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1872 Heritage Railway Trail, Jarrahdale

Bush Walk inPerth & Surrounds

Perth Hills,

  • 1-3 hours
  • 9.8 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

The 1872 Heritage Railway Trail is a 9.8km return walk exploring the railway line between WA’s first ever timber mill, to it’s purpose built jetty in Rockingham. Playing a major role in WA’s development through timber exportation around the world, this trail is a scenic self guided walk, into our states history.

Views of the railway line below
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Access from the corner of Nettleton and Jarrahdale Road

The historic Jarrahdale Tavern is situated in the beautiful timber town in the hillls of Jarrahdale, just 45km South-East of Perth CBD

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The 1872 Heritage Railway Trail is made up of two sections including a 9.8km return and a shorter 4km loop, commencing at Jubb Road.The trails feature old railway sleepers, historic trail markers, vistas and picnic spots amongst wandoo bushland. There are lovely views through the valley and along the Darling Scarp, as the trail follows the old line, traverses up a steep climb, then turning back to the start offering a more dense section along the Gingagup Brook.

Other Links

  • Life of Py

    Detailed description of the 1872 Heritage trail including lots of stunning photos.

  • Follow My Ride

    An informative write up on the history of the railway and area, completing the section between Mundijog and Jarrahdale.

Expand your trip and enjoy great businesses nearby

Jarrahdale Holiday Carriages

Unique accommodation in refurbished railway carriages located in the hills of Jarrahdale on a scenic 26 acre property with access to forest trails. Approx. 50 minute drive from Perth or Fremantle

Photo of Jarrahdale Holiday Carriages

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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.

Time / Duration

3 hours for the whole circuit


9.8km for the full trail

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Access from the corner of Nettleton and Jarrahdale Road

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Difficulty Notes

Although a railway trail, please note the trail does leave the railway and has two steep sections, up and down.


  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Shaded Area

Best time of year

August to November

Trail Access

Access by car

Prohibited Items

Motorbikes are not permitted

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3 trail goers have rated 1872 Heritage Railway Trail, Jarrahdale as 4 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Karen Scanlon

Reviewed 9 Oct 2021, 11:36pm

A really enjoyable walk. Well signposted all the way, beautiful bushland with a huge variety of wildflowers and bird life. We completed the 9.8km comfortably in just under 3 hours. There is a lot of loose pebble gravel, and some caution is needed to avoided falling in some of the steeper parts.
Samantha Menezes

Reviewed 9 May 2021, 3:45pm

Great walk, did the 9 km. Does require moderate fitness as some uphill. Was worth it. Saw lots of birds.
Richard Curtis

Reviewed 30 Nov 2020, 11:15am

Really enjoyable 10 km walk. Good variety of tracks and challenges. The start could be a bit better signed and not sure why none of the walk is actually on the track. Good directional signage after the start. Some great spots to stop and have a drink and a picnic which we did. Dog friendly which is a bonus. Would definitely do it again. Some more historical signage along the way would also be a bonus.

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