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Marri Trail Crooked Brook Forest

Marri Trail

Crooked Brook Forest

Directions - From the centre of Boyanup, head east along Boyanup-Picton Rd until your reach Dillon Rd. Turn right and at Twomey Rd turn left then an immediate right at Crooked Brook Rd. Follow this all the way to Boyanup-Ferguson Rd where you'll see signs for Crooked Brook Forest. I started at the car park directly to the left as you enter but you can continue down to the main car park where there is a playground and proper information boards.

The Hike - With the hiking season well underway and the coming weekends all booked out with new hikes or events, I love it when I can adjust my plans to incorporate another new trail. The opportunity to do this came about with an overnight trip to Bunbury to visit my sister before heading out east of Harvey for the first time to perform maintenance on my section of the Bibbulmun Track. I scrolled down my extensive "to-hike" list for the South West and picked the Marri Trail, a 10km jaunt through Crooked Brook Forest that is only a 25 minute drive from the heart of Bunbury (or Funbury as I like to call it). Leaving Fremantle before lunchtime, I survived the not very interesting drive down Forrest Hwy and made a turn where the South West Hwy comes in from the north and meets the Australind Bypass. From there it is a right turn onto Boyanup-Picton Rd and a short drive past Dardanup to Crooked Brook Rd.