FAQs

The team at the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation are happy to answer any question you may have, but you may want to check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) first for a more speedy answer.

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us. We are happy to chat to you.

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Q: What sort of bike will I need when riding the Munda Biddi Trail?
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Just about any mountain bike will do, and other bicycles such as hybrids can also be used if they are fitted with wide (knobbly) off-road tyres, with widths of around 2.1 inches being suitable. Front suspension and disc brakes are recommended as a basic requirement for the Trail. If you plan to carry gear with you on your bike, do not get a dual suspension (i.e. rear suspension) bike - these are a disadvantage for this type of use. Full suspension bikes are not absolutely necessary, but help when you ride over bumps. Suspension seatposts are useful to give a more comfortable long ride. Unless you intend to do some racing or strenuous riding, you don't really need clip-on bike shoes.

Dedicated racing, touring and recumbent bikes are not suited to the Trail. Also, extension bikes and trailers for children are only suited to the flattest portions of the Trail. Contact the Foundation or visit the Trip Planning page if you need to some guidance on selecting suitable sections to ride.

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Q: I really want to ride the entire length of the Trail. Where do I start and how do I get to the Trail
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Fantastic!  To begin with, visit our end-to-enders page. There you will discover where you can find information to begin preparing for the adventure of a lifetime! The Munda Biddi Trail officially starts at Sculpture Park in Mundaring and ends in Albany. But 2WD vehicles can access the Munda Biddi Trail quite easily at many access points in between. Vehicle access points are indicated by a red car symbol on the Trail maps. Unfortunately, there is no public transport to Jarrahdale or Dwellingup. Public transport is available to Collie through the South West Coachlines and check Transwa for other public transport options.

The Department for Planning and Infrastructure (DPI) offer a map of cycle trails that can be used to link to the northernmost section of the Munda Biddi Trail. Go to the Ride Through the Hills map and click on the section you're interested in for a more detailed map you can print and take with you. DPI also provides information about bikes on trains.

From the Midland Train Station: Ride Through the Hills Ride 1 can take you to Sculpture Park in Mundaring (Munda Biddi Northern Terminus)

From Kelmscott Station: You can follow Ride Through the Hills Ride 3 Section 3 to Brookton Highway, and follow it to the trail -- but be advised there is quite a lot of truck traffic on the highway and the shoulder conditions vary. Alternately take Canning Mills Road to Canning Road where you can either take it north to Pickering Brook (see above) or south to O'Meagher to Illawarra to Dale roads to link to the trail and the Carinyah campsite. Another option is to take Ride Through The Hills Ride 3 from Roleystone, follow Croyden Road, pass turnoff to Araluen Park, follow to Gardiner Road north to Brookton Hwy where you can either turn right and follow to the Carinyah MTB Trail or left to Canning Road and Illawarra (see above). Refer to your Munda Biddi Map 1a for more detail.

*** Remember *** Allow enough time to get to your starting point and then add the riding time on the trail. For example, if you arrive in Mundaring at midday, you may not have time to reach the first campsite at Carinyah by dark.

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Q: How can I access the Trail?
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The Munda Biddi Trail officially starts at Sculpture Park in Mundaring and ends in Albany. But 2WD vehicles can access the Munda Biddi Trail quite easily at many access points in between. Vehicle access points are indicated by a red car symbol on the Trail maps. Unfortunately, there is no public transport to Jarrahdale or Dwellingup. Public transport is available to Collie through the South West Coachlines. and check TransWA for other public transport options.

The Department for Planning and Infrastructure offer a map of cycle trails that can be used to link to the northernmost section of the Munda Biddi Trail. Go to the Ride Through the Hills map and select the section you're interested in for a more detailed map you can print and take with you. DPI also provides information about bikes on trains.

