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Credit: Munda Biddi signage - Miles Arbour (Bikepacking.com)
You can safely find your way along the Munda Biddi Trail using the following tools:
Both MBTF and DBCA recommends 1,2,3 as the primary sources of navigation.
To support your Trail planning, become a Foundation member and access the Online Ride Planner.
Please take the time to read the navigation and safety advice below.
Leading the Way through Boodja (country)The trail route is marked by distinct directional blue arrows on yellow posts, featuring the Munda Biddi 'message stick' symbol. The yellow posts can be easily seen while riding through the forest and in low light.
What is the best navigation tool to use?
Combined, the Maps and the App are the essential Munda Biddi navigation tools.
The App is a complete “how to” guide for planning and preparing to ride the Trail and an excellent on-route reference for places along the Trail. At $24.99 it is great value and an essential trail riders tool with an active map that can work offline, using GPS to show the route and pinpoint your location when riding. The App is more than a map and navigation guide.
For basic alignment data the Parks and Wildlife Service provides GPX/KML files. Please carefully consider your sources of other online information and the currency of data.The Trail travels through remote areas and trail and environmental conditions can change rapidly, these sources maybe unreliable.
IMPORTANT NAVIGATION CONSIDERATIONS
Do not rely entirely on digital forms of navigation. Failure of these technologies may result in misadventure. We recommend the combined use of both the Trail maps and the Trail App together.
Preparing to ride the Trail
For novice Munda Biddi riders, start out with an easy-to-navigate section close to a town, or practice on a well-signposted loop trail. Close to Perth, we suggest the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail for some smooth gravel riding, or the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Circuit. There is a wealth of information on the TrailsWA website.
Prior to starting the Trail
Get in the habit of checking the following websites to ensure you can access the most up-to-date information when you are riding the Munda Biddi. These sites are updated regularly by different levels of Government and are free of charge. We recommend that when you are on the Trail you periodically check these sites for the latest information.
Trail Diversions and Realignments
The Munda Biddi Trail App, via collaboration with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation and DBCA, is usually updated to show the latest route and longer-term temporary redirections within a week or so of a change in the Trail route. DBCA does not officially guarantee the App is up to date. The official route is regularly diverted for various reasons, including construction, trail damage, flooding, forestry operations, bushfires etc.
These diversions are communicated on the ground by the Munda Biddi trail markers and temporary signs with detailed maps posted at the location. Diversions are also published via Park Alerts, although there can be some lag between conditions on the ground and the website.
DBCA’s GPX and KMZ files are not updated with temporary diversions.
There are ongoing works to improve the Munda Biddi, including minor
and major realignments, which may take time to be reflected on the
official paper maps.
Permanent realignments that are not shown in the latest available map version (because they were implemented after map production) are posted on Park Alerts.
Permanent realignments are automatically shown on the Munda Biddi Trail App shortly after completion (Apps purchased before the realignment update to show the latest).
If you use paper maps, DBCA strongly recommends you mark them up with these realignments or print out the current alerts relevant to your Munda Biddi trip before your journey. If you use outdated maps, you can correct them using the archive of permanent realignments at this link below.
The maps have transitioned to a new series of 7 maps (previously 9), with all new maps now available. The maps are available for sale direct from our Biddi Shop, various bike shops and visitor centres.
New TRAIL MAP Series
There are also two alternative routes that are available to ride as seperate trails off the Munda Biddi Trail.
Munda Biddi Trail App features..
There are a multitude of devices such as the Garmin Inreach & Spot Tracker, that allow you to send SOS messages and texts via satellite networks, which will cover you where mobile phone signals don't. In most cases these devices allow you to communicate with your loved ones and let them locate your dot on a map (hence the term ‘dot watching,’ for ultra-endurance races.) You will need an active subscription to access these features on the device you choose. Check out some recent info, including 2022 reviews here, and get some more context on this style of device here.The Foundation hires out Garmin Inreach Mini devices, more information is available here.
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