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14 Outdoor Running Tracks in Mandurah You Need To Try

14 Outdoor Running Tracks in Mandurah You Need To Try

When the grind of corporate life is more than you can take, the serenity of running through beautiful natural trails is often just what you need to recharge your mind and rejuvenate your body.  

So, if you’re looking for a running track that’s close to home, or if you’re tired of running on the same well-trodden paths, this list will help you discover some of Mandurah’s most refreshing running trails. Other than running, some of the trails we feature offer additional benefits, from dog-friendly trails to perfect picnic spots. 

To round up this list, we’ve also included information on local running groups and events that we’re sure you’ll be happy to be a part of. So, let’s get off the beaten path to check out some of the best outdoor running trails in the Mandurah region.

Pinjarra Heritage Trail

Location

1 George Street, Pinjarra 

Length

1.2 km

Description

One of the best outdoor walking and running trails in Mandurah, traversing Pinjarra Heritage Walk beginner trail will take you across the Pinjarra suspension bridge. Head over the scenic Murray river and straight into the historic town itself, where you can admire beautiful heritage buildings. This trail is wonderful all-year round and awesome for families.

Dog-Friendly

Yes

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Kids’ Activities
  • Dog Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Areas

More Info


Kitty’s Gorge Walk

Location

Carpark opposite the cemetery, Jarrahdale 

Length

16.5km return or 8.25km to the Serpentine Falls from the cemetery at Jarrahdale

Description

As you may surmise, Kitty’s Gorge Walk takes you through the rock-strewn landscape that gives the trail its name. Follow the trail along the Serpentine River which eventually ends at the falls.

It is moderately difficult, with some steep and uneven areas.  Legend has it that Kitty was in fact a cow who got lost in this neck of the woods and was found later in the ravine.  You can also access another nearby nature track called Baldwin’s Bluff, which offers some beautiful views of its own.

Dog-Friendly

Yes

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet

More Info

Island Point Reserve Nature Walk

Location

Island Point Rd

Herron WA 6211

Length

Choose to run the short loop of 2.3km or the longer loop at 3.3km

Description

The Island Point Reserve is not only popular for its picnic and bird watching areas, but it also hosts several short trails that are easy and family friendly. Enjoy the beautiful views of the wetlands as you tackle the longer trail, measuring around 3.3 km, or the shorter trail which is a kilometre shorter. Whichever one you choose, the views are indeed breathtaking.

Facilities

  • Carpark
  • Family Friendly
  • Public Toilet
  • Birdwatching

More Info

Len Howard Conservation Park

Location

Information bay at end of Glendart Court, Erskine 

Length

1km loop

Description

This is another tranquil nature track winding through the Peel Estuary. Len Howard Conservation Park also features picnic and bird watching areas in the reserve.  Once you park your car, the short trail begins, taking you to a bird hide in a secluded spot about 2 km away. With only gentle slopes on offer, this is also a great family-friendly trail. 

If you are up for a bigger challenge, a longer track of about 6 km along the Erskine Walk Trail is also available, giving you about a two hour return for your effort.  This trail lets you visit several viewing platforms and, further down, several estuary ponds.  

Dog-Friendly

Yes (on leash) 

Facilities

  • Car Park
  • Public Toilet

More Info

Riverside Heartwalk

Location

Riverside Gardens Reserve, Greenfields

Length

2 km

Description

Located eastward from Mandurah, Riverside Heartwalk offers another even and beginner-friendly running track. This pleasant 2km trail winds along the picturesque Serpentine River. Part of this trail leads to the boardwalk right on the water, so if you’re lucky, you might even spot some dolphins, known to visit this region.

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King Jarrah Heritage Trail

Location

Nanga Mill, which is 10.5 kilometres from the Lane Poole entry station, Murray Valley Road, 18km from Dwellingup

Length

18 km loop

Description

The King Jarrah Heritage Trail hosts a famously ancient jarrah tree that serves as the trail’s namesake.  The King Jarrah’s age is continually disputed, but it is said to be approximately 300 to 600 years old. 

