Blythewood House, Ken Stepnell

A pleasant 84-kilometre drive south of Perth along the shaded South Western Highway brings you to Pinjarra, picturesquely set on the Murray River. Predominantly a dairying, cattle-farming and timber-producing area, Pinjarra was also once known as the horse capital of Western Australia when horses were bred for the British Army in India. Today horseracing, pacing and equestrian events are a major part of Pinjarra culture. The Alcoa Refinery north-east of town is the largest alumina refinery in Australia.

Visitor Information

Cnr George and Henry sts; (08) 9531 1438

Nearby national parks

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mandurah

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

  • Dwellingup

    Set among pristine jarrah forest, this is a thriving timber town that was virtually destroyed in 1961 when lightning started a bushfire that...more

  • Rockingham

    Lying on the edge of Cockburn Sound just 47 kilometres south of Perth, the coastal city of Rockingham offers sheltered waters ideal for...more

In Town

Edenvale Complex Built in 1888 with locally fired clay bricks, Edenvale was the home of Edward McLarty, member of the state's Legislative Council for 22 years. Nearby is Liveringa (1874), the original residence of the McLarty family, now an art gallery. There is a Heritage Rose Garden featuring 364 varieties of old-fashioned roses, a quilters' display in the Old School House, and a machinery museum. Cnr George and Henry sts.

Suspension bridge: across the Murray River, with picnic areas at both ends; George St.

Heritage trail: 30min river walk follows series of tiles explaining the heritage of the area; contact visitor centre for map.


Fairbridge Established by Kingsley Fairbridge in 1912 as a farm school for British children, many of them orphans. Over the years more than 8000 English children were educated here. The boarding houses, which are today used as holiday cottages, have famous British names such as Clive, Shakespeare, Nightingale, Exeter, Evelyn and Raleigh. South Western Hwy; 1800 440 770; 6 km N.

Peel Zoo: set in lush native flora, includes opportunities to feed and interact with the animals and has picnic area and barbecues; (08) 9531 4322; 2 km N.

Old Blythewood: beautiful National Trust property built in 1859 by John McLarty, who arrived in Australia in 1839; open 10.30am–3.30pm Sat, 12.30–3.30pm Sun, or by appt; 4 km S.

Alcoa Mine and Refinery Tours: includes the mining process, and the world's biggest bulldozer. Tours are free Wed and the last Fri of each month (except during the summer school holidays); bookings essential on (08) 9531 6752; 6km NE.

Alcoa Scarp Lookout: good views of coastal plain, surrounding farming area and Alcoa Refinery; 14 km E.

North Dandalup Dam: recreation lake, picnic area and coastal views from lookout; 22 km NE.

South Dandalup Dam: barbecues and picnic areas; 30 km E.

Lake Navarino: formerly known as Waroona Dam, it is good for watersports, fishing, walking and horseriding; 33 km S.

Coopers Mill: first flour mill in the Murray region, located on Cooleenup Island near the mouth of the Serpentine River. It is accessible only by water; contact visitor centre for details.

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway: travel from Pinjarra to Dwellingup by train, taking in lush green dairy country before climbing the steep and spectacular Darling Range and finishing in the heart of the jarrah forest. The train is steam-hauled May–Oct and diesel-hauled Nov–Apr; check times with visitor centre.

Ravenswood Adventures: explore the Murray River by kayak, dinghy, canoe or pedal boat; Ravenswood; (08) 9537 7173.

Fishing spots near town

Perth 70 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

Whitewater rafting – Dwellingup 20 km

Dwellingup Adventures has a one-day rafting trip on the Murray River suitable for novices and children from ten years and upwards. This operator also hire canoes, kayaks, rafts and mountain bikes and, for self-guided... Find out more

Sea-kayaking around Rockingham 41 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

Diving around Perth 65 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

Perth Zoo 72 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 74 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

Hiking the Bibbulmun Track 75 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

Cycling on Rottnest Island 77 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

Short walks near Bunbury 80 km

Leschenault Inlet, near Koombana Bay at Bunbury, holds the southernmost white mangroves in Western Australia. A short boardwalk winds through the mangroves, where you may see some of the 60 waterbird species found here.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club 19 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 23 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 27 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 32 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 58 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 74 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 79 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 81 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

Lake Karrinyup Country Club 86 km

For more than five decades Lake Karrinyup was widely considered one of Australia’s classic courses. It first won national acclaim when it hosted the 1952 Australian Open, won by Norman von Nida. The Open... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Raven Wines

