Timber Bridge Sidings Rail Trail
St Johns Brook Nannup
Rider on the Munda Biddi Trail
Wildflowers in Nannup
Sidings Rail Trail
Tulips in Bloom Nannup
Blackwood River Nannup
Pink Fairy Orchids Nannup
Old Timber Sleeper Sidings Rail Trail
Old Timberline Trail
Tiny Tea Shop Nannup

Nala Mia to Nannup

Munda Biddi Trail

Start

Nala Mia Hut

Time

1-2 Hours

Finish

Nannup

Date Ridden

28th August 2021

Length

27.1km

Elevation

200m

Traditional Custodians

Wardandi People

The Ride - After a long and rainy detour to avoid some timber harvesting by taking us along active timber harvesting roads, we enjoyed a good lunch break at the Nala Mia Campsite in the warm sunshine of a Djilba day. With the bulk of the hills now behind us (not that there were many), we could enjoy what is often regarded as one of the most enjoyable sections of the whole Munda Biddi leading into Nannup. Waiting for us in town would be our partners, who had driven all the way from Perth to join us for one night, and a well earned rest day after clocking almost 500km in the legs so far. 

Joining us at Nala Mia was another Munda Biddi rider who was also doing Donnybrook to Nannup today but had started a bit later than us. He was just out for the day and was being picked up in town so we had a bit of a chat about the baffling diversion, the trail so far and his fancy dual suspension bike. With Aron and I having our heavy bikepacking setups, we eventually had to repack everything and get going. The weather looked like it was clearing for a section I had earmarked as one to really enjoy as it was a pleasant ride the first time I did it in 2020 with my podcast partner. With 27km left for the day and it being all on old rail trail, I was excited to get going. I made my feelings on Jarrahwood quite clear in my last post so it would not surprise anyone to hear that I wasn't particularly sad to see leave the place as we rode towards the Vasse Highway crossing. The joy really begins once you cross the highway and join the Sidings Rail Trail as it travels all the way into the centre of Nannup. 

 

From this point for the next 13km, it would essentially be a flat ride on old rail form that is always a pleasure to ride on. I love photographing the narrow corridors that these old formations cut through the forest but was very aware that I didn't want to have every photo just look the same. Luckily it was late winter and there was plenty of detail to shoot, along with the relics of this old railway line to provide something different. The first of these came shortly into the ride with one of many old bridges requiring a detour along a more modern creek crossing thanks to the state of disrepair they are now in. I like that these bridges are still there, albeit fenced off, and the old sleepers are still in place. Sometimes old rail formations just seem like another section of single trail so the reminders of their heritage certainly add to the enjoyment. Throughout the Sidings Rail Trail there are sections of old sleepers and rusted out railway line that really adds to the experience. It also helps that the forest lining the trail is a delight to ride through with a good mix of different tree and plant types including a few stands of Pineapple Bush, one of my favourite plants in the South West.