Population 344

Set among pristine jarrah forest, this is a thriving timber town that was virtually destroyed in 1961 when lightning started a bushfire that lasted for five days, burnt 140 000 hectares of forest and destroyed several nearby towns. Dwellingup was the only town to be rebuilt, and is now a forest-management centre. The Hotham Valley Tourist Railway operates here.

Visitor Information

Marrinup St; (08) 9538 1108


Nearby national parks

  • Serpentine National Park

    This delightful park, only an hour’s drive from Perth, has attracted recreational visitors for over a century. They come to picnic...more

  • Yalgorup National Park

    Located just south of Mandurah in a long, narrow strip between the Old Coast Road and the Indian Ocean, and protecting a wetland system...more

  • John Forrest National Park

    Declared in 1900, John Forrest is the oldest national park in Western Australia. Lying at the northern edge of the Hills Forest in the...more

Nearby towns

  • Pinjarra

    A pleasant 84-kilometre drive south of Perth along the shaded South Western Highway brings you to Pinjarra, picturesquely set on the Murray...more

  • Mandurah

    Mandurah, which has long been a popular holiday destination for Perth residents, is today the southernmost point of Perth's ever-expanding...more

  • Harvey

    On the Harvey River, 18 kilometres from the coast, the thriving town of Harvey is surrounded by fertile, irrigated plains. Beef production,...more

In Town

Forest Heritage Centre This centre records WA's jarrah forest heritage and promotes fine wood design, training and education. The building is formed from rammed earth, and designed to represent 3 jarrah leaves on a bough. It includes an Interpretive Centre, a School of Wood and a Forest Heritage Gallery. Learn about conservation and walk among the treetops on an 11 m high canopy walkway. Acacia Rd; (08) 9538 1395.

Historical Centre: includes a photographic display depicting early 1900s life in the mill towns. Also a 1939 Mack Fire Truck, the only one in WA; visitor centre, Marrinup St.

Community Hotel: last community hotel in WA; Marrinup St.


Lane–Poole Reserve Provides opportunities for picnicking, swimming, canoeing, rafting, fishing, camping and walking. Walk trails include sections of the Bibbulmun Track, the 18 km King Jarrah Track from Nanga Mill, the 17 km Nanga Circuit and a 1.5 km loop from Island Pool. 10 km S.

Marrinup Forest Tour: unique 16 km vehicle and walk tour that features many aspects of the Darling Scarp including the Marrinup POW camp and remnants of old mills and towns of days gone by; contact visitor centre for map.

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway: travel from Perth via Pinjarra to Dwellingup by train, taking in lush green dairy country before climbing the Darling Range, WA's steepest and most spectacular section of railway, and finishing in the heart of the jarrah forest; steam-hauled May–Oct, diesel-hauled Nov–Apr; bookings (08) 9221 4444; Dwellingup Railway Station.

Etmilyn Forest Tramway: takes visitors 8 km through farms and old-growth jarrah forest to the pioneer settlement of Etmilyn.

Bibbulmun Track: long-distance walk trail runs through the middle of the town; see Albany.

Munda Biddi Trail: WA's first long-distance off-road bike track begins in Mundaring near Perth and winds 182 km through native forest to Dwellingup. It will eventually be extended to Albany; contact visitor centre for details.

Fishing spots near town

Perth 83 km

The Swan River produces many species, including bream, mulloway, herring, tailor, tarwhine, silver trevally, Samson fish and flathead. This is a year- round fishery for the much sought bream. In summer the bream run... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Sea-kayaking around Rockingham 58 km

Along the coast at Rockingham, less than 45 minutes drive south from Perth, you can kayak to the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park just offshore, which harbours a host of wildlife. There are Australian sea-lions on Seal... Find out more

Dolphin Discovery Centre 79 km

This non-profit organisation is committed to education, conservation and research about dolphins, but also provides extraordinary opportunities to interact with these creatures. About 90 wild bottlenose dolphins live in... Find out more

Diving around Perth 79 km

There are some shore dives in and around Fremantle and Perth, and plenty of great boat dives to Rottnest Island and further afield. Dolphin Dive Fremantle is an eco-accredited dive shop with a large boat, and will rent... Find out more

