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About Harvey

Harvey is a town located in the South West of Western Australia, 140 kilometres south of the capital, Perth.  It is known for its dairy and cattle industries, as well as oranges and, as part of the Geographe Wine Region, award winning wineries. It is home to Harvey Beef, Harvey Fresh and Harvey Cheese.  

Harvey Primary School sits in the centre of the town and has a long and rich history, dating back to 1899. The timber classroom, built in 1901, remains on the school site to this day. Opposite the school is the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre, which runs an after school care program, holiday program, daycare, Skate Nights, cultural events and a variety of different sporting groups, such as football, netball, basketball and hockey. A playgroup and another daycare are close by, as is the town’s hospital and a number of playgrounds. High school options within the town include Harvey Senior High School or the Harvey Agricultural College. 

Visitors to Harvey can enjoy a walk through the jarrah forests that surround the town, which come alive with wildflowers during spring. The Harvey Dam has BBQs, an amphitheatre, walking trails and a playground and is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch. Marron, trout and perch fishing are permitted, in season with a permit. Harvey is also home to one of Australia’s “big things” – the Big Orange which is set among the Harvey Fresh orange orchards and which can be climbed for a gold coin donation entry fee. 

One of the town’s major attractions is Stirling Cottage, a replica of a cottage built in the 1850s by the first Governor of Western Australia, Governor Stirling. The original cottage was home to May Gibbs, author of beloved storybook characters Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, characters that are believed to have been inspired by her stay in Harvey. Stirling Cottage is housed in the gardens behind the Visitor Centre, which features extensive, beautiful gardens, a tearoom and a gift shop. Also located in these gardens is the Harvey Internment Camp Memorial Shrine, which is a memorial to the 1000 Italian internees who were housed in an internment camp in Harvey during World War Two.

The Harvey Region features some stunning public art works, all created by local artists or community groups. Visitors walking down the mainstreet of Harvey will see a colourful mural, depicting Harvey’s country lifestyle and history, early settlement, as well as the variety of industries in the area – dairy, cattle, citrus, water, irrigation, horticulture and viticulture. Impressive mosaics in the entrances to surrounding towns are also much sought after attractions for visitors to the region. 

Only a short drive away are beaches in Binningup and Myalup, fantastic for swimming, fishing and surfing, as well as the Old Coast Brewery (now with a minigolf course) and the famous Crooked Carrot Café. 


Harvey Primary School

An Independent Public School

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