We recognise and acknowledge the Wilman people as the traditional owners of Lane Poole Reserve.
If you’ve been down to Dwellingup’s Lane Poole Reserve recently you might have noticed some construction going on at Dwaarlindjirraap, just downstream from the Baden Powell waterspout on the Murray River.
The Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are building a new multi-million-dollar suspension bridge that will allow direct access to the Murray Valley mountain bike trails on the southern bank, as well as providing an awesome viewing platform when the mighty Murray is flowing.
While the bridge is due for completion in early 2023 there has also been some extensive work done over the past couple of years upgrading the Baden Powell campground, other satellite campgrounds like Chuditch and Nanga, as well as sealing the arterial road.
This new suspension bridge will allow for safe and easy access from the Baden Powell campground and Dwaarlindjirraap to the existing Murray Valley mountain bike trails network on the southern side – no need for bike riders to drive around to the Murray Valley trailhead.
The new bridge is suitable for cyclists and walkers only, off-road vehicles are prohibited.
While Lane Poole Reserve is great place to base yourself to access all the mountain bike and walk trails close by, you can also use the Murray River for a paddling adventure and as a place for a cool swim after cycling or walking on the surrounding trails. Stainless steel stair structures have been constructed in several places to allow people easy access in and out of the river. An appropriate design for launching paddle craft.
Copyright DBCA – Chuditch paddle craft launch inspection
There are multiple campgrounds along the river at places like Tony’s Bend, Chuditch, Charlies Flat, Nanga Brook and Nanga Mill allowing campers to spread out and not be cramped. Camping sites can be booked on DBCA’s Parkstay booking website.
The main route through Lane Poole Reserve, made up of Park Road, River Road, Murray Valley Road and Nanga Road, have now been sealed facilitating comfortable access by two-wheel drive vehicles. If you’re looking for a Sunday drive through the bush this will be a highlight.
But, be warned, all other roads in the park are gravel.
The Dwellingup Adventure Trails initiative will eventually provide
Families in particular will appreciate the tranquillity and quiet along with the number of activities available to keep everyone entertained. With only limited phone coverage it’s a great chance to disconnect, engage with nature and rediscover fun and wonder in the bush with your loved ones.
Completion of the Dwaarlindjirraap Bridge over the Murray River is expected in early 2023.
Visit the trail projects website at trailswaprojects.com.au for information on other trail developments in the Dwellingup Adventure Trails project.
Stay tuned for more trail openings around in the future as more projects of Dwellingup’s Adventure Trails begin.
© Trails WA Projects 2022