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Karak (Red Tail) Trail, Collie Karak (Red Tail) Trail, Collie

Bush Walk

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Cycle, Gravel, Rail Trail, Touring, Road
 in South West

  • 1-3 hours
  • 3.6 km
    • Bush Walk Class 1

      All abilities access, flat, even, hardened surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for unassisted wheelchair users and prams. Clear directional signage. No bushwalking experience required.

    • Mountain Bike Easiest

      Recommended for novice riders. Typically wide trails with smooth terrain and low gradients. Surface may be uneven, loose or muddy at times but free from unavoidable obstacles.

The Karak Trail is a 3.6 km (one way) dual use (walk or cycle) path connecting Collie town site to the outlying community of Allanson. The path is sealed and perfect for prams, wheel chairs and families with young children on bikes

The trail is sealed all the way
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The 3.6 km Karak Trail starts at the western end of the Collie Cemetery, but can also be accessed via the 1.8 km Hebe Cemetery Walk from the Collie Visitor Centre.

It winds its way through stands of jarrah, sheoak and paperbark and from September to November is ablaze with wildflowers, including spectacular displays of spider and cowslip orchids.

The entire path is bitumen and ideal for prams, wheel chairs and families with young children on bikes. There are several bench seats provided along the length of the path to sit and rest and just enjoy the very pleasant surroundings.

Karak, is the local Noongar name for the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo that lives in the area. You will likely hear their eerie calls along the trail.

During the cooler months, when cool misty mornings are common, the path takes on a moody, surreal appearance.

There are toilets at the Collie Visitor Centre and Allanson town site

Collie Visitor Centre

(08) 9734 2051

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Be trail ready for Karak (Red Tail) Trail, Collie

Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.

Time / Duration

Up to 1.5 hours

Length

7.2 km return

What To Pack

Group A - Urban Trails (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

The Karak Trail starts at the western boundary of the Collie Cemetery

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Trail End

Allanson town site

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Bush Walk

Class 1

All abilities access, flat, even, hardened surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for unassisted wheelchair users and prams. Clear directional signage. No bushwalking experience required.

Visit Trail Tips for further information.

Mountain Bike

Easiest

Recommended for novice riders. Typically wide trails with smooth terrain and low gradients. Surface may be uneven, loose or muddy at times but free from unavoidable obstacles.

Visit Trail Tips for further information.

Difficulty Notes

There is a long, moderate uphill section when heading in an easterly direction.

Hazards & Warnings

Beware of swooping magpies in November

Facilities

  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • All accessible parking
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

August to November for wildflowers

Trail Access

Bus or drive to Collie. The trail can be accessed by walking or riding from Collie town site or the car park adjacent to the Collie Cemetery

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2 trail goers have rated Karak (Red Tail) Trail, Collie 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.

Alison Melvin

Reviewed 3 Oct 2023, 9:11am

Wildflower and Wheelchair friendly Trail for all. Amenities at the eastern end and seating along the way. Take in ancient Paperbark, Marri and Jarrah trees. Black Cockatoo are plentiful here with lovely wildflower spotting pathway between Allanson and Collie.
Steve Roney

Reviewed 23 Jun 2020, 10:19pm

Nice short trail from the Collie Cemetery carpark, though a nice, shaded tree tunnel, paperbarks, wildflowers galore.

Park benches along the way to rest if needed. Arrive at Black Diamond Lake at the end.

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