Ride Report

WA: Tour de Mandurah Petit (Permanent 50km)

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This ride is a new permanent to provide a 50km option south of Perth.

Starting on the eastern foreshore near the Mandurah Visitor Centre the ride heads along the foreshore over the most northern of Mandurah’s three major bridges.  In vicinity of the start point are free parking, toilets, water fountain, a café and one of those clever 3D illusion paintings.

The start time and day of the ride will determine how many two/four legged obstacles you dodge on the shared pathways along the way.  I picked a Sunday, 8am start, during the xmas holiday period and on a craft market day so the first couple of kms in particular were slow.

It wasn’t long before I was crossing the second bridge with views down the estuary before taking a sharp left and following the pathway under the bridge and heading along the Peel Inlet. A few dozen people out wading for crabs. More toilets in the parkland along the way if needed. The inlet view doesn’t last for long before turning north and heading to the bushland portion of the route.

Opportunity to pick up the pace.  Enroute I took to the shared path to avoid the few cars on the narrow Wanjeep Road – just a nicer ride.

As usual numerous kangaroos are grazing through the bushland section of the route.  The roads have very little traffic and it makes for a pleasant ride particularly along the perimeter of the Serpentine River Nature Reserve.

From the bushland the ride goes west (38.8km coffee van in park most days, 41.5km Service Station, 42.7km another park – toilets, water, shop opposite) to the coast. Then south along the coast – along roads and shared paths – back to the start point.

The couple of hours or so it took to do the ride went quickly given the varied scenery.  It is an easy scenic ride through mostly low traffic areas.