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Serpentine

A small rural town situated about 63 kms south of Perth, just south of Mundijong and off the South Western Highway. The townsite was gazetted in 1893 and is named after the snaking nature of the local river. The Serpentine River was discovered in the early 1830's. When the Perth to Bunbury rail line was opened in 1893, Serpentine was one of the origin stations built. In 1891 the Government declared the region as the 'Serpentine Agricultural Area'


 
 
   
 
 

Serpentine - Town Sign

The Serpentine town welcome sign seen beside Karnup Road when driving into town from the east, from the Soutrh Western Highway. June 2017. Photos Ref: SERP001

 

Serpentine - Falls Roadhouse

If you are driving along the South Western Highway, you will not get to see the townsite of Serpentine as it is located about 2 kilometres west of the highway. You should however see the Serpentine Falls Cafe and Roadhouse which is located right on the highway. January 2009. Photos Ref: SERP002

 

Serpentine - St Stephen's Anglican Church

This Church is across Falls Road from the roadhouse and fronts onto the South Western Highway. It is St Stephen's Anglican Church, Serpentine. The Foundation Stone was laid by the Lord Bishop of Perth on 10th May 1913. September 2012. Photos Ref: SERP003

 

Serpentine - Butcher's Shop

The blue butcher's shop at 19 Richardson Street. This is the earliest shop to be erected in the townsite and dates back to circa 1893. It was originally built as a butcher's shop. During the 1920's the shop also doubled as the local post office. January 2009. Photos Ref: SERP004

 

Serpentine - St Stephen's Church Thrift Shop

St Stephen's Thrift Shop on Richardson Street. Through the bush behind this shop is the railway line and station. A few years after this photo was taken, this building was demolished due to storm damage, white ant infestation, and the presence of asbestos, all of which made renovation too costly. January 2009. Photos Ref: SERP005. (Since demolished)

 

Serpentine - General Store and Post Office

The General Store and Post Office at 6 Wellard Street dates back to 1926. The store was built by Mr Arthur Middleton who previously sold his Keysbrook orchard produce from the back of his truck. The building was extended over the years and at one time contained tearooms. Petrol bowsers were once at the front. The Middleton family continued to operate the business up until 1982. May 2012. Photos Ref: SERP006

 

Serpentine - Blue Moon Collectables

Across the road from the General Store is the Blue Moon Collectables shop. This is a modern shopping centre probably erected during the 1960's. January 2009. Photos Ref: SERP007

 

Serpentine - Railway Crossing

A railways 'road-car' track maintenance vehicle carefully traverses the railway crossing without activating the warning lights. January 2009. Photos Ref: SERP008

 

Serpentine - Stock Shed

Cattle enjoying a bit of shade on the left of this Serpentine farm shed. April 2011. Photos Ref: SERP009

 

Serpentine - Tavern

The Serpentine Tavern on the corner of Richardson and Wellard Streets. Construction commenced in 1903. This was formerly known as the Serpentine Falls Hotel. The hotel superceded the former Inn on Baldwin's property on the South Western Highway after the railway line was built. April 2011. Photos Ref: SERP010

 

Serpentine - Park

Looking back across the park from the railway station. You can see the blue butcher's shop and also the brownish St Stephen's Church Thrift Shop through the trees. April 2011. Photos Ref: SERP011

 

Serpentine - South Western Highway

A section of the South Western Highway looking south at the corner of Karnup Road, which runs off to the west to the Serpentine townsite. On the left you can see part of the Falls Road House. The cream coloured building is Baldwin's Cottage. May 2012. Photos Ref: SERP012

 

Serpentine - Baldwin's Cottage

Baldwin's Cottage constructed circa 1856 sits directly across the highway from the Falls road-house. These premises were once Mr Baldwin's home, post office, staging post and inn until the railway came through in 1893. Stage coaches ceased running with the advent of the railway. The Inn also closed when the new Serpentine Falls Hotel, located adjacent to the railway, was established. This is now a private residence. May 2012. Photos Ref: SERP013

 

Serpentine - Turner Cottage

Turner Cottage is located right beside the South Western Highway on the western side, next to the river bridge, but largely shrouded by trees making it almost impossible to see as you drive past. This dwelling was built by early settlers Edward and Elizabeth Turner in 1856. May 2012. Photos Ref: SERP014

 

Serpentine - Turner Cottage

Another view of Turner Cottage taking in a north-west aspect, showing off the fine old brickwork and shingled roof. May 2012. Photos Ref: SERP015

 

Serpentine - Turner Cottage Craft Shop

In the grounds of Turner Cottage are a number of out-buildings which were probably added after the original cottage was built. This is the Craft Shop, a brick, timber building with metal roof. May 2012. Photos Ref: SERP016

 

Serpentine - Turner Cottage Stables Tea Rooms

On the Turner Cottage property, this is the Stables Tea Rooms. Undoubtedly the original property stables. This restaurant/tea rooms provide in-dining or take-away. May 2012. Photos Ref: SERP017

 

