WA mountain bike trails your kids will love

Op-ed By WestCycle Mountain Bike Manager Marg McIlroy

WA's extensive Mountain Bike Trail Networks offer endless opportunities for fun, family bonding. Pic: Marg McIlroy

If you’re running out of activity ideas for your kids as the school holidays wind up, grab your bikes and explore WA’s world class Mountain Bike Trail Networks – there are loads of great options for kids of all ages. 


Mountain bike trails in WA follow international ratings and are graded as either White (very easy), Green (easy), Blue (moderate), Black (difficult) or Double Black (extreme).  


Rail Trails are the easiest (white/green) and I recommend the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail for young inexperienced riders. The trail wanders through the picturesque Perth Hills and the amazing diverse landscapes of the John Forest National Park.  


The Heritage Trail surface is mostly flat, even, wide and stable, with a steady gradient, except for the occasional bit of loose gravel in dry weather. Don’t be put off by the 42km loop, there are plenty of parking options to start from to reduce the ride distance. Ride out to a point of interest or even stop at a local café for a treat and then ride back to your car.  


For the more advanced beginner rider, try the new Noolbenger Trail, in John Forest National Park, although it is rated green there are some more moderate features, downhill runs and climbs, and the spectacular views are well worth it. 


The Kalamunda Trail Network has a short beginner’s skills loop called ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ that is perfect for kids to learn on. Once they have mastered some skills, you can venture out on one of Network’s many green trails. The trails are mostly single track, but with slightly uneven and loose surfaces that offer an achievable challenge for the beginner rider. 


Lake Leschenaultia in Chidlow has a fantastic loop that circumnavigates the lake, or for the more experienced or adventurous kids, try one of the green trails. Ride over to the northern side of the lake and check out the pump track along the way.


Dwellingup is a popular destination for mountain bikers, with plenty of beginner-friendly options. With access to the Munda Biddi Trail, Marrinup, Turner Hill and Murray Valley Networks ’Dwello’ has some great options for the more advanced and experienced kids too. Be sure to check out the amazing mural on the nearby Wellington Dam Wall! 


There is also the Wadandi track, in Margaret River. It passes though stunning peppermint, jarrah and young karri forest, the gradient is relatively flat, and the trail surface is generally even. Margaret River also has a variety of mountain bike trails to suit all abilities, with plenty of beginner green trails. 


These options are just a taster! There are many other mountain bike trails and trail networks across the state and most include easy green trails suited to kids of all ages. 

Visit Trails WA for a comprehensive list of WA’s Mountain Bike Trails. 


Be prepared and follow the WA Mountain Bike Code of Conduct.


Enjoy your trail time!

Marg-McIlroy.Pic KyraEddy
Pic: Kyra Eddy

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Tim Roach

Elected Director | Off Road

Tim has been in senior leadership and strategic development roles for more than twenty years. He is currently Director of Executive Education in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University and is a past Assistant Commissioner and General Manager in the public service. He is an Accountant (FCPA) and sits on the Divisional Council of CPA Australia.

Tim has been involved in racing mountain bikes, BMX and triathlon for many years, both as a father of two children who race and as a past and current bike racer. Tim is the current over-50 State Champion in downhill mountain biking. He is also a very regular and enthusiastic transport cyclist; frequently seen in a suit and tie riding to meetings in the city on a mountain bike.

Denise Sullivan

Chair | Governance & Risk Committee

Denise Sullivan has a career spanning over twenty years in senior management and executive roles in the state public and not-for-profit health sectors.

In her usual role of Director Chronic Disease Prevention with the Western Australian Department of Health, she leads the development of state chronic disease and injury prevention policy and planning frameworks and contributes to the shaping of the national preventive health policy agenda.

Her professional interests cover many aspects of chronic disease and injury prevention encompassing health communications, health promotion and research, public policy on health and workforce planning and development.

She has a particular interest in furthering collaborations with other sectors with a mutual interest in promoting a more active and healthier WA community, and creating and sustaining environments that support this. Denise is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Leadership WA Signature Program, and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian College of Health Service Managers.

Denise is a recreational cyclist and recent convert to mountain biking (although trainer wheels still on!).