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Captain Fawcett Track, Dwellingup to Quindanning Captain Fawcett Track, Dwellingup to Quindanning

  • Full day
  • 105 km
    • 4WD More Difficult

      Low Range 4WD vehicles required with standard clearance. 4WD experience or training required.

Starting at Dawn Creek Road and finishing 105 kilometres later at the Quindanning Hotel, the Captain Fawcett 4WD Track showcases some of Western Australia’s best jarrah forests, historic farmhouses, original trestle bridges and magnificent views.

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This 105km 4WD track starts from Nanga Mill in Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup and ends at the historic Quindanning Hotel. It is for day use only and takes around four hours to complete. The track is currently rated 'difficult' - suitable for medium to high clearance vehicles with dual range and all terrain tyres, for drivers with reasonable experience or 4WD training, travelling in groups of vehicles.

Much of it runs along old rail embankments, where trains once hauled timber from the forests. There are picnic places along the way but no campsites. The track is not designated as one way and is wide enough in places for cautious passing.

The track has been adopted by the Armadale Four Wheel Drive Club.

Visit Dwellingup

Just over an hour's drive from Perth, Dwellingup has an abundance of nature-inspired experiences and unique offerings. Filled with ancient forests, flowing rivers, vibrant hiking and mountain-biking trails and incredible camping spots, Dwellingup is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. 


Dwellingup was recently announced as 2023 National Top Tiny Tourism Town and as the only place where the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi meet, Dwellingup is home to an array of trails for you to explore including hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, horse riding and four-wheel-driving. The adventure is yours to create in this remarkable part of Western Australia.

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  • Armadale 4WD Club

    A family orientated 4WD club that runs Trips and Activities throughout the year. Club members have adopted the Captain Fawcett Track.

  • Western Shield Baiting Locations

    View the 1080 poison risk areas in Western Australia.

  • Destination Perth

    Comprehensive information on the Perth region including destinations, things to see and do, accommodation and tours.

Expand your trip and enjoy great businesses nearby

Dwellingup Forest Lodge

Luxurious chalets set in the tranquillity of the natural bushland. All fully equipped with modern kitchens and linen provided. Beautiful views of the lake from the private balconies.

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Waypoints Cafe

Waypoints Café serves tasty, seasonal food and drinks to nourish the active and adventurous. Overlooking the skate park, pump track, Hotham Valley train and shaded lawn you won't ever need to leave!

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Dwellingup Adventures

Invent your own adventure and lose yourself in the forest and river valleys of Dwellingup.

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Dwellingup Rural Chalets at Lewis Park

Lewis Park is a 16 hectare property with valley and forest views. A perfect place to escape the city and have a relaxing weekend away.

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Dwellingup Transfers

Looking for transport to or from Dwellingup? A drop off out on to the Bibbulmun Track perhaps? We can get you where you want to be!

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Longriders Cafe & Restaurant

Licensed family restaurant with locally sourced produce inspiring the breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.

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Lake Brockman Tourist Park

Cabins and camping set in the state forest overlooking Logue Brook Dam.

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Time / Duration

4 hours



What To Pack

Group D - Drive Trails (Drive trails: 2WD & 4WD) required.

Trail Start

Dawn Creek Rd & Nanga Rd, Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup. 120km (1.5hours) south of Perth.

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Trail End

Quindanning Hotel, Quindanning

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More Difficult

Low Range 4WD vehicles required with standard clearance. 4WD experience or training required.

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Hazards & Warnings

Keeping your dog safe. Dogs are allowed in the recreation area of Lane Poole Reserve but must be kept in control and on a leash at all times. The department conducts baiting with 1080 poison as part of its Western Shield animal conservation program in Lane Poole Reserve.


  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

Spring, Summer & Autumn. Often closed during Winter.

Trail Access

Car 4WD

Prohibited Items

No fires 

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4 trail goers have rated Captain Fawcett Track, Dwellingup to Quindanning as 3.5 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.

Sue van Deuren

Reviewed 8 Jul 2019, 12:22pm

Did this trail yesterday, not a lot of water around, was pretty easy the whole way, definitely needs a bit of clearance in some areas
Peter Ruecroft

Reviewed 18 Feb 2018, 11:12am

Does anyone know if the bridge has been repaired on the Fawcett track yet?
Pete E

Reviewed 5 Oct 2017, 6:28pm

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Marco Zecca

Reviewed 20 Nov 2016, 11:53am

Very nice trail, done in November, i.e. in dry conditions.
The first 36 km are the real track, then just gravel road. Very nice sections in the forest next to the Murray River with a few spots where stop and enjoy the landscape.
Not too challenging when mud is not there, just need a bit of clearance (not for AWD vehicles).
Definitely worth to drive in convoy between May and September.

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