From the Midland Train Station: Ride Through the Hills Ride 1 can take you to Sculpture Park in Mundaring (Munda Biddi Northern Terminus)

From Kelmscott Station: You can follow Ride Through the Hills Ride 3 Section 3 to Brookton Highway, and follow it to the trail -- but be advised there is quite a lot of truck traffic on the highway and the shoulder conditions vary. Alternately take Canning Mills Road to Canning Road where you can either take it north to Pickering Brook (see above) or south to O'Meagher to Illawarra to Dale roads to link to the trail and the Carinyah campsite. Another option is to take Ride Through The Hills Ride 3 from Roleystone, follow Croyden Road, pass turnoff to Araluen Park, follow to Gardiner Road north to Brookton Hwy where you can either turn right and follow to the Carinyah MTB Trail or left to Canning Road and Illawarra (see above). Refer to your Munda Biddi Map 1a for more detail.

*** Remember *** Allow enough time to get to your starting point and then add the riding time on the trail. For example, if you arrive in Mundaring at midday, you may not have time to reach the first campsite at Carinyah by dark.

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Q: Do I need to be an experienced cyclist to enjoy the Munda Biddi Trail?
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No. The Munda Biddi Trail has been designed to appeal to people with a wide range of cycling capabilities, from families right through to the most experienced mountain bikers. While there are some rugged sections, steep descents, and hill climbs (mainly entering and exiting the river valleys), the majority of the Trail is on gently undulating ground. Just remember to take it at your own pace and be sure to let the people you're riding with know your concerns. There's no doubt about it — off-road cycling is different! Expect a few more thrills than cycling on roads. Keep in mind, there's nothing wrong with a bushwalk on the Munda Biddi accompanied by a bicycle. Stop and smell the wildflowers, and take your time getting to know the Trail, your bike and your abilities.

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Q: Can I cycle the Trail alone?
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We certainly don't encourage it because riding solo can leave you vulnerable if you have an accident or breakdown. It could be hours or even days before you see other cyclists on parts of the Trail and if you have a broken bone or smashed bike...or worse... you won't be able to reach safety by yourself. Remember, you can't count on your mobile phone to work in the bush. A lone cyclist who is ill or injured should STAY ON THE TRAIL even if it means spending an unplanned night in the forest. Camp close to the Trail so you can be easily found. The Department of Parks and Wildlife does not monitor individual's progress (this is the responsibility of each cyclist's personal back-up). However, it is useful to contact the Parks and Wildlife District Office that you are cycling near for the latest information on the trail conditions (eg. recent fires, water in tanks etc.) before you start your journey.

Note: The Police are the agency responsible for search and rescue in Western Australia. They will usually involve the Department of Parks and Wildlife in searches on the trail. Your safety is our concern, but it is YOUR responsibility!

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Q: What surface conditions will I be cycling on?
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The Trail uses a network of bush tracks, firebreaks and old railway lines. The majority of the Trail is on gently undulating ground, except where the Trail enters and exits river valleys and transverses the edge of the Darling Scarp. The surface is predominantly compacted laterite (pea gravel) soils, however in some areas the surface may consist of loose gravel that can be especially loose in summer and slippery in winter. Riding on uneven surfaces and carrying camping gear can dramatically alter your bike’s steering and handling capabilities. If you are not experienced in cycling off-road or cycling with camping gear, it is recommended that you begin with some day rides before embarking on a multi-day ride.

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Q: Should I use clip in or flat pedals when riding on the Trail?
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Flat pedals are the most basic pedal system, providing a wide stable surface to support your feet on both sides. They are not intended for use with clipless shoes. Many downhill mountain bikers prefer this type of pedal mated with a specifically designed shoe. This combination provides ample grip and control while remaining the easiest to get off of in the event of a crash. While clipless pedals will release in the event of a crash, platform pedals may give you the confidence to help avoid a crash. Cycling shoes are usually paired with a clip in pedal to hold your feet securely on the bicycle. These pedals offer unmatched control with a minimum amount of your pedalling energy lost before it reaches the rear wheel. Depending on your level of experience and confidence with mountain bikes should influence the correct pedal choice for you.

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Q: How long does it take to cycle the Munda Biddi Trail?
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The time it takes to cycle the Trail will vary according to your fitness level, cycling experience, and whether you are carrying camping equipment and food supplies. Have a look at the suggested Distances Guide for an idea of the distances between campsites and towns. If you're new to off-road cycling, we strongly recommended that you do a series of day trips to test your fitness levels in preparation for a multi-day ride. Remember, off-road cycle touring is different to touring on bitumen. As a general rule, allow more time between destinations and carry less gear. Arrange a support crew or back-up vehicle if you are unsure of your capabilities.

