Harvey Things to Do

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    The Big Orange

    by arianne_1504 Written Nov 12, 2011
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    Sitting atop a 10 metre tower with an additional 4 metre (62 steps) climb to a viewing platform inside the orange.

    For many years 'The Big Orange' was a focal point when you drove into Harvey.. today its back... bigger and better than ever. Now Harvey Fresh have restored the Big Orange and this famous landmark now sits high above the beautiful Harvey Fresh orchards.

    Inside the orange you can view the history and photos of the Big Orange.

    Entry is by a gold coin donation with funds going to support Telethon.

    Open daily from 10am to 4pm.

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    Wildflowers in the Harvey Shire

    by arianne_1504 Written Nov 12, 2011

    The Harvey shire boasts some spectacular wildflowers. If you visit the Harvey Visitors Centre, you can pick up a map to show you where you can find the particular varieties within the region.

    Wildflower season is from about August to November.

    Picking of wildflowers is prohibited.

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    Stirling Cottage

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    In the mid 1800's Governor Stirling (first Govenor of WA) selected 12,800 acres of fertile land and named it the Harvey River Settlement.

    A cottage known as 'The Hut' was built on the banks of the Harvey River. It featured a shingled roof, pit-sawn jarrah walls and hexagonal shaped paving blocks fitted together to form flooring. The Hut was surrounded by gardens and fruit trees with a blacksmiths workshop and stables.

    A replica of the cottage was opened to the public in 1994. The original hut had fallen badly into disrepair and by the late 1960's, only a few bricks and stones had remained.

    The replica cottage is located 500m downstream from the original site and is set in extensive heritage style gardens.

    The cottage was home to May Gibbs during 1885 and 1886. May became one of Australia's best known and most loved authors, being the creator of the gumnut babies Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

    It's a lovely place to visit. You might be lucky to see some huge monarch butterflies. It's free entry.

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    Harvey Dam

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    The original Harvey Weir was part of the first irrigation scheme in Western Australia and only the 6th public dam developed in the State. The Public Works Department began construction in 1914 and completed the weir in 1916. The Weir had a 12m high concrete wall and held 512 million gallons of water. In the 1990's with water supplies under increasing pressure to meet the demands of population and economic growth, a new dam with 6 times the capacity of the Weir was planned and the Harvey Dam was born.

    Harvey Dam has a range of world-class recreational facilities including an ampitheatre, a footbridge, boardwalk and walktrails, fenced playground, grassed picnic areas with gazebos and BBQ's, viewing platforms, an upstream boat ramp and parking and toilet blocks.

    It's a lovely place to spend some time.

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    Old Coast Road Brewery

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    The OCRB is awesome in short. It's a brewery, restaurant and function centre showcasing handcrafted beers, spirits and wines. The beer is exclusively made on the premises using the finest local and imported malts and hops. Beer styles include Pilsener, Wheat, English Bitter and Porter.

    The food is great and there's heaps of room for the kids to run around and play. We went on the football grand final day and they had organised face painting, bouncy castles and animal zoo and pony rides for the kids, and games for the adults. There's an awesome kids playground and there's Simmo's icecream for dessert.

    I'd definitely include a trip to OCRB next time i'm in the area.

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    Harvey River Bridge Estate

    by arianne_1504 Written Nov 12, 2011

    This little place sells wine, as well as a range of Harvey Fresh Juices and Milks and other local produce.

    Open 10am to 4pm daily including major public holidays.

    While you're there you can climb the Big Orange...

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    Vineyard 28

    by arianne_1504 Written Nov 12, 2011

    Vineyard 28 is a little off the main road, but if you keep with it you will be rewarded. This is a friendly little winery, which also sells quilts and crafts by local artisans.

    Winery tours are also available here for $5 per person. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and includes wine tasting. Advance bookings are required.

    Cellar door open daily from 10am to 5pm.

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    HaVe yourself some Cheese!

    by arianne_1504 Updated Nov 12, 2011

    Welcome to HaVe Cheese where the motto is 'best eaten greedily'! This cheese, West Australian made and owned, is awesome. All types of cheeses, make sure you take advantage of the free cheese tastings!!

    All cheeses are suitable for vegetarians and are Halal Certified.

    You can also view the factory and some dairy memorabilia. There's a kids corner with farm animals as well as ice creams and other local produce.

    All you'll have to do when you leave is find some nice red wine to wash it down with!

    Open daily from 9.30am to 5.00pm.

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    Harvey Internment Camp Memorial

    by keeweechic Updated Mar 1, 2006

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    Just a 200m walk north of the Visitor's Centre is the Harvey Internment Camp Memorial. The shrine was built in 1941 as a remembrance of all those affected by the events which took place during the Second World War. At one time the camps around Australia held up to 1000 internees and 200 Australian Army soldiers.

    Italian prisoners who were held at the camp built the shrine of sandstone and granite that were found on the compound and for some 50 years, it stood in an open paddock. It is believed to be the only roadside shine of its kind in Australia. While these prisoners were not forced to work, they did help with clearing bush, growing vegetables for the military camps and making logs for the government. Those that had skills were kept occupied by making shoes or building things. Because of the relaxed and friendly environment for these prisoners, many held theatrical performances to try and entertain themselves.

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    The Cottage Gardens

    by keeweechic Updated Mar 1, 2006

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    May Gibbs, creator of 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' lived in the original cottage from 1885. The lush green grounds surrounding the cottage are lovely with their flowers and old trees. Lying right on the banks of the Harvey River. Towards the back is also a small orange grove.

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    Harvey Sports Groundc*

    by keeweechic Written Jan 22, 2006

    The Harvey Grandstand and Entrance Gates were constructed in 1936. The actual grandstand was built for spectators watching the Harvey trots which were held for the first time under electric lights in the same year

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    Harvey Sports Groundc*

    by keeweechic Written Jan 22, 2006

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    The Harvey Grandstand and Entrance Gates were constructed in 1936. The actual grandstand was built for spectators watching the Harvey trots which were held for the first time under electric lights in the same year

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    Harvey River Bridge Wines

    by keeweechic Written Jan 11, 2006

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    Harvey River Bridge Wines is owned by Harvey Fresh (fruit juice factory) and was established in 2000. The winery has won numerous awards and medals for the wines which also include the names Joseph River and Billy Goat Hill.

    Open to the public 10.00am – 4.00pm Tuesday to Sunday and also on school and public holidays.

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    Harvey Fresh

    by keeweechic Written Jan 11, 2006

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    Harvey Fresh is renown national and even now an international manufacturer of fruit juices and dairy products. The first factory was established in 1986 as a family owned business on 100 acres of land in Harvey. The business grew and today they have two factories, a juice factory and a dairy factory. With the popularity of vineyards in the area, Harvey Fresh decided in 1999 to build a winery (Harvey River Bridge Estate).

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    WA College of Agriculture

    by keeweechic Written Jan 11, 2006

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    Further on up from the Visitor Centre and the Detention Cells is the WA College of Agriculture. This was the site of the hospital which serviced the Internment Camp during the war. It then became male housing for students who wished learn farming styles in the south of Western Australia. At the time the campus was an agricultural wing of Harvey senior high school. The male domination however changed in 1988 when two female students attended the school, then in 1992 a dormitory for girls was opened.

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