Mountain biking in the Dwellingup 100

Stepping up from last year's first time effort at Dwellingup 100, this year's entry was into the 70km course, a distance that I wasn't entirely familiar with but keen to give it a go. For those that have never heard of the Dwellingup 100, it is a mountain bike event inclusive of all levels of mountain bikers with several course distances through the forest in Western Australia.  In recent times ...

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A delightful Collie 50

We may not have been able to spend the weekend in Collie, but luckily it's just a 2 hour drive from Perth, so on race day, we drove towards the south west region under darkness seeing in the sunrise from the car just after 6:00 am. As we made our way along Coalfields hwy which leads straight into town, we joined a line of vehicles also shuttling mountain bikes behind ...

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First time at the Dwellingup WA 100 MTB Classic

When I signed up to participate in the Wallaby 42 km course of the Dwellingup WA 100 MTB Classic, my motivation was fuelled by excitement of the prospect of challenging myself and giving it a good go in the forests trails whilst all the while supporting a good cause,  Muscular Dystrophy WA. I also find great joy exploring the trails in Western Australia and haven't really cycled much of Dwellingup, so ...

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Munda Biddi and Marrinup Trail, Dwellingup

Winter has moved on into Perth and with the exception of squally wet days, there is the opportunity for some favourable mountain biking conditions because in all honesty, winter in this city is not all that miserable making available days of whisper wind and some sunshine. Celebrating Western Australia Day, we road tripped down to the forest town of Dwellingup for a trail ride along the Munda Biddi and Marrinup Circuit. Our motivations ...

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MTB Jarrahwood to Nannup – Munda Biddi & Old Timberline Rail Trail

Carrying on from our camping in Nannup post we spent a day exploring the local national park on bikes.  Only a few metres from the main street in Nannup, off road cyclists and hikers have access to 3 trails covering over 40 kilometres through forest and bushland from the towns of Jarrahwood and Nannup. The Munda Biddi continues south from Nannup to Donnelly River, a small holiday village enveloped in ...

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Camping and Cycling in Nannup

With a few nights up our sleeve we travelled down to Nannup to mountain bike a few of the local trails before the long weekend. Nannup is located in Western Australia's south west along Vasse Highway, in between Bridgetown and Margaret River. The Blackwood River and a few creek systems pass through the town making it a genuine haven for nature and outdoor activities. As the trip approached, each day the ...

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Sensational coffee at Pickle & O, Nannup

Gearing up for a day of exploring the town of Nannup we stopped in at Pickle and O, a small fresh food focused cafe on the main street next to the tourist centre. Around the town in spring there are some beautiful tulips in planter boxes along the street. We sat outside enjoyed a smooth long black coffee and breakfast. I highly recommend this place for coffee and a reasonably priced ...

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Holidaying like it was 1990 in Western Australia

Early childhood holidays were in a remote beach hut community, surrounded by sand dunes, daily encounters with kangaroos and emus, and stories of a haunted hut. I made it once to the window at night before hastily running away because the oil lantern and wood rocking chair freaked my wandering imagination into thinking a ghost would appear any minute. The excitement was playing with the kids next door and running through the settlement in the ...

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Come and find me…at Donnelly River Holiday Village

Completing a small section of the Munda Biddi last year, Donnelly River Village became our start and finish, where we spent a night in between preparing and recovering from the bike journey. You can catch those posts here and here. We had such an awesome break in the old mill town that we decided to book a return. Not your typical white robe, pool or spa type of holiday. Donnelly River Village ...

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Road trip tips for Western Australia’s South West

A while ago I wrote a few tips for the drive to Albany and from our recent trip along the South Western highway to the great southern forests I’m sharing some general knowledge for a seamless enjoyable 'down south' drive. This post covers the towns along Forest Highway and the South West Highway all the way to the great southern forests area of Pemberton, Northcliffe, Manjimup and Walpole. It's a decent length ...

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