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Kalamunda Zig Zag Trail

Western Australia

Location: 25km east of Perth
Length: 3 km
Surface: Sealed
Start / End: Kalamunda to Kalamunda
Public Transport: Bus
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • WalkingWalking

Map Legend:

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


Why visit the Kalamunda Zig Zag Trail?

  • It is a popular scenic drive.
  • You may also like to walk the zig zag. Traffic is generally slow moving, but some care is required since there are no footpaths.
  • The national park offers a number of walking tracks that offer interesting side trips off the road. The zig zag is also well used by local cycling groups.
  • The railway formation that the zig zag was built on continues on through Gooseberry Hill to Kalamunda and beyond.
  • Much of the former railway has been made into a walking and cycling trail - the Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail.
  • Thanks to Steve Yates for assistance with this description.


Situated in the Gooseberry Hill National Park, the Zig Zag offers great views over Perth.

Background Information

The railway through Kalamunda was opened in 1891. It was extended to Karragullen before closing in 1949. The rail line had a series of switching points (zig zag) where trains reversed direction in order to climb the steep 1 in 30 grade of the Darling Range.
After the rails were removed the zig zag was turned into a narrow bitumen road (one way – top to bottom).



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