How to Explore by Bike in the Margaret River Region

 

Pedal Power

There are incredible bike trails across the region for riders of all abilities to enjoy.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy bike riding in the Margaret River Region, whatever your age.

The benefits of jumping on the humble bicycle are countless: better health, fitness levels, stamina and strength, minimal environmental impact and so on. Of course it also just feels so darn good to feel the wind whistle by and the sun on your face as you cruise along on two wheels. Once you get on a bike, you’ll be a bike rider for life.

Everyone has to start somewhere though, and what better timing than to learn the ropes on holiday down south? Whether you are a mountain biking pro, or still on trainer wheels, there are bike paths and trails to suit all abilities.

Beachside Biking

Jumping on two wheels to get to the soft white sand at the beach is part of most Aussie childhoods, so it’s time to relive this tradition. Busselton and Dunsborough are ripe with beachside cycling opportunities. The two towns are actually linked by about 31km of gentle coastal cycle and walk paths, with plenty of stops in-between for lunch and a cold drink. For families with older kids up for the challenge, you can make a whole day of it and take a trip filled with beach swims and ice-creams. Littler legs will be happy with one of the smaller stretches or a shorter loop. Pop into the Busselton or Dunsborough visitor centres for a map to help with finding your way around one of several routes. The Geographe Path is a leisurely 14.1km return cycle along the Busselton foreshore, while the Foreshore Explore is a shorter option at just 3.8km, heading through a fantastic playground if the wheels have been worn out. The Bush Loop of South Busselton is another gentle loop, slightly further into the town from the beach.

Head down to Dunsborough and there is more beachside cycling throughout the quiet roads of the town. The bay is beautifully calm for a dip or to hire a SUP and get the arms working alongside those legs. If you are confident on a bike, and have experience with gravel and a bit of off road legwork, the intermediate level paths in and around the Dunsborough Country Club network are a good spot to get sweaty. As entry is through the golf course, there is an entry fee of $5 for these trails.

Down in Margaret River, you’ll also be safe on two wheels while enjoying ocean views. Peddle from the kids playground at Rifle Butts along to the White Elephant for a well-deserved hot chocolate, or, for those with a bit more stamina, you can even cycle all the way into Margaret River along the freshly refurbed pathways next to Wallcliffe Road. It’s an easy ride with only one or two hills, be sure to set aside about 30-45 minutes one way.

Bike Riding in Margaret River Credit Elements Photography

Forest-Fuelled Fun

Head inland and there are some of the most luscious tree lined paths for the whole family to get out on, starting right from the centre of Margaret River townsite. The Wadandi Trail will provide as long or short a return trip as you desire. Head northwards on the flat and well maintained gravel path and eventually you’ll hit Cowaramup, or southbound the trail leads towards Witchcliffe. It used to be a railway line (hence the alternative name of ‘rails to trails track’) so there are no surprise hills on this one.

Alternatively, set off from Rotary Park and there is an abundance of routes to choose from. A short loop around the river on the River Walk path, crossing at Barrett Street Weir is a pretty ride with a scenic stop on the bridge. In the hotter months, it’s even suitable for a refreshing dip if you are game. Another easy option is the flat path out to the Darch Trail. Heading south from Margaret River, the trail runs parallel with the town through cow and kangaroo filled paddocks. The Ten Mile Brook Trail is a 15 kilometre return trail, also from the same starting point, meandering along the peaceful river all the way out to the Ten Mile Brook Dam site. It’s a lovely spot for a lunchtime picnic if you’ve packed one.

Mountain Biking Basics

Certainly not for training wheels, but great fun for kids who already have the basics down pat, the mountain biking trails from the Carters Road car park are some of the best in the state. The trails run from easy beginners routes, all the way through to advanced paths with jumps and twist and turns, so be certain to follow the maps and clearly guided trails to ensure you don’t end up on the wrong route – The advanced riders can get up some serious pace, so it’s best to stay out of the way!

Guided Two Wheel Tours

Keen to experience the thrill of cruising around on a bike but not sure where to start? A guided tour enables you to enjoy the ride while the bikes and logistics are all taken care of for you. Easy Ride Tours in Margaret River have combined some of the best things about the region in one day, and their special e-bikes mean that you can cover more ground with less effort. Plus they will take you to a few hidden spots, for plenty of photo opps and a gourmet picnic lunch.

Where to find your wheels

There are lots of options when it comes to bike hire. Here are a few to get you started.

Ready to take it up a notch? Here are some of the best mountain biking trails in the Margaret River Region.

Author Cassandra Charlick

Cassandra Charlick is a hat collector. Current hats on the stand include freelance travel writer and photographer, wine explorer, cake enthusiast, jazz singer, and communications specialist at Brillig Communications. She finds deep joy in travelling throughout this beautiful part of the world and sharing the stories of the people and communities that live in the region. Of course, one of the best parts of travel is arriving home, and there’s no place she’d rather unpack her suitcase than here in Wadandi country. Instagram: @casscharlick Web: cassandracharlick.com

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