The Munda Biddi Trail, like the majority of the 12 purpose-built overnight facilities along it's route, is named in the language of the traditional owners of the country through which it winds it way for 1000km between Mundaring on the eastern outskirts of Perth and Albany on the south coast. The English translation of the Noongar 'Munda Biddi' is 'path through the forest'.
The Trail traverses many parks of the Destination Perth and Australia's South West regions via a mix of purpose-built single track (wide enough for just one bike) and existing and rehabilitated-for-cycles former forest tracks. But it's not possible to make the journey entirely in our parks so the Trail passes through local government and other reserves and does include some sections on unsealed and sealed public roads.
The Munda Biddi offers something for riders right across the range of skills, fitness and experience. From an easy pedal and gentle gradient of a traffic-free former forestry railway corridor, to steep zig-zagging switchbacks. From smooth tarmac to tricky gravel. From towering trees, to open vistas across hill tops, paddocks, rivers and the Southern Ocean. From a couple of hours to a couple of weeks and more.
There are plenty of places where you can access the Trail to start and finish your ride. Plenty of places to spend the night and enjoy some of the other attractions of this beautiful part of the world. (Those attractions include some shorter and more technical mountain bike trails for those that feel the need for a bit more speed.) Between Mundaring and Albany the Trail passes through Jarrahdale, Dwellingup, Collie, Boyanup, Donnybrook, Nannup, Donnelly River Village, Manjimup, Quinninup, Pemberton, Northcliffe, Walpole and Denmark.
The purpose-built overnight facilities are (with one exception) not accessible by road vehicle and they're only for Trail users. They're an attraction in themselves and an essential for some riders: the distance between some towns means that they are the only accommodation for some sections of the Trail (camping is only permitted in designated areas of our parks). You can purchase trail maps online at WA Naturally Shop.
Our community partner, the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation will help you plan your ride. They also coordinate a volunteer maintenance program and, like a number of other licensed tour operators, offer guided rides. Support the Trail and ensure its long-term future by joining the Foundation as a member or volunteer!
Summer heat and fire danger: Although the Trail is open to riders throughout the year, the often extreme heat and fire danger from December to March means we advise restricting your rides to the southern forests around Pemberton and, even there, only on cooler days during this period. If you can, ride in autumn, winter or enjoy our diversity of wildflowers in Spring.
To keep yourself safe during this bushfire season:
- Plan your visits for cooler periods of the year, avoiding the hot summer months.
- Check the Fire Danger Rating and do not go on or remain on the trails if the forecast is Very High or above.
- Do not do extended multi-day trips as it is not possible to keep up with changing conditions (extremely limited mobile phone coverage) and it is difficult to self-evacuate from the trail at short notice.
- Avoid remote sections of the trail where there is limited vehicle access.
- Abide by all trail closure signage, and any instructions from Parks and Wildlife and other emergency staff.
Trails and parks may be closed on days when the Fire Danger Rating is Very High or above. Check these websites when planning your walks:
- www.emergency.wa.gov.au – information about Fire Danger Ratings, current warnings and incidents
- www.bom.gov.au – for weather forecasts and Fire Danger Ratings
Download 'Are you bushfire ready?'
It is recommended that you inform friends, family and/or police of your travel dates and the locations you plan to visit (your itinerary) during your travels into parks and reserves in Western Australia. Provide them with regular updates to ensure they know where you are. Agree on what they should do if you are overdue or do not return when you said you would. Use this form and provide sufficient detail so that they have the information needed to get help if required.
Groups on track
Munda Biddi Trail campsites cannot be reserved but early notification of a groups’ intentions to use campsites enables us to inform other walkers and cyclists when these facilities will be occupied by those groups.
Upcoming groups on track for the Munda Biddi Trail can be viewed on the Munda Biddi Trail website.
Proposed prescribed burns
The Parks and Wildlife Service conducts a year-round program of prescribed burning. These burns are undertaken primarily for property protection, fuel reduction and biodiversity management. To view all proposed prescribed burns check the department's indicative burn plan.
These burns are carefully planned however they may cause some disruptions to walkers and riders. Where prescribed burns impact on the trail, closures and diversions are implemented to ensure the safety of walkers and riders, including temporary camp sites where necessary. These will remain in place until the original trail alignment has been declared safe. For diversions and smoke warnings check Park Alerts.
For your safety follow all signs, diversions and instructions from Parks and Wildlife staff and other emergency personnel.
