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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

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway


Why visit the Jarrahdale Balmoral Rail Trail?

  • 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


  • 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

Trail Guide

  • 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

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



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