Yarloop

Yarloop is basically an historic timber town. Yarloop offers a rare opportunity to experience what a turn of the century timber mill town was actually like. So well preserved have been most of the buildings associated with Millars operations that in 1984 the National Trust classified the Yarloop mill town as a conservation area.

Yarloop Heritage Trail

Stroll along this 2.5km walk through the town centre and discover the true heritage of Yarloop. The Heritage Trail concentrates entirely on the mill town that the Millar brothers created. It starts at the Replica Store which was built in 1987?88 as a reproduction of the original store which was built in the 1890s on the same site. It then moves along to the Mill Cottages in McDowell Street which date from the 1890s, passes the remnants of the Old Wooden Pub (now a private home) which was Yarloop?s first pub and was built in 1903 and the Old Mill Post Office (now a private home) which was built in 1898. In Johnston Road it passes St Josephis Catholic Church (1906), the Mill Doctor's Residence and Hospital in Barrington-Knight Road, then across to the Mill Manager's Complex and the Single Men's Quarters which were built by the Millars in the 1890s.

At the two ends of School Road there are the Mill Cottages and All Saints Anglican Church, a simple timber building which was constructed in 1912.

The circuit of the old mill town returns into Railway Parade to the Mill Boarding House (1890s) which was used by executive staff and visitors from Perth, the War Memorial (erected in 1922) and concludes with the highlight of any visit to the old town - the Yarloop Mill Workshops which operated from 1901-1978


Hoffman Mill

Hoffman Mill Picnic and campsite, approximately 13kms east of Logue Brook Dam Visit the site of this old timber milling town. Camping for that perfect peaceful getaway.  Visit the historic town of Yarloop is a gem for lovers of all things rustic.


Lake Brockman

Lake Brockman is a fresh water recreational family attraction created by the building of Logue Brook Dam in the Darling Scarp near the town of Yarloop. It was opened in 1963.

The lake is a popular skiing/swimming dam with crystal clear water for the family to enjoy. There are four camping areas within the Logue Brook Dam zone. Only one of these is open all year round, the other three are seasonal only, (open during peak periods as overflow). Fishing and Marroning are a popular pastime (in season with license - available from the Harvey Post Office). This dam is frequently restocked with trout.


Stirling Dam

Named after Governor Stirling, the dam is set in natural bush land. Construction of the Dam started in the 1940s to supplement the Harvey Weir by channeling water through a gravitational system. There is a large BBQ, picnic gazebo, parking and toilets. At the south side of the Stirling Dam over the wall, a walk trail follows the dam overflow course, approximately 500m circuit or 15 minutes. No fires, camping, fishing or marroning permitted.

Location: 17km east of Harvey. Turn onto Weir Road from the South Western Highway (the last 7 km of the road is unsealed).


Yarloop Gazebo & Statues

Yarloop Gazebo & Statues are silhouettes of various landmarks depicting the history of Yarloop has been included in the design of this unique wooden gazebo.


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Where is it?

Yarloop is located 125 km south of Perth on the South Western Highway and is serviced daily by the Australind train from Perth and Bunbury.


Yarloop Steam Workshops Museum

Step back in time at the unique Yarloop Steam Workshops. The workshops were established in the early 1900s to service the needs of timber mills located throughout the South West forests. Be fascinated by the saw doctor’s shop, steam locomotives and steam generators, the vast and haunting main workshop and the treasure trove that is the patternmaker’s shop. A craft shop and café are located on site. Guided tours on steam days. Bookings essential for tours any other day. The Yarloop Steam Workshops is also part of the Working Life Heritage Trail.

Railway Parade/Barrington-Knight Road, Yarloop. Ph (08) 9733 5368. Entry Fees apply.


History of Yarloop

Yarloop was established in the late 1800s as a timber milling town. By the early 1900s, Millers Timber and Trading Company (now Sotico) virtually owned the town as the major local employer and landowner. The company set up engineering workshops to service the needs of logging mill towns in the surrounding forests. At the town’s peak, the workshops employed approximately 500 men. Sotico is now a very modern timber mill and the old historic engineering workshops that spanned the steam and horse-drawn era are being restored. Conducted tours of both places are available by appointment.

Yarloop has been registered as a conservation area and is deemed a historic precinct by the local council. Stroll through streets lined with historic timber workers’ cottages and enjoy the close-knit community feel.

Some remains of buildings and gardens are still visible. Follow one of the bushwalk trails through the forest to discover more about this beautiful area or just sit and admire the crystal clear creek. Visit the secret home of the rare noisy scrub bird. Spend a few days or a few hours exploring this old settlement.

The name Yarloop is said to have originated from the words "yard loop"; the rail loop into the timber yard there. However, the name is more likely Aboriginal in origin (most likely from the local Bindjareb Noongar people). Yalup Brook is situated only about 5 km north of Yarloop and there is similarity in pronunciation of the word and the early spelling variations of the siding (Yailoup and Yarloup) support it being Aboriginal.

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