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Kep Track, Mundaring to Northam

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  • Multiple day
  • 75 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 1
    • Mountain Bike Easy

The multi-use Kep Track uses the rail formation between Mundaring in the Perth Hills, to Northam, east of Perth.  The trail can take anywhere from a one to two hour walk, a bush outing for you and your horse, or a cycle adventure of several days.

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Trail Start

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Weir Villiage Road (opposite Hotel), Mundaring Weir, 38km (1 hour) east of Perth

Trail End

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The northern side of Poole Street Bridge on the west side of the town, just off Mitchell Avenue.

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The track is aligned to the Golden Pipeline Drive Trail, following part of CY O’Connor’s pipeline which continues from Mundaring Weir to Kalgoorlie.   There are trail heads at Mundaring Weir and Northam, and multiple access points which means walkers from any level (from strollers to end-to-enders) are catered for. Riders can park and ride from pretty much any town along the way.

The Track passes through the communities of Mundaring, Sawyers Valley, Mount Helena, Wundowie, Bakers Hill, and Clackline. Those who want to go end-to-end can source suitable accommodation through the visitor centres.

Be prepared (see Trail Tips), leave your itinerary including an estimated return time with friends/family and firm up pick-up arrangements beforehand.  

For horses it is recommended to carry a canvas bucket and have the horse shod or wear boots if going a considerable distance. At the right time of year, there is green pick on the way but if riding a full day, carry a nosebag. Horses need a level of fitness appropriate to distance and speed travelled.

Access:

Contact Transwa on 1300 66 22 05 to make a booking on the AvonLink or the Prospector for you and /or your bicycle. The AvonLink commuter train travels to Perth every morning from Northam and back in the evening, Monday to Friday. Transwa operates coach services between Northam and Perth every day of the week. Bicycles are allowed but with a limit of two per coach make sure you book well in advance.

Contact Transperth on 13 62 13 for information about getting to some of the settlements on the Kep Track by bus. From Midland train station you can travel as far east as Wundowie with stops in Mundaring, Sawyers Valley, Mt Helena, Chidlow and Wooroloo. Bicycles are not allowed on metropolitan busses.

NOTE: There is no public transport system between Mundaring Weir and the town of Mundaring.

Northam Visitor Centre

(08) 9622 2100

Other Links

  • Western Australian MTB Guide Book

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  • Experience Perth

    Comprehensive information on the Perth region including destinations, things to see and do, accommodation and tours.


Be trail ready for Kep Track, Mundaring to Northam

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

Time / Duration

Time depends on mode of transport and length of section chosen

Length

75km

What To Pack

Group C (Mountain bike trails) required.

Trail Start

Weir Villiage Road (opposite Hotel), Mundaring Weir, 38km (1 hour) east of Perth

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Trail End

The northern side of Poole Street Bridge on the west side of the town, just off Mitchell Avenue.

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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

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.

Hazards & Warnings

Slow down when approaching roads

Facilities

Guided horse rides available on trail
  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
  • Dog Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shop

Best time of year

Avoid hot days.

Trail Access

Road to Mundaring Weir. Road, bus or rail to Northam

Prohibited Items

Dogs on lead and horses permitted, however they are not allowed closer to Mundaring Weir than Firewood Road (approx. 3km from the weir) to protect the water quality
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5 trail goers have rated Kep Track, Mundaring to Northam as 4.2 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.

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Marco Zecca

Reviewed 7 Sep 2020, 1:23pm

Completed on 05/09/2020. The trail is not as challenging and spectacular as many sections of the Munda Biddi, but still a pleasant ride through some farmland and beautiful countryside. Winter and spring the best time to ride, medium level of fitness required given the distance. One thing to note is that in several sections the trail runs relatively closed to the highway, so there' s no real wild feeling. The trail is generally well marked but the GPS route is still recommended. Overall, I would recommend this trail, if done at the right time of the year and with reasonable expectations
Helen Abbott

Reviewed 28 Apr 2018, 11:03am

Lovely long ride. Most signage good but dontake the map. We gave up trying to find the trail once near the army facility and went on the highway, same on way back, highway to Eadine (?) st.
Stayed at Duke Inn. Cheep room in hotel, nice bathrooms down hall and pub meal for dinner. Lovely old building and a bed- fancy.
Plenty of possible food stops on the way- bonus.
Lee lee

Reviewed 27 Dec 2016, 2:38pm

Rode this track from Mundaring Sculpture Park to Lake Leschenaultia (Kep track goes past a trail leading into the lake area), easy flat riding. One cross of Great Eastern Highway and a few roads. Relaxing ride through some forest sections and bush borders the trail. Downhill jumps located before turn off at Mt Helena. Great trail to increase kilometres into a ride with options to do the Railway Heritage Trail and Goat Farm Downhill.
Chris C

Reviewed 4 Sep 2015, 8:50am

Im re-reviewing this track because I have now done the full length from Northam to Mundaring. If you are going to ride a 75km trail, then obviously you ride it for what it is - not for a challenging test of your bike skills, but for a pleasant cross country adventure through changing scenery, beautiful landscapes, and varying terrain. And for that, it is great. Maybe Im biased, I had perfect weather and the track was as quiet as it could be. I didnt see a soul for the first few hours and apart from the physical challenges I found the ride very relaxing and enjoyable. As a result I would have given this 5 stars without a second thought, but for the appalling lack of directions and signs. I spent the first hour of the day pedalling around northam trying to find the start of the trail, and once I did I had to turn around a few times when I took a wrong turn, as well as spend a bit of time sitting still scratching my head.
Chris C

Reviewed 6 Dec 2014, 7:41am

Havent ridden the full track but I find it a great ride for beginners or those who want a day off from the demanding stuff. Plenty of clean singletrack with a few little fast sections thrown in. If you wander off the trail you can actually find some pretty demanding fast and/or technical descents to test your skill on, and you can also ride it at a level to really test your abilities. Yesterday I managed to throw myself down an almost 90 degree decline, only 5 metres from the main trail, and pulled off a lucky escape from a 20km/h downhill corner slide.

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