Explore Lake Clifton

Established in 1921 to support WA Portland Cement Co's lime deposit mine, Lake Clifton was a busy company town until the mine's closure in 1924. On Old Coast Road between Mandurah and Preston Beach, Lake Clifton is adjacent to the lake of the same name.

Please scroll down the page for information on " Annual Events, Things to see & do" and "Where to stay & eat" while you are visiting Lake Clifton. For more information go to www.lakeclifton.com.au. 

History of Lake Clifton

Lake Clifton History

There was once a train line that ran from Waroona to Lake Clifton. (I think the bulletin was a newspaper article)

From 1919 to 1921 lime sediment was pumped from the bottom of Lake Clifton through a pipeline into settling ponds where the water evaporated and was then loaded onto trucks by hand and sent by truck to the WA Portland Cement works at Burswood.

A railway line was constructed from Lake Clifton to Waroona in 1921 and the shell material was sent along this line until 1924. The train carried lime in open railway wagons from the lime kiln at Lake Clifton to Waroona and then on to the WA Portland Cement works at Burswood. Sometime between 1922 and 1923, a rotary kiln was constructed to burn the sediment at the site. This operated for just 2 weeks and was then closed down as the lime proved to be unsuitable for cement manufacture.

Lake Clifton History

The Lake Clifton Lime Works closed in September 1923 and the railway line was partly taken up in 1924 and transported to Lake Grace for the Lake Grace to Newdegate line. There are still signs of it.

The rotary kiln itself has been removed but the brick structure that was used to support it is still standing and in very good condition.

Click on the link below to watch the "New Lime Kiln" video.


Lake Clifton History

Once there was a town site at Lake Clifton and people lived in tents as houses. The train line would get them to Waroona, but as the train line was no longer in use the people from the town were unable to continue to live in such an isolated area. Food and water wasn’t able to move to and from Waroona as quickly as required.

Lake Clifton Winery

CLOSED due to renovations

Relax in the rustic bar and bottle shop where you can sample and purchase the unique reds, whites and fruit wines grown in the limestone soil of the estate. Disabled access.

Open 10:30am - 6:00pm daily
Address 286 Newnham Road, Lake Clifton
Phone 0457 166 300

Winery Vineyard