Munda Biddi Bike Tour, Albany to Walpole

Ride the world class Munda Biddi trail from Albany to Walpole on WA’s Southern Coast. Beautiful forest rides. You pedal and we do the rest. $1,750pp – 6 Days ex Perth, moderate terrain, 224km

Join us on this spectacular cycling tour and complete the southern section of one of the world’s great cycle touring trails. The Munda Biddi trail weaves its way from Albany to Mundaring just outside Perth. Through Jarrah, Karri and Tingle forest, along the coast and through 15 quaint South West towns, all up the trail is over 1000 kilometres long.

On this bike tour we will complete 224km of the southern half of the Munda Biddi over 6 days. Ride free of trailers or heavy panniers as you will be supported by a vehicle, stay in accommodation and have all of your meals taken care of. All you need to do is, pedal and enjoy while our team will do the rest.

Munda Biddi Bike Tour at a Glance;

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Starts/finishes in Perth
  • Moderate cycling terrain with huge amount of variety
  • Includes bike hire, or BYO
  • Small group (Maximum of 12)
  • All food, accommodation included

Tour Length:
6 days
Distance walked:
224km
Difficulty:
Moderate terrain and moderate distances; See FAQ
Dates:
17 – 22. Mar 2018
2 – 7. May 2018
17 – 22. Nov 2018
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Highlights of this walk

Forests, quiet back country roads, coastlines and quaint towns. The most scenic section of the world class Munda Biddi trail.

Walking Tour Itinerary

Your guides will accompany you each day as you ride between 18 and 49 km. There is no such thing as an easy day on a bike! However, with a moderate level of fitness, they are all enjoyable. There are some hills, some gravelly sections and some narrow trails all of which can be challenging. We recommend getting some leg fitness to prepare for your ride. More on that later. Each day we will resume the ride from where we finished the previous day, and will complete the whole southern section of the Munda Biddi trail. Please note that on many days there are options to ride half a day; and you are always welcome to take a day off from riding. We will try to help you find suitable alternative activities if you desire. The itinerary plan may alter depending on local conditions and weather.

Drive Perth to Albany + ride Albany to Torbay

Drive Perth to Albany + ride Albany to Torbay

26km ride

Picking up in Perth at 8:00am, we will head south towards Albany. With morning tea and lunch on the way, we will arrive in the coastal town early afternoon and we will get straight into it! From the Visitor’s centre in Albany to Torbay is mostly easy going, with the odd hill. A perfect start to this epic adventure. After the ride, we will check into our motel for a one (1) night stay and have a meal at a local restaurant. With the travel, it will feel like a big day, so don’t make any plans for the evening!

Torbay to Denmark

Torbay to Denmark

49km

We will get going after breakfast and head out in the vehicle with bikes in the trailer back out to Torbay. All of today’s ride to Denmark is classed as easy in terms of the riding surface, but there are a few decent hills. For those wanting to, there are plenty of opt out points along the way should you wish to have a shorter day. We will finish the days ride at our accommodation in Denmark where we will be staying for the next three (3) nights.

Denmark to Scotsdale Rd

Denmark to Scotsdale Rd

46km

From Denmark it is easy going and a particularly scenic route out to Green’s Pool, one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. There is then a long a long up hill section heading out towards Mt Shadforth, followed by a long down hill, to Scotsdale road. The riding is mostly through farmland today. Again, those seeking an easier option, can shorten the day if they wish. At the end of the ride, the bus will be waiting to take us back to Denmark.

Scotsdale Rd to Nornalup Rd

Scotsdale Rd to Nornalup Rd

46km

A great day today! Most of the day will be though the towering Karri forest. We will pass one of the campsites (don’t worry we are not sleeping there!) which are beautifully built. There are a few short challenging sections today which will test us, but 42/46km are classed as easy. The bus will be waiting for us at Nornalup Rd, to take us back for our last night in Denmark.

Nornalup Rd to Sappers Bridge Rd

Nornalup Rd to Sappers Bridge Rd

48km

We are changing accommodation today, so we will pack up our accommodation in Denmark before we head out. Most of today’s ride is back in the National park. We will see a mix of Karri forest as well as Tingle trees as we get closer to Walpole. There are some long ups and down today, with a mix of easy and intermediate terrain. Accommodation tonight is in Walpole.

Sapper’s Bridge to Walpole + Rtn to Perth

Sapper’s Bridge to Walpole + Rtn to Perth

18km

Our last day! 30% of todays ride is on intermediate terrain, so it is no easy push off into the sunset. We can still take our time however to cover the 18km, much of which will take us very close to the picturesque Frankland river. We then finish in the town of Walpole. We’ll get views of the Nornalup inlet at Coalmine Beach before arriving in the town. There will be time for a shower and lunch before we head back to Perth, with our tired legs and our sore cheeks (that’s from smiling too much! 🙂

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc. See the PDF file for printing

Accommodation

We will stay;

1 night at Emu Point Motel, Albany

3 nights at the Cove, OR Rainbow House in Denmark

1 night at the Bayside Villas, Walpole

What to bring

Ride with a small day pack only for your water, camera, coat etc.

