Zig Zag Drive Perth

Zig Zag Drive Perth

We recognise and acknowledge Whadjuk people as the traditional owners of Gooseberry Hill National Park. This disused zig-zag railway line is now a scenic drive.

Located in kalamunda Zig Zag Scenic Drive is a great activity to do whilst no venturing to far from the city.

What is it? The Zig Zag Scenic Drive is a one-way road down the western side of the Darling Ranges in Gooseberry Hill and part of the Beelu National Park. It’s a steep, almost-3km drive that winds down a very narrow road, one filled with plenty of hairpin turns and dynamic changes of scenery around every corner.

The Zig Zag was created as part of a series of railway switching points where trains reversed direction in order to climb the steep 1 in 30 grade of the Darling Range. Wildflowers are abundant in late winter and spring.

The Kalamunda Zig Zag was completed in July 1891, as part of the Upper Darling Range Railway line in Western Australia which was built by the Canning Jarrah Timber Company from a junction with the Midland line at Midland Junction to Canning Mills to transport railway sleepers to Perth’s growing railway system. On 1 July 1903, the line was taken over by the Western Australian Government Railways. To overcome a steep gradient up the Darling Scarp, a zig zag was built between Ridge Hill and Gooseberry Hill stations, being cheaper to build than a continuous gradient line. The Kalamunda Zig Zag closed on 22 July 1949 along with the rest of the line. In 1952 the track was removed and most of the Kalamunda Zig Zag converted into a narrow bitumen road.

Part of this road is now a tourist drive called Zig Zag Scenic Drive, with the zig zag section that descends down the Darling Scarp being one-way in the direction of descent with a speed limit of 40 kilometres per hour (25 mph) and, as of May 2022, closed to motor vehicles between the hours of 8:30 pm and 11 am. This section of road was closed to motor vehicles completely by the City of Kalamunda in May 2020 due to reports of anti-social behaviour at night including hooning, drug use and cruelty to wildlife.

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