Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre soon to open

Head project architect Chris Wilcox, Shire President David Bolt and Firm Constructions site supervisor Greg Houston.
Head project architect Chris Wilcox, Shire President David Bolt and Firm Constructions site supervisor Greg Houston.

WA’s next key trails town is a few months from the opening of a significant piece of infrastructure, with works now underway on Dwellingup’s Trails and Visitor Centre.

Works are transforming the town’s current information centre through the addition of 400sq m to incorporate the trails component of visitor servicing, including trails retail, improved ablution facilities with additional basins, hot showers, lockers and toilets, a laundromat and bike hire, purchase and repair shop.

Other enhancements include a gift shop and improvements to parking, pathways and exterior lighting.

The addition of a Hotham Valley Tourist Railway viewing platform at the centre and associated Hotham Valley Tourist Railway rail and turntable installation works are intended to better position the town’s rail trails as a central feature of Dwellingup’s tourism offering.

Visitors to the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre will be able to view historic trains as they pass by the centre to turn on the turntable.

Shire President David Bolt said the project was a catalyst for establishing a sustainable economy for Dwellingup and the transformation of the town into a national and future international trails town.

The milestone follows the official opening of the Dwellingup Pump Track and Skate Park in April.

“The Pump Track especially offers a fit-for-purpose warm-up facility for competitive and non-competitive bike trail users and supports mountain biking and trails events held in Dwellingup,” Cr Bolt said.

Works on a central walkway that connects the various components will complement the redevelopment of the information centre.

Building extension works are further aligned with trails infrastructure development projects, including the Murray Valley Mountain Bike Trails Network and Dwellingup Adventure Trails, which among other improvements includes the addition of at least 32km of mountain bike trails, additional canoe access points along the Murray River and Captain Fawcett 4WD Track upgrades.