Heritage, Culture and Art
The beauty of the natural surroundings in the Southern Forests have influenced the locals and their way of life for generations. From the original Noongar inhabitants to those who call the region home today, there is a strong and proud sense of heritage and culture. Nature has helped shape local artists and their works. Take a different perspective of the region through its museums, cultural centres and galleries.
Go and visit:
1. TIMBER AND HERITAGE PARK
Set in 10 hectares of native bush parkland, the Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park takes you back in time via the park’s Age of Steam Museum. Stacked with information and historic photos about steam trains and the old Tone River Mill, see the role they played in Manjimup’s timber industry. The historical hamlet has 7 restored buildings that were operational during the early 1900’s. For the young and young at heart, the park has excellent facilities to enjoy and one of the most innovative and fun kid’s parks in Western Australia.
2. MANJIMUP ART GALLERY
The Manjimup Art Gallery is located in Manjimup alongside the Public Library, on the corner of Mount and Rose Streets in Manjimup. Officially opened on 1 May 2016, the Art Gallery hosts regular exhibitions and is open during the same hours as the public library.
3. HERITAGE CONNECTION TRAIL
Commencing in 2008 as part of the Shire of Manjimup Centenary, this trail comprises of a series of sculptural installations that capture the diversity of the people, settlements, industry and life that has grown over more than a century. The sculptures are easily accessible by car and they add interest to an enjoyable drive through the region.
4. DONNELLY MILL VILLAGE
Set on the Donnelly River and surrounded by forests, this former mill town and present-day holiday village gives a great insight into the pioneering timber industry that was so vital to the region’s development. These days, it’s a great place to take the kids and meet some of the very tame local wildlife such as emus, kangaroos, kookaburras and parrots.
Michael's parents Luigi and Elvira and sister Rosina settled in Palgarup in the early 1950's with Michael and Maria being born in Manjimup. In his younger days son Michael spent considerable time playing and developing his imagination at the Palgarup mill. Seizing the opportunity Michael acquired the Jardee townsite in 2001. Since then he has lovingly
restored and revitalised the settlement to its former glory. Drawing on an artistic thread within the Arcaro family he has introduced sculptures around the Jardee town site as an addition feature. Pop in and wander around the town, perhaps bring a picnic.
The town site of Jardee is located in the south west region,
5 km south south west of Manjimup.
Please be respectful for the privacy of the Jardee's permanent residence.
6. POWER UP ELECTRICITY MUSEUM
The Power Up Electricity Museum located in the iconic Manjimup Heritage Park opened to the public on 14 December 2019.
The museum showcases the history of electricity in Western Australia from the 1800s - 1900s, through modern exhibitions, engaging displays and interactive building features, providing educational and interpretative experiences for all visitors.
Power Up serves not only to protect, but to interpret and promote local and national heritage and culture. Through excellence in design, state of the art interpretative content, contemporary curatorial practice and sound local involvement, the museum fosters the community's sense of cultural pride and aims to embed a sustainable energy ethos into locals and visitors to the region and importantly provide an education experience for children of all ages.
Objects big and small are on display such as; early model electric kitchen appliances to original Bellis and Morcom Electricity Generator set once use at the Pemberton Saw Mill.
Concession/Child (5-18 yrs) $8
Child (0-4 yrs) Free
Family (2 adults + 3 children or 1 adult + 4 children) $30
Mon-Sat: 9am - 5pm
Holidays: 9am - 3pm
Sun: 9am - 3pm
Phone: 9771 6930