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Manjimup

Visitor Centre:
Manjimup Visitor Centre
South West Highway/Giblett Street
Phone: (08) 9771 1831
Fax: (08) 9777 1001
Visitor website: www.manjimupwa.com
General:
At both entrances to the town, impressive timber arches span the road bearing the town name. These symbolise that Manjimup is the gateway to the magnificent southern forests. This modern, progressive town is also the commercial centre and largest town in the Warren Blackwood district.

Agriculture, viticulture, aquaculture and horticulture feature prominently on the landscape. Soils are tilled to produce a wide variety of delicious fruits, nuts and vegetables. Cattle and sheep graze contentedly in rolling paddocks, and lakes and streams provide homes for marron and trout.

Vineyards spread across the land and cellar door sales offer award-winning wines to tempt the palate. Timber is synonymous with Manjimup. Its effect on the area is recorded with pride at various locations such as the Timber Park and Museum Complex, the King Jarrah, One Tree Bridge and the historic mill precincts of Deanmill, Quinninup, Nyamup and Donnelly River.
History:
Manjimup’s first settler, Thomas Muir, took up land near the present town site in 1856. Early Swan River settlers used jarrah for building and were so impressed with the quality of Manjimup’s wood they called it ‘Swan River mahogany’. It wasn’t until the 1860s that the Aboriginal name for the wood came into usage.

The name Manjimup is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘manjin’ - an edible reed found in the area and ‘up’ meaning place of.
Attractions:
Fonty’s Pool
Archimede Fontanini originally dammed the stream with a log and earth. Locals convinced him to cement the dam and develop the gardens and charge an entry fee to cover maintenance costs. In 1925 Fonty’s Pool was officially opened and became a well known beauty spot of the South West. Archie maintained the pool and gardens until 1973 when at the age of 93 it became too much for him and the pool was closed.
In 1979 the pool was re opened with a “Back To Fonty’s Pool” log chop and swimming carnival attended by 12,000 people.
In 2005 the Public Liability insurance policy was finally revoked and the pool closed and sold to Jeremy and Kelly Beissel who have re opened the property (and the swimming pool) and set about restoring it to its former glory and more.
Attractions
The Manjimup Visitor Centre has an extensive display of forest information, historical photographs, local information and timber products for sale, plus maps and directories for the region.
Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park
Allow at least three hours to enjoy and take in all the attractions of the 24 acre natural bush and parkland.
Diamond Tree Lookout
10kms south of Manjimup at the top of a 51 metre karri tree, a wooden tower has been built - the only one of its kind in the world. Climbing of the tree is permitted. Great views.
100 Year Forest
This thriving karri forest comes complete with under-storey, wildflowers and fauna. A popular tourist destination.
The Four Aces
These four majestic karri trees are around 300 years old. Great walks and lots of wildflowers.
King Jarrah Tree
This ancient jarrah tree is 600 years old. There is a heritage trail and picnic area.
Vineyards,
Wineries & Cafés
The region now has several world class wineries and some great places to eat.
Pioneer Cemetery
Here you can piece together fragments of the past while reading the poignant inscriptions on the headstones.
Dingup Church
This historical old building was built in 1896 by Thomas Giblett. It was used by the early settlers as both a school and church.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS
Historical Hamlet has an early settler’s cottage, pioneer doctor’s surgery, old school playground, single teacher school, Forests Department office and old police station, including lock up.
Western Australia’s only Timber Museum depicts the history of our state’s timber industry.
The district’s first Bush School has been relocated in the Timber Park. The Fire Tower Lookout is a climbable 18 metre tower.