Jarrahdale Balmoral Trail
  • Length: 12km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Jarrahdale 

  • End: Balmoral POW Camp

  • Closest Town: Jarrahdale 

  • Location: Western Australia

  • Distance from state capital: 50km

  • State: WA

Summary

The trail follows a former tramway to the Balmoral POW Camp. It is part of the Munda Biddi Trail.

The trail goes through bushland and some farmland. Along the way the trail passes a log loading ramp and several “shield trees”. These shield trees have numbers carved into them and were used by foresters in the 1920s as a grid reference system.
The trail finishes at the POW Camp. Signage describes its operation and explains the ruins that remain.
At one point the rail formation crosses a private farm. Stiles have been provided to allow access across the farm, but cyclists are advised to follow the Munda Biddi Trail which takes a slightly steeper route to avoid the private property.
Signage is lacking in a couple of places so a copy of the Munda Biddi Trail Map (Map 1) is recommended.

1. Jarrahdale Information http://jarrahdale.com/index.htm
2. Jarrahdale History http://www.jarrahdale.com/museumandhistory.htm
3. Map of nearby Mundlimup Walk Trail http://jarrahdale.com/maps/walk_mundlimup.pdf

Notes

  • Jarrahdale to Balmoral POW Camp
  • 50km south east of Perth
  • Surface – Compacted earth
  • Terrain – Flat and undulating

For more information and a location map please visit RailTrails Australia.