Rails to Trail

The Rails to Trail project which is taking off worldwide encourages towns, shires, and/or States to turn old disused railway lines into cycle and walk trails.


Busselton to Flinders Bay Rail Trail

The Busselton - Flinders Bay Trail is an 18km cycle and walk path taking you through some of the most beautiful natural bush, farmland and vineyards in the region. This trail was once one part of the old railway network that was built by M.C. Davies , during the timber boom in the South-West region of Western Australia. The trail begins or ends (depending where you start) at Cowaramup and finishes at Margaret River. Several farmers and land owners have kindly allowed the public to access the old railway lines that often cut through their properties.

There are also bridges, creeks and streams in the 5km section north of Margaret River and several link trails which (if you choose) will lead you on another journey.

Ten Mile Brook Trail

When you arrive in Margaret River from the Busselton - Flinders Bay Rail Trail you can trail link to the Ten Mile Brook Trail or to the Prevelly Beach Rail Trail. The Ten Mile Brook Trail Starts at "Old Kate", a steam engine at the Northern edge of Margaret River and ends at the Rusden Picnic Site. The trail is on a 7.5km dirt track. The Prevelly Beach trail links to the Cape to Cape Walk Trail .

Another link, which should be open soon, extends 4km south to Witchcliffe.

The proposed plan for a further 36km trail from Witchcliffe to Flinders Bay should be complete by 2010.

There has also been expressed interest in the completion of the trail from Busselton to Cowaramup.