Dwellingup is a former timber town surrounded by state forest. It was almost destroyed by a severe bushfire in 1961, but was rebuilt from the ashes.
Today its proximity to Perth and the peace and tranquility of the forest make it a popular day trip destination for city dwellers.
The Hotham Valley Tourist Railway operates from Perth to Dwellingup at the weekend in the cooler months.
The Etmilyn Forest Tramway goes from the railway station into the forest, where a short nature trail highlights the local flora. The Dwellingup Pharmacy Museum has a range of historic chemist's equipment and products.