The Collie Darkan Rail Trail retraces the Collie to Narrogin railway, starting east of Collie, through the town of Darkan and beyond to Dardadine.
Being an old railway line, the Collie to Darkan trail is a relatively flat walk, cycle or horseride. The trail features a series of renovated rail bridges over creeks and rivers, farmlands, forests, an abundance of spring wildflowers, as well as the preserved railway stations of Bowelling and Darkan.
There are two overnight stopover points - Bowelling Station (with a watertank and bench seating but no ablutions) and the Darkan Townsite where you will find camping or cabin style accommodation available in the Shire run caravan park or there are a number of private accommodation providers in town. Other siding sites along the route may be used if required. Supplies are available only in Collie and Darkan. It’s important to carry sufficient food and water for two to three days and arrange pickup at either trailhead. Interpretative signage along the trail provides information about the railway's history.
The western trailhead at Buckingham is a 18 kilometre drive from Collie, at the corner of Shotts River Road and the Coalfields Highway. The eastern end is located at Dardadine Siding.
Coalfields Road to Buckingham 1km
Buckingham to Bowelling 18km
Bowelling to Darkan 28.5km
Darkan to Dardadine 15km