Use the Day Trips list for day cyclists as the basis and add the following list for overnight ride considerations.
You will still require an official map. Hard copy maps available online here and digital route files for your bike computer available here. Whilst more and more people are enjoying the ease of using bike computers, we still recommend taking hard copy maps as devices can fail and reception is also poor in some areas.
Decide how far and for how long you want to cycle based upon how many days/nights you wish to ride, the weight of your load (which gets heavier with each day's food), the ability of the weakest or slowest rider in your group, the legal access points and the weather.
Decide whether you are able to do a straight through ride from one point to another (eg town to town or access point to access point) or a return ride (to the campsite and back the next day, for example).
A larger and well stocked first aid kit and blister kit (Fixomul etc) with provisions based on how long you are going to be riding, how many in your group, how remote your trip is from help and how well trained you are (people with little training go through a lot more).
Emergency device (eg a PLB). Do not rely on getting a signal on your mobile phone.
A tent. Whilst you can utliise a Munda Biddi Hut in place of a tent and campsite on overnight trips, you may like to use this as a good opportunity to test out your equipment and see how well your tent/sleeping mats/sleeping bag fares in the outdoor conditions.
If you drive or take a bus to a town some distance from where you live, then you might not have time to travel and also ride to the first campsite. Staying is a town the night before ensures you are refreshed and have plenty of time to ride to the first campsite. Likewise, when you finish your ride you will probably be too tired for the long drive home or not be able to take a bus until the next day.
Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return.
To be classified as an End-to-Ender you need to have cycled the entire length of the Trail. Whether you do this in one go, or in stages over many years (a sectional end-to-end) makes no difference. It doesn’t matter if you ride some sections from north to south and others from south to north. The important thing is that you have ridden every metre of the Trail!
Planning your end-to-end
Did you know that you can only get food from the Trail towns and that the variety of supplies suitable for cyclists can be limited? Some people think that food is available at the campsites! You need to find out what you don't know!
Trip Planning Nights
The Foundation holds an a number of Trip Planning Nights each year for those thinking of embarking on an end-to-end ride. This is a great way to get started with your planning and help you discover what you don't know! Check our Events Calendar or contact the Foundation for the next one!
Personal Location Beacons (PLBs)
Personal Location Beacons (PLBs) can be hired from the Bibbulmun Track.
The gear you take on your end-to-end won't differ too much from that which you take on an overnight trip. You will need to consider weight, bulk and longevity of the items (eg torch batteries). Start with our equipment list for multi-day trips. The best suggestion we can give beginners is do some overnight rides first and get used to your gear. Learn what works for you and what doesn't, what is appropriate and what isn't.
Not only will you need to think about the type of food you take and indeed develop a menu plan, but you will also need to think about possible food drops. Whilst it is possible to just rely on resupplying in the towns, consider that your first town (Jarrahdale) from the Northern terminus in Mundaring is 103km away! You will also need to make sure the fuel stove you take is right for you. You will need to take a fuel stove. Don't rely on being able to cook on fires at campsites as many campsites have a year round total fire ban.
Support and Food Drops
If you are lucky enough to have someone joining you or meeting you with food and other supplies on your ride, you need to know where they are permitted to access the Trail. No vehicles are permitted at any campsites or on many roads that cross the Trail. The access points shown on this website or the ones shown on the official Munda Biddi Trail maps by a red or green car are the only legal access points people can use.
Other Things You Need to Consider
- Are you going to take the nine Munda Biddi Trail maps? Tip: don't carry the ones you don't need, have them sent ahead.
- How are you getting to and from the Northern and Southern Terminus or indeed to some of the other Trail towns for a sectional end-to-end? Public transport is not available to all towns. See our FAQs for options.
- Where will you stay in each of the Trail Towns? There are no Munda Biddi Trail campsites in the towns. You will need to look into accommodation options. You'll find a number of accommodation options using the links provided in our Trail Towns pages.
- How much water will you carry each day? You can fill up at each campsite from the rainwater tank but you will need to treat the water. See FAQs to learn more.
- What kind of tent should you take? Should you take a tent? See our Camping, Huts and Other Accommodation page to learn more.
- What is your training plan? At the very least you should plan to ride a few short sections of the Trail to establish a cycling routine, test your gear and check the appropriateness of your food.
- Put into place some safety measures by leaving your itinerary with someone responsible at home and ensure regular contact, carry a PLB (don't rely on mobile phones), carry an appropriate first aid kit, be first aid trained and ensure you fill out the green log book at each campsite. The Police are the first point of contact in an emergency. See our Safety page to learn more.
- EFTPOS facilities and ATMs may not be available at all towns so carry sufficient cash for your trip for supplies, phone calls etc.
- Rubbish - there are no bins on the Trail. If you pack it in, then you pack it out. Foil and cans don’t burn and plastic bags release toxins into the atmosphere when burnt - so please don't do it. Leave No Trace!
When you Finish
Register your end-to-end!
The Foundation relies on funding from various sources including sponsorship and grants. Access to funding is often dependent on demonstrating how many people use the Munda Biddi Trail. Registering your end-to-end can assist us in attracting funds to ensure the Munda Biddi Trail remains a long distance off-road cycling trail of international significance and quality. It also means that you will be invited to join us at the next reunion!
To register your end to end, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following details:
- Start and end dates of your ride
- Full Name
- A write up of your adventure if you wish us to share it! This can be sent in the body of the email or attached as a Word document. A couple of good quality photos are always great to include.