Dwellingup National Trails Centre

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A $4.5 million investment into the trails town of Dwellingup, is set to harness the locality's untapped potential and transform it into a tourist town of national and future international, significance.

Project components:

  • 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
  • Precinct Development - skate park, pump track and additional facilities
  • Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun Track - realignment of the two through the town to meet at the Trails Centre



This consequential project will maximise Dwellingup’s natural assets as well as the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway attraction, better incorporating the rail trails into the town’s trail offering, and transform Dwellingup into a truly unique tourism experience.

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.

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.

Download the trail map here.

In March, 2019 the Shire successfully secured $3.5 million through the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to develop the Dwellingup Adventure Trails.

This funding along with $5 million from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will see the delivery of:

  • 38km of quality mountain bike trails
  • Realignment of the Munda Biddi Trail
  • Upgrades to the Captain Fawcett 4WD track
  • Road improvements in Lane Poole Reserve
  • Marketing, branding and promotion
  • 80m suspension bridge from Baden Powell Reserve to the Murray South MTB circuit
  • Pop up cafe and hire facilities at Baden Powell Reserve

Find out more:



A $4.5 million investment into the trails town of Dwellingup, is set to harness the locality's untapped potential and transform it into a tourist town of national and future international, significance.

Project components:

  • 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
  • Precinct Development - skate park, pump track and additional facilities
  • Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun Track - realignment of the two through the town to meet at the Trails Centre



This consequential project will maximise Dwellingup’s natural assets as well as the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway attraction, better incorporating the rail trails into the town’s trail offering, and transform Dwellingup into a truly unique tourism experience.

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.

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.

Download the trail map here.

In March, 2019 the Shire successfully secured $3.5 million through the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to develop the Dwellingup Adventure Trails.

This funding along with $5 million from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will see the delivery of:

  • 38km of quality mountain bike trails
  • Realignment of the Munda Biddi Trail
  • Upgrades to the Captain Fawcett 4WD track
  • Road improvements in Lane Poole Reserve
  • Marketing, branding and promotion
  • 80m suspension bridge from Baden Powell Reserve to the Murray South MTB circuit
  • Pop up cafe and hire facilities at Baden Powell Reserve

Find out more:


This consultation has closed, thank you to those who submitted a response.
  • Dwellingup on Track to Securing Trails Town Status

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    Western Australia’s next key trails town, is a few months out from the opening of a significant piece of infrastructure, with works now underway on Dwellingup’s Trails and Visitor Centre.

    Works are transforming the town’s current information centre through the addition of 400m2 of building, to incorporate the trails component of visitor servicing including trails retail, improved ablution facilities with additional basins, hot showers, lockers and toilets, laundromat and bike hire, purchase and repair shop.

    Other enhancements include a gift shop and improvements to parking, pathways and exterior lighting.

    The addition of a Hotham Valley Tourist Railway viewing platform at the Centre and associated Hotham Valley Tourist Railway rail and turntable installation works, are better positioning the town’s rail trails as a central feature of Dwellingup’s tourism offering.

    Visitors to the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre will be able to view historic trains as they pass by the centre to turn on the turntable.

    According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the project is a catalyst for establishing a sustainable economy for Dwellingup and the transformation of the town into a national and future international trails town.

    The milestone follows the official opening of the Dwellingup Pump Track and Skate Park in April.

    “The Pump Track especially offers a fit-for-purpose warm up facility for competitive and non-competitive bike trail users and supports mountain biking and trails events held in Dwellingup,” Cr. Bolt said.

    Works on an attractive central walkway that connects the various components will complement the redevelopment of the information centre.

    Building extension works are further aligned with trails infrastructure development projects including the Murray Valley Mountain Bike Trails Network and Dwellingup Adventure Trails, which among other improvements includes the addition of at least 32km of mountain bike trails, additional canoe access points along the Murray River and Captain Fawcett 4WD Track upgrades.

    For further project information click here.

