"Harvey" Harvey by arianne_1504

Harvey Travel Guide: 35 reviews and 57 photos

Growing up, we spent our Easter holidays with friends who lived in Pemberton, in WA's south west. And every year, Harvey was one of the towns we passed along the South West Highway. Passed through and never visited.

Now that we are grown up and it's time for my nieces first camping trip, we thought, why not go to that pretty little town Harvey?

Early European settlement in the Harvey Shire dates back to the 1840’s when the first settlers arrived at Australind. At about the same time settlers were also moving southwards from Pinjarra to the Harvey River. The Harvey district was considered a superior choice with the abundance of streams, a good climate and rich soils.

By the late 1890’s the Harvey River area had become renowned for its orchards. Timber was also recognised as a major industry in the Shire by the turn of the century.

The period between, 1896 to 1905 should be regarded as the first period of settlement of orchards in Harvey. It was during 1906 that an expert on packing fruit for market arrived in the town, became an orchardist and later a manager of the orange packing shed. Today a revitalised orchard industry exists in much the same area as taken up by the first settlers. It is supported by a world class juice factory that produces export quality Harvey orange juice.

Harvey is about and hour and 3/4 drive from Perth.

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  • Pros:Beautiful
  • Cons:Cold and a bit wet
  • Last visit to Harvey: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated Nov 12, 2011
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