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Western Australian route maps

Parker Point, Rottnest Island, WA. Source: Western Australia Toiurism.Western Australia has some great bicycle routes, although it's hard to see them detailed in one map. Google Map's bike path search option (click on the bike in Get Directions when searching) is the fastest and most comprehensive option for finding safe routes between towns, and then there's a whole heap of smaller maps if you want to break it down into the nitty gritty.

 

Perth

 

The Munda Bindi Rail Trail. Source: Munda Bindi Trail

Rail Trails

WA has this amazing thing called the Munda Bindi Trail. Once complete, this old rail trail will take you 1,000km down WA, off road. The trail is currently open from Mandaring north of Perth to Manjimup down south, and a section near Albany is also open. The complete trail will stretch from Mandaring to Albany and will be complete in April/March 2013, taking the title of the longest off-road cycle trail of its kind in the world. To top if off, the trail runs through unspoilt forest and bush land.

The Nullarbor

I once met a German man who cycled across the Nullarbor in the 1980s and survived by drinking unboiled bore water. Needless to say he made it, but his guts weren't too happy. Plan ahead and you'll be fine, but don't try and cycle this notorious stretch of Australia without researching the strong winds and distances between roadhouses first. You can read James Desmond's account in Cycling the Nullarbor.

Images from top: 1. Parker Point, Rottnest Island WA. Source: WA Tourism. 2. Bell Tower, Perth WA. Source: WA Tourism. 3. Munda Bindi Trail WA. Source: Munda Bindi Trail

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