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Collie Darkan Rail Trail

Bush Walk

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  • Multiple day
  • 47 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4
    • Mountain Bike Easy

The 46.5km Collie to Darkan Rail Trail passes through bush and picturesque farmlands. In springtime the area is carpeted in wildflowers.  The multi-use trail is a pleasant two-day journey suitable for horse and bike riders or longer if you choose to walk.

The western start of the rail trail with distances to features marked.
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Trail Start

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Buckingham - on the Coalfields Highway, 20kms east of Collie (160kms south of Perth)

Trail End

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Darkan Railway Station

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Being an old railway line, the Collie to Darkan trail is a relatively flat walk, cycle or horseride. Supplies are available only in Collie and Darkan with nothing in between the two towns. It’s important to carry sufficient food and water for two to three days and arrange pickup at either trailhead.

The main overnight stopover point is Bowelling Station, 18kms from Buckingham, but siding sites may be used if required.

The trailhead at Buckingham is a 20km drive from Collie along the Coalfield's Highway. At the 20km mark (just after crossing the Collie River) the trail head is on the road on the right (South), right next to the highway. Buckingham is on the left of the highway (North), but there is nothing much there- an old church and a couple of houses. The Trail goes down a sealed road for 1 km then turns left into the old train line. There are distance markers there.

Buckingham to Bowelling 18km
Bowelling to Darkan 28.5km

Collie Visitor Centre

(08) 9734 2051

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  • Follow my Ride

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Time / Duration

2 days ride, longer if you walk

Length

47kms one way

What To Pack

Group C (Mountain bike trails) required.

Trail Start

Buckingham - on the Coalfields Highway, 20kms east of Collie (160kms south of Perth)

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Trail End

Darkan Railway Station

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Mountain Bike

Easy

Likely to be a combination of fire road or wide single track with a gentle gradient, smooth surface and relatively free of unavoidable obstacles. Short sections may exceed these criteria. Frequent encounters are likely with walkers, runners, horse riders and other cyclists. Suitable for beginner/novice mountain bikers in good health with basic mountain bike
skills and using off-road bikes.

Difficulty Notes

The difficulty with walking is the distance, not the terrain.

Facilities

  • Bicycle Path
  • Parking for Disabled

Best time of year

April to November

Fees

No fees apply

Trail Access

Road

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6 trail goers have rated Collie Darkan Rail Trail as 4.5 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.

Rob Alman

Reviewed 1 Mar 2021, 10:33pm

With all but the start (Collie End) well signposted it was a pleasant ride...
Be sure to take plenty of water and snacks and let someone know when you plan to return as mobile coverage is minimal.
Robin Lonsdale

Reviewed 13 Oct 2020, 8:34pm

Well marked and easy horse trail. Stay with your horse at the caravan park, enjoy a lovely morning tea at Rarebits on Burrowes and a great dinner at the Darkan pub - you can even tie your horse up at the back of the pub while you eat (with prior permission).
Alison Kidman

Reviewed 7 Sep 2020, 6:34pm

A bit of a hidden gem. Very nice flat, well compacted trail ideal for an easy walk or cycle with children. Trail markers needed at the fork a few hundred metres from the start at the western end (go left) and at the intersection of the old and new highways (cross to the southern side).
Anita Britza

Reviewed 10 Aug 2020, 9:43pm

Fabulous scenic riding with spots to sit for lunch
Anita Britza

Reviewed 10 Aug 2020, 7:51pm

Amazing place to stay with horses at the caravan park/old pony club grounds and you ride straight out to the track. Brilliant dinner at the pub when you finish
Beryl Eatts

Reviewed 12 Feb 2017, 6:50am

Great riding trail

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