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.

The entry to St Marks is located approximately 11kms north of Quinninup along Wheatley Coast Road. There is a gravel track on the south side of Wheatley Coast Road that leads down to the church. 

Built from timber and clay sourced nearby many local families assisted in the building.

The church is now on private land but the owners are happy for visitors to have a look, please respect the site.


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. 


St Erney's 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.

To get to St Erney's Homestead drive 6km north along Wheatley Coast Road out from Quinninup, turn left at Parsons Road. Follow this gravel track for approximately 2.2kms and you will arrive at the old mud brick cottage.

In 1910 three room were built with substantial pise walls with a verandah and entrance on the north and skillion rooms on the south. The latter were replaced in 1945 by a large timber extension of four rooms, verandah, toilet, bedroom and a glass enclosed verandah on the west. 

In recent years the cottage has been rented with a family living in it until about 2000. Unfortunately, it is now is a state of disrepair.

St Erney's is now on Department of Environment and Conservation land, set amongst state forest and pine plantation.

Return to Wheatley Coast Road via the same method along Parsons Road.
Take care on all roads in the area as they are regularly used by trucks and heavy machinery.

Download the Heritage Council of WA Register of Heritage Places - Assessment documentation for St Erney's


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.

This ancient Bunya tree is located next to St Ernie's Homestead, (see above) drive 6km north along Wheatley Coast Road out from Quinninup, turn left at Parsons Road. Follow this gravel track for approximately 2.2kms and you will arrive at the old mud brick cottage and Bunya tree.

Araucaria bidwillii, the bunya pine, is a large evergreen coniferous tree in the genus Araucaria, family Araucariaceae. 

The Bunya Pine is the last surviving species of the Section Bunya of the genus Araucaria. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araucaria_bidwillii

Return to Wheatley Coast Road via the same method along Parsons Road.
Take care on all roads in the area as they are regularly used by trucks and heavy machinery.


Munda Biddi Bike Trail

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

There are few places left in the world with a 1,000km track through natural forests and bush land. The trail passes through Quinninup's spectacular forest and rivers.

http://www.mundabiddi.org.au/


Windy Harbour & Beaches

Salmon Beach, Windy Harbour

Salmon Beach, Windy Harbour

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.


 

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.

Please note: Karri Lake is the water supply for our town, unfortunately fishing, boating and marroning are prohibited.

Whilst care has been taken to minimise risk, these sites and walk trails are 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.