To complete an approximately 1,051km End-to-End, ideally allow 3-4 weeks. Apart from the Trail itself, there is lots to see and do along the way. You don't want to be rushed, we suggest that you take the time to enjoy the Trail and the surrounding areas.

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Q: Are there hardcore extreme sections for more daring riders?
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The Munda Biddi Trail is a trail with something for everyone; there are sections of trail that suit anyone’s cycling ability and pace. The Trail has been designed to link to the many single-track circuits that already exist in the South West to allow for a varied off-road adventure. These are clearly marked on the maps and to find a route suitable for your level of experience and fitness, see the Trip Planning section of the website.

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Q: Can I ride at night?
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It is not advisable to ride the Trail at night due to risks that may be involved due to limited vision in the dark. If you are caught riding in the dark until the nearest campsite is reached it is recommended you pack a bright headlight and bike lamp (front and rear tail light) that can be easily accessed and used. Bright clothing should also be worn in night to provide easier visibility for other riders in the group or other Trail users. If you are specifically looking to experience riding on the Trail at night time, the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation holds the 'Munda Biddi Mooners', a full moon, evening ride event - see the website for more information.

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Q: Are there any organised rides on the Munda Biddi Trail?
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The Munda Biddi Trail Foundation periodically organises rides associated with events, see the Events section of the website for further information. Also see the Cycle Friendly Businesses Directory for a list of companies that organise trips on the Trail.

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Q: Where can I obtain the most up-to-date information on Trail conditions?
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You can check the latest Trail Conditions in the relevant Section by Section Guide. It's also always a good idea to look at our News webpage. Alternatively, you can contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife district office found in the relevant Section by Section Guide.

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Q: How is the Trail marked?
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There are two types of Trail markers — those located on yellow posts and on trees. Both use blue triangular markers with the reflective yellow Munda Biddi symbol. As a general rule the posts are situated every 1km or when required at critical intersections. Tree arrows are designed to guide you between the posts and are placed every 200-300m. Even though the Trail is well marked, it is possible to miss the directional marking for a variety of reasons. Therefore ensure that you know how to read the map and understand the terrain profiles. Cautionary signage is also used to indicate oncoming hazards or obstacles such as steep descents, water crossings, gates and major road crossings.

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Q: Which way should I do my end-to-end? Mundaring to Albany or Albany to Mundaring?
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This can depend on when you are starting. If you are starting in autumn, we suggest cycling from Albany to Mundaring. This is so that you are riding away from the approaching winter on the south coast. Conversely if you are starting in spring, then ride away from the approaching warmer temperatures in the north and make your way to Albany. There can be other reasons why you might ride in one direction as opposed to another. Taking advantage of our trip planning advice service may help you decide.

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Q: What are the basic safety considerations of cycling in groups?
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Keep your group size manageable; up to 6 people is preferred. Keeping a cycling group together in the bush can sometimes be more difficult than bushwalking, because cycling is a faster activity and people ride at different rates. The most experienced rider in your group should go first, but the leader needs to be aware that he or she will be expected to cycle more slowly and stop more often than they may be used to. The leader will watch for markers and warn about upcoming obstacles for following riders. Another experienced rider (‘cleanup’) must go last ensuring that no one is left behind. The leader should wait for the cleanup or "Tail-End Charlie" to catch up at each major junction. The whole group must ride at the pace of the slowest rider, and if anyone shows signs of tiredness, heat exhaustion or dehydration, rest and drink. This is probably the best excuse to park the bike, get the snacks out and enjoy the bush and the company of the other riders. Keep in sight or vocal contact with the cyclists in front and behind you. If you lose contact, stop and stay where you are until others from the group join you.

If it becomes necessary along the way, you might want to break up into two groups depending on ability and desire for speed. This must be a conscious decision and everyone must be aware of the change. Always notify the ride leader or cleanup if you have to leave the group for any reason.

If you are planning a ride with a group of 8 or more people you will need to first fill out a Notification of Intent form for the Department of Parks and Wildlife. 

