Trails: Aboriginal & Heritage

Western Australia's history dates back more than 40,000 years with a rich Aboriginal history, making it one of the oldest lands on Earth.

Australian Aboriginals were the original inhabitants of Australia. They lived a nomadic existence, moving within fairly well-defined geographic regions, as they followed the seasons and food sources.

European explorers came much later, and while it is widely believed that Portuguese sailors plied the waters as early as the 1500s, the first recorded European visitors in Western Australia's history were the Dutch in the 1600s.

Western Australia’s heritage is linked to its places, buildings and the people who lived here. Early convict craftsmen helped build much of our State, and Perth’s town Hall, Fremantle Prison and the Fremantle Roundhouse are testament to their skill. Many of the early accomplishments no longer exist and many of the settlements have been abandoned but the stories remain and the impact they have on the Western Australian attitude is alive and well today.

Heritage trails and sites across the State tell colourful stories from the gold rush and whaling days to pearl farming and outback sheep stations. Many of WA's towns have heritage trails and more will be added to this site over the coming months....

The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail takes you to WA’s Eastern Goldfields.

Aboriginal & Heritage Trails in Western Australia

Trail Name Top Trail Rating Region Time Length Difficulty
Avon Historic Tourist Drive Perth Full day 98km Easy
Baigup Wetland, Bayswater/Maylands Perth 1-3 hours 1km Easy
Bilya Walk Track, Toodyay Perth 1-3 hours 7.2km Easy
Boom or Bust Trail, Perth CBD This is a Top Trail Perth 1-3 hours (Loop) 2km Easy
Breakers Trail, Hyden Golden Outback Less than 1 hour 1.4km Easy
Bridgetown Heritage Trail South West 1-3 hours 2.4km Easy
Bun.gu Trail, Geike Gorge NP North West Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.1km Easy
Direction Island Heritage Trail Indian Ocean Islands 1-3 hours (Loop) 3.5km Easy
Dwerta Mia Walk Trail, Yanchep NP Perth Less than 1 hour 1km Easy
Echidna Trail, Walyunga NP Perth Half day (Loop) 11km Moderate
Flintstone Rock - Beedoboondu, Mount Augustus NP Golden Outback Less than 1 hour .5km Easy
Gabbi Karniny Bidi, Rottnest Island This is a Top Trail Perth Half day (Loop) 9.7km Moderate
Getting high in nature, Australia’s South West South West Multiple day (Loop) 1000km Easy
Gnamma Trail,  The Humps, Hyden Golden Outback Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.2 km Easy
Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail, Mundaring Weir to Kalgoorlie This is a Top Trail Perth, Golden Outback Multiple day 650km Easy
Golden Quest Discovery Trail, Goldfields This is a Top Trail Golden Outback Multiple day (Loop) 965km Easy
Goordgeela Lookout Trail, Mt Augustus NP Golden Outback 1-3 hours 3km Difficult
Harvey Heritage Trail South West 1-3 hours 6.5km Easy
Hill Springs, Cape Arid National Park Golden Outback Less than 1 hour (Loop) 0.5km Easy
Hippo’s Yawn, Hyden Golden Outback Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.7km Easy
Hyden Rock Walk, Hyden Golden Outback Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.25km Easy
Jenna Biddi Yorga, Blackwall Reach, Bicton Perth Less than 1 hour 2km Easy
Kaalitj – ngort Koondaam, Bateman Park Perth Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1km Easy
Kalari Trail, The Humps, Hyden Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 1.8km Moderate
Karlinyah Bidi, Rottnest Island Perth 1-3 hours 5.9km Moderate
Karri Walk Trail, Denmark South West 1-3 hours 1.5km Easy
Kep Track, Mundaring to Northam Perth Multiple day 75km Easy
Kingsford Smith Mail Run, Carnarvon to Meekatharra This is a Top Trail Coral Coast, Golden Outback Multiple day 800km Easy
Len Otte Nature Trail, Cape Arid NP Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 1km Moderate
Marrinup Trail, Dwellingup This is a Top Trail Perth Half day (Loop) 8km Moderate
Meeka Lookout, Meekatharra Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 2.5km Easy
Meeka Rangelands Discovery Trail, Meekatharra Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 3km Easy
Melville Water Riverpark Trail Perth 1-3 hours 16km Easy
Merredin Heritage Walk Golden Outback Less than 1 hour (Loop) 2km Easy
Merredin Peak, Merredin Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 2.4km Moderate
Mining Heritage Walk, Greenbushes South West 1-3 hours (Loop) 3km Easy
Mokare Heritage Trail, Denmark South West Less than 1 hour (Loop) 3km Easy
Mullewa Bushland Trail Coral Coast Less than 1 hour (Loop) 2.4km Easy
Mundlimup Timber Trails, Jarrahdale Perth Less than 1 hour (Loop) 3km Easy
Ngank Yira Bidi, Rottnest Island Perth Half day 9.4km Moderate
Ochre Trail, Dryandra Woodland Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 5km Easy
One Mile Jetty, Carnarvon This is a Top Trail Coral Coast 1-3 hours 3km Easy
Ooramboo Trail, Mt Augustus NP Golden Outback Less than 1 hour .5km Easy
Pilgrim Trail, Subiaco to New Norcia Perth Multiple day 202km Moderate
Pioneers Pathway, Toodyay to Merredin Golden Outback Full day 224km Easy
Preston River Loop and Indigenous Walk Trail, Donnybrook South West Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.8km Easy
Rarrgi Trail, Geikie Gorge NP North West Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.6km Easy
Spectacles Aboriginal Heritage Trail, Beeliar Park Perth 1-3 hours (Loop) 5.0km Easy
Spectacles Banksia Trail, Beeliar Park Perth 1-3 hours (Loop) 3.5km Easy
Station Life Peron Homestead, Shark Bay Coral Coast Less than 1 hour (Loop) .6km Easy
Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail This is a Top Trail Perth 1-3 hours 30km Easy
Syd’s Rapids & Aboriginal Heritage Trail, Walyunga NP This is a Top Trail Perth Half day 6.4km Easy
The Heritage Walk Trail, Pinjarra Perth Less than 1 hour 1.2km Easy
Thungara Trails, Dongara Denison   -- Coral Coast -- -- --
Toodyay Heritage Trail Perth Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.4km Easy
Wardan Nara Bidi, Rottnest Island Perth Half day 10km Moderate
Woodloes Walk Trail, Canning River Park Perth 1-3 hours 6km Easy
Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail, Yanchep Perth Multiple day 28km Moderate
Yaburara Heritage Trail, Karratha North West 1-3 hours 5km Moderate
Yamaji Drive Trail, Greater Geraldton Coral Coast Multiple day 195km Easy
Yanchep National Park   -- Perth -- -- --