Manjimup to Quinninup
Munda Biddi Trail
1st September 2021
The Ride - Riding through the heart of the South West, this lovely stretch of town to town bikepacking saw us wake up in Manjimup with another semi-wet and chilly day ahead of us. Initially I had this day planned as an 80km Manjimup to Pemberton ride, with a rest day in Pemby as the reward but after the first day shortcomings, Aron twisted my arm and we split the journey into two days and sacrificed our rest day in Pemberton. With a leisurely 40km to pedal today and a relatively flat profile, we had a late start made more enjoyable by breakfast in town. Grabbing some toasties and coffee at Southern Roasting Co, we spotted a familiar face as the rider who had overtaken us heading up the hill from Nannup also chose this spot as his morning fuel stop.
After an enjoyable and warm breakfast, we eventually decided to head out into the chilliness so prepared the bikes for departure. Making our way to the railway station that serves as the trail head for the Munda Biddi, I opted not to take the off-trail detour to the King Jarrah Tree that is located north east of town along Perup Road. My podcast partner made it a mission to collect all of the Kings along the trail and so far I had visited the King Jarrah before Bidjar Ngoulin and the King Karri before Donnelly River but with the cold weather and heavy rain forecast for the afternoon, I decided the Manjimup King Jarrah wasn't on the cards. Leaving the railway station, you head down past the Manjimup Farmers Market and cross South Western Highway, immediately entering some enticing looking forest. It was nice that so close to town you enter into another world but after a brief downhill through the trees, Hibbertia and Hovea, you arrive back in the suburbs of East Manjimup.
It was a bit of a let-down to be back riding along the backroads after a lovely start, with an uphill ride past the primary school and on towards Muir Highway. Passing the Manjimup HQ of the Forest Products Commission, I gave them my thoughts towards their work in the state with a polite hand gesture and found a safe shoulder of the highway to ride along. Getting out of towns can sometimes be a tricky affair and Manjimup isn't ideal in this sense as you ride along a highway where large trucks frequent. Luckily heading south it is 1.5km of mostly downhill with a small shoulder to ride along but heading north, it looks to be a bit more dangerous. The end goal of this stretch is to take you to Dingup State Forest, where you turn off onto Kurandra Road for some quieter riding. Initially you continue along paved roads, past what looks like plantation timber where they have previously logged before reaching a pleasant rail form that takes you on a narrow path through the forest.