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Q: Do I need to notify anyone? What is the Notice of Intent?
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If you are cycling in a group of eight or more, and staying overnight at a campsite, then you are requested to complete the Notice of Intent form (NOI) and lodge it with Parks and Wildlife. The NOI assists us, and the Department of Parks and Wildlife, in considering the needs and enjoyment of other Trail users by preventing overcrowding in campsites and/or potential clashes of expedition dates of groups. While this information remains confidential, it may be used in emergency situations, such as a bushfire. 

Other cyclists do not need to notify us. You are advised to leave your itinerary with a trusted family member or friend, who should contact the police if you don't check in when expected. In the event of an emergency ring 000. 

It is suggested that you always check the latest Trail Conditions and also contact the relevant district office for the latest information before your ride. Their contact details are listed in the relevant Section by Section guide.

Cyclists should always complete the log book at each campsite. This gives vital information regarding your whereabouts to rescue personnel in the event of an emergency.

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Q: Is there a transport service I can use to get my bike and myself to the Trail?
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Transfers to the Trail for up to five bikes and their riders can be arranged through BCT Transfers (1300 763 005). Also, through a partnership with About Bike Hire, you can now hire a bike and have it and yourself transported to the Trail (08 9221 2665).

Alternatively, from Midland Train Station cross to the south side of the tracks and take Yelverton Drive to Clayton Street. Take the first left after the Roe Hwy underpass onto Rason Parade, which turns into Purton Place. The Railway Reserves Heritage Trail exits off Purton Place adjacent to the Bellevue RSL Club, which will be on your right. Ride the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail approximately 12km into Mundaring.

Further information about Munda Biddi transport services can be found here: 
https://www.transwa.wa.gov.au/Travelling-with-Transwa/Destinations
http://www.southwestcoachlines.com.au/timetables/

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Q: Do I need a map?
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Most definitely! Maps can be purchased from this website (members get a 10% discount!) or you can call us on (08) 6336 9699. Maps are also available from the Department of Parks and Wildlife offices in Kensington, Mundaring, Dwellingup and Collie during office hours (8:30 – 16:30 Monday – Friday). Maps are often also available from tourist centres, many bike shops, outdoor stores and bookshops.

Please do not attempt to ride the Trail relying solely on the trail markers and they can be missed or may be missing. 

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Q: What publications and maps are available for the Trail and where can I get them?
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There are nine maps that cover the Trail. In addition there are several publications produced by the Foundation and Parks and Wildlife that will assist you. Please visit our online shop to purchase these.

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Q: Why are maps not available online for free?
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The simple answer is that it takes money to keep a free resource "free". All money raised by the sale of maps and Guidebooks are used solely for the upkeep of the Munda Biddi Trail. Making them available for free would mean that much needed funds would no longer be available to help keep the Trail of a world class standard and free to ride.

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Q: How can I tell how much climbing there is on a Trail from the map?
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The terrain profile on the map is useful to see the overall topography of the Trail route. The terrain profile also indicates the difficulty level of the Trail. Challenging sections contain some steep hills while the easy sections have mainly gentle grades.

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Q: Is a GPS worth the money?
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Although GPS devices can be useful whilst on the Trail, the actual Munda Biddi Trail will not be able to be accessed on these devices, so it’s best to take a map along instead of relying solely on your GPS software. A GPS can be useful to find main roads and nearby towns but be aware that sometimes maps are not always up-to-date and can be misleading. Many people have made the mistake when traveling on relying on electronic GPS devices and, as a result, have ended up stranded due to old software, inadequate signal or battery failure – so make sure that you are prepared!

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Q: Do mobile phones work out on the Trail?
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Increasingly the signal range is getting better. However, even 4G phones have limited reception on the Trail, usually either near towns or on some hill tops. Telstra has the best coverage over the entire length of the Trail. Optus is fair and most others are very poor. Mobile phones should never be used as the primary means of emergency contact. We recommend people carry a PLB (Personal Locating Beacon) or similar on longer rides, particularly if they are cycling on their own. The Foundation hires these out, but people are advised to book them early as they are in high demand.

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Q: Where can I camp overnight?
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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.

