Karta Burnu to Manjimup
Munda Biddi Trail
Karta Burnu Hut
31st August 2021
The Ride - Part Two of our ride from Donnelly River to Manjimup with a lunch stop at Karta Burnu to recharge the batteries (human batteries that is e-bike riders). The morning had been everything I had hoped for and more thanks to a relaxed time in Donnelly River before riding through some excellent Karri forest and along the edge of the river. Karta Burnu is a bit of an odd placement for a campsite as it's only 24km from Donnelly River but I guess it's there to break up the town to town section between Nannup and Northcliffe and provide a free accommodation option.
As I said in my previous post, I wasn't really feeling this spot thanks to the cleared land after so much forest. It would be nice if the campsite was within the forest on the switchbacks or further along the Donnelly River but it is where it is and I didn't plan on staying here anyway. Hoping to get into Manjimup at a decent hour before the shops closed, it was a fairly short lunch break and we were soon off again on our merry way. Leaving camp, the scenery as you continue to ride uphill is a bit underwhelming thanks to the uninspiring farmland and recently replanted plantations. There are patches where you drop in and out of some nice scenery but after the brilliance of the riding through the Karri forest leaving Donnelly River, this doesn't really compare. With the Munda Biddi heading inland as it makes its way to Pemberton via Manjimup and Quinninup, this meant this whole section sees you travel in an easterly direction. Almost like a bit of preparation for the south coast, I didn't mind this as the afternoon sun would be behind us and the photos would look better for it.
Eventually you leave the patchy farms and plantations behind and start to see some much better looking farms with thicker forested sections. Spotting some wildflowers lifted my spirits and provided a splash of colour to the forest as the climbing deceased and we started heading downhill. After many kilometres of ascending, the ability to freewheel was a delight and the descent towards Record Brook would mark a return to some really nice scenery. The final part of the downhill sees you duck under a fallen tree that looks a bit dangerous from a distance but most riders won't need to duck to get under it. Switching from the vehicle track to some lovely single track, the riding along Record Brook is top quality thanks to the lush feeling of the undergrowth and some truly spectacular specimens of Karri. From here you head uphill again but the gradient is pretty gentle so you can tootle along and admire the thick boi trees that pop out from the undergrowth at regular intervals.