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Credit: Miles Arbour (bikepacking.com)
The Munda Biddi Trail is Western Australia's world-class nature-based adventure cycling experience.
Planning your Trail Ride
Your Trail experience, whether a day ride or end to end, will be greatly enhanced with preparation, planning and some knowledge of the basic principles of cycling fitness, bike gear, technique and safety. You can find useful and important information on the maps, Trail App and by becoming a Foundation member you can get exclusive access to the Online Ride Planner.
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Riding the Trail can be exhilarating as it winds around forest tracks, rail formations and single track. Regardless, there are some more challenging sections where the trail enters and exits river valleys, especially in the Darling Scarp. The changing trail surfaces also adds to the journey as it rides over pea gravel, sand and loamy soils. Be mindful that the change of seasons can also affect this. The summer in WA (Nov-March) can be very hot and dry, affecting the condition of the Trail. Be mindful when riding in these conditions and make allowances for extra water and time to ride.
The most essential element to enjoying your Trail experience is to plan a ride that is suitable for your fitness and cycling skill level. While much of the Trail terrain is gently undulating, there are some challenging sections and cyclists 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. You will need to allow for more time when you plan your trip. As a guide, if you can usually ride 60 km a day on sealed roads or bike paths, you should only aim to cycle 30-40km off-road.
Where to stay?
What makes this Trail so unique is its indigenous named purpose built huts/campsites along the route. There are 12 along the the length of the Trail, located between towns where there is no accomodation facilities and water sources.Trail riders can use these campsites free of charge, however we ask that you don't light fires and leave them clean and tidy after you leave. Many trail riders combine the town accomodation and campsites for overnight rides or end to end trips.
Finding your way
The key to navigating the Munda Biddi Trail is to follow the unique trail markers in conjunction with the official Trail maps and Trail App. Both are terrific navigation resources; the App has the added benefit of working offline and uses GPS to show the route and your location. Further information can be found in the Navigation section.
While you may not think it's necessary to carry a map, if you have a GPS or App, misadventures can happen when riders rely on single electronic device for navigation – the battery might go flat, or the device may fail, be lost or break. Sourcing data from other free online sources may not also be reliable as the route data/alignment may be outdated, and they can be unreliable in areas with little to no network coverage.
The Parks and Wildlife Services have developed free GMX digital map files of the Munda Biddi Trail. Check the Parks and Wildlife website for any trail diversions, closures, prescribed burns and current trail conditions before and during your adventure. These realignments are developed for your safety. Each diversion will be marked and there will be signage placed at either end on the Trail.