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About Serpentine Jarrahdale

Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire forms the northern part of WA's Peel Region and is just a one hour drive south of Perth. It is a thriving agricultural and rural lifestyle district.

The Shire is 905km2, has a population of 11,120 (2001 Census) and townsites and localities include Byford, Serpentine, Jarrahdale, Oakford, Oldbury, Mundijong, Mardella, Karrakup, Whitby, Keysbrook, Cardup, Hopeland and Darling Downs.

The Serpentine Falls National Park, (off Southwest Highway Serpentine) Serpentine Dam, Pipehead Dam, Langford and Gooralong Parks at Jarrahdale are some of the popular picnic spots in the area with BBQ and seating for a relaxing family day out.

History

Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire has its roots in the early years of the Swan River settlement. In 1840 Thomas Peel became the first European settler in the district when he established the Serpentine Farm on the banks of the Serpentine River, in the middle of his 250,000 acre land grant.

In 1872, the timber industry began at Jarrahdale and timber was taken by rail to Rockingham for export. This important industry attracted labour and boosted the economy as subsistence farming never could – until 1893.

From 1893, the railway linked Perth and Pinjarra allowing milk and fresh produce to be sent daily to Perth. Subsequently, numerous new town sites developed at stations along the government railway line at Beenup (Byford), Cardup, Jarrahdale Junction (Mundijong), Mardella, Serpentine and Keysbrook.

Tourism

The Serpentine Jarrahdale is most noted for the Serpentine National Park and in particular the Serpentine Falls.

The Falls, which cascade over a sheer granite face, abounds with the scenic beauty of ancient landforms and verdant forest. These features, together with its close proximity to Perth, have attracted visitors for almost 100 years. It is also a sanctuary for an array of plants and animals.

  • Last visit to Serpentine: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated Jan 22, 2006
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