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Sidings Rail Trail

Western Australia

Location: 97 km south of Bunbury
Length: 26 km
Surface: Coarse gravel, Compacted earth, Fine gravel
Start / End: Nannup Foreshore Park to Jarrahwood
Public Transport: Coach
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • WalkingWalking

Map Legend:

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

DETAILS

Why visit the Sidings Rail Trail?

  • The Sidings Rail Trail follows part of the route of the Nannup Branch Railway, linking the small settlement of Jarrahwood with the town of Nannup. Running alongside St Johns Brook, the trail provides views from rail bridges across the brook and the Blackwood River as it enters Nannup
  • A gentle and easy ride suitable for families and less experienced riders, the trail forms part of the 1000 km Munda Biddi Trail that stretches from Mundaring in the Perth Hills south to Albany

Attractions

  • A gentle, easy ride along a well maintained rail trail
  • Crossing the impressive rail bridges over the Blackwood River and St Johns Brook, and passing several more disused bridges
  • Informative panels on the area’s railway and timber heritage
  • Views of the ‘flood tree,’ which marks major flood events along the river
  • Riding and walking through stands of mature jarrah forest and along St Johns Brook
  • Wildflower blooms, particularly in late spring
  • Overnight camping in Jarrahwood at the Munda Biddi’s Nala Mia shelter
  • Can be combined with the Old Timberline Trail to form a comfortable day loop ride from the trail town of Nannup

Trail Guide

Jarrahwood to Nannup

Starting at the small settlement of Jarrahwood, the trail leaves town via Old Vasse Rd parallel to the rail formation, then joins the rail formation as the trail crosses Vasse Hwy. Passing a number of disused rail bridges, the trail goes gently downhill as it crosses St Johns Brook on the way to Cambray Siding, where the Old Timberline Trail provides an alternative route to Nannup.

From Cambray Siding, the trail is mildly uphill as it passes Rocky Gully and farmland before crossing Vasse Hwy. Passing through a mix of Jarrah forest and farmland, the trail reaches the banks of Blackwood River as it crosses the Old Railway Bridge into Nannup.

Background Information

Traditional owners

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

Development and future of the rail trail 

The Warren-Blackwood 2050 Cycling Strategy identifies the disused Ruabon-Tutunup rail corridor as an opportunity to link Jarrahwood with Busselton, which would see the trail cover all of the old Nannup Branch Railway.

Rail line history 

The Nannup Branch Railway from Wonnerup to Jarrahwood was completed in 1898 by the Jarrah Wood and Saw Mills Company to transfer timber to the port of Busselton. The line operated until 1903 before being bought by the WA Government Railways in 1907. The line was completed to Nannup via Cambray Siding in 1909 and operated until 1984.

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