Harvey Heritage Trail
About the Trail
The Harvey Heritage Trail starts near the Harvey Tourist Bureau located at James Stirling Place, just off the South West Highway. Harvey is only a 90 minute drive from Perth is a town well worth visiting for a day - or to stay as a base to explore the region for several days.
This trail is an easy walk, mainly on concrete path, but with a small amount of walking on hard grass verge, that takes you past historical buildings of note in the township. A detailed map is available from the visitor centre or can be downloaded from this website.
Near the visitor centre you'll find Stirling Cottage - a replica of a cottage built about the 1850's on land owned by Sir James Stirling near Harvey River about 500 metres upstream from this site. The original cottage was lived in by May Gibbs, creator of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, during the 1880's. Features of the original cottage were hexagonal paving blocks fitted together as flooring "pit sawn" Jarrah walls and a sheoak shingled roof all recreated in this replica of Stirling's Cottage.
From the 1830's the Harvey area was known as "Korijekup" the Aboriginal word meaning "The place of the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo." Early explorers named the Harvey River and by the 1890's the Korijekup Estate became known as Harvey Estate. As the township took shape near the turn of the century, it became known as Harvey.
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