See biography by F. K. Crowley (1971).
The alignment through the Swan View Tunnel and through the park was commonly known as the 'National Park' railway line.
During the Depression (1930s) many features near the main park buildings were built as part of relief employment. Some have been restored. It also has a Tavern.
It was a very popular railway excursion location while the railway was in existence (1890s to 1960s). Initially Hovea was the nearest railway station but in 1936 the National Park railway station was built. Also often photographed were National Park Falls, and the Hovea Falls.
After the railway line was closed and removed the formation became part of the Railway Reserve Heritage Trail vested in the Mundaring Shire Council. The section within the park is now known as the John Forrest Heritage Trail. There are also the Glen Brook Walk Trail and the Eage View Walk Trail within the park.
Also with rationalising of staff within DEC management, earlier levels of staffing on parks such as this one has been reduced to minimal levels.
Significant damaging bushfires occurred in the western and northern sections of the park in the 1990s and early 2000s..
Access to the Tavern and facilities area requires payment, whereas the scenic drive through the park remains free.
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