    The Dwellingup Trails Centre Project has been made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the Shire of Murray and Dwellingup Community Association Inc. with landscaping works made possible through funding from Alcoa.

  • Riders Hit the Ramps in Dwellingup

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    Dwellingup is on its way to becoming a key Western Australian trails town with the first two deliverables of its national trails town project, officially open.

    On Wednesday 17 April, hundreds flocked to the site of Dwellingup’s new Pump Track and Skate Park, to celebrate the opening of the amenities and be among the first to test out the town’s new offerings.

    Following official proceedings including a welcome to country by local resident Elder Maitland Hill and a ribbon cutting, riders and skaters dropped-in to the new facilities negotiating the asphalt circuit of the Pump Track and carving the rails, ramps, half and quarter pipes, banks, ledges and curbs of the Skate Park.

    According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the opening was an Easter treat for locals and visitors, with the new, central features offering an enjoyable, productive outlet for enthusiasts and supporting town trails activity.

    “While both amenities encourage increased participation in and uptake of the disciplines, the Pump Track especially offers a fit-for-purpose warm up facility for competitive and non-competitive bike trail users and supports mountain biking and trails events held in Dwellingup.

    “The Shire has worked closely with community representatives in the delivery of this significant project, and the opening of the amenities was a festive celebration for this exciting milestone,” Cr. Bolt said.

    Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke MLA said the State Government was proud to support the project.

    “Developing Dwellingup as a national trails town will bring a number of benefits to the region, boosting local businesses and creating local jobs.

    “It has been fantastic to see the Shire of Murray and the local community work together to achieve this outcome,” Mrs. Clarke said.

    Lotterywest CEO Susan Hunt PSM said the skate park and pump track would be a boost to the region.

    “Lotterywest is delighted to support this project with a $251,000 grant. The project increases the facilities available for young people, visitors and mountain bike enthusiasts of all ages.”

    “When Western Australians play Lotterywest games, the benefits flow back to Western Australia and to local community projects like this skate park and pump track.”

    The Skate Park and Pump Track project was supported by the State Government through the Local Projects Local Jobs Fund and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries as well as Lotterywest and Alcoa.

    Other key deliverables of the wider national trails town project include the expansion of the current Visitor Centre as well as landscaping and upgraded parking and pathways.

    The wider project is further aligned with trails infrastructure development projects including the Murray Valley Mountain Bike Trails Network and Dwellingup Adventure Trails.

    For further project information click here.

  • Dwellingup National Trails Centre Project Skates into Next Phase

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    More ground has been broken in Dwellingup with construction well underway on the Skate Park component of the National Trails Centre Project.

    According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the Park will incorporate rails and ramps, half and quarter pipes, a wall ride, banks, kerbs and ledges and is a highly anticipated amenity for the town’s younger residents and a key feature of the Dwellingup National Trails Centre Project precinct.

    “Advanteering Civil Engineers who were endorsed as the preferred tenderers in September 2018, are undertaking the works which are anticipated to conclude at the end of March,” Cr. Bolt said.

    The Skate Park enhances other project components including a Pump Track, Trails Centre - an expanded Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre, landscaping and upgraded parking and pathways.

    Construction of the Pump Track will commence in the week of Monday 4 February, with Common Ground endorsed as the successful tenderer at the December 2018 Council Meeting.

    “The Pump Track is another anticipated feature for both locals and visitors and will incorporate several jumps including tabletops, step up/step downs and doubles as well as sharp and bull nose berms, rollers and platforms.

    “Riders of all ages will be able to negotiate the asphalt circuit which offers multiple lines and promises a great flow,” Cr. Bolt said.

    Cr. Bolt further reported that planning for the Trails Centre building is progressing, with a view to commencing works in April.

    “An attractive central walkway to connect various project components has been finalised with the commencement of works to compliment the redevelopment of the Trails Centre building, and parking and pathway improvements to follow the completion of landscape works,” Cr. Bolt said.

    Hotham Valley Tourist Railway’s turntable installation is progressing well, with completion expected in the next few months.

