The Swan View tunnel is a former railway tunnel located in the scenic John Forrest National Park in Perth’s eastern suburbs of Swan View.
Work began on the tunnel in 1894 and it was opened in February 1896. At 340 meters long, the tunnel was considered a significant engineering feat at the time, and historical records note that the roof was sealed with over 330,000 stones. bricks.
The small diameter of the tunnel has led to numerous accidents due to asphyxiation and carbon monoxide poisoning. In February 1966 a diverted route was opened through the Avon Valley which led to the closure of the Swan View Tunnel.
After a period of closure, the tunnel was reopened in 1990 for visitors on foot and it is now part of the John Forrest Heritage Trail.