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Wadandi Track (Margaret River) Rail Trail - Trail Description

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Wadandi Track (Margaret River) Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 280km south west of Perth
Start/end: Cowaramup to Witchcliffe
Status: Partially open
Length open: 23km
Surface: Compacted earth, Coarse gravel
Terrain: Flat and undulating
Public transport: Coach
Contact Region: Western Australia
Witchcliffe 2015
Witchcliffe 2015
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes
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Features

The trail was previously known as the also known as the Busselton - Flinders Bay Rail Trail. The current name, recognises the traditional owners of the land. The word Wadandi translates to 'People of the Sea'.

The trail passes through natural bushland and between farmland to provide the users of the trail with a diverse landscape to enjoy. With the developing viticultural industry within the area, the trail borders vineyards as well.

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The trail links with the Ten Mile Brook Trail at Margaret River.

The trail also links with a cycle/walk trail all the way to the beach at Prevelly which in turn links with the cape to cape walk trail which follows the coast from Dunsbrough in the north down to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse south of Augusta.

Description

Parking and facilities

Parking is available at the following locations:
• Cowaramup – next to the Fire Station
• Carters Road – formal car park
• Margaret River – off Clarke Road next to former Goods Shed
• Gnarawary Road – formal car park

Public toilets are available at the following locations:
• Cowaramup - next to the Fire Station, in Pioneer Park and Cowaramup Hall
• Margaret River – Rotary park, Old Settlement, Memorial Park, Fearn Avenue
• Witchcliffe – Bussell Hwy

 Cowaramup to Carters Road (11km)

The Cowaramup end has signage with directions at the information bay in the main park entry.

Carters Road to Margaret River (3.4km)

There are numerous bridges north of Margaret River, crossing a major river, creeks and streams of varying sizes.

Margaret River to Gnarawary Rd (4.1km)

The 4.1 km section south from Margaret River to Gnarawary Road opened in June 2005.

This section has original culverts plus cattle grids and traverses working farms and natural bush. It includes two rest areas and passes chalet accommodation near to each end.

Gnarawary Road to Witchcliffe (4.6km)

The 4.5km section from Gnarawary Road to Witchcliffe was opened in November 2015.

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has developed this trail and is planning to extend the trail a further 32 km to Flinders Bay. The contact at the shire is Jason Heine. It is hoped that the Shire of Busselton will be encouraged to complete the trail from Busselton to Cowaramup.

Background Information

A private company opened a railway from Flinders Bay to Margaret River in 1885.

In 1912, the WA Government Railways took over then in 1924 upgraded the line and connected it with the rest of the system at Busselton. The railways closed the line from Busselton south in 1957.

Links

The rail trail is maintained by the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River

Wadani Track Rail Trail brochure (2015)

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Contact Us About This Trail

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

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News

News

Rail Trail Near Margaret River Western Australia Extended

(Posted: 04/11/15)

4.5km extension of the Wadandi Track official opening.

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