    An out of use rail triangle has been removed and a train turntable placed to better position the town’s rail trails as a central feature of Dwellingup’s tourism offering. Visitors to the Trails Centre will be able to view the trains as they pass by the centre to turn on the turntable.

    “The Shire is proud to roll into the next chapter of construction on this significant project.

    “The Dwellingup National Trails Centre Project is a catalyst for establishing a sustainable economy for Dwellingup and the transformation of the town into a national and future international trails town,” Cr. Bolt said.

    For further project information, please visit www.murray.wa.gov.au/dwellingup-national-trails-centre/.

    The Dwellingup National Trails Centre Project has been made possible through funding from 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.

  • Dwellingup National Trails Centre Project Steams Ahead

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    A momentous milestone was reached recently on the Dwellingup National Trails Centre Project, when an 80ft Hotham Valley Tourist Railway rail turntable was relocated from its Pinjarra depot, to Dwellingup for readiness and installation at its new site in the next few weeks.

    The turntable will be an attractive feature of the soon-to-be constructed trails precinct, allowing users to view the trains as they pass by and turn on the turntable.

    The rail component enhances other project components including a Trails Centre – an expanded and transformed Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre with additional toilets and hot showers; a skate park and pump track; an adventure playground; entertainment stage; additional barbeque and picnic facilities and significantly upgraded parking, pathways and signage.

    The realignment of the Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun track to meet at the Trails Centre is also proposed.

    Trails Centre Concept Building Plans as well as the Dwellingup National Trails Centre Precinct Masterplan were endorsed at the Thursday 26 July Council Meeting, realising further project milestones.

    Willcox Architects have been appointed to develop the Visitor Centre architectural plans based on the building Masterplan, with a view to completing the plans within six weeks to allow the Shire to go to tender for construction in October, 2018.

    Plans for the skate park have been finalised and the pump track plans are imminent. The tender process will commence shortly after plan finalisation.

    UDLA have been appointed to develop the Precinct Masterplan to final design.

    Works on the Hotham Valley Railway Rail Relocation component of the Dwellingup National Trails Centre project, are anticipated for completion by September 2018, with completion of the overall project anticipated for the second half of 2019.

    This consequential project will maximise Dwellingup’s natural assets, 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.

    Additionally, the project is expected to realise economic benefits for the wider Murray district.

    The Dwellingup National Trails Centre Project is proudly supported by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries – Sport and Recreation, Lotterywest, TourismWA, Alcoa, Shire of Murray Hotham Valley Tourist Railway and Dwellingup Community Association.
  • Work Commences on the $4.5 Million Dwellingup National Trails Centre Project

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    Work has formally commenced on a project that will transform Dwellingup into a tourism town of national significance.

    The Dwellingup National Trails Centre project has been in the development stage for the past twelve months with significant planning and consultation undertaken.

    Site preparation has now commenced for the first project component, the relocation of the rail triangle and the implementation of a new train turntable, through a partnership between the Shire of Murray, Dwellingup Community Compact and Hotham Valley Tourist Railway.

    The works are anticipated to conclude mid 2018 which will then allow for the Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre to be extended and transformed into a Trails Centre with additional toilets and hot showers as well as a supplementary skate park, pump park, 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, is also proposed.

    The building and rail works are possible due to the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

    According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the project is an example of how groups working together can realise great outcomes.

    “I am thrilled to announce that initial works have started on this consequential project that will create numerous jobs and position Dwellingup on the national trails and tourism map.

    “The cooperation the Shire has enjoyed from Dwellingup Community Compact, Peel Development Commission, Departments of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Forest Heritage Centre, Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation and Alcoa, has been outstanding.

    “I particularly appreciate Hotham Valley Tourist Railway’s support, significant time allocated and willingness to have new rail lines built and the rail platform refurbished, which has allowed the entire precinct to be activated", Cr. Bolt said.

    Dwellingup Community Compact Chair Mr. Peter White says that the project will maximise Dwellingup’s natural assets as well as the attraction of Hotham Valley Tourist Railway and turn Dwellingup into a truly unique tourism experience.

