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Life Cycles Margaret River

Life Cycle Bikes, 6/16 Station Rd, Margaret River (08) 9758 7671

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March 2018

26" hard tail, no Luggage

I had ridden the first section of the Wadandi Track (Busselton to Vasse) a while back, but now I had finally got the opportunity to ride the major section – Cowaramup to Witchcliffe. The weather was overcast and quite cool for March, but that just made for perfect cycling weather. While getting ready at the Cowaramup trail head, a young bloke was getting himself organised as well. We got chatting and it turned out Matt was going to ride the Track to the end, then back again. I asked to come along with him, and he was fine with that.
The Track is really nice, compact rail trail, and goes through a variety of bush. At the start it is often jarrah forest, near Margaret River is a few patches of karri, and towards Witchcliffe it is more often open farm land. It starts just off the highway in Cowaramup, passes through the outskirts of Margaret River, and finishes 2km South of Witchcliffe, so there are 3 places to stop and get food, drink etc.
Signage is ok, but is not frequent enough, and in one part it is incorrect. For instance, there is a sign South of Margaret River (Gnarawary Road) indicating that is the Trail head, but in fact the trail was extended another 6 km back in 2015. In Margaret River itself, it does get a bit confusing at the road crossings on where the Track is, but we muddled our way through. My GPX file should help you a lot.
Coming into Margaret River, there were several bridges to cross. Some were the old rail bridges with hand rails added for safety. But a couple had new galvanised "humps" placed on the old bridges, and were fun to ride and quite an interesting engineering exercise.
Just before Margaret River, the Trail passes the MTB area, so you get a few more riders in that area. We started riding just before 10am, and because Matt was with me, I didn't have to stop much to video the Track. This meant we were at the Track's end about 12 noon. This was the where the Track crossed Calgardup road. The train line obviously continued on into Harrisson Rd, but being a gravel road it is not the ideal situation for cyclists. We then rode back into Witchcliffe for a coffee and a pie at the Bakery (which was one of the best bakeries I have been to in quite a while). I headed off, and Matt re-joined the trail to ride back to Cowaramup.
When the Track turn East West to follow Rowe Road, Guy at the bike shop in Witchcliffe (a handy resource to have. You won't miss him in the centre of town) suggested riders use the road (it is quiet). He reckons that section is full of double gee prickles, although Matt and I didn't pick any up.

March 2017

26" hard tail, no Luggage

I was in Busselton and wanted to try the first section of this Trail. The first section of the Track is about 11 km long, and is presently unmarked (as of March 2017) -  I hope my GPX file helps you follow it.  The track leaves the Busselton jetty precinct (make sure you drop into the visitors centre and see the train "Ballaraat") and follows the foreshore west. The foreshore path soon finishes and you join the cycleway next to Geographe Bay Rd. After crossing a small bridge it turns left on to a residential street, crossing the busier Busselton Road. The next short section is on old form (for a very short distance) under peppermint tress and is very nice. But it soon crosses the road and joins a paved cycle way. After the golf course, the trail turns right and follows near the Busselton Bypass road - cars doing 100km/hr are visible through the bush. It is nearly all paved to the Vasse roundabout, and crosses Kangaroo Gully on an old rail bridge. I thought this first section of the Trail was nothing special if you are used to proper rail trail. However if you are based in Busselton and not going any further, it is a pleasant ride.

Life Cycles Margaret River

Life Cycle Bikes, 6/16 Station Rd, Margaret River (08) 9758 7671

Busselton to Vasse:
29 Mar. 2017, 4:27:20 pm
Ride Time: 29:35
Stopped Time: 7:42
Distance: 10.65 km
Average Speed: 21.60 km/h
Fastest Speed: 27.79 km/h
Ascent: 10m
Descent: 11m

Cowaramup To Witchcliffe
24 Mar 2018 at 10:00:11 am
Ride Time: 1:33:43
Stopped Time: 22:00
Distance: 26.28 km
Average Speed: 16.82 km/h
Fastest Speed: 42.80 km/h
Ascent: 94 metres
Descent: 145 metres

Life Cycles Margaret River

Life Cycle Bikes, 6/16 Station Rd, Margaret River (08) 9758 7671

Wadandi Track:

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Life Cycles Margaret River

Life Cycle Bikes, 6/16 Station Rd, Margaret River (08) 9758 7671

Life Cycles Margaret River

Life Cycle Bikes, 6/16 Station Rd, Margaret River (08) 9758 7671