Rob Alman rated Collie Darkan Rail Trail a 4 out of 5
Be sure to take plenty of water and snacks and let someone know when you plan to return as mobile coverage is minimal.
Buckingham - on the Coalfields Highway, 20kms east of Collie (160kms south of Perth)
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
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
2 days ride, longer if you walk
47kms one way
Group C (Mountain bike trails) required.
Group C (Mountain bike trails)
Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
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.
April to November
No fees apply
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