
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 Mundaring to Jarrahdale, go to the Section by Section Guide.