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Jarrahdale Balmoral Trail - Trail Description

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Jarrahdale Balmoral Trail

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Type: Tramway trail
Location: 50km south east of Perth
Start/end: Jarrahdale to Balmoral POW Camp
Status: Open
Length open: 12km
Surface: Compacted earth
Terrain: Flat and undulating
Contact Region: Western Australia
Approximately half way along the trail
Approximately half way along the trail
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes
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Features

The trail follows a former tramway to the Balmoral POW Camp. It is part of the Munda Biddi Trail.

Description

  • The trail goes through bushland and some farmland. Along the way the trail passes a log loading ramp and several "shield trees". These shield trees have numbers carved into them and were used by foresters in the 1920s as a grid reference system.
  • The trail finishes at the POW Camp. Signage describes its operation and explains the ruins that remain.
  • At one point the rail formation crosses a private farm. Stiles have been provided to allow access across the farm, but cyclists are advised to follow the Munda Biddi Trail which takes a slightly steeper route to avoid the private property.
  • Signage is lacking in a couple of places so a copy of the Munda Biddi Trail Map (Map 1) is recommended.

Background Information

The trail follows a former tramway from Jarrahdale to the site of the Balmoral POW Camp.

Links

1. Jarrahdale Information http://jarrahdale.com/index.htm
2. Jarrahdale History http://www.jarrahdale.com/museumandhistory.htm
3. Map of nearby Mundlimup Walk Trail http://jarrahdale.com/maps/walk_mundlimup.pdf

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

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