The Manjimup Heritage Park is a wonderful place to explore when in the Southern Forest region of Western Australia. The newly redeveloped park is open 365 days a year, and it offers a wide range of activities and facilities for everyone to enjoy. Found in Manjimup, just on the edge of town, it is easy to find. There’s plenty of parking – even for caravans, RVs and camper trailers. The Manjimup Heritage Park was funded by Royalties for Regions, the Building Better Regions Fund and Lotterywest – and what a brilliant job they have done!
There’s multiple museums, a great café, a wonderful adventure playground and many modern facilities. Make the Visitor Centre your first stop, grab some leaflets to explore what the area has to offer and go from there. Here’s our guide to all the marvelous things to do (most of them free) at the Manjimup Heritage Park:
Power Up Electricity Museum
This interactive museum is well worth a look. The Power Up Electricity Museum tells the story of the evolution of electricity in WA and the world. From it’s discovery and early generation of electricity, to uses in the modern day and looking forward to greener electricity sources for the future.
There’re many interactive displays, including people-powered activities. It’s a great place to bring the grandkids. The museum features huge old machines – some of the state’s first generating sets. Plus there are early electric vehicles and flash backs to retro electrical domestic appliances. It’s fascinating and well worth a look.
Admission fee (correct at Oct 2021) includes complimentary entry into the neighboring State Timber Museum.
$14 – Adults
$8 – Concession/Child (aged 5-18)
Free – Child (aged 0-4)
$30 – Family/Mini Group (Includes 2 adults + 3 children, or 1 adult + 4 children)
State Timber Museum
As part of your entry fee for the Electricity museum, you can also explore the State Timber Museum. Here you’re bound to learn something new. Delve into the history of WA’s timber industry, and it’s important role in the life of Southern Forest’s residents. The museum tells the tale of the impact the timber and forestry industry has had on the area, as well as being home to a memorial for those who have lost their lives working in the timber industry.
At the Heritage Hamlet, you can step back in time and discover what life would have been like in Manjimup’s during the 1940s and 50s. The little village has both replica and original (relocated) buildings such as a police station, blacksmith, doctor’s surgery, lock up and school to look around. Each building brings the history of this timber milling town to life. In this area there are also old steam rail relics to enjoy.
Park, found overlooking the Timber Adventure Playground, is a brilliant café. It has a lovely feel and seating both inside and out.
The cake is popular for breakfast, lunch and coffee and cake. Food is of a very good quality – better than your average country town. We recommend you stop for a cuppa or two. How lovely are the timber coasters!
If you feel adventurous, why not climb the 17 metre lookout tower for a wonderful view of the town? It’s up to you if you take the fast way down, via the huge slide! The adventure playground is a wonderful place for grandkids to explore, featuring lots of equipment and beautifully crafted timber structures, including some carvings of local birdlife.
You can simply enjoy the lovely picnic areas and facilities of the park. There are lots of benches and picnic tables to take a break on and enjoy a packed lunch. Throughout the precinct there are free BBQs to use too. Well kept toilets are inside the main building. The whole precinct has been designed with “access for all” in mind, so there are plenty of ramps and other amenities for those in wheelchairs.
And that’s not all! You can also explore the surrounding natural bushland on a walking trail (watch out for snakes in summer). There’s lots to do at the Manjimup Heritage Park, so you may want to stay a few hours.
Find Manjimup Heritage Park at 151 Giblett Street, Manjimup.
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