• Historical Sites & Museums

Margaret River Old Settlement

53/69 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
Coming south into town on Bussell Highway, turn left immediately over the bridge. There is limited parking on site. Visitors are encouraged to park in Rotary Park on the northern side of the river and access the Old Settlement via the pedestrian bridge over the Margaret River.
  • Cafe
  • Special exhibitions (galleries, museums etc)
  • Walk trails
  • Birdwatching
    Birdwatching
  • Free
    Free
  • Nature & Wildlife Spotting
    Nature & Wildlife Spotting
  • Rainy Day
    Rainy Day
  • Walking & Hiking
    Walking & Hiking

Visit the Old Settlement in Margaret River and immediately be transported back to the days of the Group Settlement farms.
Established in 1977 by members of the local Rotary Club, the attraction is a Group Settlement Scheme-style village that also depicts the beginnings of the Augusta-Margaret River dairy industry in the 1920's. There are a number of relocated buildings on site, including the Bramley Group School, Cowaramup Group House and a blacksmiths.
The former pottery workshop has undergone extensive refurbishment and is now The Hairy Marron Cafe featuring a deck which overlooks the Margaret River.

Nearby and connected via a bridge over the Margaret River is Rotary Park, which is home to a vintage steam locomotive known as Kate. Built in England in 1889, shipped to the region in 1890 and used for log hauling in the area until 1909, the eight-tonne locomotive was used at sawmills in Karridale, Jarrahdale and Marrinup, before being sold in 1917 and used at Wyndham until 1962. In her retirement, Kate was bought by the Margaret River Rotary Club and displayed at Rotary Park. Kate is the only remaining engine built for the Karridale timber industry.
While walking along Ten Mile Brook Dam Trail starting from Rotary Park and around The Old Settlement, keep an eye out for the white-breasted robin, golden whistler and other bush birds. This is also a great spot for wildflowers in the spring!

Google Reviews

01
Apr
2021
Great spot, playground for kids, exercise equipment for big kids, toilets, BBQ and seating, beautiful walks, ducks and marron, and a coffee shop next to the old settlement and very sheltered under the large trees. Well worth a visit. Mel
12
Apr
2021
Just a before the Margaret River Town Centre is this Rotary Park where you can bring your children for outdoor play in bush setting. There were kookaburras in the trees when we visited. We spent maybe 1.5 hours there for picnic lunch, walk around the old settlement and have kids play. There are outdoor gym equipment for adults to use too if you want. Andrew Chong
28
Jan
2021
Beautiful park,shaded by the trees. The playground on the right needs a bit of maintenance We loved the wooden bridge and looking down at the water and the ducks roxy I
22
Mar
2021
Nice point to start a walk through the surrounding bushland. Restroom is a bonus Steven Eisbjerg
26
Nov
2020
Beginner rated walks near weir for 2 kms were good value, facilities constantly cleaned and we'll maintained Michael Daniels
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