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Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail

August 2019

29" soft tail, no luggage

The weather forecast for the last day of Winter was early showers, so I took a punt and planned to ride this Trail I had not ridden before. To keep it easy, I rode into Perth at about 8am and caught the train to Joondalup ($5.80). I then rode through Central Park to Neil Hawkins Park, the start of the Trail, after 9am. Going there, I think I did a lot more than the 1.5km I took going back! I had a look around for a trail head, but couldn't find one. And the bike rides on the signage at the end of the jetty didn't mention the Trail, so I just started at the jetty and headed North. This section was very busy with joggers, families, walkers etc all enjoying the now sunny day. The Trail is concrete, flat, smooth and fast, But I rode slowly because of the walkers.

It took a few minutes to work out where I had to go next. I crossed tat the big, busy round about and rode on the dual use pathway by Burns Beach Rd. I crossed Burns Beach Rd carefully then used the car park entrance to reach the Trail. The crushed limestone path now begins, and there is a sign detailing the rest of the Trail just after the entrance. The car park was pretty busy, and the Trail was too with walkers and cyclists. The trail is winding and undulating, and some of the corners can be fast and blind, so take care. It maybe very difficult riding two abreast. some riders were going very fast ( compared to me!)

I was not expecting the underpasses at Neerabup Rd and Hester Ave, but now I know why the roads were not mentioned - it didn't affect your ride. After Neerabup Rd, you turn right at the T junction, but it was signposted. On some of the ridges, you get good views of the suburbs and bush. Generally, the Trail feels like you are well away from Perth, but the occasional glimpse of suburbia, or the sounds of nearby roads remind you are not. A section near Butler goes about 300m from the suburb, but otherwise you see very little of habitation.

After crossing Romeo Road (not marked) there is a nice section winding through some bigger trees. But then the trail tracks close to Wanneroo Road for about 5km. This section was rough, with short, steep up and downhills.   Sometimes the Trail is jammed on a thin strip of land between Wanneroo Rd and the market gardens. This was not my favourite section.

But once you turn into Lacey Road, it all changes. You pass Pipidinny House, and see another Trail sign. There is a gate to keep motorbikes out, but then you enter Pipidinny Swamp. I really enjoyed this section all the way to the end. Less tahn 1 km from the end, you cross Yanchep Beach Rd (not signposted) and come out at the Trail head near Loch McNess. There are some toilets and bbq shelters 100m away, but a couple of hundred metres away, you can see the roofes of the old Inn and the Tea Rooms. I went and had something to eat and drink. After about 45minutes, about 1pm, I was ready to head back to Joondalup. I was pretty tired, and it was actually quite warm, so I was not looking forward to it. But I had a slight breeze behind me, and didn't have to stop so much for photos and videos, so I thought I made pretty good time. I was back at Neil Hawkins Park at 3.30pm.

The return journey was pretty uneventful. But I did see some motorbikes turn into the track after Romeo Rd, and other signs of them using the Trail since I had passed through this morning. The warmth also brought out some rerptiles - a blue tongued lizard, and a small snake were both sunning themselves on the Trail and didn't move as I passed them. Closer to Burns Beach Rd, there were a lot more riders out, some who were going pretty quick. After a quick break, I headed over to the train station. I was in Perth about 4.30pm, and home by 5pm. All up, I rode nearly 80km. After a weather forecast that predicted rain, I came home with a light case of sunburn!

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Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail:

31 Aug 2019 at 12:59:26 pm
Ride Time: 1:54:28
Stopped Time: 31:55
Distance: 29.56 km
Average Speed: 15.49 km/h
Fastest Speed: 34.00 km/h
Ascent: 154 metres
Descent: 160 metres

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Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail:

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