Denmark to Nornalup Heritage Rail Trail is a 54.5km, grade 1 One Way hike located in Denmark Western Australia. The hike should take approximately 3 days to complete.
This 54km scenic coastal trail features a variety of forest, farmland and coastal heathland views. The trail has three distinct sections suitable for various user groups so please read the full trail profile to see which part(s) are suitable for bikes or horses. The Munda Biddi cycle trail from Perth to Albany now uses this trail.
The section from Denmark Rivermouth along Wilson Inlet is wheelchair accessible.
Along the trail, look out for sites of historical interest, connected with its railway past. Only traces remain of the railway sidings which serviced the local communities along the line. These include Denmark Station, with its photographic displays at the Old Denmark Post Office, and Nornalup Station, where a historical plaque marks the terminus site. Four original timber rail bridges remain in use on the trail. These are near BoaRoad Road, KoRoadabup Road and where the trail crosses Little River, 4km west of Ocean Beach Road. Where the trail follows the edge of the Wilson Inlet, between Denmark River mouth and RudyaRoad Beach, there are shelters and interpretative signage. The three sections are: Denmark River mouth to Hay River (about 12km) – Walkers, Hybrid Bikes, Mountain Bikers. The section to RudyaRoad Beach Road is of high quality surface (suitable for families), with the remaining section soft or uneven in places, and suitable for walking and keen bikers. Denmark River mouth to Parker Road (33km) – Walkers, Horse Riders, Mountain Bikers. Sections are boggy in winter and soft sandy sections make it recommended for keen cyclists. Peaceful Bay Road to Station Road (about 14km) – Walkers, Mountain Bikers. The surface is still rough and/or sandy in places and suitable for walkers and keen bike riders only. The 14km section between Parker Road and Bow Bridge is not expected to be open for a few years, once bridges over the Kent and Bow Rivers have been re-built. Denmark River mouth on Inlet Drive is the trail hub. This is where the Denmark River flows into the Wilson Inlet, and where the Bibbulmun Track, the Denmark to Nornalup Heritage Rail Trail, the Mokare Trail and other Denmark trails intersect. All users – please stay on the trail to avoid environmental damage. Take all rubbish with you. Do not disturb wildlife or stock. Dogs to be on a lead at all times. Cyclists – Approach horses with care, alert others as you approach, overtake on the right at a reduced speed. Horse Riders – Slow down approaching other users, dismount and lead horses across both bridges. Where possible, please keep in single file on the southern edge of the trail, allowing the northern edge to stay firm for cyclists. By respecting the etiquette of the trail you will assist in its care and maintenance, as well as increase the enjoyment of all users, including yourself. Motorbikes, fires and camping are not permitted. nn
Start Point: Berindge Park, Denmark (420kms south of Perth)
End Point: Nornalup
Region: Denmark, South West
For more information, a location map and GPS file please visit Trails WA.