The Shire of Capel recognises that recreational trails perform a number of highly beneficial roles in our broader Community, including:
- The provision of low key, unstructured passive recreation for local residents and visitors to the area
- Enabling the Community to gain fitness
- Fostering general wellbeing
- Encouragement of a conservation ethic amongst the Community
- Education of local residents and visitors to the area, especially when good interpretation is a feature of the trail.
In 2009, a Shire Trails Master Plan was developed; identifying the upgrading and interpretation of existing trails, as well as the potential development of new trails as resources as funding becomes available. This plan is currently under review.
Joshua Lake Walk
This path circuit is located within a rehabilitated mineral sand mine on Joshua Creek Rd. The circuit caters for both cyclists and walkers, with high quality flat concrete paths. The Walk features many interpretive panels, and includes several rustic shelters, a bird hide, bench seats, and bench tables. Please note that toilet facilities are currently unavailable at this site.
Munda Biddi Trail
The Munda Biddi is a 900km cycle touring trail between Mundaring and Albany, offering a combination of “off-road / on-road” sections. 8.7kms of the trail passes through Boyanup, utilising Joshua Creek Rd, Armstrong St, and Hurst Rd.
Preston River Ramble
The Ramble is a 1.3km walking trail alongside the Preston River, starting at the Lions Park on Bridge St. This trail has recently been upgraded to include a number of interpretive panels, featuring images and input from students at both Boyanup Primary and ChildSide Schools. The trail follows the Preston River, and provides local residents and visitors to the area an opportunity to catch a glimpse of history, observe conservation principles, and engage all five of their senses.
Boyanup Heritage Trail
Enjoy the heart of Boyanup with the heritage trail.
Ironstone Gully Falls
Located 17kms south east of Capel on Goodwood Rd, this historic picnic area was reserved in 1903 for use as a recreation area for the Capel River settlers. Although not an official trail, the site is famous for the rich red rock over which a small tributary from the Capel River tumbles. During the wetter months, the stream (which has followed a course through the Jarrah forest) crosses under Goodwood Rd, gently meanders over a series of rapids before dropping over a nine meter high ledge.
During Spring, the trail features wildflowers, and the area has a remnant jarrah bushland surrounds. An existing narrow vehicle track winds its way throughout the reserve, providing an ideal ready-made walking and cycling circuit. Bird guides list this site for its potential for sighting raptors, Red-Tailed and Long-Billed Black Cockatoos, and Scarlet Robins.
BBQ and toilet facilities are available at this site.
The Tuart Walk is located in the Tuart Forest between Dalyellup (Shire of Capel) and Usher (City of Bunbury). The trail is 1.27kms of high quality, flat asphalt path running between Maidment Parade in Dalyellup, and Ocean Drive in Usher. The Walk caters for a wide section of the Community, including walkers, cyclists, skaters, and parents with prams. The trail features 2 interpretive shelters at either end, as well as numerous interpretive panels throughout the Walk.
The Dalyellup Lakes Walk is a quality concrete path, circuiting the main lake in the urban area located on Maidment Parade. This trail features an 80m timber boardwalk as well as a large viewing shelter that extends over the lake. Interpretive panels featuring local wildlife are displayed along the trail.
The Dalyellup Bushland Path is a 1.27km, high quality, flat concrete path through linear open space within the Dalyellup urban area. The this trail extends from the junction of Dalyellup Blvd and Wonil Cres to the junction of Maidment Parade and Maiden Rd. The path takes you through a section of the Tuart Forest, through well-developed picnic areas, and features 10 interpretive panels about local wildlife. Other outstanding features of this trail include well-manicured lawn areas, playground equipment, bench seats, shelters, and lighting. This trail also has connecting pathways at Wonil Cres and Maidment Parade.
The Gelorup Nature Trail is situated along the 5 Mile Brook in Gelorup.
The trail has upgraded 1km of a pre-existing fire break on the north side of the Brook from Sheoak Park on Bussell Hwy to the Community Centre on Hasties Road.
The trail, due to its location has improved connectivity, and provided environmental, physical and social benefits to the community of Gelorup.