The small township of Quinninup is nestled amongst the giant ancient Karri forests of the Southern Forests region.
The forest and bush land surrounding Quinninup offers a unique variety of flora and fauna and rare orchids only found in the forests of the South-West of Western Australia.
A short 25 minute drive south of Manjimup or east of Pemberton, Quinninup is situated along the historic stock route to the coast…at the corner of Wheatley Coast Road and the South-West Highway.
Quinninup, in the local Aboriginal language, means the "place of Zamia Palm" and was first settled in 1924 as part of the Group Settlement Scheme to assist migrants seeking a new life after World War One.
During this early period, many families started farming various fruit and vegetables, grazing cattle and sheep as well as poultry and pigs….for a short period even growing and drying of tobacco was a thriving industry.
The excellent soils of the region combined with the high rainfall, moderate summers and cool winters has helped make the Southern Forests region today’s “food bowl” for Western Australia.
Many of the original settler families are still farming today with the next generations following in their forefathers foot-steps. We are also seeing growth in new sectors including tourism, wine, marron and black truffles.
The people, who came and are still coming to settle in Quinninup, Karri Lake Estate and her surrounds come because of the beautiful forests, the perfect climate and the love of nature.
The original task of the Quinninup Community Association was to prevent logging in the areas near the township off Wheatley Coast Road, to this end numerous submissions were presented and in 1992 Nature Walk Trails were established and in 1994 our Eco Tourism module was put in place.
A 9 year moratorium was given on future logging, which, as good fortune would have it, brought it right up to the time that the area was declared a National Park.
The QCA has a number of successful events including the annual Quinninup Fair as well as 'pop-up' cafè and other funding raising events.
Quinninup Community Association
1197 Wheatley Coast Rd
Quinninup WA 6258
If you are not a QCA member we welcome you to join…
Annual membership is only $15 for singles and $20 for families.
Membership is open to residents or landholders within Quinninup and surrounds.