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Tracks and trails in Western Australia

Trails connect people with places and provide a wonderful way to discover Western Australia’s unique landscapes and explore our heritage. You can hike in our national parks and see spectacular wildflowers, paddle downstream through the tranquil forests or head off on an exhilarating mountain bike adventure.

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Three photos showing kids snorkeling, close-up of a mountain bike's wheel in the dirt and a four wheel drive on a red dirt track.Our mission is to facilitate an integrated network of trails throughout WA for recreation, conservation, education and tourism, and to preserve trail/transport corridors for the future.

We provide an integrated consultative link between local government agencies and the community to develop a state-wide recreational trail network. We are a key advocate in WA for the following key recreation trail users:

  • Bush walkers
  • Horse riders
  • Mountain bikers
  • Paddlers

The department's vision is to have:

  • a well used system of quality recreation trails throughout Western Australia;
  • an effective network of regional and local trail groups to capably plan, develop and manage an evolving state-wide trails network; and
  • skilled people managing trails at a state, regional and local basis.

Responsibilities

  • Providing an environment to assist the coordination and planning of an integrated trails network in Western Australia.
  • Developing trails related policies.
  • Providing guidelines for trail development.
  • Providing information, education, training and advice of trail related matters.
  • Advocating and promoting trail development and usage.
  • Advocating for peak user groups (walkers/bikers/riders).
  • Managing the Lotterywest Trails Grants Program.

World-class trails hubs

World-class trails hubs are places that offer a range of active trail experiences near a town or village supported by good transport links and hospitality. Mountain biking trails are the best examples of successful trails hubs which deliver significant economic, health and community outcomes.

The report

In 2012, the Department began a project providing WA communities with a plan for developing trails hubs. The project produced a report that:

  • Identified critical elements of successful trail hubs world-wide
  • Analysed the community cost/benefits of successful Trail Hubs
  • Reviewed the level of readiness of identified WA locations in becoming a World Class Trails Hub (mapping against critical elements)
  • Developed a staged strategy for the creation of World Class Trail Hubs in WA including concept development parameters, indicative costs, implementation planning and key promotional aspects.

The project completed initial case studies/assessments for Pemberton and Dwellingup with a follow-up assessment for Margaret River.

If you would like a copy of the report, please contact the Department on 08 9492 9700 or email grant.trew@dsr.wa.gov.au.

Contact details for trails

Steve Bennett
Recreation Development Leader
246 Vincent Street, LEEDERVILLE WA 6007
PO Box 329, LEEDERVILLE WA 6903
Telephone (08) 9492 9732
Facsimile (08) 9492 9711
Email Steve

 
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