Set off from stunning Margaret River and traverse the varied landscapes of this beautiful corner of the world. Discover national parks, farming areas and winery country – and many special spots along the way. The route continues on through Karri Country before returning to the ocean where it all began.
26 & 27 March
Warm up by the coast in glorious Margaret River and explore this sun-kissed region. Wander along the beach or grab a seat in a seafood restaurant. Start making friends over a glass of wine, the buzz is building as the start day nears. Can’t wait to hit the road!
Saturday 28 March
Margaret River to Bussleton
Push off – it’s begun. Cycle along Caves Road, look out over grape country. Expect to see a few wineries – see 20! A single lane road winds along fields and rolling valleys, a canopy of trees overhead. What’s that smell? Chocolate! Is there time to stop here? Make camp by the beach in Busselton.
Sunday 29 March
Bussleton to Donnybrook
Breathe in the fresh salty air and sweeping sea views. Call in at ritzy Geographe – bit different from your tent! Cut through Ludlow Tuart Forest to the old mill town. Strike up a conversation along the way. Detour through Peppermint Beach. Who’s up for coffee on the coast?
Monday 30 March
Donnybrook to Bridgetown
Ride into pastoral scenery, freewheeling along winding roads. Have a chat as pedals spin, swap bike tips and admire the view. Enter the classic forests of the southwest. The sun shines, conversation flows and legs keep pumping round, round, round… Tune into BYK FM, wonder what the Entertainment crew have planned for tonight?
Tuesday 31 March
Bridgetown to Manjimup
Look sharp for emu buddies George and Mildred or quokkas in the Carter State Forest. Glide downhill, check out Donelly Mill before undulating roads pass Karri trees and into Manjimup. The tent’s up in no time, dinner is served and you’re talking up a storm – this camping thing’s a breeze.
Wednesday 1 April
Manjimup to Pemberton
Whizz through Karri plantations, this is fun! Try to catch sight of the steam railway stretching across trestle bridges – Pemberton awaits. The campsite is buzzing with anticipation – tomorrow is sleep in day, so tonight is party time. Find your mates and have a laugh together
Thursday 2 April
Pemberton – REST DAY
Explore Karri Country. Wander through forests, take a winery tour or cast out a fishing line for catch of the day. Shimmy up the Gloucester Karri Tree, dive into Big Brook Dam or just snooze under a tree. There’s plenty to do and loads of new friends to do it with.
Friday 3 April
Pemberton to Nannup
Refreshed and raring to go again! Power through towering timbers and alongside winery lakes into the heart of the Diamond State Forest. Feeling fit now, has it really been a whole week on the bike? Enjoy the big downhill into town – three cheers for freewheeling!
Saturday 4 April
Nannup to Augusta
Gear up for some serious cycling, it’s the longest day in the saddle. Cross Blackwood River and return to the coast at Augusta. Energise with tasty treats along the way – jellybeans, anyone? Wave to the vollies as you roll into Camp – you made it! It’s the last night, familiar faces everywhere and smiles all around.
Sunday 5 April
Augusta to Margaret River
Loop the loop, travel in between spectacular coast, amazing forest scenery and homeward bound. Is this Australia’s best riding? Get back to where it all began, extend your stay to explore the region. Jump for joy – it’s been an incredible 537km of exhilarating adventure. See you next time!
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Please note that the Rider Route is subject to change
Margaret River Discovery Tours
Sean Blocksidge is the owner operator of the Margaret River Discovery Company, an avid photographer, blogger and South West WA ambassador. In 2010 he won Western Australian Guide of the Year and his tours have been rated the #1 thing to do in Australia on the Tripadvisor website for the past two years.