Railway Reserves Heritage Trail – great introduction ride to Mountain Bike Riding

Easter week-end and I had the opportunity to ride the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail which retraces 59 kilometres of the old Eastern Railway that formerly linked Fremantle to York in the late 1880s.  It covers John Forrest National Park which has several facilities where you can join non-cycling friends/family for lunch.

My journey started at Peachey Rd car park, Swan View where I left the car.  It is possible to travel to the Railway Reserves Heritage Trial by catching the train to Midland and a short ride; but on this day I had a family engagement at noon so needed to ensure I got back in time.  From Peachey Rd I headed south and took the anti-clock wise trip around the trail which took me down to Belleveu and then back up through this hills on the South part via Darlington, Mundaring and Mount Helena.  Though the trail continues to Wooroloo, I turned around at Mount Helena and followed the North part of the trail through Stoneville, John Forrest and back to Swan View.

Elevation, distance and time chart

The trail is well signed posted and has several historical markings.

Directional Signage

Historical Markers












It is not a difficult trail as though you are riding in the Perth Hills, the trail used to be the railway track for the steam trains so there aren’t that many step inclines, just gentle ones.

Bush Scene

Cut-through section












Do take spares, as I experienced a puncture.

Spare Euipment








If you enjoy this ride, then the next ones to look at are:

  • Munda Biddi Trail – starts in Mundaring and heads South from there
  • Kep Trail  – follows the water route to Northam
  • Goat Farm – several mountain bike trails, must get out there one day
  • Various bush tracks around the area – just make sure you are allowed to ride on them

Bicycle Transport Alliance is not an expert on mountain bike riding, so if you need additional information, check out the above links or contact the Perth Mountain Bike Club.

About Roland

I returned to cycling around 5 years ago, when I decided to start commuting by bike to work. I'm now cycling around 13,500km's annually, and love it.