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The Tullis Bridge Walk Trail is a short rail trail to the west of Boddington in WA’s Peel region. The trail provides visitors with insights into the area’s timber, mining and agricultural heritage.
- The small town of Boddington
- Hotham River foreshore
- Picturesque open farmland and remnant bushland
- Remains of Tullis Bridge (partially destroyed by fire in 2009)
- Federation Crossing, a historic stone crossing where early settlers crossed the Hotham River east of Tullis Bridge
- Other connecting trails, such as Ranford Pool
The Tullis Bridge Walk Trails begins in Boddington and follows the alignment of the Pinjarra-Narrogin railway, which ran parallel to the Hotham River.
Boddington has accommodation, cafes, hotel and a supermarket. The best time to visit is between April and October when the Hotham River is flowing and the surrounding farmland is lush.
The Tullis Bridge Walk Trail extends west from the Lions Rodeo Grounds in central Boddington. After leaving Boddington the trail passes through farmland and timber reserves before arriving at the remains of Tullis Bridge, built in 1912 to link the railway line from Pinjarra with Narrogin for use by the timber industry up to 1968.
At Tullis Bridge a separate 3 km walking trail takes you around the bridge and river for birdwatching, wildflowers and scenery. There are shady areas for lunch or a snack.
This trail still has tracks in sleepers in place, making it unsuitable for wheelchairs, prams and some types of bike. Trail users have to open and close a number of gates as the trail passes through working farms.
Rail Trails Australia acknowledges the Wiilman people of the Noongar Nation, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which this rail trail is built.
Development and future of the rail trail
In 2020 the Peel Alliance (comprising the Mandurah, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Waroona and Boddington Councils) released a State funding submission that focused on a variety of infrastructure, jobs and tourism initiatives. The document identified several rail trail opportunities within a short drive of Perth, including the proposed Hotham Valley Rail Trail, which would involve extending the Tullis Bridge Walk Trail west to Dwellingup. At around 40 km, the trail would involve restoring Tullis Bridge.
Rail line history
The Pinjarra to Narrogin railway was a 153 km line built between Pinjarra and Narrogin. The line opened in stages between 1910 and 1927 to serve the timber industry as well as rural and fruit-growing industries. Pinjarra and Narrogin are on the South Western and Great Southern main lines, so the Pinjarra to Narrogin line provided an important link with towns and mills such as Dwellingup and Boddington. The closing of many of local timber mills led to a decline in traffic on the line and services were withdrawn until last service ended in 1984. The Hotham Valley Railway operates a heritage railway over 32 km between Pinjarra and Etmilyn, near Dwellingup.
The Peel Alliance (comprising Mandurah, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Waroona and Boddington Councils) has recently released their ...More...