Munda Biddi Trail
||This article is written like a travel guide rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject. (December 2014)|
The name ‘Munda Biddi’ means path through the forest in the Noongar Aboriginal language and there are few places left in the world where a 1000 km track could be built through an undeveloped natural corridor. Combine Western Australia's vast areas of unspoiled forests and bushland, gentle terrain, and year-round cycling weather, and you have the ideal setting for an off-road cycle trail.
Sections of the Trail vary in terms of their difficulty and terrain type but it has stages suitable for everyone’s cycling ability and pace. The trail is easily accessible by car, so you can begin your journey wherever it is convenient and there are free campsites at different points along the trail (although there is occasionally more than a day’s ride between them, so planning in advance is strongly recommended). Detailed maps of the trial are recommended for those using the trail and can be purchased from a number of places, including the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation website
‘Trailblazer’ is the name given to cyclists who complete the Munda Biddi Trail from end-to-end. On 7 April 2013, 24 Trailblazers set out from Albany as part of the Welldrill Munda Biddi Trail ‘Epic 1000’ event - they will become the first people officially logged as completing the trail from end to end and will receive numbered jerseys and their name on a Roll of Honor. Cyclists who wish to undertake this challenge and have their achievement recorded can register with the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation in advance of their journey.
In April 2012, geocaches were placed throughout the Munda Biddi Trail.
The trail is run by the 'Munda Biddi Trail Foundation', a not-for-profit organisation which was formed to assist the Department of Environment and Conservation and other land managers get the trail project off the ground. The foundation continues to be involved in trail development and planning, including managing volunteers, delivering events and trip planning, among other activities.
Stages and maps
Stage 1 - Mundaring to Collie
- Map 1. Mundaring to Jarrahdale
- Map 2. Jarrahdale to Nanga
- Map 3. Nanga to Collie
Stage 2 - Collie to Northcliffe
- Map 4. Collie to Jarrahwood
- Map 5. Jarrahwood to Manjimup
- Map 6. Manjimup - Northcliffe
Stage 3 - Northcliffe to Albany
- Map 7. Northcliffe - Walpole
- Map 8. Walpole - Denmark
- Map 9. Denmark - Albany
The completed Munda Biddi Trail opened end-to-end in April 2013 when it claimed the title of the longest continuous off-road cycle trail of its kind in the world.
- Costello, Verna. (2002) Munda Biddi : pathway through the forest. Landscope (Como, W.A), Summer 2002-03, p. 49-53,