Munda Biddi and Marrinup Trail, Dwellingup

  Winter has moved on into Perth and with the exception of squally wet days, there is the opportunity for some favourable mountain biking conditions because in all honesty, winter in this city is not all that miserable making available days of whisper wind and some sunshine. Celebrating Western Australia Day, we road tripped down to the forest town of Dwellingup for a trail ride along the Munda Biddi and Marrinup Circuit. Our motivations ...

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The Black Cockatoos unique to Western Australia

On an unusually wintry spring morning we travelled to Martin for the tour day weekend held at Kaarakin, a West Australian Black Cockatoo conservation centre. If you've followed my instagram account you may have noticed a couple of photos of a largish black bird. This is because a flock of Forest Red tailed Black-Cockatoos have taken a keen liking to the Cape Lilac tree in the backyard. Watching their daily comings and goings over a ...

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MTB Jarrahwood to Nannup – Munda Biddi & Old Timberline Rail Trail

Carrying on from our camping in Nannup post we spent a day exploring the local national park on bikes.  Only a few metres from the main street in Nannup, off road cyclists and hikers have access to 3 trails covering over 40 kilometres through forest and bushland from the towns of Jarrahwood and Nannup. The Munda Biddi continues south from Nannup to Donnelly River, a small holiday village enveloped in ...

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Mountain Bike Morning – Mundaring Weir Hotel to Camel Farm

Watching the weather all week and hoping for a break of rain, we were super excited when that day came over the weekend. And so we loaded the bikes into the car and headed up to the Kalamunda Mountain Bike trails. We soon changed our plans thinking a cross country ride might be better given the rainfall and the chance of encountering slippery jumps. Fortunately Kalamunda and the surrounding Mundaring area offers plenty of ...

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Buying Lightweight Camping Gear

Camping is a load of fun and it's more or less a cheaper way to travel close to home, or far from home.  In Australia, we are fortunate to have a range of camping specific stores, like BCF, Ray's Outdoors, Kathmandu, Mountain Designs, and the list goes on. Browsing around for gear for the Munda Biddi trip appeared to be a little different than your average camper van holiday, mainly because of ...

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Review: Vango Halo 300 3 Person Tent

If you've been reading the blog lately, you may have noticed a couple of camping posts. We have been having a load of fun discovering the perks of camping and the number of beautiful camping spots, hiking and biking trails in Western Australia. While I have a foodie and travel bucket list, it seems I now have a growing camping bucket list! What's your favourite camping spot in Western Australia? Purchasing a tent ...

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Mountain biking the Munda Biddi

The Munda Biddi Trail is an adventurous 1,000km off road mountain bike trail stretching from Mundaring to Albany. It meanders through all sorts of terrain and some incredible forest systems. There are unenclosed huts with basic toilets along the trail or alternatively the trail passes through small towns, giving riders an opportunity to spend the night and stock up on supplies. We completed a small portion of the trail in the southwest section of Western Australia ...

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Day 3 – Manjimup to Donnelly River

This morning we woke before dawn to the rumblings of a truck idling nearby, a contrast to waking up in the forest yesterday. We had spent the night in Manjimup at the Caravan Park. It was much colder overnight and this morning the tent was covered in moisture and steam rising from the hit of the sun's rays. All I can say is a 4 season tent was worth the ...

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Day 2; Karta Barnu to Manjimup

This morning I woke with the sun and excitably poked my head out of the tent reminding myself where I was -  in the middle of the forest in Western Australia's south west. It was quiet and not even a stir from the birds. I walked around briefly snapping a couple of photos of the morning scene and then climbed back into the tent, falling asleep for an hour or so. ...

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Donnelly River to Karta Barnu, Munda Biddi Trail

Having arrived in the holiday village of Donnelly River the evening before, the following morning we woke refreshed and ready to begin the 23 km mountain bike ride with trailers. Spending the night in the mill cottage turned out to be a great idea, entailing an evening by the fire and a nice big steak for dinner. We prepare the bikes and trailers under the watchful eyes of the local emus, ...

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