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Q: What facilities are provided at the Munda Biddi campsites?
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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.

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Q: Do I need to take a tent on the Trail?
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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. 

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Q: How much water do I need to take per day?
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You will lose a lot of water as you cycle, so don't underestimate the amount of water you need. To avoid dehydration, you should aim to drink at least one 750ml bottle every couple of hours, and even more in the summer months. Attach two water-bottle cages on your bike if possible. Hydropacks are a convenient way to carry water and make it easy to drink while riding. Remember to keep drinking after the day's ride to replenish lost fluids. Adding some cordial, fruit juice or sports drink can help replenish sugar levels and body salts. Located at each campsite are rainwater tanks, the purity of this water cannot be guaranteed so always treat the water first. Purifying options include boiling, filtration and using purification tablets.

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Q: Do I need to sterilise the water from the water tanks?
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Yes. The purity of water from any source cannot be guaranteed. Cyclists are responsible for treating their own drinking water. Options include boiling, mechanical filtration and using purification tablets. We recommend treating water with chemical sterilisers or with a UV light such as a Steripen. You can contact our equipment sponsors for other suggestions. 

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Q: What is the maximum group number allowed at a campsite?
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Groups of 10 or more cannot occupy the sleeping shelter before 6pm. In the interests of minimum impact, large organised tour groups, schools and clubs are asked to use the nearby vehicle-based forest campsites whenever possible. Contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife for more information.

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Q: Can I drive to a campsite?
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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

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Q: Can I camp anywhere along the Trail?
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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!

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Q: Can I ride the Trail but sleep in a soft bed each night?
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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.

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Q: Are fires allowed at campsites?
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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 1800 709 355 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.

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Q: Is there anywhere I am able to get supplies or get my bike repaired along the Trail?
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The Trail is designed so that it passes through a variety of towns along the ride, usually varying around one day to three days ride between. Due to this it is possible to restock food and drink supplies and carry out any repairs and means you never have to carry more than a couple days worth of food on longer trips. Visit the Cycle Friendly Business Directory for more information on the services available along the Trail. 

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Q: Why can’t I access the Trail using other roads shown on the map?
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The other roads shown are often in disease risk areas (DRA). Use of any vehicle (including bicycles) in DRA is illegal because they spread the destructive ‘dieback’ root disease by transporting spores from the soil. Some roads are not accessible for safety reasons or due to negative impact of vehicles on conservation areas. Support vehicles can only be used on the gazetted (gravel/sealed) roads marked on the map. Cyclists are asked to take the details of any vehicles found in DRA and report the registration, make, model and colour to the Foundation even if they are unsure whether the vehicle is permitted to be there or not.

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Q: When is the best time to ride the Trail with respect to weather and wildflowers?
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Autumn, spring and parts of winter are the best times to cycle the Trail (any time between April and early November). October and November can be hot, cold and all points in between. Overnight temperatures in late winter and early spring can get below freezing in some areas. Rain usually starts in May (earlier in the south) and the wettest months are July and August. In the northern half we tend to get heavy rain then it stops, although there can be lots of drizzle along the south coast.

It is recommended that beginner cyclists avoid riding during the hotter months from December to March. Remember to always carry warm clothing when camping out, even in summer, because the evening temperatures can drop rapidly.

Spring in the jarrah forest is a true delight with the wildflowers in bloom. The wildflower season starts in the north about August and gradually blossom from then on heading south. September and October tend to be the peak times but this can be earlier or later depending on the season in any particular year. The flowers vary along the Trail in terms of variety, abundance and season.

We avoid running events during the Western Australian summer months (December through to February) and do not recommend riders attempt the MBT during this time. Apart from the ever present threat of bush fire, the Trail is not at its best, being very dry and the pea gravel (refer to the recent FB post on pea gravel) makes for unpleasant, hazardous riding.

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Q: Why do I see Dieback Free signs and what am I supposed to do?
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Even though the Munda Biddi Trail does not pass through the designated Dieback Disease Risk Area (the red hashed area marked the map), the Trail does pass through some small pockets of clean or disease-free bushland. Along the Trail there are areas currently signed 'Dieback Free' between Jarrahdale Rd and the Balmoral POW camp. People cycling in this area should not be alarmed by the signage; it's primarily aimed at earthmoving and harvesting contractors. However cyclists are encouraged to stay on the trail at all times and you can reduce your risk of spreading the disease by brushing down your tyres before entering these areas.

