Resources along the Trail:

(See my separate page on the Munda Biddi Campsites for more information on the twelve huts here)

I find the visitor centres in each town a great source of local information. It is no coincidence that the Munda Biddi Trail will often stop at the visitor centre when in town. They can advise you on where to stay, where to eat, and places of interest. Many have cycle specific brochures and Munda Biddi maps. Most visitor centres are open 7 days a week and are worth dropping in to.

Another excellent source for locating accommodation in the Perth region is Experience Perth. This website also has fabulous suggestions of things to do, attractions, activities and tours for when you are not riding. The areas it covers that are relevant to many of my rides is the Perth metro area (and lots of the coast), the Swan and Avon Valleys, the Perth Hills, Armadale down to Mandurah and the Peel region.

Water along the Trail

You will most probably consume a lot more water than you may expect, even in cooler months. In Summer, you could consume enormous amounts (the most I have drunk in a day is 7 litres!). Do not plan to get water at any streams on the map, as they are usually dry. Signs pointing to water are usually for fire fighting purposes, so only usable in desperate situations. Water is at huts or towns only (recommended that it is treated at huts), and even DPaW says they do not guarantee water will be at the huts (I have never seen empty or even very low tanks, but it may happen).

The water tanks at the huts are designed to keep the water as clean as possible, with gutter guards and no access for wildlife. However, the water tanks are clearly marked that water should be treated before drinking. Most of the water out of the tanks I have had is cool, clean and fresh. I noted some tanks had water that was tinged brown, which I expected was caused by the tannin released by leaves in the gutter (this tea colour is the reason many WA streams are brown, and how tea trees get their name). I noted on Map 3 in the May 2014 diary the water was green coloured, so I treated that water before drinking it and had no ill effects. My experience (yours may not be the same) is that in the first 20 nights I have stayed at huts, I drank the water without any sort of treatment and I had no ill effects. I think the popular sterilising methods are boiling or by using water treatment tablets (they can leave a taste in the water). I have now purchased a Steripen filter and UV steriliser pen, and treat every bottle of water. Still no ill effects. I do know of one rider who claimed to have been infected by giardiasis from drinking untreated water from the tanks.

Supplies along the way

Here is a summary on each town along the Trail to help you with your trip planning (consult each map page for more detail, or the local visitors centre). Remember that some of these towns can be quite small, so shopping hours maybe as short as 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Even pubs may have last dinner orders by 7.30pm, after which you may have no other options for food at all!

Mundaring is a Perth hills township on the out skirts of the metro area. It has most services including a supermarket, many eating out and accommadtion options but no bike shop. However,  a couple of kilometres up the Kep Track (see my seperate ride info) in Sawyers Valley is The Bike Stable . They are open Mon, Wed - Fri 9am till 6pm, Sat 9am to 4pm, and Sun 10am till 2pm. As well as bike servicing and parts, they also sell coffee!

Jarrahdale is a historic hamlet with very few facilities- in has two small general stores that have just the basic food supplies and a couple of options for eating out and accommodation. Popular with cyclists, the Environmental Centre (the 100 year old hospital) is two houses West from the Jarrahdale General store and is available for accommodation. Book through the school (Ph 9525 5157) or the Post office (300m West from general store, open every day 6.30am till 6pm). In April 2017, it cost $17.50 per person per night. There is dormitory type accommodation with bunk beds, a full size kitchen, showers, toilets etc.

Dwellingup is a small country town with just a small general store (which carries camping stove gas bottles) and several options for eating out and accommodation. Dwellingup Adventures (Newton St) in town carry some bike spare parts, and the Visitors centre has a range of freeze dried meals. There is a variety of accommodation, including several options at the Caravan Park.

Collie is a major country town with full facilities, two supermarkets, many options for eating out and accommodation. It has the biggest, fully equipped bike shop between Mundaring and Albany - Crank'n Cycles on Steere St, so if you need anything, grab it now! Collie also has a good camping store.

Boyanup is just a kilometre or two off the Trail. It is a hamlet about 20km out of Bunbury with a few facilities- it has a small general store with the basic food supplies and a couple of options for eating out and accommodation (the pub, Bull and Bush, which has been popular with riders).

Donnybrook is medium sized country town with a supermarket, several eating out and accommodation options and all the usual facilities. I am unsure if any shops carry bike spares but try the hardware.

Jarrahwood has no facilities- no shop, and accommodation is at the hut or the community house.  The  Jarrahwood Community house at 15 Middle Rd, is a fully furnished mill cottage available at $20 per head per night. Details and a map are at the Munda Biddi hut and on a small sign on the trail as you ride into town. See more on my map 5 page. I have not been able to get a mobile phone service there, but some riders have reported a Telstra signal. Try the slight rise by the tree line behind the hut - that helps.

Nannup is a small country town with a general store and several options for eating out and and accommodation. In 2018, Melo Velo opened on the main street. It is a bike shop and cafe. They are open 7am till 3pm, 7 days a week.

Donnelly Mill has the cafe at the small general store, which stocks some food staples. They also offer a couple of accommodation options, from the free shelter, to dorm accommodation, to full sized cottages (see more on my map 5 page). There is no mobile phone service, but there is a pay phone at the cafe.

Manjimup is large country town with a supermarket, several eating out options and all the usual facilities. The sports shop (Sports Power) on Rose St has some bike spares.

Quinninup has no facilities except the pub, which burnt down in 2107!  A couple of accommodation options are nearby (caravan park for camping or cabins).

Pemberton is a small country town with just a reasonably sized general store and several options for eating out and accommodation. Pemberton Discovery Centre (on the main street at the bottom of the hill) carry some bike spares. Pemberton General store (at the top of the hill in the main street, opposite the public toilets) also has a good selection of bike accessories and lots of inner tube sizes.

Northcliffe is a small country town with just a small general store and several options for eating out and accommodation. I am unsure if any shops carry bike spares but try the general store.

Walpole is a small country town with just a small general store and several options for eating out and accommodation. The hardware store carries some bike spares.

Denmark is medium sized country town with a supermarket, several eating out options, many accommodation options and all the usual facilities. I am unsure if any shops carry bike spares but try the hardware.  Denmark Cycles is available on 0410 999 506, as I think Gareth repairs bikes from home. Rickett's Camping on the main street carry dehydrated meals, gas canisters etc.

Albany is a major country town with full facilities, several supermarkets, many options for eating out, and lots of and accommodation options to suit all budgets. A fully equipped bike shop near the end of the Trail is Passmore Cycles at 17 Albany Highway (at the top of the hill on the main street).

If you do stay at the huts, or even just pass through, make sure you sign the visitors log. This enables the  Parks and Wildlife Service and the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation to collate information on the number of riders using the facilities and Trail. There is also a book for writing notes and your story in - it makes very good reading at night. For a sample of some of the riders logs recorded in 2015 see a Dropbox link here.

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