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Kalamunda Zig Zag Trail - Trail Description

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Kalamunda Zig Zag Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 25km east of Perth
Start/end: Kalamunda to Kalamunda
Status: Open
Length open: 3km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Flat and undulating
Public transport: Bus
Contact Region: Western Australia
Looking down from the zig zag. The bottom leg of the zig zag can just be seen through the trees in the middle of the photo.
Looking down from the zig zag. The bottom leg of the zig zag can just be seen through the trees in the middle of the photo.
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for following by car
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Features

Situated in the Gooseberry Hill National Park, the Zig Zag offers great views over Perth.

Description

  • It is a popular scenic drive.
  • You may also like to walk the zig zag. Traffic is generally slow moving, but some care is required since there are no footpaths.
  • The national park offers a number of walking tracks that offer interesting side trips off the road.
    The zig zag is also well used by local cycling groups.
  • The railway formation that the zig zag was built on continues on through Gooseberry Hill to Kalamunda and beyond.
  • Much of the former railway has been made into a walking and cycling trail - the Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail.
  • Thanks to Steve Yates for assistance with this description.

Background Information

The railway through Kalamunda was opened in 1891. It was extended to Karragullen before closing in 1949. The rail line had a series of switching points (zig zag) where trains reversed direction in order to climb the steep 1 in 30 grade of the Darling Range.
After the rails were removed the zig zag was turned into a narrow bitumen road (one way - top to bottom).

Links

The trail manager is the Shire of Kalamunda. Please report defects on the trail to Shire of Kalamunda. 1. Shire of Kalamunda http://www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/
Kalamunda Zig-Zag page http://members.westnet.com.au/locoman/zigzag.html

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Contact Us About This Trail

Email or click here: wa@railtrails.org.au.

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