Great Southern Treasures Bobtail Trail

Bobtail Trail

Great Southern Treasures Bobtail Trail

The Great Southern Treasures Bobtail Trail is a priority project identified in the Great Southern Regional Trails Master Plan (2020-2029). The trail consists of 24 short walking, cycling and paddling experiences across nine local government areas in the Great Southern.

This diverse array of active leisure opportunities is designed to stop travelers in their tracks, showcasing the region’s unique landscapes, heritage and culture, and encouraging participation in outdoor recreation with a series of informative signs.

The project is expected to provide seniors, including Aboriginal Elders, with opportunities for social connection through participation in a community history and storytelling project linked to the Great Southern Treasures Bobtail trail.

It’s expected to result in a treasure trove of stories and interpretive material related to 24 separate active leisure trails across the area. This material will be used on interpretive panels at each location using a linked thematic interpretation plan and common signage.

The information will also be curated for use on the Great Southern Treasures website.

Trails Coordinator Karl Hansom said the full project would take about 18 months to deliver, and detailed consultation with the local government authorities would begin in coming months. Significant community engagement would be required to develop and compile meaningful interpretive content for the storytelling project.

To complete the project, Outdoors Great Southern will partner with nine local governments (the land managers), the Badgebup Aboriginal Corporation and the Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation.

The project area encompasses these local government areas:

  • Broomehill-Tambellup
  • Cranbrook
  • Gnowangerup
  • Jerramungup
  • Katanning
  • Kent
  • Kojonup
  • Plantagenet; and
  • Woodanilling.

Outdoors Great Southern looks forward to contributing to a project which will encourage active trail use, community pride, environmental stewardship, and better cross-cultural understanding, made possible by a generous Lotterywest grant.