Northcliffe History



Population: Approximately 750

Dairy farming, horticulture and tourism.

Northcliffe is located in the Shire of Manjimup, approximately four and a half hour’s drive south of Perth in the state’s beautiful Southern Forests region. The town is surrounded by National Parks and State Forests and has a temperate climate enjoying WA’s second highest rainfall. It’s perfect dairy country. Northcliffe was founded in 1924 in the aftermath of the First World War, with the principal purpose of becoming a ‘dairy town’ through the WA Government’s Group Settlement Scheme. It’s a small regional community of tremendous resilience that has a proud history of utilising innovation, determination and community spirit to overcome adversity. Of the three main industries in the town today – dairy, horticulture and tourism - dairy is by far the biggest, employing the largest number of people and underpinning the economic and social fabric of the region. Without the town’s vibrant dairy industry, Northcliffe would be a different place entirely and might not exist at all. Eight dairy farms operating in Northcliffe employ eighty local people and producing around 24 million litres per annum. Bannister Down’s Dairy, one of the original family-run dairies spanning four generations, launched their award-winning Bannister Downs brand in 2005 and has gone on to become synonymous with excellence and build a strong following around the country.