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Marrinup Trail, Dwellingup

  • Half day
  • 8 km
    • Mountain Bike More Difficult

The Marrinup Trail meanders through some of Australia’s oldest rocks, which are more often exposed on this part of the Darling Scarp near Dwellingup, south of Perth. The mountain bike trail passes through native jarrah forest and redgum. The interesting ‘Cage in the bush’ POW camp is located a short distance from the trail.

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Marrinup campsite, Dwellingup, 100km (1.5 hours) south of Perth

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Proceeding clockwise, this easy to follow loop trail starts at the old Marrinup townsite which was destroyed by bush fire in 1961.  It is an eight kilometre single track suitable for both the novice and experienced rider. The trail can be shortened to about four kilometres by using the short course return route - an excellent introduction to mountain biking for children.   It varies from narrow, challenging tracks with flat sections and hill climbs to true gravel roads, with the ball bearing like bauxite gravel making things pretty interesting for mountain biking.

The “Cage in the Bush” is a little known part of Western Australia’s wartime history.  During World War II thousands of Italian and German POW’s spent time here cutting wood for Perth before being billeted out to WA farms.  Buildings no longer exist, but there are foundations, gardens and some fencing and it’s fascinating to stroll around the camp trying to imagine what life would’ve been like for the POW’s.

Nearby Dwellingup and Lane Poole Reserve offer a variety of walking, biking and canoeing experiences including access points to the Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi Trails.  

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Time / Duration

Half a day or less


8km loop

What To Pack

Group C (Mountain bike trails) required.

Trail Start

Marrinup campsite, Dwellingup, 100km (1.5 hours) south of Perth

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Mountain Bike

More Difficult

Likely to be a single trail with moderate gradients, variable surface and obstacles. Suitable for skilled mountain bikers with good standard of
fitness using mountain bikes.

Difficulty Notes

Although rated Blue (more difficult) this is one of the easier mtb trails in WA with no major hills and only 8km in length. Ideal for new riders to singletrack.


Map and bike hire available from Dwellingup Adventures (see links page).
Information and maps can be obtained from the Dwellingup Visitor Information Centre .
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Camping
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

Avoid the heat of summer


Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets
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4 trail goers have rated Marrinup Trail, Dwellingup as 4.25 out of 5!

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Wendy Clarke

Reviewed 21 Dec 2016, 1:44pm

Great track for a fun ride. Dwellingup is a lovely town with some nice cafes. Last time we were there we hired bikes, rode the track and had lunch at the Blue Wren cafe. POW camp is interesting to explore before doing the track.
Kim Chick

Reviewed 5 Sep 2016, 4:05pm

A great loop with a shortcut for those who don't want to do the full distance.
Colleen Smith

Reviewed 24 Aug 2015, 8:38pm

One of my favourite tracks when I was stepping up from beginner to intermediate. Lovely flowing single track, a few roll overs and obstacles to challenge the beginner, and even a few obstacles to challenge the more skilled rider. Not too long either, so a nice place to take the kids. Don't miss it!
Adrian Carpenter

Reviewed 1 Aug 2014, 6:51pm

Great trail for starting out. Smooth and fast with some nice log rides with easy b lines if your not confident

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