Dwellingup to Bidjar Ngoulin
Munda Biddi Trail
Bidjar Ngoulin Hut
24th August 2021
The Ride - Waking up at the Dwellingup Forest Lodge to the sound of birds chirping and the feel of a crisp Djilba morning. Having covered 75km yesterday and another 65km to go today, I had a good stretch as I laid in bed in my toasty sleeping bag. No trip to Dwellingup would be complete without a breakfast at the Blue Wren Cafe and with a relaxed opening time of 8am, we could afford to take our time packing the bikes up this morning. It was a chilly ride down the hill into town but the allure of fresh coffee and a cooked breakfast made it much better. Unfortunately the new Trails & Visitor Centre didn't open until 9am so I'd assume most Bibb Hikers and MB Riders would not get the opportunity to sign the log books before leaving town.
The Blue Wren had a trails feel about it at opening with three other Munda Biddi riders there and several Bibbulmun walkers talking about the journey ahead. This brought a smile to my face as it's great to see these local businesses supported by trail users. After a good helping of smashed av and eggs, Aron and I both grabbed a sweet treat for the road and started our ride out of Dwellingup towards Lane Poole Reserve. With the Sanctuary of Py maintenance section on the Bibbulmun located near here, this area is a familiar haunt for me but I was looking forward to experiencing it riding on the Munda Biddi. Following the home crafted Munda Biddi logos created by the local primary school, we soon crossed the road and were heading into the stunning forests that surround Dwellingup. Unfortunately the morning light was a little harsh and so the photos were hard to get looking right. This first six kilometres out of town before you descend down towards the Murray River is a fun mix of ups and downs with the lush Jarrah forest making for an excellent companion as you saunter along. Spotting several wildflowers and fungi, I had good fun photographing what I could and soaking in the magic before we reached the middle part of the day that I wasn't looking forward to (see next post for the reason why).
We were passed by a couple of day riders that had Defence Force kit on and I envied their super light bikes. That didn't matter as we approached the long downhill section that is a blast to ride down. Reaching Nanga Road, Aron missed the turn to follow the trail as it runs parallel to the road and pine plantation, instead just riding down Nanga Road. We would eventually meet up later as I was stopping for many photos that slowed my progress. Reaching the Lane Poole entry gates, the track bypasses them and continues down towards the bridge over the Murray River. It looked much better in person as the photos I took looking down river are shocking thanks to the harsh lighting. From here you ascend up the road, passing Nanga Bush Camp until you reach the turn-off that takes you into Lane Poole Reserve and on towards the new Dwellingup Adventure Trails that have recently been constructed. Here we made our first major navigation error, not really checking out the new signage and instead of popping back into the forest and following the trail, we continued along the vehicle track.