Mountain biking enthusiasts have additional trails to explore in the South-West with the completion of the Arklow trail network, north of Collie.
A further 12 kilometres of new trails now winds its way through the Arklow forest, giving mountain bike riders a view of the stunning environment at Collie’s doorstep.
The Arklow mountain bike trail network totals 36km; 26km of which is new or upgraded trail.
This includes the 9.5km Arklow adaptive trail, with six kilometres of the new trail built to accommodate hand cycles, allowing mountain bike riders with disability the opportunity to enjoy even more of the area.
The new trail is part of the McGowan Government’s $10 million initiative to create and maintain more than 180km of high-quality mountain bike and bushwalking trails in Collie and Dwellingup.
Collie Adventure Trails was funded through the McGowan Government’s $60 million Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund.
Other additions that are in the works include expanded car park facilities at the Wellington Dam precinct and the Wiilman Bilya walking trail.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“My Government is focused on diversifying regional economies, which is why this project is so fantastic for the people of Collie and its surrounds.
“Trail riding is one of the world’s fastest growing sports, and we expect these new trails will attract adventure tourists from far and wide, supporting the local economy in Collie.
“I’m also proud that this project has given a boost to the region’s economy, generating close to 150 construction jobs.
“This is an exciting development that is part of the State Government’s comprehensive plan to sure the future of Collie.”
As stated by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
“The McGowan Government recognises the value of Western Australia’s national parks, reserves and forests and is committed to creating new and improved ways for visitors to get out and enjoy and connect with them.
“The Arklow Trail really showcases the pristine Arklow Forest and with the trail on the doorstep of Collie, there’s no doubt it will be a hit with mountain bikers.
“It’s fantastic that this trails network includes the adaptive trail which was designed to ensure mountain bike riders with disability can get out and enjoy the benefits of nature in the South-West.”
As stated by Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray:
“The Arklow trails are yet another reason for people to visit Collie, which is fast becoming a nature-based recreation hub thanks to significant investment from the State Government.
“Developing the town as a premium mountain bike destination will not just drive regional tourism, but it will also bring more jobs to the South-West.
“With more works on the way for the Collie Adventure Trails initiative, the town’s future is looking bright.”
Premier’s office – 6552 5000