RAC Margaret River Nature Park is enriched with history, being home to The Wharncliffe Saw Mill that was constructed in 1967.
This mill was opened by the Forests Department of Western Australia and was in operation for 14 years, producing sawn pine from local materials with the timber being primarily used in the construction of packing boxes and crates. The timber produced was transported by truck to the Wonnerup Siding in the Tuart Forest near Busselton and sent by train to Perth. In the mill’s later years, it was leased to a private sawmilling company before closure in 1982.
In the early 1960’s, before The Wharncliffe Saw Mill was built, the Forests Department built the first pine sawmill in Margaret River and was located to the north of the Wharncliffe Mill. However, in 1967, the operation was ceased when the Wharncliffe Mill was built.
Today, the historic Wharncliffe Mill building offers a great undercover and function space for our guests. The round chimney is the only remnant of the original mill, which is also one of the last examples of curved chimneys in Western Australia.