Benger & Mornington

Benger & Mornington

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A small little hamlet on South Western Highway, Benger is located between the eco-sanctuary of the historic Benger Swamp, the rolling hills of Mornington and the Harris River State Forest. This is dairy and horse country at its best. Benger is Noongar for Swamp and it is home to the Pindjarup people.

The explorers Thomas Peel and Stephen Henty travelled through the district in 1835. Originally, the area was known as the “flats of Mornington”, and some years later, Mornington Siding was established with a hall, school and shop/post office. Sandalwood from the area was used in the construction of the Swan River Colony.  

They renamed the town site Benger in 1902, although the ruggedly beautiful forest and hills to the east are still considered the locality of Mornington. In 1887, John Partridge founded the first dairy in the area, aptly named White Rocks after the beautiful white rocks that surround it. Like its neighbour Brunswick, Benger has some of WA’s most significant heritage rural properties.  

Must Dos in Benger & Mornington

  • Mornington Road

    Take the Scenic Route

    Take the scenic route to the Collie River Valley and be awed by stunning hills and forests. From Harvey, head south on South Western Highway until you reach Mornington Road (6.2 kms). Mornington Road winds its way up the Darling Range, providing magnificent views of the Swan Coastal Plain and the Harvey Region. Return to Harvey via the Coalfields Road, which provides sensational views and photo opportunities as you descend the range to Roelands.

  • Big Tree Jarrah Hadfield

    Australia's Largest Jarrah Tree

    The biggest Jarrah tree in Australia is hidden deep within the Mornington State Forest, near Brunswick Junction. Located on Big Tree Road, the Jarrah Hadfield is more than 10 metres in circumference and over 260 years old. Try wrapping your arms around that. Colloquially known as Big Tree Jarrah Hadfield, this impressive Jarrah specimen is on the National Register of Big Trees.

  • Munda Biddi Credit Bikepacking

    Beat the Biddi

    Join the famous Munda Biddi Trail off Mornington Road. Stay the night at the Yarri Hut before rising early to cycle north through the stunning Mornington region to Lake Brockman/Logue Brook. This 47.2km leg of the trail travels through beautiful Jarrah and Blackbutt forest and over many small creeks.

  • Benger Swamp Entrance 4 LR

    Explore Historic Wetlands

    Benger Swamp Nature Reserve is a little-known, significant wetland west of Benger. Managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the wetland supports the critically endangered Australasian Bittern and is one of only seven known breeding sites in south-western Australians for freckled ducks. The place has historic value for its association with the development of agriculture in the district.

  • Benger Hall and Old School

    Throw a Fabulous Function

    Throw a fabulous function at the Old Benger School (1928). Surrounded by white fenced equestrian properties, the heritage building is the perfect place to host a function with a difference. Located off South Western Highway, a grass field surrounds this heritage weatherboard property. Originally, the local primary school and church, the Hall is surrounded by beautiful lawn areas and farming land.

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