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Tunnel walk

Distance from Perth CBD:  24m East
Note: two (2) start points below / West 700m and above East above 3km 

Trail length: 2 access points
West: 600m I Difficulty: Easy  I Time 1hr       I Experience: Family Friendly

East: 3.5km I Difficulty: Easy  I Time 1-3hrs  I Experience: Family Friendly
Elevation: West: 80m to East 150m slow graduation supporting railway line
Surface: hard compressed gravel former railway track 

Tunnel length: 340m 


​Swan View Tunnel, located in John Forrest National Park, was built in 1895 and is the earliest railway tunnel in West Australian's history. Charles Yelverton O'Connor designed the 340m Swan View Tunnel to overcome a granite barrier formed by a fold in the Darling Range.

The construction of the Eastern Rail line was a major engineering project. A vast amount of rubble was moved to construct embankments, along with intensive blasting and digging using only picks and shovels, dynamite and horsepower.

Today, the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail retraces 59km of the old Eastern Railway that formerly linked Fremantle to York in the 1880's. 


May 2020 

8km loop walk from John Forrest National Park to Swan view Tunnel

Our program

short notice decision to go see the tunnel, 4 people 2 cars food and drinks

we started from John Forrest National Park 
although we picked a bad day (winter and likely rain) we still enjoyed the adventure 

at JFNP there were few cars with imminent rain and yes it rained so we found a nice shelter and had lunch 
and then bonus several groups of local Kangaroos passed thru the picnic area

after our refuel of lunch it was a short walk North down to the info signs and start the walk
you don't notice the slow graduation down hill until you have to walk back .. lol

winters months would be best to capture the experience of the water falls in full glory 
the track is smoothed over railway track, lots of room for a group, many trails sprout off along the way

Fantastic walk with lots of valleys, waterfall, nature landmarks nature sounds, bird wildlife, kangaroos, info signs along the route

We recorded the data into several platforms for the shared memory, we also saved 360 spherical photos into a virtual tour (see related topics)

Route map

GPS live tracker route saved to several sites

sample image: All Trails  - shows elevations and pics taken along the trail
link below image

route map & elevation: 
free app to sync to this route 

another app with 3d fly over video: Relive

1. VIDEO:  3d Flyby route: 8km Loop John Forrest Nat park to Tunnel

2. 3d interactive route: Relive 3d interactive map 8km loop
move along the path to see elevation

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Looking for a great trail in John Forrest National Park, Western Australia?
 AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in John Forrest National Park ranging from 10.9 to 41 km and from 13 to 323 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Trail Swanview Tunnel is 340m a section of heritage and nature trails, waterfalls, picnic zones

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