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September 27, 2013


Wharncliffe Mill opens to visitors after six month redevelopment program


Wharncliffe Mill in Margaret River has undergone a rapid transformation, reopening as a budget nature based tourism provider on 27th September 2013. Set amidst the Bramley National Park on the edge of the Margaret River town site, the 10 acre bush camp was leased out through the NatureBank initiative in January 2013. With assistance and support from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and Tourism WA with the approvals process, the lessees have been able to plan, secure final approvals and complete a significant redevelopment in less than 12 months.

Improvements to the site have included:

  • Building new catering facilities, a bush café, kiosk, reception and office building
  • Development of a bush amphitheatre and group fire pit where Aboriginal guides will deliver tours and cultural interpretation
  • Relocating and refurbishing three large two bedroom self-contained cedar cabins with en-suite bathrooms
  • Development of a four room (individually keyed) eco lodge with a kitchen, lounge and two bathrooms
  • Installation of a 32 Kw Solar Power System and a second 140,000 litre water storage tank to catch rainwater and generate energy – taking full advantage of the expansive old mill building
  • Installation of a Fuji Clean wastewater recycling system to reuse waste water from the cabins and the lodge and provide irrigation for a large lawn area able to be used for activities and relaxation
  • Provision of landscaping and levelling as well as power and water to 40 campsites along the forest edge, allowing people to enjoy a bush camping experience without having to compromise on basic comforts and facilities
  • Upgrades to a second ablution block to provide additional toilets and showers
  • Expansion of the camper’s kitchen with the addition of new facilities
  • Two additional dorm rooms with a recreation area providing seating and table tennis
  • Five basic Safari Tents where people can try out a ‘first time’ camping experience or enjoy bush camping without having to have their own camping gear
  • Provision of a fleet of mountain bikes for hire to enable guests explore the surrounding trails, which are currently being upgraded by the local mountain bike club, DPaW and others
  • Future plans include a Nature Play Space and Climbing Forest together with interpretive signage and tours which will be rolled out in 2014.

This redevelopment is co-funded by the Australian Government under the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund Grants Program. This redevelopment will ensure that the new Wharncliffe Mill will be able to offer an affordable nature based experience to visitors looking to enjoy the wonders of Margaret River on a budget.  The new accommodation rooms are being painted and furnished over the next six weeks and will be open for bookings from December 2013.




23 July 2013




The view of our three pre-loved cabins coming in on the big trucks was a sight to behold.  What an awesome feat to pick up and transport three charming cedar cabins from their former home at farm in Northcliffe to their new spot amidst the trees at Wharncliffe Mill.  With renovations set to get underway immediately, we look forward to having the cabins ready for occupancy by spring.




22 March 2013




Planning is underway for a new nature play space which is planned for Wharncliffe Mill. The new play area will actively engage children with nature, with a range of activities and challenges to bring out their inner adventurer.  Bush therapy and nature adventures are increasingly being recognised as an essential, but seldom experienced part of developing mentally and physically healthy populations.



15 March 2013




Many thanks to Margaret River Cycles and Repairs who have just delivered our fantastic hire fleet of 14 Trek Bikes suitable for a range of sizes and ages.  Their service and attention to detail has ensured we have ended up with a strong fleet of bikes with excellent versatility.  If you are in the market for a new bike and want something tailored to the track conditions in the region call Margaret River Cycles on 08 9758 7671. They also have a fleet of hire bikes available.





15 January 2013




Commercial tourism operators, Claire and Adrian Prendergast have commenced operations of Wharncliffe Mill in the Bramley National Park. Located just over a kilometre north of Margaret River, the nature based bush retreat previously operated by DEC will continue to service school and community groups, as well as now accommodating tourists and other independent visitors.  The area holds great appeal for mountain bike riders, nature enthusiasts and bush walkers, surrounded by world class bush tracks and just a short walk or cycle into the town centre. Unpowered bush camp sites and dorm accommodation are available now, with a range of new accommodation and tours being planned over the coming months.  The old mill building offers a huge undercover area and camp kitchen and there is also space for formal or informal gatherings.

The site was leased out under the State Government’s Naturebank program to add to the supply of caravan and camping sites in Margaret River, whilst also providing accommodation for budget travellers.  The new operators are looking to partner with existing tour operators to package up a range of experiences for their guests and a strong focus will be on remaining accessible for local residents, school and community groups. 


For enquiries or to provide any feedback or suggestions for the ongoing development of Wharncliffe Mill please contact Claire or Adrian Prendergast via email: or telephone 08 9758 8227.








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