Hiking the Bibbulmun Track 82 km

You do not need to dedicate six to eight weeks to walk the superb 965-kilometre Bibbulmun Track in order to enjoy it. There are plenty of places to get on and off the track, so you can stretch the legs for a few hours,... Find out more

Perth Zoo 84 km

You can certainly while away a few hours at this excellent zoo, which is involved in conservation and has a breeding program for native endangered species, including the western swamp tortoise, Shark Bay mouse and... Find out more

Kings Park and Botanic Garden 86 km

Arguably the most scenic botanic gardens in the country, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, with its hilltop location, offers great views over the city and beyond, and has plenty of space for picnicking, cycling and walking.... Find out more

Cycling on Rottnest Island 93 km

You can hire a bike before you get to Rottnest, and take it on the ferry, or hire on the island at Rottnest Island Bike Hire (located behind the Quokka Arms Hotel). The company has tandems, child seats, trailers and... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club 38 km

Nearly eight years after American designer Robert Trent Jones Jnr oversaw the final stages of construction on his acclaimed Joondalup layout, he found himself back on the WA coast. This time it was to sign off on... Find out more

The Cut Golf Club 42 km

There was a time not long ago when golfers could be forgiven for thinking there was little chance of any new links courses being built on the Australian coastline. That was before the post-2000 building boom kicked in... Find out more

Secret Harbour Golf Links 45 km

Towering sand dunes covered with thick coastal scrub were the sight that greeted Graham Marsh, former player turned course designer, when he took his first look at the proposed Secret Harbour Golf Links in the early... Find out more

The Links Kennedy Bay 49 km

Kennedy Bay has a brief and chequered history. Since opening for play in 1998 this acclaimed links course has been forced to close twice because of financial circumstances involving different owners. The most recent... Find out more

Araluen Golf Resort 64 km

Steep forest-covered hills above deep valleys are not the ideal landscape on which to create a golf course. But that did not stop the developers of Araluen Golf Resort – in the Roleystone Hills, 45 minutes... Find out more

Cottesloe Golf Club 87 km

Cottesloe is internationally renowned for its superb beach, backing on to rows of towering Norfolk Island pines and wonderful terraced lawns, an idyllic spot to soak up views of the Indian Ocean. If you were expecting... Find out more

Mt Lawley Golf Club 90 km

Perth was a booming town in the late 1920s, and as more and more people headed west from the eastern states, the demand for golf courses grew. Four of Perth’s finest layouts – Lake Karrinyup, Cottesloe,... Find out more

The Western Australian Golf Club 93 km

The Western Australian Golf Club is a hidden gem, particularly to visitors from interstate or overseas. Set amid the rolling hills of suburban Yokine, and covering some of the highest points to be found north of... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Dwellingup Community Hotel

One of the few buildings in town that survived the massive bushfires of 1961, the Dwellingup Community Hotel Motel has been operating since the 1900s. Serving typical counter meals with old-fashioned charm, the... Find out more

Newbliss Winery and Cafe

Nestled amongst jarrah forest in the pretty township of Dwellingup, the Newbliss Winery and Cafe serves rustic, home-style light lunches such as quiche, lasagne, pizza and platters. The service is friendly and the views... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Sandcastle 77 km

The Sandcastle is an up-market option in South Fremantle, with beautiful food, much of which comes from sustainable resources, and organic wines and beers. As well as stocking organic vegetables, grains and meats, the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Swan Brewery 73 km

The Swan Brewery was established in 1857 by early Western Australian settler Frank Sherwood, who had emigrated from England with his family in 1842. Interestingly, he originally set up a school of classics and languages... Find out more

Billabong Brewing 78 km

Owner Alan Proctor started Billabong Brewing as Western Australia’s first brew-on-premise operation, where homebrewers come to make their own beer and bottle it, using professional equipment. In 2006 Proctor... Find out more

Gage Roads Brewing Company 78 km

Established in 2002 by former Sail & Anchor brewing team Peter Nolin and Bill Hoedemaker, Gage Roads Brewing started producing beer from the Palmyra site in mid-2005. The US-born pair was apparently frustrated that... Find out more

