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  • Full day
  • 23 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2
    • Mountain Bike Easy

Formally known as “Rails to Trails” this path is open to walkers and cyclists, the Wadandi Track showcases the heritage of the former Busselton to Flinders Bay Railway.  The track takes you through some of the most beautiful natural bush, farmland and vineyards in the Margaret River region, three hours south of Perth.

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Trail Start

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Memorial Drive, Cowaramup, 265km (3 hours) south west of Perth

Trail End

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Witchcliffe, 8km (10 minutes) south of Margaret River

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The track currently begins or ends (depending where you start) at Cowaramup and finishes at Witchcliffe. Passing though peppermint, jarrah and young karri forest the trail provides a firsthand view of the abundant bird life.

The track offers the opportunity to experience the Margaret River region through its natural environment, Aboriginal heritage and the rich history of the industries and communities served by the railway from 1884 to 1957.  

Along the 5 kilometres north of Margaret River there are numerous bridges crossing a major river and creeks and streams of varying sizes. The trail is easy to navigate with picnic areas along the way. The spectacular birdlife includes yellow robins, parrots and blue wrens and the wildflowers are stunning in Spring (September to December).

As it was a railway, the gradient is relatively flat, and the terrain is generally gentle.  However, it can get moderate in some places and a mountain bike is recommended. 

HISTORY

The railway line was built in the 1880s by prominent timber businessman M. C. Davies, who laid a number of lines to take timber from his mills to jetties at Hamelin Bay and Flinders Bay for export.

By 1916 the timber industry had declined and the railway from Augusta to Margaret River was bought by the WA Government.

It was extended to Busselton by 1925 to service the remaining timber industry, the original group settlements, farming and domestic passengers.

As the road network improved, more of the cartage was done by trucks and the Busselton to Flinders Bay branch railway eventually closed in 1957, after which most of the rail line and sleepers were salvaged for other uses. A handful of sleepers and rail line can still be spotted today and some major elements of the railway infrastructure remain in place. These include the original railway formation; cuttings; embankments; and many of the bridges and culverts.

Since the closure of the railway, several roads and some public facilities have been constructed on the trail reserve.

Some parts of the reserve were leased to adjoining landowners. While all of these leases have lapsed or were terminated, some of the activities that were permitted under the conditions of these leases are still taking place within the reserve – including grazing, plantations, dams and quarrying of local resources.

TRAIL SECTIONS AND DISTANCES

There are four discrete sections that can be traversed:

Cowaramup-Carters Road 11.0km

Carters Road-Margaret River 3.4km

Margaret River-Gnarawary Road 4.1km

Gnarawary Road-Witchcliffe 4.6km

FACILITIES

Parking is available at the following locations:

• Cowaramup – next to the Fire Station

• Carters Road – formal car park

• Margaret River – off Clarke Road next to former Goods Shed

• Gnarawary Road – formal car park

Public toilets are located at the following locations:

• Cowaramup - next to the Fire Station, in Pioneer Park and Cowaramup Hall

• Margaret River – Rotary park, Old Settlement, Memorial Park, Fearn Avenue

• Witchcliffe – Bussell Hwy

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Time / Duration

Time depends on mode of transport and individual itinerary

Length

23km one way

What To Pack

Group C (Mountain bike trails) required.

Trail Start

Memorial Drive, Cowaramup, 265km (3 hours) south west of Perth

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Trail End

Witchcliffe, 8km (10 minutes) south of Margaret River

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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

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.

Facilities

Bike hire available in Margaret River, at Wharncliffe Mill bush retreat and The Hairy Marron (see links page)
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Picnic Area

Best time of year

September to November

Trail Access

Road or bus to Margaret River

Prohibited Items

Dogs on leads permitted
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4 trail goers have rated Wadandi Track, Margaret River as 4 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.

ZIA JASPER

Reviewed 24 Mar 2020, 12:59pm

We started the hike from Witchcliffe, best starting point is near the corner of Redgate Rd and Bussell Hwy behind the fire station/tennis court/ fuel station - walk 50m up Redgate rd and you'll see the trail to commence walk north bound.

Lovely trail to take our dog with us, very peaceful and beautiful smelling flora
Madeleine Runs

Reviewed 7 May 2017, 7:05pm

A good trail for a long run where you don't want to get side-tracked. It is one long straight track. From Margaret River to Cowaramup it is slightly uphill, hardly noticeable, which makes it fun to turn around and find out it is all downhill on the way back. Easy to run with road running shoes - no trail shoes needed.
Dawn Ambrose

Reviewed 8 Jan 2016, 3:33pm

A great family track especially for cycling-quite leisurely and relaxing. A bonus is pleasant parks, coffee shops and bakeries at each end! One tip- the trail is mainly slightly uphill from Margaret River to Cowaramup, so if doing the round trip I always choose the uphill before I've indulged in my reward!
Brett Larsen

Reviewed 3 Dec 2015, 8:27am

Great beginners track mostly sand and gravel wide enough for two all the way, gradual slopes you hardly notice and a few great little wooden bridge crossings.
The track is shaded by the tree canopy most of the way for sun sensitive people. 11Km one way from Cowaramup to carter road Margaret River.
Recommended for Mountain bikes, Fatbike or any off road cycle no rough spots at all, very smooth and leisurely.
Worth a look or even a walk.

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