Donnelly River to Karta Burnu
Munda Biddi Trail
Karta Burnu Hut
31st August 2021
The Ride - There are certain spots along the Munda Biddi and Bibbulmun Track that you mark down as places to really enjoy when you're there and Donnelly River is one of those for me. Enjoying a couple of gentle riding days either side of our stay in this idyllic little holiday hamlet, I was quite happy to have a lazy morning enjoying the ambiance. Making this an easy decision was a light drizzle that was hanging around as we woke up. Steph and Leigh, who were sharing our Bunkhouse dorm room, were already off and away before it was light as they were covering big daily distances on the Bibb Track.
While some people may not like cold and drizzly weather, I absolutely love it so was quite happy to spend the morning lounging around on the deck. With the General Store not open for breakfast until after 8am from memory, we took our time packing the bikes up and photographing the wildlife. The other Bibb walkers who weren't on a busy schedule were also up and about, saying hello to the birds, kangaroos and emus that call this place home. One of the simple delights of this spot is seeing the wildlife up close and some are quite cheeky as they know humans mean food (which you can buy at the General Store so please don't feed them anything else). The emus always have a smug look on their faces knowing that they are undefeated in war against Australia, something they are all too happy to tell you about with their death stares. The highlight of the morning was seeing the baby emus running around, following their dad and trying to not get trampled on by all the other emus and kangaroos.
Walking our bikes to the General Store to return our bedding and see if they were open for breakfast, the clouds certainly looked like they were going to be hanging around for the morning. With the forecast not showing any significant rain on the horizon, I was happy to enjoy a long breakfast and get going when the drizzle stopped. Sitting inside, the small fireplace was doing a great job at warming us up on this cold morning while we ordered some food and coffee. With some warm food in our tanks and a moderate 47km to ride today to get to Manjimup, we had one last look at the commotion going on outside with all the animals getting fed before saddling up. On the cards this morning was a leisurely ride through some excellent Karri forest, glimpses of the Donnelly River and then a climb up to the campsite at Karta Burnu. The drizzle had eased slightly and I knew once we were in the forest, the trees would provide some protection for my camera lens. Heading out of town the same way the Bibbulmun Track leaves, it brought back some memories of my first multiday section way back in 2017.