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Hopetoun - Ravensthorpe Railway Heritage Walk - Trail Description



Hopetoun - Ravensthorpe Railway Heritage Walk

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 588km south east from Perth
Start/end: Hopetoun to Ravensthorpe
Status: Open
Length open: 39km
Surface: Compacted earth
Terrain: Flat and undulating
Public transport: Coach
Contact Region: Western Australia
Walkers on the trail in 2002 Ann Williams
Walkers on the trail in 2002 Ann Williams
Suitable for walking



Follows a former isolated railway through natural bush


The trail is open in four sections:

  • Ravensthorpe - Desmond (16 km) Some of this section of the former line has been sold off so there is a deviation of a few kilometres along the Ravensthorpe Range foothills.
  • Desmond - Kundip (9 km)
  • Kundip - Lee Creek (13 km)
  • Hopetoun Trailhead loop (14 km) of which about 5 km is on the former railway.
  • At Hopetoun remains of the jetty can be seen.
  • Ravensthorpe Hopetoun Area Promotions who with the Tourist Bureau have produced separate brochures for each of the sections above.
  • The trail committee has made a special effort to preserve the depression made by sleepers and there are artefacts along the way.

Background Information

The railway was built to connect mines in the Ravensthorpe area to the Hopetoun port and operated from 1909 – 1935


This trail is managed by the Ravensthorpe Hopetoun Area Promotions Contact them at PO Box 222 Ravensthorpe WA 6346. Phone/fax 08 9838 1277

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