Places of interest. . .

things to see and do. . .

KARRI FORESTS

Quinninup lies in the land of the giants, surrounded by karri trees - the tallest species in Western Australia and one of the tallest hardwoods on Earth.

In just under three and a half hours, you can drive south from Perth and arrive in the green serenity of Quinninup.

A staggering 80 percent of the Southern Forests region is dedicated to forest and national parks, so outdoor adventures and nature abound.

Rich soils, fresh water and straight timbers were the big drawcards that lured settlers to this area in the late 1800's.

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St Ernies Homestead

This building is significant as the farm homestead of early settler T.H. Parsons.

The isolated settlement was selected in the 1870's and is at the confluence of several tributaries of the Warren River.

It has also been associated with the Wheatley family and has a beautiful setting above a stream.

The name derives from the Parish Church of St Erney Landrake Cornwall.

A number of renovations have been made to the original mud-brick rooms.

Unfortunately the St Ernies homestead is now in a sad state of disrepair due to vandalism and lack of interest by government departments in any restoration or management of the building.

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Nature Walk Trails

Unique worldwide, the Karri and Jarrah forests
of the South West of Western Australia are filled with a fascinating diversity of flora and fauna.

There are three walk trails to enable visitors to experience first hand the wonders of nature in our surroundings.

The Quinninup Eco Museum, (located next to the Community Centre) provides visitors with an extensive background to the area starting back in the Cryptozoic era, some 4,600 years ago, right up to the present day.

Walk Trail maps and guides are available from the Post Office, the Library and the the information. Click the boxes below for more info on each walk.

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Munda Biddi Cycle Trail

The Munda Biddi Trail is fast becoming a first class nature-based off-road cycling experience and fast becoming a "World Top 10 Ride".

Munda Biddi means 'path through the forest' in the local Noongar Aboriginal language.

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Munda Biddi Website

South-West WA is recognised as a global biodiversity hotspot where you will discover plants and wildlife found nowhere else.

There are few places in the world where a 1,000 km trail could be built through an undeveloped natural corridor of forests and bush land.

The trail passes through Quinninup's spectacular forest and rivers.

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Ancient Bunya Tree

Even though it is native to Queensland and the wet tropics this rare example of the Bunya Pine has grown to enormous size here in the south-west of WA.

The fruit cone, which contains edible kernels, is the size of a football and splits when boiled or put in a fire. The flavour of the kernel is similar to a chestnut. This fruit is considered extremely important to indigenous Aborigines.

Ceremonial meetings including dispute settlements and fights, marriage arrangements and the trading of goods were conducted to celebrate the fruiting of these trees.

These celebrations were most likely Australia's largest indigenous event, diverse tribes – up to thousands of people – once travelled great distances to these gatherings. They stayed for months, to celebrate and feast on the bunya nut.

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Windy Harbour & Beaches

Windy Harbour is a holiday settlement surrounded by D'entrecasteaux National Park.

A picturesque 45 minute drive via Northcliffe, it is the only two-wheel drive access to the south coast between Augusta and Walpole and provides visitors with spectacular scenery, a safe harbour on the rugged coast line and is famous for it's fishing.

About 220 cottages have been developed on individual leases since the early 1900's. Leasehold tenure, seasonal occupation and a strong community spirit have generated a settlement of unique character.

Long stretches of white sandy beaches with red stone cliffs make for a dramatic beach side break.

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St Mark's Church

In the 1870’s early settler families Wheatley, Blechynden, Mottram, Hall and Clark commissioned local builder Jack Haines to construct a school and community building east of the Upper Warren Bridge near what is now the junction of Wheatley Coast Road and Muirs Highway.

It served as the district school and social centre.

In 1929 this building was dedicated as a church and in 1955 it was consecrated as the Upper Warren Church of Saint Mark.
Several marriages have been recorded here.

St Mark`s Church was deconsecrated in January 2016 and is now located on private property, sadly there is now no public access.

Visitors are asked to please;
not light any fires.
stay on the marked trails.
dress according to the season.
wear suitable footwear or hiking boots.
drive carefully on all gravel tracks.
do not pick wildflowers or take any flora and fauna.
take your litter with you.
avoid walking on very hot, very wet or very windy days.
enjoy and respect our backyard.

Whilst care has been taken to minimise risk, these sites and walk trails may be situated in state forest, plantation areas and old growth forests which are all subject to the dynamics of a living ecosystem. As such no liability is accepted by the QCA for any accident or injury.