We acknowledge the Menang people of the Noongar nation as the Traditional Owners of the land through which the trail passes.
Trail riders on Albany’s south coast are set to experience some epic coastal views now the long-awaited, and much needed, permanent realignment of the Munda Biddi bike trail off the Lower Denmark Road has been completed.
The Parks and Wildlife Service, of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), has officially opened a new, permanent 21.1km realignment to take the Munda Biddi off a section of the busy Lower Denmark Road and on to purpose-built trail through the Albany Windfarm.
The planning and design process required the inspection and input of the traditional owners, consultation with residents, flora and fauna surveys, cooperation with the City of Albany, coordination with Synergy as the owner of the Albany Windfarm and liaison with the Water Corporation due to the proximity of drinking water bores.
In designing the new alignment there was a requirement to minimise clearing and disturbance within Sandpatch Reserve, avoid the habitat of the vulnerable Main’s assassin spider, avoid a water production bore zone, and negotiate the wetland section. It was not going to be just a simple realignment.
The view north looking towards the Stirling Range Photo Credit Jarred Pedro (DBCA)
In keeping with the aim of making this iconic cycle trail safer for riders, as well as showcasing the magnificent Southwest environment, the DBCA has constructed 4.1km of new, hard surfaced, single track as part of the 21km realignment which traverses through some picturesque coastal heath and woodland.
A 48-metre elevated trail platform was required to traverse a small wetland near Lake Powell, protecting the sensitive wetland environment.
Of course, any realignment along the spectacular south coast should really try to showcase the amazing views of the Southern Ocean, and this realignment of the Munda Biddi does not disappoint.
From the trail on the ridgeline to the east of the Albany Windfarm there are sweeping views of the spectacular wind turbines as well as the farmland to the north.
Staff from the District, Parks and Visitor Services Division and the trail building contractor, Three Chillies Design, have produced a gem of a trail that includes some hard surfaced trail to enable mountain bikes to easily traverse the sandy landscape and some raised trail surface over the small wetland section made from Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) panels.
Trail users are encouraged to ride the Munda Biddi Trail through the coastal woodland environment the next time they are looking for a new adventure. Take in the magnificent Southern Ocean views, meander through bush, marvel at the towering wind turbines and enjoy the adventure.
The project is part of the State Government’s $60m WA Recovery Plan, which is delivering more than 57 projects, over 158 project jobs, to provide new and upgraded trail and visitor facilities in the State’s national parks, as well as funding other infrastructure projects to reduce environmental impacts.
For a pdf map of the new alignment, go to Park Alerts. An updated gpx or kml of the Munda Biddi Trail alignment is also available on data.wa.gov.au
For more information on the Munda Biddi Trail, go to mundabiddi.org.au.
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