Places of interest
Things to see and do...
St Ernies 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.

Unfortunately the St Ernies homestead is now in a sad state of disrepair due to vandalism and lack of interest by government departments in any restoration or management of the building.

More info and directions

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

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.

Walk Trail maps and guides are available from the Post Office, the Library and the the information.

Click the boxes below for more info on each walk.

Karri Lake Walk

Situated: 150m from the corner of Wheatley Coast Road and Karri Lane

Distance: 0.6 km return, follow timber arrows from sign.

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 30 minutes plus

Best: Winter and spring (Jun - Dec)

Special Features This is a relaxing and pleasant walk around Karri Lake, enjoy a picnic at the water side underneath the trees. The views at sunset are spectacular across the water catching the reflections of the trees and clouds in the water.

Orchid Walk

Situated: About 1.5 km east of Quinninup, off Karri Lane

Distance: 5 km return, follow the arrows from sign.

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 1½ hours plus

Best: Late winter to late spring (Jul - Nov)

Special Features The Orchid Walk displays many of the 40 orchid species found around Quinninup. In winter and spring the careful observer may see Spider, Helmet, Snail, Flying Duck, Hammer and Bird orchids flowering along the side of the trail. Other orchid species in the area include Pink Fairy, Cowslip, Slipper, Donkey, Purple Enamel, Pink Enamel, White Bunny, Lilac Sun and Blue Lady. The trail traverses part of the ancient Palaeozoic (400 million years) water drainage system which transects the Quinninup area and features many gondwanan flora species such as banksia, hakea, grevillea, adenanthos and dryandra. Many colourful flora species are restricted to this walk and differ substantially from the adjoining forest under-storey.

King Karri Walk

Situated: About 1 km south of Quinninup, off Wheatley Coast Road

Distance: 4 km return, follow the arrows from sign.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Duration: 1 hour plus

Best: Winter and spring (Jun - Dec)

Special Features This walk features Eucalyptus diversicolor, commonly known as the Karri. It is a eucalypt which is native to the wetter regions of south west of Western Australia. These giant ancient trees grow to over 90 metres (295 feet) making it one of the tallest species in the world. The local giant ancient karri forests have under-storey creepers including white clematis, purple hardengergia and red coral vine, which all flower in spring. Winter is the best time to discover many of the 18 families of macro-fungi found around Quinninup. These exhibits a wide variety of colour and form, from huge bracket fungi attached to tree trunks to microscopic green and orange toadstools on decomposing bark. Mosses, lichens, liverworts and ferns are abundant in late winter. Two of the larger karri trees are marked and named by the locals as, "The Shaggy Karri" and "The Hollow Butt". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_diversicolor

Munda Biddi Cycle Trail

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

Munda Biddi means 'path through the forest' in the local Noongar Aboriginal language.

South-West WA is recognised as a global biodiversity hotspot where you will discover plants and wildlife found nowhere else.

There are few places in the world where a 1,000 km trail could be built through an undeveloped natural corridor of forests and bush land.

The trail passes through Quinninup's spectacular forest and rivers.

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.

More info and directions

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.

Windy Harbour & Beaches

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.

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 and is now located on private property.

Sadly, there is now no public access to St Mark's

UNIQUE FLORA AND FAUNA

RARE BIODIVERSITY

The South West is synonymous with wilderness, giant forests, and spectacular coastlines. This area also has many unique and endemic animals, like the Numbat and the Western Ringtail Possum.

The South West’s uniqueness along with its threats is what attracts the global hotspot status. This status is only awarded to places with extraordinarily high concentrations of endemic species, but also where these species are undergoing severe loss of habitat.

THE LAND OF GIANTS

JARRAH AND KARRI FORESTS

Quinninup lies in the land of the giants, surrounded by karri trees - the tallest species in Western Australia and one of the tallest hardwoods on Earth.

In just under three and a half hours, you can drive south from Perth and arrive in the green serenity of Quinninup.

A staggering 80 percent of the Southern Forests region is dedicated to forest and national parks, so outdoor adventures and nature abound.

Rich soils, fresh water and straight timbers were the big drawcards that lured settlers to this area in the late 1800's.

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.
keep dogs on leads.
take your litter with you.
avoid walking on very hot, very wet or very windy days.
enjoy and respect our backyard.

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

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The Quinninup Community Association acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as the original custodians of this country, recognizing their connection to land, waters and community. We respect their cultures and Elders, past and present.

"Ngala kaaditj Pibelman Noongar moort keyen kaadak nidja boodja.”

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