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Jarrahdale Balmoral Rail Trail

Western Australia

Location: 50km south east of Perth
Length: 11 km
Surface: Coarse gravel, Compacted earth
Start / End: Jarrahdale to Balmoral POW Camp
Public Transport: None
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • WalkingWalking

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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  • follows a former tramway from Jarrahdale to the site of the Balmoral POW Camp
  • traverses bushland and some farmland, passing a log loading ramp and several shield trees each carved with a number used by foresters in the 1920s as a grid reference system
  • provides a link with the Mundlimup Timber Trail, POW Camp Trail and Bibbulmun Track, plus the Munda Biddi Cycle Trail

Nearby Attractions

  • finishes at the POW Camp. Signage describes its operation and explains the ruins that remain. A walk option is from the POW Camp to Sullivan Rock carpark, linking up with the Bibbulmum Track, an extension of 9km
  • from the POW Camp, the trail passes through stands of Kingia australis grass trees before rejoining the timber tramway to Millar’s Log Road. Note the sleepers on the old tramway
  • the adjacent area was the site of Jarrahdale’s number 3 timber mill, called the ‘39 Mill’ because it was on the banks of 39 Mile Brook

Last updated: 9 December 2022

  • 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

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Background Information

We acknowledge the Whadjuk people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.

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