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Great Southern Adventure Trails Funding Received

As part of the WA Recovery Plan, The Great Southern Adventure Trails (GSAT) project has been allocated $16 million in funding over four years for trail development in the region.

The funding will go towards upgrading existing trails as well as building new trails in the Great Southern region, including Valley of the Giants, Walpole-Nornalup, Mount Frankland, William Bay, Torndirrup and Porongurup National Parks. 

Trail consultants Common Ground have been engaged to develop a trail concept plan for the Valley of the Giants, and specific project funding includes $4.1 million for cycle, paddle and walk trails with associated infrastructure in Walpole, Nornalup and Valley of the Giants.

Development will follow industry best practice and accepted trail development processes, including the Western Australian Mountain Bike Management Guidelines (2019) and Trail Development Series (2020).

Key points for new trail development are as follows:

Valley of The Giants trail network:

  • Approximately 50km of new cross-country mtb trails and approximately 10km of walking trails including half to full day loops. 
  • Improve trail connectivity between Walpole, Nornalup and Valley of the Giants, including incorporation and improvement of the Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun Track.
  • You will find more details in the Great Southern Regional Trails Masterplan here and the Walpole Wilderness and Adjacent Parks and Reserves Management Plan here

Walpole and Nornalup waters paddle trail:

  • Upgrade of launch sites, including universal access.

  • Develop signage and trail information.

  • Potential new campsite.

 

Fernhook Falls, Walpole Wilderness. Image credit: K.Stevens.

Last updated by Trailtalk Admin Apr 2.

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