Feel free to bring your own bike, or allow us to provide one.

We will provide a full list of everything you need to bring upon booking.

Food

All meals are provided,

We can cater for almost dietary requirements (please let us know).

 

Transport

Transport is provided from Perth. We pick up in the CBD on Murray Street. The bikes will be loaded onto an uncovered trailer. Luggage will be kept in the luggage hold of the truck.

This walk includes

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All meals, including morning tea and snacks

We pride ourselves on providing you with fresh, wholesome food. Enjoy healthy breakfasts, delicious morning teas, fresh picnic and packed lunches, fruit and hearty two-course dinners each day.

All transport via air-conditioned bus, departing from and returning to Perth

Central pick-up points in Fremantle and Perth CBD. Transport each day to and from the track.

Bicycle hire

Modern mountain bike with front suspension included (or bring your own).

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Comfortable cabin and hotel accommodation

We stay in three locations on this tour. See the ‘Accommodation’ section for more details.

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Two fun and professional Inspiration Outdoors guides

We’ll feed you, tell you stories, help you achieve the walks safely and make sure everything goes to plan so that you don’t have to worry about a thing

Munda Biddi Cycling Tours FAQs

Can I bring my own bike?

Of course! If you are electing to bring your own bike, it is important that you have a bike fit for purpose. This will be different for every person, as we all have different skills, fitness and opinions and there is no bike made for every scenario. You will ultimately be the best judge on whether your bike is suitable however we strongly suggest it meet the following recommendations –

  • A mountain bike with front suspension (rear suspension is also good, but not necessary).
  • Well maintained and in good working order (serviced within the last 3 months)
  • 26, 27.5 or 29 inch rim tyres
  • Wide off road tyres. Ideally the tyres will be around the 45-55mm. Anything less than this will be difficult to ride in the sandy patches. Anything really wide is going to harder going on some of the firmer ground.
  • Knobbly tread patterns (not a smooth tyre). Maximum of 2 years old.

If you feel your bike is not going to be up to the ride just let us know and we will arrange a perfectly suited mountain bike for the duration of the tour.

If electing to bring your own we will need your bike at least a day before the tour, so that we can load it onto our trailer to avoid loading bikes at the pick up spot.

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Do I have to ride each day?

It is your holiday, so if you feel like a day off, it is not a problem at all. Most days it is also possible to ride a half day if you would prefer.

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How fit do I need to be to participate in a multi-day mountain bike trip?

Our trips will vary in difficulty but in general they are suited for intermediate riders. An intermediate rider is someone who can handle 3 to 4 hours of moderately paced pedal time each day, for several days in a row (although you can take days off from riding). There will always be slower and faster riders on every trip; in general we try to cultivate a strong group dynamic so that people understand it’s not about finishing quickly or logging as many kilometres as possible on the odometer, but about enjoying the riding and scenery in the company of other riders, and that may require waiting every now and then.

Ensuring you are on a tour that’s right for you, and ensuring you are ready for the physical and technical demands of a tour, is of utmost importance to us. It helps ensure that you will be riding with people of similar skill level and won’t be holding up the group or be held up by others – and can ride at the pace you want to ride at.

This can be a challenge but here’s what we do –

  1. When booking, we ask each participant to tell us about their mountain biking experience. The answers are reviewed by staff and provide valuable insight as to whether or not the tour is a good fit for them.
  2. We follow up with a phone call if we think a rider might not be quite up to the challenge (or might be ‘over qualified’) and discuss their skill level and fitness to discover whether they are indeed a good fit, or if another tour might be more suitable.

Whatever your level, you’ll get the best possible enjoyment by getting in shape before the trip – we’ll offer training suggestions in our pre-tour communications to help you on your way.

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What if I have never ridden a mountain bike before?

While there is no specific skill requirements for our mountain bike tours (apart from being able to actually ride a bike!) you should be comfortable and familiar with riding in a variety of terrains including gravel roads, small sandy sections and up/down hills. Our guides are experienced mountain bikers who will teach you the skills to ride with confidence if necessary however it will be more enjoyable for you if you already have some familiarity with a mountain bike.

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What is a typical day like on an Inspiration Outdoors trip?

You’ll typically start your day with a group breakfast between 6:30am – 7:30 am, then hop in the support van to get to the trailhead. We stop regularly for photo opportunities, drink and snack breaks but will always stop after a 1.5 – 2 hour ride for a delicious morning tea on the trail. Some days lunch will be brought to us and other days we will find a shady spot with a great view to eat lunch on the trail. The support van is usually close by in the late morning or early afternoon for those ready to rest and relax while the more energetic push on for some more great riding. In the afternoon there is often spare time where we can check out local points of interest, enjoy an afternoon siesta or go exploring.  When everyone has finished riding for the day we head back to the accommodation for a shower, dinner and a few drinks to celebrate a great days riding.

