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Trails Blueprint paves way to revitalise towns

This week, the State Government released a Trails Blueprint set to guide economic development and job creation in regional towns.

The Western Australian Strategic Trails Blueprint 2017-2021 highlights opportunities to create trail towns and trail networks, generating new tourism opportunities for regional economies and the metropolitan area.

The blueprint provides a roadmap for the creation of walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, off-road and 4wd, snorkelling and canoeing trails throughout the State – offering challenging and unique experiences for domestic and international tourists.

It is widely recognised that there has been a global increase in the development, use and demand for trails to service growth and change in participation in outdoor activities in communities and by visitors.

According to Tourism WA and the National and International Visitor Surveys, an estimated 2.7 million overnight visitors to WA participated in a nature-based activity in 2015-2016 — 27% of all the State’s overnight visitors and an increase of 15% a year from 2012–2016.

The Collie River Valley has a grat variety of mountain bike, walking and dual-use tracks and trails. There’s bound to be something to suit, whether you’re an experienced mountain bike rider or novice, looking for a short stroll or a longer bush adventure.