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Near Perth | Churchman’s Brook near Armadale
has more than 60 routes at varying degrees of
difficulty. The Avon Valley is another option,
with good crags developed at Bald Hill Boulders
and Emu and Quarry creeks. For beginners and
trainees, try Stathams Quarry and Mountain
Quarry in Midland, or Blackwall Reach on the
Swan River at Point Walter, where the river can
be used as a safety net.
Down South | Bob’s Hollow is a well-
established sports climbing crag 15km south
of Margaret River, with nine three-star
climbs in the mid- to high-grade range. Peak
Head outside Albany has many 100m-plus
climbs for experienced rock warriors, and
the Porongurups and Stirling Ranges north of
Esperance have classic climbs from 25m for
the uninitiated, to a whopping 250m for the
advanced climber or suicidal beginner. The face
of Peak Charles, outside Esperance, rises from
the Nullarbor, and provides an inspired view
from the peak.
Up North | Breathtaking climbing and abseiling
can be had in the gorges of Kalbarri National
Park, best tackled in the cooler months when
the sun is at its benign best. Sites around the
Z Bend Lookout are varied and wonderful, but
pre-planning and caution is advisable, and
climbers are reminded to never tackle outback
cliffs and rock formations alone. Take a buddy.
For more info, visit climberswa.asn.au.
Spring is the ideal time to
cycle the newest section of
the Munda Biddi Trail. The
wildflowers are out, and the trail
is more compact, so it’s not as
dry and slippery as it can be
after a hot summer
f the top 10 cycling journeys listed
in the National Geographic book
Journeys of a Lifetime, the Munda
Biddi Trail is fourth.
Recent extensions have seen it connecting
the communities of Nannup, Deanmill and
Manjimup, taking it through magnificent karri
forest for the first time. There’s almost 10km
of newly constructed track, several crossings
of the Donnelly River, and historic sites and
recreation areas, including Willow Springs,
Green’s Island, Four Aces, One Tree Bridge,
Glenoran Pool and the old Donnelly Mill
townsite, now a holiday village.
WA is not a mountainous state but it is vast, and local
and international climbing enthusiasts have scoured
it to discover some cracking climb sites. The sport is
growing in popularity, with more people challenging
sheer cliff faces for the adrenaline-pumping thrill of it...
There’s currently 600km of trail to cycle
between Mundaring and Manjimup, either in
short bursts or long-haul rides. Three-sided
huts are positioned along the track, the newest
being Karta Burnu, 23 km from Manjimup. It’s
got views over the Donnelly River.
When the trail is complete – it’s scheduled
the longest continuous off-road cycle trail in
the world, matching that other great WA trail
for walkers, the Bibbulmun Track.
In anticipation of the completion of the
track, the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation
is delivering a community development
program. That means cyclists win. Among the
initiatives is a cycle-friendly business program,
encouraging businesses to attract cyclists.
Expect to see cycling services cropping up,
including facilities that help cyclists refresh,
refill, revitalize, repair and ride.
There’s also an epic ‘end-to-end’ event
proposed for November next year, to celebrate
the completion of the trail, and there’ll be a
chance for riders to do sections of the trail for
two- to seven-night periods. A ‘gourmet’ ride
with meals and accommodation – is also on
the drawing board. See mundabiddi.org.au for
details as they come to hand.
There’s plenty for climbers to enjoy
in the west (Photography Margaret
River Climbing Company).
On the Munda Biddi Trail.
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