 

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What are some general items I should pack for a guided mountain bike trip?

In efforts to make your trip safe, memorable and enjoyable the below items are a guide only. These are items we suggest you consider bringing however you know your personal needs better than we do, so pack accordingly.

 

ON THE BIKE:

  • jersey tops (normal active wear tops are fine)
  • cycling shorts with a quality chamois (padding)
  • bike gloves with padding under the palm
  • arm/leg warmers (only if you think you will require them)
  • helmet
  • cycling shoes and socks
  • energy bars and electrolytes

ON/OFF THE BIKE:

  • rain/wind jacket
  • sweater
  • sunglasses (clear lens and polarized lens)
  • cycling water bottle or backpack with hydration system (2-3L water capacity)
  • camera (phone, GoPro, point and shoot)
  • backpack or pannier/s (if not using a backpack with hydration system you will need some way to carry extra water, snacks and personal items such as spare tubes and sunscreen)

CHILL TIME:

  • swimwear
  • thongs / sneakers
  • small camp towel (to use for swimming etc.)
  • comfortable, casual clothes for relaxing in (such as jeans, t-shirt, jumpers, shorts etc.)
  • flashlight or headlamp

PERSONAL ITEMS AND FIRST AID:

  • toiletries i.e. toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, soap etc.
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent (with Deet)
  • anti-bacterial wipes/gel
  • first-aid kit (ibuprofen, band aids, Polysporin, tweezers)

TOOLS/SPARE PARTS TO BRING:

For those bringing their own bikes – we recommend bringing the following tools with you. Rest assured your guides will have a full tool kit, but it’s a good idea to have the following items with you in case of trailside breakdowns:

  • multi-tool (preferably with chain breaker)
  • tire levers
  • small tire pump
  • 1-2 spare tubes (our guides can’t realistically carry enough 26″, 27.5″, and 29″ tubes for everyone)
  • Any rare parts that might be hard to find locally for your brand of bike

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What happens after I book?

After you have paid a deposit and filled in a registration form, we will send you any extra information you may need, including a list of what to bring and how best to prepare for the tour.

Payment in full is required at least six weeks prior to the tour (bookings can still be made within six weeks of tour start date if there are places available). We will email or call you to remind you when this is due.

Finally, we will contact you prior to your tour to confirm pick-up times and locations. If you have any questions or concerns at all before or after you have booked, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can go through them with you.

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Can I cancel my booking?

We hope that you do not need to cancel your booking. However, if you do, our cancellation fee, based on the notice given prior to the departure date, is:

More than 12 weeks: $50 administration fee

6 to 12 weeks: loss of deposit

4 to 6 weeks: 25% of full tour cost

2 to 4 weeks: 50% of full tour cost

less than 2 weeks: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.

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Beautiful cycling in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this ride is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people.

Enjoy a cuppa with a slice of home-made cake for morning tea and a fresh healthy lunch, surrounded by nature. Every day is finished off by a delicious and nutritious dinner together with the group.

What people have said

A fabulous tour. Every day we experienced something different. I was able to do things and go places that I could not have done on my own, and felt well looked after.
When asked which walk I enjoyed most I could not pick one, as each day brought something new and spectacular.

Helen, Tasmania’s Best Day Walks 2017

The Kimberley is an amazing & beautiful part of Australia and this trip not only took us to some of the iconic locations but also to some gorgeous little hidden gems that many people might just drive straight past. The trip is so well organised, and the guides are really knowledgeable and fun. The food is gourmet camp cooking with flare… who would have thought that the best best roast lamb and vegies you’ve ever eaten would be cooked in camp oven?! Thanks everyone.

Dayle, Kimberley 2016

Pricing

AUD $1,750 per person (single supplement $250)

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What happens after I book?

After you have paid a deposit and filled in a registration form, we will send you any extra information you may need, including a list of what to bring and how best to prepare for the tour.

Payment in full is required at least six weeks prior to the tour (bookings can still be made within six weeks of tour start date if there are places available). We will email or call you to remind you when this is due.

Finally, we will contact you prior to your tour to confirm pick-up times and locations. If you have any questions or concerns at all before or after you have booked, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can go through them with you.

What are my payment options?

Payment can be made by:

  • Direct deposit
  • Cheque
  • Credit card

Can I cancel my booking?

We hope that you do not need to cancel your booking. However, if you do, our cancellation fee, based on the notice given prior to the departure date, is:

  • More than 12 weeks: $50 administration fee
  • 6 to 12 weeks: loss of deposit
  • 4 to 6 weeks: 25% of full tour cost
  • 2 to 4 weeks: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 2 weeks: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.