Works on this transformational project continue into the 2018/19 financial year to realise the completion of the Hotham Valley Railway Rail Relocation project component in September. The Trails Centre, Skate Park and Pump Track will also be tendered for and constructed and an adventure playground, entertainment stage, additional barbeque and picnic facilities and significantly upgraded parking, pathways and signage established. The project is set to transform Dwellingup into a tourist town of national significance. Project completion is anticipated for the first half of the 2019/20 financial year.
Proudly supported by: The Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the State Government through the Local Projects Local Jobs Fund and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest, Alcoa, Hotham Valley Tourist Railway and Dwellingup Community Association Inc.
- Hotham Valley Railway Rail Relocation – relocation of the rail triangle and the implementation of a new train turntable
- Visitor Centre Expansion – redevelopment of an expanded and transformed Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre with additional toilets and hot showers
- Skate park, pump track, adventure playground, entertainment stage, additional barbeque and picnic facilities and significant upgrades to parking, pathways and signage
- Realignment of the Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun track through the town to meet at the Trails Centre
This consequential project will maximise Dwellingup’s natural assets as well as the attraction of Hotham Valley Tourist Railway, better incorporating the rail trails into the town’s trail offering, and turn Dwellingup into a truly unique tourism experience.
The project will assist in establishing a sustainable economy for Dwellingup and will transform the town into a national and future international trails town.
Trails Infrastructure Development:
In January 2019, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service opened three new downhill mountain bike trails, catering for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders, the first of over 25km planned for the Murray Valley Mountain Bike Trail Network.
The “Year one” Green Trail, “Boom Boom” Blue Trail and “Bam Bam” Black Trail, offer a great experience for any mountain bike enthusiast.
The trails can be accessed through Lane Poole Reserve.
A park pass is required and can be purchased:
- Lane Pool Reserve Entry Station – (08) 9538 1078
- Online: shop.dbca.wa.gov.au/collections/park-passes
- Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre – Marinup Street, Dwellinup, (08) 9538 1108
If you plan to return (and we are certain you will) we highly recommend you purchase the local annual park pass at $23.
The Dwellingup National Trails Centre project is also a catalyst for further trails development.
A Trails Officer has been engaged to enhance trails development and promotion in Murray.
Unfortunately, the Shire was unsuccessful in its Regional Growth Fund application for the Dwellingup-Collie Trails Initiative. A grant application has been submitted in round three of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
If successful, funding will see to the construction of an 80 metre suspension bridge from Baden Powell to the Murray South MTB circuit across the Murray River as well as other associated trails infrastructure including upgrades to mountain bike and walk trails and the Captain Fawcett 4WD Track.