Among the more difficult choices on this list, this trail starts at Nanga Mill and takes about five hours to finish.  There will be several steep climbs and other difficult sections, but you can join the trail from several locations along the way. There are camping areas and toilets in the region if you’re looking to make a weekend trip.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Public Toilet

More Info

Chuditch Walk Trail 

Location

Nanga Mill Campground, Lane Poole Reserve

Length

6 km to 9 km

Description

Another trail that starts at Nanga Mill, the Chuditch Walk Trail is less difficult than the King Jarrah Heritage Trail. However, it’s still considered to be of moderate difficulty as it has some short sections that can get quite steep.  However, the majority of the trek will be relatively gentle – so prepare for some interval training and mix it up with peaceful walks through jarrah forests. 

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Camping
  • Public Toilet

More Info

Samphire Cove Trail

Location

Creery Wetlands, Western Australia 

Length

1.5 km

Description

Samphire Cove Trail is one of the shorter trails on this list, a nice easy trek perfect for those who have little ones and want a quick nature fix.

Like the parking area on Wedgetail Retreat, the trail is quite small, so it’s probably not suitable for those using wheelchairs or prams.  Children, however, will have a great time, with several bird hides complete with informative signs to help families identify the birds that frequent the area.

Facilities

  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • Car Park
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Sheltered Area
  • View Platform

More Info

Marrinup Falls Walk Trail

Location

Grey Road, Marrinup

Length

2.6km loop with a small tail section

Description

Another short trail on this list, but this time a river trail, the Marrinup Falls Walk Trail lets you explore the lovely Marrinup Brook and Falls.  At the right time of the year – usually around both winter and spring – Marrinup is at its most beautiful, as the wild flowers are in bloom and the waterfalls are flowing.

While it can be slippery at certain places, this should be an easy trail to navigate, even if it’s not possible to run the whole way. Like many trails on this list, it is child friendly. 

Facilities

  • No drinking water at the site
  • Closest toilets are at the Marrinup Camping grounds or at the Marrinup POW site

More Info

Historic Tullis Bridge and Tullis Rail Trails

Location

Morts Rd, Boddington WA 6390

Length

3 km & 16 km

Tullis Bridge serves as the starting point for the smaller of the two trails, 3 km of flat and easy terrain along the Hotham River.  The running trail leads you through some bush land and ends up back to the bridge, which can serve as a great place to set up a picnic once you are done (and likely hungry).

For those who want a longer trek through the bushland, the Tullis Rail Trail starts at the Boddington Lions Rodeo Grounds and leads you through 16 km of bush land, ending up at the Tullis Bridge.

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Byford Hills Walk Trail or Mancora Walk Trail

Location

100 Beenyup Road, Byford 

Length

2.7 km loop

Description

Sometimes called the Byford Hills Walk Trail, the Mancora Walk trail is a moderately difficult 2.7 kilometer loop that starts at Macora falls and visits Walters Road, Rurrell Street, Stevenson Place, and Bradshaw Road.  Macora (pronounced Macoray) means “wet season” in the local indigenous language, and it does contain some steep segments that can become slippery when wet.  

However, the views are definitely worth the effort! The slopes and gullies house very diverse flora and wildlife.  The granite formations there are believed to be among the oldest rock formations known, over 400 million years old.

Dog-Friendly

Yes

Facilities

  • Car Park
  • Lookouts

More Info

Halls Head Coastal Trail

Location

Halls Head, Mandurah

Length

12 km

Description

The Halls Head Coastal Trail is a great running track located close to home, and definitely worth a try if you’re not already familiar with it. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Indian Ocean, and you may even spot a few dolphins when you stop to stretch. This trail starts from Boardwalk Blvd. leading towards the mouth of the Estuary, and finally ending at the Old Mandurah Bridge.

The trail, being 12 kilometers long, might be too long for those with small children – however, what’s nice about this local running track is the many points that allow you to access it.  There are several parking areas along the trail, and from there, you can run as long (or as short) as you wish.  There are plenty of benches, cafes, and areas where you can detour down to the beach and relax.  

