Raid Wheatbelt - Western Australia - 2004km within 21 days

The Raid Wheatbelt is a circular route from Perth, firstly north along the west coast, then inland into the Wheatbelt, and finally into the Southwest area before returning to Perth. The terrain is mainly rolling hills and the main challenge is overcoming the persistent winds.

The Raid is available in both directions from the start/finish point at Deep Water Point, Mount Pleasant. Riders should aim at covering a minimum of 100km a day to complete the course in 21 days.

The distances between towns where accommodation is available, as well as the number of rest days taken, may mean you will need to cover more than 100km per day on occasions. As the ride passes through remote areas, sufficient food and water to reach the next town should always be carried. This is particularly important at weekends when shops may be closed.

Route
Exact directions and distances are provided to registered riders. The route travels via the following towns (distances shown are in each direction from Deep Water Point).


Perth (0/ 2004km),

Guildford

(24/1980km),

Bullsbrook

(51/1953km),

Bindoon

(99/1905km),

Moora

(190/1814km),

Dandaragan (231/1773km),

Badgingara

 (267/1737km),

Jurien Bay

(326/1678km),

Leeman

(364/1640km),

Dongara

(471/1533km),

Mingenew

(523/1481km),

Mullewa

(611/1393km),

Tarden

(651/1353km),

Morawa

(709/1295km),

Perenjori

(751/1253km),

Dalwallinu

(856/1148km),

Kalannie

(909/1095km),

Cadoux

(959/1045km),

Koorda

(999/1005km),

Mukinbudin (1075/929km),

Merredin

(1175/829km),

Narembeen

(1228/776km)

Hyden

(1318/686km),

Lake Grace (1418/586km)

Pingarup

(1470/534km),

Katanning

(1570/434km),

Kojonup

(1612/393km),

Boyup Brook (1699/305km),

Collie 

(1765/239km),

Bunbury

(1821/192km),

Mandurah

(1925/79km),

Rockingham  Beach (1960/44km),

 

 

Deep Water Point (2004/0km).

Highlights and descriptive route details

he ride starts from Deep Water Point Mount Pleasant which is near the Nolimba sports accommodation centre. If required the Raid organiser can supply a contact telephone number.

From Deep Water Point the route is along cycle paths beside the Canning and Swan rivers to Guildford. At Guildford you enter the Swan Valley which is renowned for a large number of fine vineyards. At Bullsbrook there is a 3K climb up the Darling Range scarp then into the scenic Chittering Valley with its many citrus orchards.

At the end of the Chittering Valley a short run along the Great Northern Highway brings you to Bindoon which has a excellent bakery. 6k on from Bindoon you turn onto the Midlands Highway and after a succession of short steep hills you enter the start of the mid wheat belt and 50k of flat road to Moora. Moora is the supply centre for the Midlands area and has a variety of shops, hotels and a caravan park.

From Moora the road continues thro rolling wheat belt county to Dandaragan, a old established sheep raising area. The road from Dandaragan to the Brand Highway junction at Badagingarra is a succession of rolling hills. There is Roadhouse at Badagingarra which is the last place to get food and water before Jurien Bay which is 59k away.

From the Jurien Bay turn off the road passes thro. 2 National Parks which are renowned for their wildflower displays in springtime. Jurien Bay is a crayfishermans port and it is also becoming popular as a holiday resort. From Jurien Bay the road follows the coast to Dongara 118k away. Be sure to fill your Bidons at Jurien and Leeman the only other town you pass through.

From Dongara to Geraldton the route is on the Brand Highway and passes thro the historic hamlet of Greenough. Geraldton is the main town in the midwest of WA and has all the usual facilities. It is the last place to get any bike spares.

Be sure you fill your bidons before leaving Geraldton, there is a store a Moonyanooka, after that there is no water until Mullewa 90k away. Mullewa was a rail junction, food, drink and accommodation is available. The Government railway runs south from here to Perth, 600k away.

The route follows the rail line south, there is a store at Gutha about 50k south of Mullewa but it is not always open. Be sure you fill your bidons before leaving Mullewa. The country between Mullewa and Dalwallinu is typical WA wheat belt, rolling hills, very dry and not very inspiring except in spring time. Morawa, Perenjori, Latham and Wubin are typical wheat belt towns all experiencing a loss of population. Food, water and accommodation is available at all towns except Latham.

Dalwallinu has all facilities. From Dalwallinu onwards you again pass through wheat belt country and the small towns of Kallannie, Cadoux, Koora, Bencubbing and Muckinbuddin. Food, water and accommodation is available at each town. Merredin is a medium size town with all facilities, it is a rail junction for all the wheat belt lines.

South of Merredin you again pass thro more wheatlands and the towns of Narembeen and Koninin. From Kondinin you head east to Hyden which is famous for the wave rock, a line of rock which has been eroded by the wind and resembles a wave.Hyden to Lake Grace is again thro wheatlands. Lake Grace is a seasonal salt lake covering thousands a hectares.

Pingarup is a small town with limited facilities, be sure to fill you bibons before leaving. After Pingarup the country changes, it is still very dry and is used mainly to raise sheep although around Katanning large amounts of oats are grown. Katanning is a large town with huge abattoir on its outskirts, it is also a service centre for Great Southern area.

From Katanning the hills become longer and steeper, there is also more areas of large trees. The cleared areas are use to graze sheep. The route from Kojonup follows a rail line so it is fairly flat. The country is scenic with rolling hills and large stands of Jarrah trees. Jarrah timber is much sort after by furniture makers.

Boyup Brook is the centre a large fruit growing area. The road west from the town passes through a very scenic area which is heavily timbered and there are a number of small towns which exist only because of their sawmills. From Mumbellup to Collie the road passes through a large area a State Forest , the trees being mainly Jarrah and Marri.

Collie is the Coalmining centre of WA, there are a number of deep mines but now most of the coal comes from open cut mines. From Collie to Bunbury the road first passes through more forest then dairy country before the 6k decent down Roelands Hill to the coastal plain.

Bunbury is the main town in the southwest, through it port alumina and mineral sands mined in the Darling Range are exported. It is also the centre for a large dairy industry. Unfortunatley the port is also used to export large quantities of woodchips.

The route from Bunbury to Perth follows the Coastal Highway, the main town en route is Mandurah, a holiday resort which is also popular with retirees as it offers a very relaxed lifestyle. There are a number of roadhouses along the route so obtaining food and drinks is no problem.

There is a short deviation through Rockingham passing alongside numerous beaches. After a short distance on main roads the route turns onto the cycle path alongside the Kwinana Freeway. At Mount Henry Bridge the route drops of the cycle path onto The Esplanade and continues to the finish at Deep Water Point.

A detailed cue sheet (but no maps) are supplied to registered riders.