Just off the South Western Highway, about 100 kilometres south of Perth, Yarloop is at the heart of some of Australia’s best agricultural country. On the fertile coastal plain bordered by the Darling Range to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west, it is especially favoured by dairy farmers and citrus growers.
Yarloop is also a steam train fancier’s delight, with WA’s biggest steam workshop showcasing a fine collection of steam trains and engines. One of the characters here is a cute little puffing billy by the name of Kia Ora that was built in 1884 and went to work first for the Melbourne Harbour Trust. In 1895 it found itself with the name of 'Beetle' helping to haul timber around Yarloop. The locomotive was later renamed Kia Ora (Maori for good luck) by a man with the perfect name for a railways manager - Reynolds Driver, a New Zealander.
The Timbermill Workshop in town celebrates the timber industry and timber craftsmanship, recognising the town’s former position as one of WA’s most important timber towns. The famous name of Millar in the Western Australia timber industry is closely associated with Yarloop because it was here that the brothers Millar – Charles and Edwin – chose to make their base for their assaults on the surrounding jarrah forests.