Plan your journey to the trail’s most southern point. On the way you will have marveled at more than 15 exhibitions and driven alongside some of the world’s tallest trees. You are following the path of 1500 pioneers who came to Northcliffe.
When you arrive, stroll through the 90 year old trading store and Group Settlement home. In the bush school squeeze into the children’s jarrah desks under which they wriggled their cold bare feet in winter and wrote with chalk on slates all year.
Did you know World War Two came here?
Northcliffe’s Dads Army climbed Mt Chudalup at night to search the skies and patrolled the sand dunes to check the Southern Ocean. Memorabilia is on display.
And so are the items washed ashore off SS Michael J Goulandris, sailing past Windy Harbour with Perth’s wartime rations. Shipping lights forbidden, she hit the rocks and sank where she remains to this day.
The rush to build homes for 66,000 migrants heading for Perth in the 1950s saw 1000 people move to the tiny village of Northcliffe where two new sawmills worked round the clock. The drag saws, photos and display of chainsaws including the first two-man design tell their story. And so does the 100 year old Robey Engine, which had foreshadowed a timber industry by arriving in 1924 to prepare the jarrah for 390 homes for the pioneers, who had sailed from Britain to begin the dairy industry of the South West.
Northcliffe offers picnic areas, cafes, farm stays, motels and seaside cottages for accommodation.