2017 to 2021
Developed for the Trails Reference Group by TRC Tourism.
The Western Australian Strategic Trails Blueprint 2017–2021 (the Blueprint) is an overarching guide for consistent and coordinated planning, development and management of quality trails and trail experiences across Western Australia. It provides
a vision, guiding principles, strategic directions and actions for consideration across the State for government, trail managers, landholders, trail support groups, tourism operators and the community.
Western Australia is blessed with stunning natural landscapes and the Blueprint expresses the aspirations of the trails community to achieve improved and sustainable outcomes for trail supply, experiences, community development and the local, regional
and state visitor economies.
Physical and mental health continues to be vitally important to the general well-being of Western Australian communities and trails in all their forms provide a valuable outlet for exercise, play, challenge, recreation and adventure. Trails also improve
the awareness and appreciation of the natural environment and build support for its conservation and protection.
Tourism is now playing a bigger and more significant part in trails development, as visitors – both international and domestic – look for interesting, challenging and unique experiences as part of their holidays and travels. This document
recognises that quality trails have the ability to create “Trail Towns”, “Trail Centres” and “Trail Networks” which embrace and benefit communities on an economic, tourism and social level.
By 2021 more people will be using Western Australia’s trail network
resulting in greater community, social, cultural, economic,
environmental, health and wellbeing outcomes for Western Australia.
ISBN No. 978-1-921648-51-9
Published by the Department of Sport and Recreation, May 2017.
The Western Australian Strategic Trails Blueprint has been prepared by
TRC Tourism for the Trails Reference Group with funding provided by the
Department of Sport and Recreation. The project direction and
methodology was developed by the government, industry and community
members of the Trails Reference Group. Project governance and oversight
has been provided by a project committee with representation from the
Department of Sport and Recreation, Department of Parks and Wildlife,
Tourism Western Australia and Trails WA. The Western Australian
Strategic Trails Blueprint 2017–2021 is a strategic resource designed to
supersede the Western Australian Trails Strategy 2009–2015. Some of the
proposed initiatives in this Blueprint are within anticipated budget
allocations, while others are aspirational. The Trails Reference Group
will pursue a range of funding opportunities as appropriate, with
resources allocated to the highest priorities.
The Western Australian Strategic Trails Blueprint is intended to be a
guiding strategic platform and inform policy and resource decision
making. This document has been published by the Department of Sport and
Recreation. Any representation, statement, opinion or advice expressed
or implied in this publication is made in good faith and on the basis
that the government, its employees and agents are not liable for any
damage or loss whatsoever which may occur as a result of action taken or
not taken, as the case may be, in respect of any representation,
statement, opinion or advice referred to herein. Professional advice
should be obtained before applying the information contained in this
document to particular circumstances.
This project has been strengthened by input from various State
agencies, local governments, community organisations, commercial
operators and volunteers across the State. The Trails Reference Group
thanks everyone involved and in particular the Department of Parks and
Wildlife, Department of Sport and Recreation, Tourism Western Australia
and Trails WA for their diligence in overseeing the project.
Appreciation is also extended to Janet Mackay and her team at TRC
Tourism for completing this challenging body of work.
The trails community recognises and values the heritage, culture and
spiritual connection of Aboriginal people with the lands and waterways
through which trails pass.