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Kep Track - Trail Description

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Kep Track

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 59km east of Perth
Start/end: Mundaring Weir to Northam
Status: Open
Length open: 75km
Surface: Compacted earth
Terrain: Flat and undulating
Best seasons: Spring, Autumn
Public transport: Train, Coach
Contact Region: Western Australia
On the Farming Heritage Trail
On the Farming Heritage Trail
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for horse riding
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Details

Features

The Kep Track (formerly known as the Farming Heritage Trail) runs from Mundaring Weir to Northam. It follows the alignment of the Eastern Railway to Clackline, which opened in 1885 and closed in 1966. East of Clackline, the trail uses a combination of sealed roads and gravel tracks. 

Description

  • This trail overlaps (and is an extension of) the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, which runs from Midland to Mount Helena.
  • This trail also overlaps with the Mundaring Weir Rail Trail, which runs from Mundaring townsite to Mundaring Weir.
  • The famous Goldfields Water Pipeline runs parallel to sections of the trail. Built between 1898 and 1903, the "Goldern Pipeline" is the longest freshwater pipeline. Running for 560 km from Mundaring Weir to Kalgoorlie, it remains in use to this day. The pipeline was designed by CY O'Connor, the Government Engineer-in-Chief. Sadly, O'Connor took his own life shortly before the pipeline was commissioned. 

Background Information

This trail traces part of the route of the Eastern Railway which opened in 1885 and closed in 1966.

Links

The trail is managed by the Shires of Northam and Mundaring. Please report defects to the relevant shire. 

Support Services and Attractions

Perth Hills Mountain Bike Tours. Enjoying nature made easy using Giant Dual Suspension E-Bikes to pedal up and down these bush terrain’s in Waterloo National Park, John Forrest and Beelu National Parks visiting sites including Lake Lechenaultia, Mundaring Weir, the Lower Helena Valley Dam and the Swan view Tunnel.

Munda Biddi Shuttle Service - The Kep Track Shuttle will get you to the start the Kep Track in Northam with your bike. If you are keen to ride from Mundaring to Northam, a pickup from Northam to bring you back to Mundaring can be arranged.

About Bike Hire - Bike hire service (depending on the number of people/bikes) can arrange pick-up/drop-off normally as part of bike hire package.

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Contact Us About This Trail

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

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