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Q: What if I get lost, sick or injured?
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A lone cyclist who is ill or injured should STAY ON THE TRAIL even if it means spending an unplanned night in the forest. Camp close to the Trail so that you can be easily found. You should leave details of your planned itinerary with a reliable contact at home who will alert the police if you fail to make contact or turn up at an agreed time and they are concerned for your safety.

The Police are the agency responsible for search and rescue in WA and can be contacted by ringing 000. They will usually involve the Department of Parks and Wildlife in searches on the Trail.

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Q: Can I hike, or ride a motorcycle or horse on the Trail?
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You are allowed to walk the Munda Biddi Trail if you wish to, just keep in mind that it is a bike trail designed specifically for the use of bikes and bike riders, and so be sure to take care when doing so. Be sure to keep an eye out for bikes on the trail and move to a safe distance off the trail if necessary to avoid collisions, remember it is likely they are travelling at a much faster pace!

Also due to the huts being spaced at a distance designed to suit a day’s ride, they may be a bit too far apart to be walking from hut to hut to camp so keep that in mind if planning to walk overnight. For trails more suited to walking, visit Trail Talk, Western Australia’s premier trails social network, part of TopTrailsWA.

Under the Conservation and Land Management Act, motorcycles are defined as vehicles and therefore are only allowed to use existing gazetted/public roads. The Munda Biddi Trail uses many sections of ungazetted/private trails where the use of motorcycles is illegal. Much of the remaining Munda Biddi Trail is unsuitable to motorcycle use due to the surface of the track. Motorcycles would also be hazardous to cyclists and hikers due to their speed on narrow sections of the Trail.

The majority of the Munda Biddi Trail is not open to equestrian riders and horses are not permitted on any section of purpose built track on the Trail. There is an 8 km section of dual usage trail between Elleker and Torbay called the Torbay Rail Trail. This section, which is now part of the Munda Biddi Trail, has been developed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife in conjunction with the Torbay Catchment Group and is suitable for equestrian riders, walkers and cyclists. Information on horse friendly trails in WA can be found on the TopTrailsWA website.

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Q: Can I take my dog on the Trail?
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No. Dogs are not permitted in drinking water catchment areas, national and conservation parks or nature reserves whether on or off the lead. A good portion of the Trail falls into these categories. Many areas along the Trail are periodically baited with 1080 bait that, if taken by a dog, would be fatal.

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Q: Are there any snakes on the Trail?
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Snakes are common along the length of the Trail yet rarely seen. If you do see a snake on the Trail, approach with caution. Quite often the snake will feel surface vibrations and move away before you even recognise it’s there. Tiger snakes, which are highly venomous, are fairly common near swamps, wetlands and karri forest while dugites occur in drier areas. 

Beware walking through thick undergrowth and ensure that your first aid kit includes a snakebite bandage. See the first aid tips in our Health, Hygiene and Safety page.

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Q: What pests are there?
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March flies and ticks in late spring or summer, mosquitoes, sand flies and midges are common most of the year in varying quantities. Insect repellent or covering up is recommended. A mosquito net is also useful in the open fronted shelters or some cyclists use the shell (sealed inner) from their tent. Protection from mosquitoes is essential to prevent possible infection with Ross River Virus. Yet another reason to carry a tent with you! Refer to the Health, Hygiene and Safety webpage for more information on pests.

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Q: What sort of weather can I expect on my ride?
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You might want to check out the weather history for each of the sections you are going to ride. The weather link in each of the Section by Section Guides will give you averages and history of weather for that town (temperatures and rainfall) as well as a seven day forecast.

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Q: I don’t own a bike, is there anywhere I could hire one along the Munda Biddi Trail?
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If you would like to experience the Trail but don't own a bike, hire is available from several businesses along the Trail. Visit the CFB Directory for a more detailed list of businesses along the Trail.