Prescribed burns are dependent on appropriate weather conditions and, as such, burning dates are not available in advance.
Downloadable route files
Download the digital coordinate data for the routes of the State’s three iconic long distance trails, Bibbulmun Track, Cape to Cape Track and Munda Biddi Trail.
Digital coordinates are used to describe waypoints, tracks and routes for software applications on computers and GPS receivers, including some mobile phones. Digital coordinates can be used to visualise a route for planning purposes and for navigation.
The digital routes are available below in two formats to make them accessible for a wide group of users.
The GPX, also known as GPS Exchange Format, is a common GPS format for storing and using coordinate data in a way that is easy to use, process and convert to other forms. GPX files can be used by GPS receivers and some mapping programs. Keyhole Markup Language (KML) was developed for use with internet-based Google Earth and Google Maps for expressing geographic visualization within two or three dimensional maps. Many mobile phones are fitted with a GPS receiver, which can utilise KML files via its apps.
This downloadable route data is for visual representation during trip planning and is not intended as a navigation tool. Remember to carry hard-copy maps and a compass with you at all times (and know how to use them). Do not rely on any electronic equipment – batteries might expire, the device might fail or break, and can be unreliable under trees.
This alignment data does not include diversions. Follow all on-ground diversion signage – these are in place for your safety. Downloadable GPX and KML files of the trail alignments can be accessed from the Western Australian Government Open Data website.
The route data will be updated as changes are made to the alignment. Check back regularly to ensure that you have the most current version. If you find errors please let us know by calling (08) 9219 8265 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: By downloading this GPX or KML file you agree its use, and reliance upon, is entirely at your own risk. These files are for non-commercial, personal use only. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' Parks and Wildlife Service endeavoured to ensure the accuracy and currency of the data, but accepts no responsibility in this regard, or the results of any actions taken, when using the digital route files.
Weather – Plan your visits for cooler periods of the year, avoiding the extreme summer temperatures which can rapidly result in dehydration and heat exhaustion. Stay off the trails during severe weather to avoid risks from falling branches and flooding. Expect logs and flooding across the trails for some time afterwards.
Campfires - are not permitted at Cape to Cape Track and Munda Biddi Trail campsites. For the Bibbulmun Track, campfires are generally permitted at most campsites north of Pingerup Road (map 6). They are never permitted south of Pingerup Road and at Yourdamung (map 3) and Blackwood (map 4) campsites as these are in higher fire risk areas. During the summer months all campfires are prohibited, generally between December and April. Use fuel stoves for cooking. Total campfire bans are now in place along the Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun Track. For more information visit Park Alerts.
Prescribed Burns - in the southwest these are primarily undertaken during spring and autumn. These burns are undertaken for property protection, fuel reduction and biodiversity management. They are carefully planned however they may cause some disruption to visitors. Where prescribed burns impact on trails, closures and diversions are implemented to ensure the safety of walkers and riders, including temporary campsites where necessary. Prescribed burns are dependent on appropriate weather conditions and, as such, specific dates are not available in advance.
Maps - Maps for our long distance trails can be purchased from the online shop, visitor centres; outdoor equipment, book and bike stores and our community trail partners.
Water - Water tanks are provided at campsites but these are rain-fed and therefore it is not possible to guarantee the amount or quality of the water available. It is essential that visitors keep an emergency supply of drinking water as back-up and use available water sparingly. All water should be treated before drinking by boiling for at least one minute, mechanical filtration or chemical treatment.
Vehicle Access – Vehicles are not permitted on the Bibbulmun Track, Cape to Cape Track and Munda Biddi Trail. Recommended vehicle access points with parking are marked on the maps with red car symbols.
Transport – Public buses service some of the towns along the Track. Check Transwa for details. There are regular flights between Perth and Albany. Some tourism providers offer transport services details of which can be found on the Bibbulmun Track Foundation website.
Groups - Any non-commercial groups with eight or more members, that are staying overnight at Bibbulmun Track, Munda Biddi Trail or Cape to Cape Track campsites please read information at Group Notifications. Commercial groups should click here. For information on the track conditions click here.
Trail conditions and diversions
Occasionally temporary trail closures are necessary due to maintenance, prescribed burns, bushfires or severe weather. If part of the trail is closed, a diversion may be marked and signage placed at either end. Check the current conditions in the area you are walking or cycling.
Information below is updated during business hours. More up-to-date information is available from the Parks and Wildlife office closest to the area you are planning to visit.
We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of Munda Biddi Trail.