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Mundaring Weir Rail Trail

Western Australia

Location: 39 km east of Perth
Length: 7 km
Surface: Coarse gravel, Compacted earth, Fine gravel
Start / End: Mundaring to Mundaring Weir
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

DETAILS

Why visit the Mundaring Weir Rail Trail?

  • A variety of lookouts, rocky outcrops, small waterfalls and an abundant wildlife in Beelu National Park

Attractions

  • The 560 km ‘Golden Pipeline’ is the world’s longest freshwater pipeline. Built between 1898 and 1903 from Mundaring Weir to Kalgoorlie, it is still in use
  • The pipeline was designed by WA Government Engineer-in-Chief C.Y. O’Connor. No 1 Pump Station at the end of the trail has more information on O’Connor

Trail Guide

  • The trail starts at opposite the Mundaring Weir Hotel and also forms the first part of the Munda Biddi Trail
  • The trail is downhill from Mundaring to the weir. It deviates from the railway formation occasionally and is a little steep in places
  • At Mundaring, the trail links with Railway Reserves Heritage Trail

Background Information

Traditional owners

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

Rail line history 

The trail follows the route of the Mundaring Weir Branch railway, built to help with the construction and maintenance of the weir. The line incorporated a zig-zag and operated between 1898 and 1952.

It was a popular picnic and excursion line to the weir in the 1930s and 1940s. Steep grades down to Mundaring Weir meant a limited range of locomotives was permitted on the line.

Proposals to resurrect the railway line as a tourist attraction have not materialised.

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