Your Munda Biddi Trail experience will be greatly enhanced with preparation, planning and some knowledge of the basic principles of cycling – fitness, gear, technique and safety. Checking these Trip Planning pages will help with this; they are bursting with useful and important information! They are designed to give you most, if not all, of the information you will need.
Riding the trail can be exhilarating, but can also be difficult in some sections. The most essential element to enjoying your trail experience is to plan a ride that is suitable for your fitness and skill level. While much of the trail terrain is gently undulating, there are some challenging sections and cyclist should prepare for this. Be sure to start with small journeys and increase the kilometres as your fitness increases.
The time it takes to complete each section will depend on your fitness, skill level and whether you are carrying camping gear. Unlike cycling and touring on sealed roads, cycling off-road is different because the trail surfaces vary. Therefore you will need to allow for more time when you plan your trip. As a guide, if you can usually ride 80km a day on sealed roads or bike paths, you should only aim to cycle 40-50km off-road.
The Foundation has prepared some additional resources to help you plan your ride:
- Trip Planning Overview
- Trail Distances
- Trail Towns
- Trail Facilities
- Trail Conditions
- What to Take
- Day Trips
- Multi-Day / End-to-End
The Parks and Wildlife Services have developed free digital map files of the Munda Biddi trail however both the Foundation and Parks and Wildlife recommend these are to be used in conjunction with the hardcopy maps. Do not rely purely on any electronic equipment - batteries might go flat, the device may fail or break, and can be unreliable in areas of little to no network coverage. In addition the digital maps do not include any trail diversions that may be constructed.
We recommend before and during your adventure that you check the Parks and Wildlife website for any trail diversions, closures and prescribed burns - current trail conditions. These realignments are developed for your safety. Each diversion will be marked and signage placed at either end on the trail.
Ron Colman is the Director of the Munda Biddi Shuttle Service. He is also was a former member of the Foundation’s Board. The Munda Biddi Shuttle is a dedicated regular shuttle service taking riders from Perth director to Albany. Just in case you want to take a look at what type of transport that could be provided for.
The guys of Cycle Bespoke in Bayswater, are a bike shop specialising in bike packing and touring. Chris and Brad have both completed end to end trips and are passionate, enthusiastic and really know their stuff! They also sell the Munda Biddi Trail maps at Cycles Bespoke.