Museums and Galleries

​Manjimup Art Gallery

The Manjimup Art Gallery was opened on Sunday, 1 May 2016.  Click here to view the Manjimup Art Gallery page.

Northcliffe Pioneer Museum

The Northcliffe Pioneer Museum has an outstanding collection of original items used by the Northcliffe Group Settlers more than 80 years ago, illustrating their domestic life and work on the dairy farms, on which the district of Northcliffe was founded.

The Pioneer Museum and Machinery Shed, the electric barbecue and gazebo dedicated to the Northcliffe Pioneer Women are set in the spacious picnic grounds of Jubilee Park.

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Painted Tree Gallery - Northcliffe

The Painted Tree Gallery is located within the award-winning Northcliffe Information and Visitor Centre, a co-location facility also incorporating the local library, Community Resource Centre and the Northcliffe Visitor Centre. The gallery's windows overlook the entry to the Understory - Art in Nature trail, with a scenic panorama of forest and garden providing an interesting counterpoint to artworks on display. The annual program of exhibitions is varied, featuring works by local and visiting artists and crafts persons and touring exhibitions.

The gallery is available for hire to artists and community groups as an exhibition venue or short-term function centre.

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Steam Museum - Manjimup

The Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park, centrally located within the Manjimup town site, highlights the region's heritage. Take a step back in time inside the park's Age of Steam Museum, where you will find the restored 1907 Robey Cross Compound Engine. The museum is stacked with information on steam trains and the role they played in Manjimup's timber industry and on the walls are numerous historic photographs from the old Tone River Mill. While you are exploring the history of our town and it's surrounding area take a walk through the Historical Hamlet, where you will find seven restored buildings that were operational within the town in the early 1900's.

Swarbrick - Walpole

One of three sites that make up the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre, Swarbrick is home to some of the state's oldest karri trees. Swarbrick forest was a focal point for people who campaigned to preserve these forests for future generations. Their efforts culminated in the desire to create the Walpole Wilderness.

Swarbrick features a selection of art exhibits designed to challenge your perception of wilderness. The art works range from a sculpture depicting Aboriginal message sticks to a giant suspended ring, the Golden Torus, through which the artist prompts the visitor to explore the interconnectedness of all things.

A short loop walk takes you past the 'Wilderness Wall of Perceptions'. This 39 metre long, stainless steel wall features more than 30 forest related quotes from the past 100 years, with dates of political events relating to forest management and wilderness.

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Understory - Northcliffe

Understory, located in Northcliffe, is a nationally unique art in nature experience that everyone can enjoy. Artworks are located along a 1.2km walk trail through pristine native forest. Sculptures, stories, poetry and music explore our relationship with nature and the 'spirit of place'.

It is managed by Southern Forest Arts - a 'not for profit' community cultural organisation. Over 50 nationally and internationally renowned creative professionals have participated in the project since first established in November 2006. New artworks are added regularly to ensure there is always something fresh for visitors to experience.

Most people spend one hour to one and a half hours walking the trail and listening to a range of five audio tours (including interviews with participating artists, stories poetry and music). There are also audio tours especially for children and youth.

Visit the website here.

Page reviewed: 18 May 2016 4:42pm