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Captain Fawcett Track, Dwellingup to Quindanning

4WD inSouth West

Blackwood River Valley, Bunbury Geographe & Collie, Great Southern, Margaret River Region, Southern Forests

  • Full day
  • 105 km
    • 4WD More Difficult

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.

Information sign at the start of the track.Dawn Creek Rd & Nanga Rd.
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The track is CLOSED during winter.

Always contact Parks & Wildlife Services Dwellingup office on (08) 9538 1078 for further information and current track conditions prior to heading out.

Trail Start

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

Trail End

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Quindanning Hotel, Quindanning

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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.

Other Links

  • Armadale 4WD Club

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

  • Experience 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.

Photo of Dwellingup Forest Lodge

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 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.

Photo of Dwellingup Rural Chalets at Lewis Park

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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Time / Duration

4 hours


105 km

What To Pack

Group D (Drive trails) 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.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

Spring, Summer & Autumn. Often closed during Winter.

Trail Access

Car 4WD

Prohibited Items

No fires; No pets
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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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