Little Creatures Brewing 79 km

After dabbling in wine and working as a brewing consultant in the US, craftbeer pioneer Phil Sexton re-surfaced in the local beer scene, along with a couple of other former Matilda Bay Brewing heavyweights, with the... Find out more

Sail & Anchor Hotel 79 km

The Australian craft beer movement was kick-started at the Sail & Anchor Hotel in 1984 when the first house-brewed ale flowed there. Phil Sexton and his partners in the Matilda Bay Brewing Company were building the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Marrinup camping area 4 km

Marrinup camping area is 5 km west of Dwellingup on Grey Rd, via Pinjarra Rd. It’s a pleasant area in the forest beside Marrinup Brook. Nature lovers will enjoy the serenity of the forest and its flora and fauna... Find out more

Baden Powell camping area 7 km

You’ll find Baden Powell campground 9 km south of Dwellingup on Nanga Rd, then a further 1.5 km east of the reserve entry along Park Rd. Drinking water is available, but best to bring your own.... Find out more

Charlies Flat camping area 9 km

This secluded forest campsite is in a lovely setting beside the river, 14 km south of Dwellingup. It is suitable for smaller caravans and camper trailers. To get here, take Nanga Rd then head 7 km south-east of the... Find out more

Swamp Oak camping area 9 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Swamp Oak is 32.4 km from Chadoora camping area and 18.6 km from Murray camping area.... Find out more

Chuditch camping area 9 km

This forest site is suitable for small caravans or camper trailers and has a good range of facilities. It’s 16 km from Dwellingup following Nanga and Park rds, 8.5 km south-east of the reserve entry off Murray... Find out more

Tonys Bend camping area 10 km

A delightfully secluded riverside camping area in the forest, Tonys Bend is 17 km south of Dwellingup via Nanga Rd. Turn off onto Park Rd 9 km south of Dwellingup, then travel 9.4 km south-east of the reserve entry via... Find out more

Nanga Mill camping area 10 km

This secluded camping area in the forest near the old mill site is suitable for caravans, and just a pleasant stroll away from the river, and the area offers opportunities for fishing and canoeing. The campground is 18... Find out more

Nanga Townsite camping area 11 km

This is a secluded campsite in the forest with signposted access along Nanga Rd. It is 13.5 km south of Dwellingup and 6 km south of the reserve entry.... Find out more

Stringers camping area 11 km

A small, secluded camping area, Stringers is beside the river on Murray Valley Rd, reached via Bobs Crossing off River, Park and Nanga rds. The site is 19 km south-east of Dwellingup and 11.5 km south-east of the reserve... Find out more

Yarragil camping area 11 km

On River Rd, off Park Rd, 20 km south of Dwellingup, this campground is 12 km south-east of the reserve entry via Nanga Rd. Bookings are essential.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Binningup Beach Caravan Park 59 km

This is a nicely shaded park close to the beach in a small beachside community. It suits the budget-minded traveller out of peak periods. Wood-fired pizzas are available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Bookings are... Find out more

Woodman Point Holiday Park 71 km

Large and popular, this tourist park has walking access to the beach and is just 7 km from Fremantle. The managers run nature walks around the local area year round. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Park – Koombana Bay 78 km

Right in the heart of Bunbury, this quality park offers discerning caravanners a range of excellent facilities including a coffee shop and a tennis court. Bookings are required in peak periods. There is a minimum-stay... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Perth 81 km

This is a great park with excellent amenities, in the eastern suburbs 16 km from the centre of Perth. It also has a van-storage area. Access to the park is easy from all directions along main arterial routes. Bookings... Find out more

Bunbury Glade Caravan Park 81 km

A good quality park just 3 km south of the city centre, this place has well-maintained grounds and good facilities. It is easily accessible from the Bussell Highway. Bookings are required in January and for long weekends... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Bunbury Village 83 km

This is a very good quality park on the highway, 6 km from the city centre. It has some great features including minigolf and a tennis court. Its location makes it an excellent base for a holiday in Bunbury. Bookings are... Find out more

