Marrinup Falls

A trip to Marrinup Falls

Last year, I got up very early in the morning (well before sunrise) and made my way to Dwellingup. From the town centre, I headed to Grey road, which was a very wet dirt road with big puddles and I finally ended to the place I wanted to see for several months: The Marrinup Falls.

Those falls are accessible via a short walk on a trail which goes around the creek. Overall, the trail is 2.6 km. You can find more about this trail on the Trails WA website. I have recorded three main waterfalls along the trail, with my favourite one being the first one. Although I also like the second one but it was very slippery this day and I didn’t attempt to move much around.The main Marrinup Falls are located further down.

After my early walk, I drove to the Prisoner of War Camp, which was very interesting and made me feel like I was really in the middle of nowhere. The number 16 camp was built during World War II. Prisoners at that time were providing labour to surrounding farms and were cutting timber. The camp began operating in 1943 and could 1,200 prisoners. It is hard to picture it nowadays as there is little left of the buildings. Surprisingly, a great number of prisoners wanted to stay in Australia after the war as they had enjoyed their stay very much.

On my way back to town, I stopped at the Marrinup mountain bike trail. I enjoyed my time there very much with my little bike, going over obstacles and logs. This mountain bike trail is 8 km long and is suitable for beginners. There is also another mountain bike trail, called Turner Hill. You can get a map and more information from the visitor centre.

The major attraction in Dwellingup is the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway, which will take you from Dwellingup to Etmilyn. It is part of the area’s Heritage Trail and combines a 75 min train journey with a 30 min walk trail at Etmylin.

History of Dwellingup

European settlement began in the late 1800s when timber cutters moved into the surrounding area and began harvesting jarrah, marri and blackbutt trees. In 1909, the name Dwellingupp was chosen for the town and in 1915, the word Dwellingup was adopted. There was also a small number of timber settlement being Holyoake, Nanga Brook, Marrinup and Chadoora. The forest surrounding Dwellingup in 1918 became part of the State Forest and as a consequence, the town became a centre for forest management and research. Nowadays, you can visit the Dwellingup Forest Centre which display fantastic local art and information about the forests. In 1961, Dwellingup was destroyed by a bushfire. It wiped out many timber towns including the small settlements. Only the town of Dwellingup was rebuilt.

Source: Dwellingup WA

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