Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, with land used mainly for farming and quarrying. Growth was slow due to isolation. Significant development did not occur until the 1960s. Rapid growth took place during the 1960s and 1970s, with growth continuing during the 1980s. The population and dwelling stock continued to increase during the 1990s and beyond.
Come and discover one of Australia's most outstanding geological and archaeological sites at the Hallett Cove Conservation Park, where more than 1,700 Aboriginal artefacts have been found.
An interpretative walking trail describes the park's cultural and geological heritage, including evidence of an Australian ice age some 280 million years ago. The outstanding glacial pavements along the northern cliff tops are recognised as the best record of Permian glaciation in Australia and have international significance.