    “The community is very excited to see such positive progress, which will lead to a sustainable economy for our town,” Mr White said.

    Dwellingup Community Compact and the Shire of Murray invite comment on the Dwellingup National Trails Centre and Green Precinct Project.

    According to Cr. Bolt, the draft key element concepts are close to final Master Plan after a long process of both community and stakeholder consultation, however further comment is sought to ensure the project is fully aligned with the communities expectations.

    The documents can be viewed at www.dwellingupwa.com.au and comments should be sent to: The Secretary, Dwellingup Community Compact, C/-PO Box, Dwellingup WA 6213 or emailed to dwgupadv@westnet.com.au.

    Comment period closes Thursday 18 January 2018.
  • Dwellingup National Adventure and Trails Centre Federal Funding Approved

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    The Dwellingup National Adventure and Trails Centre project is now a reality thanks to a successful funding application under the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

    The announcement of $1,279,129 in Federal funding is a 50% contribution to match the Shire of Murray’s already allocated amount to transform the Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre into a National standard trails hub.

    The project is part of a bigger overall plan developed by the Shire to transform Dwellingup into a tourist town of national and international significance.

    The building will be transformed into a visionary servicing centre with associated trails related amenities and infrastructure. This includes upgraded toilets and showers, gift and bike shop, laundry, lockers, an operator and tours hub, RV vehicle dump point and significantly improved parking, signage and pathways infrastructure.

    Shire President Cr. Maree Reid said that this was just the boost the Shire needed, as it grapples with a sluggish economy and high unemployment.

    “This project is something Council is fully supportive of, particularly as the trails market is very lucrative.

    “This building upgrade, the adjacent adventure park development and the future State Government trails upgrades will create 59 full-time equivalent jobs.

    Apart from the Trails building redevelopment, the Shire has planned for a major skate park, pump park, adventure playground, increased barbeque and playground equipment and is also planning to relocate the unused Hotham Valley turning platform and pedestrian rail bridge from Pinjarra to Dwellingup.

    “We see rail tourism as a unique selling advantage to compliment the trails upgrade and adventure park,” Cr. Reid said.

    “Without the funding support from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, this exciting project may have taken years to complete and it is exciting to be able to announce that it will now be a reality.

    “The Shire wants to get on with the job as soon as we can as the benefits of the completed project are significant, both economically and socially.

    Project planning has been ongoing for the past 12 months, with the building upgrade, skate park and pump park the first priorities.

    “We would like to thank Federal Member for Canning Mr. Andrew Hastie and his government for supporting our vision for this exciting project,” Cr. Reid said.

  • Proposed Dwellingup National Adventure and Trails Centre

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    Submissions are now open for the Proposed Dwellingup National Adventure and Trails Centre.

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife plan to invest $9M into the Dwellingup area to upgrade and build bike, walking, canoe and 4WD trails. As part of this project, the Shire plans to transform the Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre into a facility that will cater for thousands of trails tourists that will bring millions into the local economy.

    The Shire also plans to create an Adventure playspace within the precinct that would include a skate park, pump park, adventure playground, flying fox, additional playgrounds and an upgrade to the sport courts and pavilion.

    A train turning platform and pedestrian bridge would also be installed to embrace and promote the Hotham Valley Railway. Significant signage, road and footpath upgrades will also be implemented.

    “The project is estimated to bring 59 new full-time jobs to the area and $97.5 million of economic benefit over 30 years.

    “A funding submission has been lodged through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and positive discussions regarding funding have taken place with the Peel Development Commission, Lotterywest and the Department of Sport and Recreation,” said Chief Executive Officer Mr. Dean Unsworth.

    For a copy of the submission form and draft Master Plan visit www.murray.wa.gov.au.

    Submissions should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Murray, PO Box 21, Pinjarra WA 6208 or emailed to mailbag@murray.wa.gov.au.

    Submissions close 5:00pm Friday 21 April, 2017.