Once the centre of a thriving logging industry, Donnelly River is now just a
historic mill town, just 30 minutes by car from
Nannup. In the
Shire of Nannup and originally gazetted as Wheatley, it is surrounded by areas of Karri Forests. The former
mill workers cottages are now used as holiday accommodation. The old steam
driven timber mill, now heritage listed, once exported timber to the United
Kingdom, South Africa, the Middle East and also throughout Australia, employing
over 100 workers at its peak. There are guided tours of the site.
two walking trails that include the Spring Loop (5.5 km) and the Kings Park
Karri Loop (9.5 km), both starting at the Donnelly Store. Of interest on the
trails are the old steam winch landing, Wheatley Dam, Little One Tree Bridge, an
old style log landing and at the time of writing a giant Karri tree, over 70
metres hight and thought to be over 300 years old.