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John Forrest National Park Railway Reserve Heritage Geotrail

Bush Walk

Rail Trail, Cycle
inPerth & Surrounds

  • Half day
  • 7.6 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2
    • Mountain Bike Easiest

Welcome to the glorious Perth Hills!

The Railway Reserve Heritage Geotrail in John Forrest National Park is a 30 minute drive from Perth City.

The section of trail from Swan View to National Park Headquarters is about 4 km one way and provides an easy-to-access glimpse into the geology of the Perth Hills.

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Trail Start

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Pechey Road - Swan Terrace car park, John Forrest National Park. 30-40 minutes drive from Perth

Trail End

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National Park picnic area

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The geotrail starts at the Pechey Road – Swan Terrace car park and meanders east along the route of the former railway. The broad, level surface is ideal for walking or cycling, jogging or even dawdling — so you can stop to smell the… rocks! Cuttings along the trail expose the bedrock where it was excavated to construct the railway. Below the former railway route, Jane Brook forges a path eastwards to its headwaters on the granitic plateau.

You can explore the geotrail while using a handy book published by the Geological Survey of Western Australia. This book describes the main rock types and landscape features encountered along the route. Take a closer look at the rocks at selected locations, and enjoy sweeping views down the valley. Discover how geology, water, weathering, time and the determination of railway labourers have conspired to create a setting that is simultaneously ancient and contemporary. 

Download the book and an accompanying map from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) eBookshop. You can also ask for a free copy at the Shire of Mundaring office in Kalamunda or at the John Forrest NP headquarters. 

Perth Hills Parks and Wildlife Office

(08) 9295 2244

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Time / Duration

1.5 to 2 hours each way


7.6 km return


Even, well-formed path climbs gradually from west to east

Trail Start

Pechey Road - Swan Terrace car park, John Forrest National Park. 30-40 minutes drive from Perth

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Trail End

National Park picnic area

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Bush Walk

Grade 2

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.

Mountain Bike


Likely to be a fire road or wide single track with a gentle gradient, smooth surface and free of obstacles. Frequent encounters are likely with other cyclists, walkers, runners and horse riders. For beginner/novice cyclists in good health with basic bike skills. Suitable for most bikes.

Hazards & Warnings

Possible rock fall hazard from rail cuttings.


Car parks at either end of the trail. Other facilities are all at the National Park picnic area.

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Path
  • Car Park
  • Picnic Area

Best time of year

All year round, best in spring and autumn


Free entrance from west end of trail. $15 per car into National Park picnic area (east end of this trail).

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