The concept at the sleek Raven Wines Cafe is a revolving menu concept, aka ‘Food Mood’. The menu reflects the quality of the many fine ingredients sourced from top suppliers in Perth and, of course, the Raven... Find out more

Redcliffe on the Murray

Settled in 1836 and situated on the banks of the Murray River, this fully restored barn serves modern Australian food and is a popular spot for weddings.... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Sandcastle 63 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 63 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

Little Creatures Brewing 64 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

Gage Roads Brewing Company 65 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

Sail & Anchor Hotel 65 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

Billabong Brewing 65 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

Campsites around town

Marrinup camping area 16 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

Dandalup camping area 17 km

Stunning valley views and a ghostly stand of butter gums surround this campsite, 34 km south of Jarrahdale. Dwellingup is 44.9 km to the north.... Find out more

Herron Point camping area 20 km

Herron Point camping area is on Herron Point Rd, 7 km west of Old Bunbury Rd (turn off 16 km south of Pinjarra), on the shores of Peel Harvey Estuary. It’s perfect for fishing, boating, swimming, sailing and other... Find out more

Baden Powell camping area 25 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

Lake Navarino Forest Resort 26 km

Until now, Lake Navarino Forest Resort was one of WA’s best-kept secrets. Nestled in jarrah forest, it’s the perfect place to slip into the peaceful and unhurried pace of nature, or rush into one of the many... Find out more

Navarino Lakeside camping area 27 km

Accessed via the Navarino Forest Resort are numerous lake foreshore camping sites in beautiful, natural forest surroundings. These offer a more basic camping experience for those who don’t require the full... Find out more

Charlies Flat camping area 28 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

Chuditch camping area 28 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

Swamp Oak camping area 28 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

Nanga Townsite camping area 28 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

Caravan parks around town

Woodman Point Holiday Park 56 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

Binningup Beach Caravan Park 60 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

Discovery Holiday Parks – Perth 72 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

Banksia Tourist Park 79 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

Discovery Holiday Park – Koombana Bay 80 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

Bunbury Glade Caravan Park 83 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

Perth Vineyards Holiday Park 84 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

Discovery Holiday Parks – Bunbury Village 85 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

Karrinyup Waters Resort 85 km

Just 14 km north of Perth and close to the Mitchell Freeway, this park is just a short distance from the beach. With very good amenities and facilities that include a spa and solar-heated pool, this is a good base for... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Lazy River Boutique B&B

The suites at the Lazy River Boutique B&B include polished floorboards, high ceilings, plush bathrooms and lavish furnishings. All four suites have kitchenettes and sitting rooms opening out onto a deck. The grounds... Find out more

Pinjarra Cabins & Caravan Park

The Pinjarra Cabins and Caravan Park offer powered and unpowered sites, cabins with or without ensuites, a one-bedroom cottage and two four-bedroom houses. Ideally situated to explore region, including Mandurah and... Find out more

Nautica Lodge

One hour south of Perth and situated halfway between Mandurah and Pinjarra, the Nautica Lodge B&B has two suites, one overlooking the river with a private terrace and the other able to be configured as a single,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Pinjarra park area 1 km

At Pinjarra

On the south side of town opposite the cemetery.

North Dandelup park area 15 km

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

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

Marrinup camping area 17 km

T/O at Pinjarra

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

Bandicoot Brook rest area 20 km

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

Just off the highway among some trees.

Baden Powell camping area 25 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 28 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 29 km

T/O at Pinjarra to Dwellingup

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

Sullivan Rock rest area 45 km

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

Just off the highway among trees.

Hoffman Mill Camp Area 46 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.

Gleneagle rest area 48 km

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

Secluded in a forest setting well off the highway.

Harvey River park area 50 km

At Harvey

Under shady trees on the banks of the Harvey River.

Bannister rest area 63 km

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

Just off the highway among trees.

Crossman rest area 70 km

At Crossman

Just off the highway among trees.

Bunbury South Rest Area 85 km

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

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

What's on around town

Railway Markets: Lions Park; 2nd Sun morning each month Sept–June.

Community Markets: Fimmel La; 4th Sat morning each month Sept–May.

Pinjarra Cup: Mar.

Pinjarra Festival: June.

Murray Arts and Craft Open Day: Nov.

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