An hour south of Perth, the historic timber mill town of Jarrahdale is one of the State’s oldest settlements and offers visitors a unique and interesting day trip. In 1872 the first timber mill began operating near Gooralong Brook, and a 40km railway was built to transport jarrah to Rockingham on the coast where it was shipped to Europe, in many cases to build wooden roads. There are remains of these roads today in both London and Scotland. With 14 timber mills operating over the next 100 years, the small town grew to accommodate the workers and their families, and schools, churches, a hospital and taverns were established. The last timber mill closed in 1997, leaving Jarrahdale with a rich history and retaining many original timber cottages, churches and other significant buildings.
The road into Jarrahdale is picturesque with lush valleys and farmhouses, and one of the first places to visit is the Old Post Office and Museum, (open 10am – 4pm weekends and public holidays) which is full of historic collections, stories and photos offering a glimpse into this historic town’s past. There are over ten walk trails in the area, through pretty forests along well-marked tracks, and the staff at the Museum can tell you everything you need to know. Enjoy lunch at the local pub or there are several cafes to chose from, (the Jarrahdale General Store & Cafe is very popular!), visit the historic graves at the cemetery, or have a picnic in one of the many picnic areas. Close by is Millbrook Winery and Serpentine Dam. Why not stay a few days and really explore this historic area? Visit the website for a selection of accommodation choices.