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Yarloop, Western Australia

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Time travel to the late 1800s and the charming National Trust heritage town of Yarloop, where lovingly restored old timber mills and steam machinery create the illusion that time has stood still. Your journey back in time takes just 1.5 hours driving from Perth on the South Western Highway, or you can jump aboard the Australind train that departs daily from Perth and Bunbury. The town's steam workshops house some of the machinery used in the early 1900's, including the locomotives put to work in the timber milling industry at its peak. Take a guided tour to learn more about these marvels of engineering and hear the legendary tales of the millers. To immerse yourself a little deeper in local history, hit the Yarloop Heritage Trail and spend an hour or more strolling by many impressive examples of early 20th century architecture while reading the stories of local characters who built this old milling town from the ground up. To sample some of the region's natural beauty and flavours, pick up some local wine and gourmet produce. Head for Logue Brooke Dam in the Darling Range and enjoy a picnic surrounded by towering jarrah forest. Adventurists can hit the water in a canoe, or even try water skiing. Set up your camp or get cosy in a cabin beside the dam and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush as the sun sets and stars fill the night sky. Or opt to enjoy the country charm and hospitality of Yarloop in a traditional bed and breakfast or hotel.

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