Banksia Tourist Park 87 km

This is an ideal location for those arriving in Perth from the north or the east wanting to stay on the outskirts. The park is in a semi-rural setting just a few minutes from Midland. The quality park is well laid out... Find out more

Perth Vineyards Holiday Park 93 km

Situated in the grape-growing area of the Upper Swan River, about 14 km from the centre of Perth, this quality park has easy access to the main routes north and east. It has grassy and paved sites, some with good shade.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Banksia Springs Cottages

Both Kurrajong and Kookaburra cottages are both self-contained, have well equipped kitchens and include linen and towels. Kurrajong has a queen-sized bed downstairs and a loft with two single beds upstairs, and a dormer... Find out more

Dwellingup Bunkhouses Outdoor Adventure Camp

Purpose built for large groups, school camps or those seeking a challenge, the Dwellingup Bunkhouses Outdoor Adventure Camp sleeps over 60 people in dormitories and has facilities for another 30 campers. Also available... Find out more

Dwellingup Chalet & Caravan Park

The Dwellingup Chalets & Caravan Park offers caravans, self-contained chalets sleeping up to ten people and cabins sleeping five. Set on 13.5 hectares of natural surrounds, there are barbecue facilities and a kiosk.... Find out more

Taddy Creek

Set on 1.5 hectares of rural land, Taddy Creek is a three-bedroom house appointed with a fully equipped kitchen, air-conditioning, potbelly stove and barbecue facilities. The property is in the process of being... Find out more

Lake Navarino Forest Resort

Surrounded by towering trees, Lake Navarino Forest Resort has cabins, cottages, park homes, a dormitory and powered sites. The timber cabins and cottages are self-contained and can sleep up to ten people; some have lake... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Marrinup camping area 4 km

T/O at Pinjarra

At a clearing in the forest 24km south-east of Pinjarra via Pinjarra-Williams Rd and Grey Rd (unsealed).

Baden Powell camping area 7 km

T/O at Pinjarra to Dwellingup

In the forest of Lane Poole Reserve 10km south of Dwellingup via Nanga Rd. A new campsite is currently being built across the road from the existing one, which will stay open.

Chuditch camping area 9 km

T/O at Pinjarra to Dwellingup

In the forest of Lane Poole Reserve 17km south of Dwellingup via Nanga Rd.

Nanga Mill camping area 10 km

T/O at Pinjarra to Dwellingup

In the forest of Lane Poole Reserve 19km south of Dwellingup via Nanga Rd.

Bandicoot Brook rest area 18 km

21km S of Pinjarra (R) or 79km N of Bunbury (L)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Pinjarra park area 20 km

At Pinjarra

On the south side of town opposite the cemetery.

North Dandelup park area 23 km

43km S of Armadale (L) or 15km N of Pinjarra (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees. Toilets behind nearby hall.

Hoffman Mill Camp Area 32 km

T/O 44 km S of Pinjarra (L) or 56 km N of Bunbury (R)

Large camp area located 18 kilometres east of the highway via Logue Brook Dam Road and Clarke Road. Good facilities and shade.

NOTE: Access road part unsealed. Area closed April–November.

Sullivan Rock rest area 41 km

37km SE of Armadale (R) or 95km NW of Williams (L)

Just off the highway among trees.

Harvey River park area 43 km

At Harvey

Under shady trees on the banks of the Harvey River.

Bannister rest area 45 km

84km SE of Armadale (L) or 48km NW of Williams (R)

Just off the highway among trees.

Gleneagle rest area 49 km

25km SE of Armadale (L) or 107km NW of Williams (R)

Secluded in a forest setting well off the highway.

Crossman rest area 50 km

At Crossman

Just off the highway among trees.

Bunbury South Rest Area 83 km

42 km NW of Margaret River (L) or 57 km SE of Bunbury (R)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Forsyths Mill rest area 95 km

11km E of Mundaring (R) or 27km W of Bakers Hill (L)

Secluded in a natural bush setting just off the highway.

What's on around town

Log Chop and Community Fair: Feb.

Giant Pumpkin Competition: Apr.

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