Dwellingup Western Australia

The charming country town of Dwellingup is located an hour and a half's drive south of Perth in Western Australia. Set among pristine jarrah forest and water catchment areas.

After a relaxing night sleep in one of the local chalets or camping grounds, you can enjoy canoeing or outdoor activities in the natural setting of the Lane Poole Reserve along the banks of the Murray River. See the Forest Heritage Centre with its 11 metre platform in the canopy of the jarrah forest, or ride the timber route on the Hotham Valley Railway.

Dwellingup is one of the five townsites that the Bibbulmun Track (Western Australia's world class, 1,000 kilometre walk trail) passes through. You're bound to bump into fellow bushwalkers and nature lovers on this section of the track due to its close proximity to Perth and the lovely scenery on offer.

The new Munda Biddi mountain bike trail which begins in Mundaring and will eventually finish in Albany currently goes through Dwellingup as it meanders on its way to Collie. The trail passes through some very beautiful countryside and is becoming a highly regarded and popular trail for mountain biking enthusiasts.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay, check out our accommodation section in the Directory. You will be sure to find an ideal location in which to stay. For those seeking the great Australian outdoor experience but who also appreciate a little bit more warmth and comfort than a traditional camping adventure, there are also a range of Bed and Breakfast facilities and luxury Chalets available close to town.


In a valley surrounded by jarrah forest, near the Murray River, was a traditional Aboriginal camping place called Dwellingupp (an Aboriginal word meaning “place nearby water”).

European settlement of the Dwellingup area commenced in the late 1800s when timber cutters moved into the area and began harvesting the abundant jarrah, marri and blackbutt trees in the area.

In 1909 the area was surveyed for a town following the decision to make this the site for the end of the Pinjarra-Marrinup railway.  The then Surveyor General, H.F Johnson selected the name Dwellingupp for the town and it was gazetted in February 2010.  The current form of the word Dwellingup was adopted in 1915.

A number of small timber settlements - Holyoake, Nanga Brook, Marrinup, Chadoora - grew up in the area at this time but Dwellingup became the most important centre with a hotel, a doctor, two butchers, a baker and a saddler.

In 1918 the forests around Dwellingup became part of the State Forest and consequently the town became a centre for forest management and research.

The town was virtually destroyed in 1961 when lightning started a bushfire which lasted for five days.  It damaged 140 000 ha of forest and wiped out many of the smaller timber towns, including Nanga Brook, Holyoake, Marrinup, Banksiadale and Dwellingup. Of all the towns damaged by the bushfire only Dwellingup was rebuilt.

Dwellingup History & 

Visitor Information Centre

Marinup St Dwellingup, WA 6213

Phone: +61 8 9538 1108

Opening hours:

Daily 9am-3:30pm

Closed Christmas Day