Tredwell recently worked with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and the Shire of Dandaragan to develop a concept plan and feasibility report for the proposed Karda Mountain Bike Trail Network in Karda Reserve, located around 20 kilometres east of Jurien Bay. Karda Reserve covers an area of approximately 2000 hectares and is located between Lesueur National Park and Coomallo Nature Reserve. In 2020, Karda Campground (including 31 campsites) was opened, and a need was identified to provide additional activities for campers to experience and the idea of a mountain bike trail network was developed.
Concept planning is one of the first major steps in determining the feasibility of developing a mountain bike trail network within Karda Reserve. The concept planning identified two longer ‘stacked loop’ trail options (up to 13km in length) suitable for beginner and intermediate riders, a short cross-country trail which caters to beginner riders, an adjoining mountain bike skills area and a pump track within the campground area. It will also feature supporting infrastructure including trailhead signage, information bay, wayfinding signage, interpretive signage, stargazing area, bike maintenance station, dieback cleaning station, toilets, shade shelters, picnic benches, rest points and car parking.
The development of the mountain biking trails at Karda Reserve, given its proximity to Jurien Bay will be advantageous in generating future visitor growth, revenue and tourism opportunities for the local area. Jurien Bay is a popular holiday destination situated only 2.5 hours’ drive from Perth on the Coral Coast of Western Australia. Jurien Bay is renowned for outdoor adventure activities, such as skydiving, four wheel driving and hiking, as well as marine based activities such as fishing, diving, snorkelling, boating and swimming with the Australian Sea Lions in the Jurien Bay Marine Park. The newly developed Jurien Bay Foreshore and Youth Precinct, as well as the 14.2km Turquoise Way Coast Trail, have activated the foreshore area and provided further recreational opportunities for people of all ages. The proposed Karda Mountain Bike Trails once constructed will compliment these existing outdoor and adventure based activities in the region.
Tredwell have expertise planning trails in many of Australia’s top holiday and outdoor adventure destinations, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to discuss opportunities. Visit www.tredwell.com.au for more information.