Cycling and mountain bike riding are among the many physical activities that can give you rigorous exercise while enjoying the great outdoors. It has remained a popular outdoor activity worldwide. As people become more aware and conscious about their health and fitness, they started looking for enjoyable activities that are also beneficial for their overall well-being.
The southern part of West Australia offers many spectacular views of the ocean, with stunning white beaches and gorgeous blue waters. If you are in the south, why not try these great biking trails in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia? They will take you through amazing and breathtaking sceneries while you give your body a good work-out.
Albany downhill mountain bike trail
This 700-m bike trail may be short, but it does not fall short for its difficulty. This downhill trail was specifically made for mountain bikes in Mt. Clarence. This quite a difficult trail, with jumps, wooden berms, and drops will give you scenic views of King George Sound. King George Sound is one of the popular and spectacular harbours in Western Australia. This mountain bike trail is perfect for daring and experienced cyclists. The best thing about it is that it is only a few minutes from the city centre.
The Wadandi Track in the Margaret River region is also known as Rails to Trails. The track begins at Cowaramup and ends at Witchcliffe. Going through the trail will give you an abundant view of birdlife, making it perfect for nature trips and bird sighting. You can spot some parrots, blue wrens, and yellow robins in this cycling track.
The trail will let you enjoy the beauty of Margaret River in all its natural splendour. There are also picnic areas along the way so you can stop for a few minutes for a quick break or snack with your cycling buddies. The track will also take you along the historical railway line along Hamelin Bay and Flinders Bay.
This 23-km track will also let you see some lush vineyards and farmlands.
Old Timberline and Siding Rails Trails
If you are looking for an easy and light trail, then this one is a must-try. This 37-km trail combines the 22-km Old Timberline trail and the Siding Rails trail. You will enjoy old timber roads and windy trails along its path. The trail has hilly portions and sometimes, it also becomes too narrow, which can be a challenge.
This trail is a scenic one, giving you many beautiful views such as the St. John Brook Creek. You can then take a rest at the Sleeper Hewers Camp.
The Old Timberline trail ends at Nannup where the Sidings Rail trail begins.
Ellen Cove to Albany Port
This historic 6-km easy trail will give you the amazing and beautiful coastlines of Albany. This trail will give you Middleton Beach, as well as some historic structures in Albany.
The trail is made up of wooden boardwalks and bitumen path at the side of a hill, providing cyclists with the stunning vista of the sea. You can even spot some rare blue whales during whale season.
As you go down this enjoyable trail, you will also get to experience historic lookouts. These lookouts serve as memorials to explorers of the past. You can also see bunkers and a lighthouse that the Australian soldiers once used.
Munda Biddi Trail
If you want a trail that will challenge your stamina, then you should definitely try this 1000-km cycling trail. The Munda Biddi Trail is the world’s longest off-road trail, starting from Kalamunda, Perth going to Albany. The difficulty of the trail varies along the way, as you meander through karri and eucalyptus trees, beautiful wildflower heaths, and untouched bushlands. It will be an extraordinary cycling adventure that you will never forget.
The northern part of the trail is a challenging ride with river valleys that you need to go through. You can get off your bike and savour the sceneries every once in a while. There are camps where you can rest at night at about every 35 to 40 km along the trail. There are car drop-offs along the trail where you can ask someone to drop you off or pick you up.
There are trail marks along the way, but cyclists are advised to always bring a map with them to avoid getting lost and ensure that they stay on track.
Denmark to Nornalup Heritage Trail
This 54-km trail offers cyclists majestic coastal views, as well as heathlands, forests, and farmlands. You will be crossing the Heritage Bridge over the Denmark River. From the bridge, you can spy the Wilson Inlet, which is home to the Black Swan, Red-Tailed Black Parrots, and the Western Australian Pelicans.
This scenic trail is made up of three sections:
- Denmark River mouth to Hay River (12 km)
- Denmark River mouth to Parker Road (33 km)
- Peaceful Bay Road to Station Road (14 km)
You will be cycling through four original timber rail bridges while going through this trail. A section of the trail is part of the 1000-km Munda Biddi Trail.
The 8-km Rays Trail is made up of tight twists which are certainly not for beginners. The trail begins with some sharp twists and turns, a thrilling downhill track, an uphill ride, and some log rides. If you are looking for a unique and challenging ride, then this trail is for you.
After a tiring ride, you can make a stop at the Harris River Estate Winery for a hearty and delicious lunch.
The Pines, Bramley Forest Trail
The Pines, at 8-km long, is one of the best trails that Western Australia has to offer. It is located at the edge of Margaret River, with fire road climbs, fast descents, berms, and some jumps for a heart-pumping ride.
Planning to spend some nights in WA? Visit Cornwall House Accommodation.
Cornwall House Accommodation is a 10-room motel perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Located on Albany, you can stay in this lovely and cosy motel after a day of rigorous and exciting cycling adventure. Rest up in Cornwall House, and get ready for another day of adventure.