CONNECTED TO CULTURE

Inspired By Nature

Dwellingup's cultural and heritage influence are evident at every turn.  The origins of our town's name is an Aboriginal word meaning 'place of nearby water' and it is the natural environment that has shaped aboriginal culture, the emergence of a colonial timber industry and the artistic influences in regional artists that now call Dwellingup home.

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"Wanjoo Nyoongar Boodja"

Welcome to Nyoongar Country; home to the world's oldest living culture, dating back 60,000 years.  Dwellingup is in the tribal region of WILMAN and is recognised as a sacred, spiritual dreaming place.  Being 'On Country' with an Aboriginal elder is a deeply rewarding experience for all visitors.  You are invited to share their cultural katadjin (knowledge).  Wanjoo, Wanjoo, Wanjoo. 

A Forestry School

In 1928, the establishment of the first Forests Department office in Dwellingup ushered in a new era of forest management focused on regeneration.  The first Forestry Cadet School was established in 1952 and is now the Jarrah Forest Lodge.  It was one of the few buildings to escape the 1961 Dwellingup fires.
 
 

Creative Passions

The tranquility of the forest and abundance of nature are all that's needed to inspire artists from all walks of life.  Here in Dwellingup, creative spirits are nurtured at Lost Eden to produce contemporary, visual art and sculpture;  a celebration of artistic expressions.  You can admire the work of others or join a retreat to create your own.  Every passion is welcome.
 

"Wanjoo Nyoongar Boodja"

Welcome to Nyoongar Country; home to the world's oldest living culture, dating back 60,000 years.  Dwellingup is in the tribal region of WILMAN and is recognised as a sacred, spiritual dreaming place.  Being 'On Country' with an Aboriginal elder is a deeply rewarding experience for all visitors.  You are invited to share their cultural katadjin (knowledge).  Wanjoo, Wanjoo, Wanjoo. 
 

A Forestry School

In 1928, the establishment of the first Forests Department office in Dwellingup ushered in a new era of forest management focused on regeneration.  The first Forestry Cadet School was established in 1952 and is now the Jarrah Forest Lodge.  It was one of the few buildings to escape the 1961 Dwellingup fires.
 

Creative Passions

The tranquility of the forest and abundance of nature are all that's needed to inspire artists from all walks of life.  Here in Dwellingup, creative spirits are nurtured at Lost Eden to produce contemporary, visual art and sculpture;  a celebration of artistic expressions.  You can admire the work of others or join a retreat to create your own.  Every passion is welcome.

The Day The Flames Came

On Thursday, 19 January 1961 a large number of lightning strikes occurred, in an area stretching from Dwellingup in the north to Manjimup in the south of Western Australia, with further strikes on the following day. Little or no rain fell at the time, but in view of the fuel loads that existed, heavy rain would have been needed to extinguish the lightning strikes. At Dwellingup there were 9 strikes on Thursday and a further 10 on Friday. Due to these other fires, very little support could be provided to Dwellingup from other areas in those critical two days.

Find Your Creative Inspiration

Everything you need to know to plan an artistic sojourn in the forest can be found here.  Feel the energy and indulge your expressive self.

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