Head to the hills for WA’s best mountain biking trails
Just 30 minutes from Perth City, you can access WA’s finest mountain biking trails. Kalamunda in the Perth Hills is the base for a huge network of trails ranging from beginners to the ‘black diamond’ routes for the hard core MTBikers.
Set in the picturesque state forest and national parks, the network features mainly intermediate (blue square) trails , but also has some excellent beginner tracks such as the ‘Shake, rattle and roll’ loop trail. The fully-signed 800m trail only takes about 5 minutes to complete but gives people an idea of the skills needed and the type of terrain to expect out on the network.
With 34 trails to choose from and totaling over 40km of riding, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Download the full trails map and details here
And you won’t be alone – joining over 50,000 people who use the trails every year. In fact, there’s a big community of MTBikers in the area. The Kalamunda Collective is a not-for-profit group who not only ride the trails but also build and maintain them. Check out their website for all the details of the trails, events and latest happenings.
Don’t worry if you don’t have your own bike as Rock & Roll Mountain Bike Hire and Kalamunda Cycles can help you out with one from their hire fleet. If you aren’t yet confident enough to head out onto the trails on your own, the guys at ‘Rock & Roll Mountain Bike Hire’ or the crew at Jump N Pump Nation can help you learn some great skills through their clinics or guided rides.
Tips for MTBiking in the Perth Hills:
The trails are mostly one-way so make sure you start off in the right direction!
Don’t forget your lid (aka helmet to us mere mortals). You’re gonna need it in case of an involuntary dismount!
Bring along all the usual kit for a day in the bush – first aid, sun cream, water & food, mobile phone etc.
In summer, hit the trails early to avoid the heat.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite on the trails, why not hit one of the many cafés in Kalamunda for a restorative cuppa and some good grub.
Check out the website for more information on other activities within the hills or help in choosing which café to ‘bonk’* out or call the Perth Hills Visitor Centre on 08 9257 9998 to speak to one of our friendly staff who can help you.
* is the MTBking term for running out of energy!