Perth
About Bike Hire
Phone: (08) 9221 2665 or email

Munda Biddi Mountain Bike Hire
Phone: 0429 924 691

Rock and Roll Mountain Biking
Phone: 0410 949 182 or email

Dwellingup
Dwellingup Adventures
Phone: 08 9538 1127 or email

Pemberton
Endless Trails Outdoor Adventures
Phone: 0409 053 052

Denmark
Out of Sight Tours
Phone: 08 9848 2814 

Albany
Albany Bicycle Hire
Phone: 08 9842 2468

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Q: How can I minimise my impact on the environment?
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Cyclists are asked to adhere to the Leave No Trace principles and the Code of Campsite when using the Munda Biddi Trail.

Remember to leave the Trail and its facilities in better condition than you found them. That way you and others will benefit from what the Trail has to offer.

Two tips:

  • Don't put any rubbish into the fire pit or the toilet (you bring it in, you take it out).
  • Don't throw organic matter into the bush (eg apple cores) as it greatly impacts on the health and indeed survival of our native animals.

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Q: What animals am I likely to see whilst out on the Trail?
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It is likely you may come across a variety of different animals on the Trail, especially if you are camping overnight as most are nocturnal. Some animals on the trail may include the western grey kangaroo, brushtail possum, Gilbert's potoroo, tammar wallaby, numbat, woylie, chuditch, dibbler, brush-tailed phascogale, western pygmy possum, western brush wallaby and the western ringtail possum to name a few. Birds are more commonly seen due to being around during the day and include twenty-eight parrots, galahs, magpies, spinifex pigeons, kookaburras, Carnaby's (Short-billed) and Baudin's (Long-billed) cockatoos, western corella, red-capped parrot, western rosella, western wattlebird, western spinebill, red-winged fairy-wren, red-eared firetail, western thornbill, white-breasted robin and the western bristlebird.

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Q: What flowers may I see when on the Trail?
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Depending on the season and area, you may come across the following types of wildflowers whilst riding the Trail: glow wattle, common cats paw, kangaroo paw, sticky tail flower, woolly, scarlet, firewood, oakleaved, cut leaf, sceptre and showy banksia, swamp bottlebrush, aniseed boronia, wispy spider orchid, waxflower, cowslip, pink fairies and vanilla orchid, karri dampiera, Cranbrook bell, donkey orchid, bridal rainbow, wedge leaved dryandra, showy dryandra, pink enamel orchid, mottlecah, rose mallee, Albany blackbutt, coral vine, flame grevillea, pink pokers, emu tree, scarlette runner, hooded lily, rabbit orchid, pixie mops and many more.

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Q: What areas of the Munda Biddi Trail are best suited to beginners or families with children?
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For more laid back, simple rides on the trail, the following rides are rated as easy (classified by level of difficulty based on distance, level of terrain and surface conditions).

Mundaring/Sculpture Park to Mundaring Weir (8km): Map 1
Westons Rd to Brookton Hwy (13km): Map 1
Gleneagle Picnic Area to Balmoral (16.5km): Map 1
Jarrahdale to Balmoral (great family ride, 13km): Map 1
Marrinup to Dwellingup (5km): Map 2
Nanga to Bidjar Ngoulin campground (12km): Map 3
Logue Brook Picnic Area to Stromlo Road (15 km): Map 3
Myles Ave to Lancaster Rd (through Yarri campground, 16km): Map 3
Collie to Mornington Rd (15.5km): Map 4
Nala Mia campground to Claymore Rd (15.7km): Map 4

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Q: What do I do with my rubbish whilst on the Trail?
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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

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Q: Where can I find someone to teach me how to cycle off-road?
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There are currently a few options, and we expect more to develop as awareness of the Munda Biddi Trail increases.

Rock'N'Roll Mountain Biking Club run skills clinics - contact Mark and Jen Wardle for more information. Nearer to Nature runs a wide range of inventive, fun outdoor activities out of The Hills Forest Discovery Centre Allens Rd off Mundaring Weir Road, Mundaring. Bookings 9295 2244.

The Munda Biddi Trail Foundation runs Trip Planning Nights that will describe what to expect and help you prepare. Check the events page for upcoming events.