Dog-Friendly

Yes

Facilities

  • Bicycle Path
  • Child Activities
  • Picnic Area
  • Viewing Platform

More Info

Mariner’s Cove Nature Trail

Location

Darwin Terrace, Mariner’s Cove

Length

3 km 

Description

This nature trail is hidden in the suburb of Mariners Cove, starting at the corner of Merners Cove Drive. You can either take the 3km loop through the woodland areas or run along the boardwalks with a view of the wetlands.  Both offer great natural views and even a chance to see wildlife up close, but mozzie repellent is a must. 

One of the nicest features here is the tower located at the start of the trail.  It is here where the best views are found as you can see across the estuary, and you can also relax at the nearby Nourishing the Soul café for a latte after your jog. 

Facilities

  • Car Park
  • Sheltered Area
  • View Platform

More Info

Ranford Pool Walk Trail

Location

Darwin Terrace, Mariner’s Cove

Length

3 km

Descriptions

Ranford Pool Walk Trail, starting from Lions Weir in Boddington, is one of the lesser-known running tracks in the Mandurah area. It’s safe to say, though, that it’s one of the most beautiful and well worth a visit. Take in the scenery as you snake through the Hotham River up until you reach the Ranford Pool.

As the trail begins it is wide and completely paved, so it’s suitable for prams and bikes in the beginning.  Later on, once you have passed the bridge, the path becomes more of a  nature trail that’s only suitable for walking, so prepare to dial back the pace a bit. This area is also popular for fishing, bird watching, and canoeing, so if you’re planning a day trip, this is the perfect destination.      

Facilities

  • Car Park
  • Sheltered Area
  • View Platform

More Info

Running Groups in Mandurah

Now that you know where to run, it’s time to think about who you’re going to run with. While running solo has obvious benefits and helps you clear your mind, sometimes it’s best to have a few people to run with. Running with a group helps keep up your motivation, expand your social circle and improve your performance.

Here are a few running groups we think you’ll love:

  • Find a Running Group in Mandurah with meetup.com

Click the link, enter your details and the website will show you nearby running groups in Mandurah that you can join:

meetup.com/topics/running/au/mandurah/

  • Peel Runner’s Club

Local Peel Region Runner’s club for all ages and fitness levels. Run at your own pace and distance with some great people to motivate you. 

Connect, contact and find more info on their Facebook page:

facebook.com/peelrunnersclub

  • Mandurah Hash House Harriers

Self-proclaimed “running club with a drinking problem”, according to their website, you’re sure to meet and be in the company of some fun-loving people.

Connect, contact and find more info on their website and Facebook page:

mandurahhashhouseharriers.com.au

facebook.com/mandurahhashhouseharriers

For senior runners, you can find running groups (and other social fitness groups) through this directory provided by Athletics West:

athleticswest.com.au/clubs-centres/club-hub

In addition to joining running groups, among the best ways to meet frllow runners in Mandurah is to join in a parkrun. Three of the more well-known parkruns in the Mandurah area are: 

  • Tamworth Wetlands parkrun 

www.parkrun.com.au/tamworthwetlands

  • Dawesville parkrun

parkrun.com.au/dawesville

  • Rockingham parkrun

parkrun.com.au/rockingham


Related Questions

What are the best bike trails in Mandurah? 

Many popular walking trails in the Peel Region also serve as good biking trails for those who prefer to tackle the track on two wheels.  The Marrinup running trail also has a cycle trail, and a few other excellent bike trails in the area include: Murray Valley Bike Trails, Turner Hill Cycle Trail, Langford Park Mountain Bike Trails, and Waterous Trail, among others.

When is the best time to run in Mandurah?

Be it a running track, trail, or just hitting the streets, summers in Mandurah can become oppressively hot.  Naturally, this means it’s best to run early in the morning or in the evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day and highest UV levels. If you are forced indoors due to rain or the heat, there are plenty of other fitness activities in Mandurah ro enjoy. Mandurah has some fantastic gyms, group fitness options and aquatic centres that are very popular in the warmer months.


Disclaimer:

This article is published for general informational purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice and does not take into consideration your individual circumstances, medical conditions or abilities. Always consult a medical professional before beginning any program of exercise. A fitness industry professional can provide personalised advice to suit your needs. 

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