Nestled in the Jarrah Forest of Dwellingup, only 1km from the town centre and across the road from the Forest Discovery Centre, you will find this quiet lodge style accommodation. The Jarrah Forest Lodge was opened in 1955. It was established to house the Forestry Cadet Training Centre. The first intake of cadets was in this same year. Trainees who attended undertook a 2 year training programme in forest management and upon graduating were mostly employed by the Forestry Department as ‘Forestry Guards’. From all accounts of their time at the Jarrah Forest Lodge the cadets thoroughly enjoyed their time and hold fond memories of their cadetships. As well as their daily classes there are many stories of ‘high spirited shenanigans’ going on. Everything from pranks and practical jokes to dirt track rally racing.

In January of 1961 a severe bushfire destroyed majority of the Dwellingup town site, fortunately the newly built Jarrah Forest Lodge remained untouched. As a result, it still stands today to be enjoyed as guest accommodation.

The Forestry Cadet Training Centre closed in 1992 and since 1995 the Forest Discovery Centre has maintained and operated the facility. Originally for tertiary training programs and on-the-job training attached to the Australian School of Fine Wood (1994 – 2014) and now for tourism and recreation.

We hope you enjoy your time at the Jarrah Forest Lodge and that you can share in the legacy of high spirits, fun, and community that the cadets have left behind.


The Jarrah Forest Lodge consists of 16 single/twinshare ‘Cadet’ rooms and a number of family suites.

On site you will find a newly renovated large open plan commercial grade kitchen and dining room, completely remodelled bathrooms, recreation room, gazebo with BBQ, wood fired pizza oven, volleyball court and under cover parking.

Being only a short walk to town this accommodation is ideal for those who love adventure sports, hiking and bush walking as well as anyone wanting to have easy access to the town centre whilst still being surrounded by the Jarrah forest.

The Jarrah Forest Lodge is the perfect location for your next birthday, wedding, family / school / sporting club reunion or team building weekend. Rooms can be hired separately or the whole facility can be booked exclusively.