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Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail (including Zig Zag) - Trail Description



Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail (including Zig Zag)

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 25km south east of Perth
Start/end: Gooseberry Hill to Pickering Brook
Status: Open
Length open: 16km
Surface: Compacted earth
Terrain: Flat and undulating
Best seasons: Spring, Autumn
Public transport: Bus
Features: wineries, tourist
Contact Region: Western Australia
Trail head in Kalamunda town centre.
Trail head in Kalamunda town centre.
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes



  • This rail trail follows the alignment of the Upper Darling Range Railway which ran from Midland to Karragullen.
  • A feature of this trail is a Zig Zag which enabled trains to climb the steep grades of the Darling Escarpment. At present, the Zig Zag forms part of a scenic drive, which is one-way (down hill).


  • The formalised part of the rail trail starts near the top of the Zig Zag. It runs through the Kalamunda town centre and finishes near the site of the Walliston Railway Station.
  • South of Walliston, it is possible to follow the alignment of the railway to Pickering Brook using a combination of gravel roads, sealed roads and single-track. This section is only recommended for more confident users.

Background Information

The Upper Darling Range Railway opened between Midland and Canning Mills in 1891. It was extended to Karragullen in 1912. The line closed in 1949.


The trail is managed by the City of Kalamunda. Please report any defects using the contact details provided on this website:


For further information regarding the Upper Darling Range Railway refer to this website: 

April 2020

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Upgrades to Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail

(Posted: 27/10/20)

The City of Kalamunda in Western Australia has recently completed upgrades to the southern part of the Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail.


Temporary closure of Zig Zag to benefit WA rail trail users

(Posted: 23/04/20)

The City of Kalamunda has announced they will be closing the Kalamunda Zig Zag scenic drive to vehicles from 30 May 2020. The closure will initially be a six month trial which will be used to gauge community support.