Western Australians take note: A new off-road touring route has been opened in the south west, providing a tremendous 900km off-highway trip through forest and farmland. River crossings, lakes and small country towns are features of the leisurely three to five day journey.
10 years in the making, the route leads from Mundaring to Albany, said to provide an alternative to driving the highway. The MundAl Track, as it is known, visits Dwellingup, Collie and Boyup Brook along the way. Visitors that don’t wish to camp can stay in accommodation in the towns, where you can also purchase supplies and enjoy a pub lunch en-route. There are also many attractions along the way, including the Hotham Valley Railway in Dwellingup.
Congratulations to the Four Wheel Drive Association of Western Australia for pulling this fantastic adventure together. What a coup! The track is predominately unsealed tracks and trails. Conditions do vary due to weather, but is generally passable by 4X4s, camper trailers and some all-wheel drive vehicles. There are some short stints on bitumen to link between the more scenic tracks.
Although 900km in length, the track can be accessed in stages, making for easy day trips or longer tours. The objective is to extend the track to a total of 4500km in a circular loop, taking in Kalgoorlie and the Mid West regions too. The Four Wheel Drive Association hopes to have the extended trip open this time next year.
There is concern about the spread of a pathogen that kills native plants being spread by 4X4s, as it is often carried in mud on vehicles. Read more about the biosecurity risk here.
All users are recommended to thoroughly wash the underside of their car (and trailer if towing) so as to not spread the dieback pathogen. There is no map published of the route. To download the GPS coordinates and information for the MundAl Track, visit the Four Wheel Drive Association of WA website here.