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Karak (Red Tail) Trail, Collie

Bush Walk

inSouth West
Blackwood River Valley, Bunbury Geographe & Collie, Great Southern, Margaret River Region, Southern Forests

  • 1-3 hours
  • 3.6 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 1
    • Mountain Bike Easiest

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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Trail Start

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

Trail End

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Allanson town site

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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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Collie River Valley Tourist Park

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Forest Explorers - Collie Wildflower,Mural,Heritage Tours & Trail Transfers

Local tour guide who has more than twenty years experience in wildflowers & the natural environment. Sharing a perspective of our local area,while experiencing that fresh air and being re-freshed.

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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


7.2 km return

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

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

Get directions

Trail End

Allanson town site

Get directions

Bush Walk

Grade 1

No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

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.

Difficulty Notes

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

Hazards & Warnings

Beware of swooping magpies in November


Hire bikes are available in town. (See links section)
  • Access without assistance for the Disabled
  • Bicycle Path
  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking for Disabled
  • 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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1 trail goers have rated Karak (Red Tail) Trail, Collie as 4 out of 5!

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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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