The Shire gains its name “Manjimup” from the indigenous “Manjin” reed, whose edible roots were highly valued, and from “up” meaning place.
The clear, crisp air and a magical landscape of magnicient karri, marri and tingle forests, vine clad hillsides, fertile orchards, dramatic cliffs and white sandy beaches with exhilarating views across the vast Southern Ocean. All this awaits you on a visit to the Southern Forests region.
The Southern Forest region is about 307km from Perth in the beautiful southwest corner of Western Australia. The region begins just outside Manjimup, where agricultural land dotted with tall stands of magnificient karri trees.
Further south is the timber town of Pemberton where the forest is more established, with many karri trees well over 300 years. Towards the southern coast lies the small town of Northcliffe surrounded by towering forests and rich coastal plains and wetlands. On the south coast of the state surrounded by the Walpole Nornalup National Park, is the idyllic town of Walpole, an ideal location from which to explore the beautiful forests and beaches of the area.
Facts About Manjimup
· Distance from Perth (km) 301
· Area 7,028 square kms (largest Shire in South West Region)
· 83% of the Shire is National Park or State Forest (600,000 hectares)
· Incorporates 4 towns & 5 settlements
· Temperate Climate Rainfall 1100mm annual average
· 40% of the State's potable water
· Population 9,183
· Men – 4,641
· Women – 4,542
· Median Age – 42
· Median weekly household income $912
· Unemployment rate 5% (Sept 2012)
· Major industries: agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, aquaculture, timber and tourism with some mining at Greenbushes