Collie’s newest mountain bike trail network, the Collie Wagyl Biddi, was officially opened last week, just in time for the Australia Day long weekend.
Hundreds of avid mountain bikers, as well as complete novices, have already had a go at the new nine-kilometre trail network with a series of connected trails built to beginner and intermediate level, including 4.5 kilometres of trails suitable for hand-cycles.
The Trail Head is located at Soldier’s Park on Lefroy Street in Collie and has toilets, water and parking, as well as a playground, skate park and barbecue facilities, making the trail a great all-round family experience.
The new trail is just one of many mountain biking trails in the region, including the world-class Munda Biddi Trail, Ray’s Trail, Two20 Trail, Dead Cats Trail and the Arklow Trail Network.
The trail names were chosen from more than 80 entries in a community competition. The overall network is to be known as Collie Wagyl Biddi. Wagyl being the mythical rainbow serpent that, according to legend, created the Collie River and Biddi, which means ‘path through the forest’ in the Noongar language.
The individual trail names are:
- Drop Dead Fred – after a bag of bones was found during construction
- Sprocket Rocket –a very popular suggestion after Eric’s cat and bike part
- Wilman Trail – meaning ‘freshwater people’ after the local Aboriginal people
- Marri Meander – due to the prevalence of Marri and nature of this trail
- Rocky Horror – after the rock formations and nature of this trail.
“Collie is fast becoming one of Western Australia’s premier tracks and trails hub, with a huge variety of experiences just waiting to be explored,” said Collie Shire President Sarah Stanley. “This new trail is perfect to showcase the type and quality of trails available in the region, attracting visitors to stay on and enjoy more trails, or return for another look.”
Long-time local trail advocate John Wallace said he was excited to see the trail up and running.
“So many were people riding it over the long weekend and social media buzzing with anticipation of a new destination to ride,” Mr Wallace said.
“The Collie town trails are unique in that there are very few, if at all, opportunities in WA to have such quality trails right in the middle of a town.”
“We’re encouraging people to share their experiences of the new trails with the hashtag ‘#CollieTrails’.”
For more information on Collie’s trail network, contact the Collie Visitor Centre on 9734 2051.