Margaret River is famous for its wine, food and surf, but get off the beaten track and there is also plenty of history to enjoy when exploring this coastal South West town.
Visit the Old Settlement at the entrance to town and be transported back to the days of Group Settlement and the hardy pioneers who opened up the region to farming.
Established in 1977 by the local Rotary Club, the site is now managed by the Margaret River and Districts Historical Society.
It comprises a collection of relocated buildings including a Group House, set up to reflect the people who lived there, and a Group School with a small schoolroom display together with an changing-exhibition area, cowshed, machinery sheds, dairy and outbuildings.
A former pottery on the site is now a cafe named after the local endangered “Hairy Marron” and featuring a deck which overlooks the Margaret River.
The Old Settlement can be accessed directly from Bussell Highway or via a pedestrian bridge over the river from Rotary Park, which has extensive parking facilities and also displays the steam locomotive “Kate” which dates from 1889 and was used in the Karridale timber industry.