The concept of a long distance off-road cycle trail formed back in the mid 1990s during the refurbishment of the Bibbulmun Track. Initially driven by the West Australian Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) and a small group of passionate off-road cyclists called the ‘Friends of the Harwood Trail’, funding was sought from LotteryWest to investigate the feasibility of developing a “sustainable, world-class, long distance off-road cycle trail that showcases the unique natural and cultural features of the state’s South West, while enhancing the quality of life for all Western Australians and the visitors it attracts”.
In late 1999, a Development Plan was completed and the Department of Conservation and Land Management (now the Department of Parks and Wildilfe) accepted the role of Trail Managers, commencing construction in January 2001. In December 2000 the Trail was renamed to the Munda Biddi Trail (meaning ‘path through the forest’ in the Aboriginal Noongar language) and the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation Incorporated was formed to assist CALM and other land managers to get the Trail project off the ground.
In July 2004, the dream of creating Western Australia’s first long distance off-road cycling trail came into fruition through the efforts of many dedicated volunteers as well as visionary government and community representatives. The first stage of the Trail was opened from Mundaring to Collie, covering a distance of 332km.
The end of 2008 brought with it the half way mark for the Trail with construction finishing on the latest section which stretched 140km from Collie to Jarrahwood. In Jarrahwood the Trail joined the existing 26km Sidings Rail Trail taking it to Nannup and halfway to the final destination: Albany!
From that point to the beginning of April 2013, construction continued on the Trail. On the 7th April 2013 the first cyclists set out from Albany to complete the inaugural end-to-end ride, with the Trail officially being opened in Mundaring on the 28th April 2013.
Now there are over 21,000 visitors coming each year from all over the world to experience this cycle tourism bush adventure. Today the Trail stretched over 1000km from Mundaring to Albany, boasting a range of purpose built cycling facilities and traversing a wide range of forest and coastal landscapes.