How is the Trail marked?
Q: How is the Trail marked?
There are two types of Trail markers — those located on yellow posts and on trees. Both use blue triangular markers with the reflective yellow Munda Biddi symbol. As a general rule the posts are situated every 1km or when required at critical intersections. Tree arrows are designed to guide you between the posts and are placed every 200-300m. Even though the Trail is well marked, it is possible to miss the directional marking for a variety of reasons. Therefore ensure that you know how to read the map and understand the terrain profiles. Cautionary signage is also used to indicate oncoming hazards or obstacles such as steep descents, water crossings, gates and major road crossings.
Q: What is the symbol on the Trail markers?
This is the message stick, the symbol of the Munda Biddi Trail. Long before European settlers discovered the South West, indigenous people used kangaroo tracks or munda biddis (bush paths) alongside rivers and across ridge tops in search for food, water and shelter. Many thanks to the Noongar people for allowing us to name the trail ‘Munda Biddi’ and to use a logo that signifies the journey along the South West bush paths. Message sticks, or “boornoo wangkinya” in the Noongar language, were traditionally used by Aboriginal people to share information about gatherings or as a welcoming gift when entering new territories. The Munda Biddi message stick is used along the trail in many forms to communicate the rich heritage of the region.