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Q: How can I meet other riders of the Munda Biddi Trail?
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Riding out on the Munda Biddi Trail with a group is a lot safer and more fun! Here are some ideas for getting in touch with other keen cyclists:

1. Join us on an event

The Foundation holds events throughout the year including rides for families, over 55's, experienced riders and ladies only. We also have weekend getaways, mechanics clinics and trip planning nights so there really is something for everyone. It's a great way to get started out on the Trail in a supported environment while meeting other riders!

2. Follow us on social media

Trail Talk - Western Australia's premier trails social network, with information on trails, events and opportunities to meet other users of Western Australia's top 50 trails! Part of TopTrailsWA.
Facebook -  Meet other Munda Biddi Trail enthusiasts and help spread the word to your friends that aren't already cycling!
Twitter -  Tweet all about it! Keep up to date with news on and around the Trail. Why not tweet your latest ride out on the Munda Biddi Trail or see what other users have to say! (#mundabiddi)

3. Check out other local cycling clubs and events

Western Australian Mountain Bike Association
Bicycling Western Australia
Perth Mountain Bike Club
Cycling Western Australia

4. Become a member and post an ad on our online Notice Board.

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Q: What is Parks and Wildlife?
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The Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM), the manager of the Munda Biddi Trail, and the Department of Environment (DoE) amalgamated on July 1st 2006 to become the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC). On July 1st 2013 the name was changed to the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Whilst the Department of Parks and Wildlife continues to act as the manager of the Trail, the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation, a non-profit organisation, ensures that the Trail remains a long distance off-road cycling trail of international significance and quality.

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Q: What is the symbol on the Trail markers?
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This is the message stick, the symbol of the Munda Biddi Trail. Long before European settlers discovered the South West, indigenous people used kangaroo tracks or munda biddis (bush paths) alongside rivers and across ridge tops in search for food, water and shelter. Many thanks to the Noongar people for allowing us to name the trail ‘Munda Biddi’ and to use a logo that signifies the journey along the South West bush paths. Message sticks, or “boornoo wangkinya” in the Noongar language, were traditionally used by Aboriginal people to share information about gatherings or as a welcoming gift when entering new territories. The Munda Biddi message stick is used along the trail in many forms to communicate the rich heritage of the region.

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Q: How do I commemorate completing the whole Trail?
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Even if you tackle the Trail in stages over many years, once you have cycled the entire length, you are entitled to become a registered end-to-ender

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Q: How can I give something back to the Trail?
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While the Department of Parks and Wildlife manages the Trail, the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation has been established as the friends-of-the-trail organisation. Members have been active in trail construction and sourcing funds for the Trail. As the Trail progressed, the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation's role has been growing and they now organise volunteers to maintain the Trail as well as hold cycling events, giving Trail advice and marketing the Trail. Contact the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation or visit the volunteer pages if you would like to be involved or to support the organisation.

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Q: Who do I give feedback to, and how do I report problems?
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It's extremely important to us to know what cyclists think of the Trail. Don't feel like you're a complainer if you have some feedback. We need to know what's good and what's bad so we can correct the problems. We can't be out on the Trail every day, so we depend on you to be our eyes and ears. Report any situations to the Department of Parks and Wildlife's Tracks & Trails Unit by phone (08) 9334 0265 or email.

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Q: How do I sign up to be a part of the Cycle Friendly Business Program?
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By becoming a Cycle Friendly Business, you agree to offer a range of cyclist friendly services at your business. In return, your business will be promoted through the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation's extensive marketing and promotional initiatives targeted specifically at cycle tourists. You will also become part of a growing network of businesses all working together to increase cycle tourism in WA.

Becoming cycle friendly is easy. The aim is to provide facilities for cyclists to Refresh, Refill, Revitalise, Repair and Ride. It's not expensive and much of the infrastructure may already be established on premise. The following highlights some general Cycle Friendly Business criteria:
Be welcoming to cyclists
Provide a secure and well-located bicycle storage facility
Allow cyclists onto premises in their riding gear
Provide free drinking water

The cost of Cycle Friendly Business accreditation for one year is $250 (note: Visitor Centres are eligible for a reciprocal membership). Visit the Cycle Friendly Business pages for more information.

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