Jarrahdale Heritage Park – Expressions of Interest to Lease

Mill Manager’s House and No 1 Mill

The National Trust of Western Australia is delighted to offer for lease by expressions of interest

two unique heritage places central to the future of historic Jarrahdale.


The Mill Manager’s House and No 1 Mill are situated within the 29.6 hectare Jarrahdale Heritage Park - on the edge of Gooralong Brook. The Park sits within the heart of the historic town – a place to explore the stories of Western Australia’s unique jarrah forests and the international reaches of its timber industry, and to experience forests, farmland, wineries, waterfalls and walk trails.

The National Trust is seeking expressions of interest from potential lessees to:



  • find a sustainable and compatible new use for the c1881 Mill Manager’s House
  • find a sustainable and compatible new use for the c1950 No 1 Mill
  • maximize community benefit through activation of the places and Heritage Park


Two separate leases will be offered.



 Expressions of Interest will be launched in early 2019.


In the late 1800s the unique township of Jarrahdale was the site of the first major timber milling operations in Western Australia. Jarrahdale played a key role in the export of jarrah around the world, and the industry was a major contributor to the State’s economic growth.

The 1881 Mill Manager’s House is now rare as one of only a few surviving purpose built mill manager’s residences that remain in their original setting in Western Australia; it is also the earliest extant mill manager’s residence constructed in the State. The No 1 Mill is the last surviving evidence of steam powered saw-milling in Jarrahdale, a system no longer practiced in Western Australia.


Photographs courtesy Frank and Ray Green, Mary Browne, Atkins family collection courtesy Alfred Atkins, and Brady family collection courtesy Mary Flockart


Jarrahdale is only an hour’s drive from Perth situated in the jarrah forests of the Darling Scarp.

The Heritage Park is an important focus of the local community, drawing together many local interests including history and the environment. Gooralong Brook is central to the environment, the Indigenous usage of the place, the timber industry, and the picturesque quality of the valley.

Nearby attractions include Millbrook Winery, Serpentine and Pipehead Dams, Serpentine and Whitby Falls, Old Post Office Museum, Jarrahdale Tavern, Cohuna Koala Park, the 1000km Munda Biddi off-road cycling trail (Mundaring to Albany) and the Bibbulmun walking track (Kalamunda to Albany).


Jarrahdale Heritage Park


Jarrahdale Rd, Jarrahdale

Mill Manager’s House

The 1881 Mill Manager’s House is a 380 sqm timber-framed residential building with a galvanised iron roof and weatherboard cladding. The National Trust has funding to undertake conservation work including electrical upgrade, universal access, toilet and kitchen upgrades, painting and general provision for repairs. It is anticipated this work will be completed in mid 2018.

No 1 Mill

The No 1 Mill is a 1840 sqm open timber and steel structure in sound condition. The building is empty of all furniture and equipment. Recent vandalism has destroyed electrical wiring however this will be reinstated once a new use is found.

Potential uses

The Mill Manager’s House is a residential building and, with its picturesque outlook over the Brook and forest, lends itself to low-impact uses such as short-stay accommodation, bed and breakfast, low-impact hospitality, tourism or creative industries.

No 1 Mill is a robust industrial building with large open spaces suitable for a range of activities from boutique joinery to tourism. Consideration of the potential impact of noise and dust on nearby residential communities is essential.

Both places are listed as Special Use under the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Town Planning Scheme, which includes a broad range of approved and discretionary uses that have been considered previously. Any proposed use will be subject to council approval.

Expressions of interest may be submitted for either or both places and the National Trust will consider the proposals against criteria such as financial sustainability, heritage impact and community benefit. Proposals that include consideration of, and a response to, the heritage values of the places will be favourably considered.


Download a copy of the Expression of Interest forms below

Frequently Asked Questions


 Expressions of Interest will be launched in early 2019.


For further information contact the National Trust:

Kelly Rippingale


9321 6088