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Torbay to Elleker Rail Trail

Western Australia

Location: 15 km west of Albany
Length: 8 km
Surface: Compacted earth
Start / End: Torbay Hall to Elleker
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 Torbay to Elleker Rail Trail?

  • travels through a range of scenery as it links the small towns of Torbay and Elleker
  • built along the same rail corridor as the Denmark-Nornalup Heritage Rail Trail, and forms part of the 1000 km Munda Biddi Trail
  • largely enjoyed by Munda Biddi cyclists, but also popular with walkers and horse riders

Attractions

  • Elleker and its quaint cottages
  • a mix of karri forest, she-oak woodlands and wetlands
  • wildflower blooms, particularly in late spring
  • farmland and rolling hills
  • Torbay Hall and its biannual Torbay Hall Markets

Trail Guide

Torbay Community Hall – Hassell St Park

  • the trail starts at Torbay Community Hall, built in 1912 and still a popular meeting place for the community. From the trailhead the trail passes through low forest before heading along a corridor with farmland on both sides
  • a highlight along the farmland is Wilsons Wrecking Yard, a collection of hundreds of cars, trucks, buses and farm machinery spread across hectares. Entering swampland, karri forest and she-oak woodlands, the trail provides a green corridor to the outskirts of Elleker
  • crossing Marbellup Brook, the trail reaches its end at the parkland on Hassell Rd

Background Information

Traditional owners

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

Development and future of the rail trail 

This trail is built long the same rail corridor as the Denmark-Nornalup Heritage Rail Trail, with some smaller, discontinuous sections of the corridor used by the Munda Biddi. There is potential for future extension of the trail to link the sections.

Rail line history 

The South Coast Railway was built by private contractors in three stages. The Millars built the first stage from Elleker to Torbay in 1884, then commenced sawmilling in Denmark so extended the line to there in 1985. The Group Settlement Scheme began in Denmark in 1923, and because road transport was rare there was a demand to extend the line to Nornalup, which was completed in 1929.  The line had many cuttings and embankments, and was entirely by pick and shovel and horse-drawn drays. The line from Elleker to Nornalup closed in 1954.

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