Location: Mundaring to Brookton Highway
Trail Marker: Blue Triangle with Munda Biddi symbol
Duration: 4 - 5 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Rode: 6th January 2018
Kml Map File: Please click here.
Dave has wanted to ride the Munda Biddi Trail for quite some time but was in need of a little encouragement. The sad tragic news of a 14 year old girl from the NT who took her own life on the 3rd January, to escape cyber bullying hit us hard. Dave and myself have both been victims of bullying in our younger days and our 11 year old daughter has had to deal with bullying already. So for Dolly and our daughter Sophie, Dave decided to ride the Munda Biddi and raise money for the Dolly's Dream Foundation, a charity group established by family and friends of Dolly Everett.
Just a few days after Dolly's passing, Dave began his Munda Biddi experience. As a FIFO worker it had to be done in sections as his time was limited and it's his first attempt at serious Mountain Biking so he has to play it smart and take it easy to reduce the risk of injury.
Read about his journey below.
The first section was the trailhead at Mundaring to Brookton Highway, a 49km adventure. Setting off from Mundaring driving up Greenmount hill, I was filled with excitement and a belly of butterflies thinking of this crazy adventure I was about to embark on. Chelle dropped me off and the plan was she would pick me up from Brookton Highway later that day. The start was quite easy riding through the park and into the forest as it was down hill and compact ground. I travelled light as it was only a day trip with some snack food - nuts, fruit and 3ltrs of water.
As you leave the park about 15 min into the ride you come across a picnic area on the right side that has a toilet stop. The trail goes away from the road only to come back a little further on where you cross and go though the back of some old properties.
It was quiet relaxing. You cross the road 2 more times and then come to Fred Jacoby Park where the oldest oak tree stands tall in the middle of the park. Follow the trail to the round about and head to the pub. I should have stopped for a coldy but it was still early in the morning so I pressed on down the hill back onto Mundaring Weir Rd and made a left turn heading down the hill again. It can be a busy road so be mindful of cars and look for the marker as its on the right.
Now it begins to get a little serious with a bit of up hill work along fire breaks and goat tracks. You come across a beautiful wetland from the catchment where I had a rest to see if there were any turtles. Now for some big climbs or bike pushing through some rutted tracks where I had my first 'why am I doing this moment' but take your time and enjoy the scenery as most people don't see these areas.
At this stage my saying was 'What goes up must come down' as down hill is more fun. Follow the markers through till you come to the mountain bike area. Lookout for the fast bikers cause the tracks cross each other and you wouldn't want to collide here. Pea gravel will start around these areas, wonderful loose gravel that will bog you down, very easy to lose control of your front wheel. Your now in the bush for the rest of the way to make sure to stop and enjoy the silence.
These areas have long ascents and your legs will burn so don't be afraid to walk the bike. They say the first two maps are the hardest. Wind your way through the forest till you come to Pickering Brook. Pick some fruit from The Fruit Corner (if in season) and then head up another steep hill but this is sealed road, your legs will still hate you but it's not far to go now till Brookton Highway.
I came across an old car left in the bush as I was riding along side a gravel road which quickly switched back to thick bush again. The first Hut, Carinyah is just up the track. The hut was constructed by the Department of the Justice (Karnet Prison Crew) and Perth Hills CALM staff in April 2003, and contains rainwater tanks and bunks to set up your bedding, or there are small tent areas to camp in but as I'm not stopping here I press on as Brookton Highway is only another 10km down the road. Make sure you stop to sign the visitors book though, it was a great chance to read other people's stories.
I pressed on anxious to get this first section completed. The trail winds through the bush with highway traffic in the distance so I thought I was closer then I actually was as I still had 2kms to go.
A fantastic first experience on the Munda Biddi. I don't have the flashest mountain bike but it did the trick. Looking forward to the Brookton Highway to Jarrahdale in just over a week.
Hopefully this post inspires you to visit and if so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the trail. Please feel free to tag us in your adventures.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we walk, the traditional lands of the first nations people & wish to acknowledge them as traditional owners paying respects to their Elders, past & present, and Elders from other communities who may be here today.