Yarloop Heritage Trail
There is an excellent Heritage Trail booklet, Yarloop Heritage Trail, which is, as the booklet says Œa leisurely one hour walk of 2.5 km highlighting historical buildings and sites that characterise the unique nature of this turn-of-the-century timber mill town.¹
The Heritage Trail concentrates entirely on the mill town that the Millar brothers created. It starts at the Replica Store which was built in 198788 as a reproduction of the original store which was built in the 1890s on the same site. It then moves along to the Mill Cottages in McDowell Street which date from the 1890s, passes the remnants of the Old Wooden Pub (now a private home) which was Yarloop¹s first pub and was built in 1903 and the Old Mill Post Office (now a private home) which was built in 1898. In Johnston Road it passes St Joseph¹s Catholic Church (1906), the Mill Doctor¹s Residence and Hospital in Barrington-Knight Road, then across to the Mill Manager¹s Complex and the Single Men¹s Quarters which were built by the Millars in the 1890s.
At the two ends of School Road there are the Mill Cottages and All Saints Anglican Church, a simple timber building which was constructed in 1912.
The circuit of the old mill town returns into Railway Parade to the Mill Boarding House (1890s) which was used by executive staff and visitors from Perth, the War Memorial (erected in 1922) and concludes with the highlight of any visit to the old town - the Yarloop Mill Workshops which operated from 1901-1978
It was in the Yarloop Mill Workshops that the maintenance of all the Millars rolling stock took place. These workshops which, at their height employed 100 people, are a unique insight into the working of a steam engine and sawmill maintenance yard. There is a saw shop, sand shop, mill store, blacksmith¹s shop, boilermaker¹s shop, truck shop, chaff shed, and main workshop with its engine room, coppersmith, pattern room, and foundry.
The Yarloop Heritage Trail is a wonderfully interesting and informative walk into the past of the whole south west¹s timber industry.