Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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Quinninup means " the place of Zamia Palm" and was first settled in
1924 as part of the Group Settlement Scheme to assist migrants seeking a
new life after World War One.
What was one a thriving timber milling town boasting 250 people in 1946 is now almost a ghost town, although some of the original families still live in the area and earn their livelihood from farming, tourisim, wine making, marron and more recently black truffles. There is one shop, a school and the original worker's house that is now the Tavern...and of course the caravan park set amid the wild bushland, and ancient Karri forests... and the local kangaroos.
Photos c. 1930's / 1940's
After another wet night I packed up and drove around the area trying to find an old church and other points of interest that the park caretaker told me about...all in vain, much to my disappointment. So it was on to Northcliffe via the scenic route and another eco friendly park this time not only were there kangaroos but also Alpacas roaming freely in the grounds.
The dogs were in a frenzy, I could hear the thoughts in their little heads...let me at 'em!
Naturally, that wasn't going to happen. Time for the leads and a stroll around the grounds, they almost choked pulling so hard on the leads in an attempt to get amongst the herd, I had to take them back to the van and out of sight of temptation.
"Northcliffe became the terminus of the Bridgetown-Jarnadup railway, and was gazetted in May 1924. Mitchell named it after Lord Northcliffe, owner of The Times and the Daily Mail in London, and Director of Propaganda in the British government during World War I, who had died in 1922.
Contemporary community organisations in Northcliffe include
Northcliffe Pioneer Museum, Northcliffe Streetscape, Northcliffe
Telecentre, Northcliffe Arts Association, Southern Forest Arts
Association, Northcliffe Workers Club, Northcliffe Recreation
Association, Northcliffe Visitor Centre and Northcliffe Town Hall.
Locations of great natural beauty close to the town include Mt
Chudalup (a granite monolith), Northcliffe Forest Park and the beaches
of Windy Harbour. Sites of importance to Aboriginal people include
The town boasts a primary/district high school, a Post Office, cafe,
museum, recreation centre, town hall, hotel, gallery, a local
supermarket, a public playground with barbecue and gazebo.
A significant and well known local business is the Bannister Downs
dairy. The dairy sells milk and related products in biodegradable
containers through various local, regional and Perth-based outlets.
Northcliffe was affected by a huge bushfire on February 2012, forcing most of the residents to flee their homes.