Serpentine - Turner Cottage Wool Shed

Another Turner Cottage out-building is the old wool shed. This is the northern aspect showing off its sturdy brick chimney and vertical wooden wall slats. Turner Cottage is still owned and operated by the descendants of the original residents who can, on application, provide a guided tour of the property. May 2012. Photos Ref: SERP018

 

Serpentine - St Kevin's Catholic Church

Set in the southern end of the town-site is St Kevin's Catholic Church. The Church was constructed in 1940. May 2012. Photos Ref: SERP019

 

Serpentine - Former Shop

Just about opposite the General Store and Post Office is this former shop which is now a residence. March 2017. Photos Ref: SERP020

 

Serpentine - Tractor Museum and Recreation Hall

Looking across the sports ground to the Tractor Museum and Recreation Hall. March 2017. Photos Ref: SERP021

 

Serpentine - Brick Building

This old brick building would have been business premises in days gone by. March 2017. Photos Ref: SERP022

 

Serpentine - Rest Rooms

The CWA Rest Rooms and hall at the south end of town. March 2017. Photos Ref: SERP023

 

Serpentine - Church of Christ

The Serpentine Church of Christ is a relatively recent structure. March 2017. Photos Ref: SERP024

 

Serpentine - Church of Christ House

Adjacent to the Church of Christ is this house which appears to be used as church rooms or for storage. March 2017. Photos Ref: SERP025

 

Serpentine - Railway Station

The new Serpentine railway station. Once upon a time a rather more substantial station existed here when the line opened in 1893. The tracks now gleam as a result of a lot of freight traffic, mainly going up and down to and from the Alcoa alumina mines and works further south. The track in the picture wends off to the south. May 2012. Photos Ref: SERP026

 

Serpentine - River Road Bridge

The South Western Highway crosses the Serpentine River a couple of hundred metres north of the Falls Roadhouse. September 2012. Photos Ref: SERP027

 

Serpentine - Old Bridge School

Just a little to the north of the Serpentine River Bridge and to the east of the highway is this old school. This is the site of the Serpentine Bridge School, 1858 to 1954. This particular building was erected in 1902 although there were others (or another) before this. In those days, the South Western Highway was known as the Bunbury Road. September 2012. Photos Ref: SERP028

 

Serpentine - Falls Pay Station

It is only a few kilometres east of the Falls Roadhouse that you enter the Darling Scarp to a rather spectacular landscape. This is the pay station entrance to the Serpentine National Park. On this day the fee is $11 per vehicle. September 2012. Photos Ref: SERP029

 

Serpentine - The Falls

Here are the Serpentine Falls. The noise is loud, lots of water after reasonable rains, kids swimming in the pool at the bottom and around the overflow spillway. You can get an idea of the falls size by those kids who did a somewhat dangerous walk across steep rock-faces to get to where they are. September 2012. Photos Ref: SERP030

 

Serpentine - Falls Pipes and Bridge

Inside the park is this bridge straddled by two pipes, crossing the river. Over the other side are tracks leading up and down the hills but this is not the way to the Falls. Many people today thought it was the way and ended up having to back track. September 2012. Photos Ref: SERP031

 

Serpentine - Falls Upstream

If you walk across the bridge with the pipes and turn left and then follow the track you will end up high in the hills here, well above the Serpentine Falls. It is a rather a long and steep climb but worth the effort. This section of the river is being enjoyed by those who survived the hike. The pool up on the right has been artificially fortified. September 2012. Photos Ref: SERP032

 

Serpentine - Stockman's Rest

A little west of town, on Karnup Road, is the Stockman's Rest restaurant and coffee shop which looks like is currently up for sale. October 2013. Photos Ref: SERP033

 

Serpentine - Hopeland School

The former Hopeland Primary School built in 1933 on Hopeland Road. This is a few kilometres west of the Serpentine townsite. The school opened in 1924 and then closed in 1954. This building is now used as the Hopeland Community Centre. October 2013. Photos Ref: SERP034

 

Serpentine - Airfield

Further west still from Serpentine and indeed not too far from the Kwinana Freeway. Off Yangedi Road is the Serpentine Airfield, home to the Sport Aircraft Builder's Club. It has a sealed runway which is more than the Murrayfield Airfield near Mandurah can claim. October 2013. Photos Ref: SERP035

 

Serpentine - Airfield

Beyond the runway are many sheds such as these which are used for housing, building and maintaining the club members' light aircraft. Many roads around here double up as taxi-ways. October 2013. Photos Ref: SERP036

 

Serpentine - Weather Radar

Up a track behind the Serpentine Airfield is the Bureau of Meteorology weather radar which services a radius of some 256 kilometres including the Perth Metropolitan area. This is what tells us rain is coming on the BOM website. October 2013. Photos Ref: SERP037

 

Serpentine - Weather Radar

This is the base station and base of the radar tower. Warning signs advise of a potential radiation hazard. The radar tower resembles a lighthouse with that doorway at the bottom. October 2013. Photos Ref: SERP038


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