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the magazine here - Southern Forests, Western Australia
Explore the
Southern Forests
Come for the trees...
Stay for the experience!
Walk above the Giants
at the Tree Top Walk
Walk above giant tingle trees at the spectacular
Tree Top Walk in the Valley of the Giants.
The views of the forest and the Walpole Wilderness are so captivating you
will be in awe of the forest giants below your feet.
Other things to see and do:
the Ancient Empire Walk
explore the tingle forest
visit the Wilderness Discovery Centre
go on a free guided walk with one of our
knowledgeable and friendly guides
(subject to conditions)
get involved in holiday activity programs (exl July)
do a self-guided walk
purchase a Certificate of Achievement
unique flora and fauna.
Prices Ancient Empire Entry is free.
Tree Top Walk entry prices:- Adult $12.50,
Child: $6.50, Concession: $9, Family: $31.50
Bookings If you are bringing a school group or
tour group, please ensure that you book.
Opening hours every day of the year apart
from Christmas Day or hazardous conditions.
9 am - 5 pm (last ticket sold 4.15 pm)
Extended opening hours between 26 December
and 26 January 8 am - 6 pm (last ticket sale 5.15pm).
The Valley of the
Giants Tree Top Walk
is a 450km drive
from Perth, situated
between Walpole
and Denmark.
For further details:
e: [email protected]
t: (08) 9840 8263
Trails p23
In this guide ...
Welcome to the Southern Forests
Events Calendar 6
Must do Top 5 7
National Parks
Southern Forests map
Attractions & Events
Wineries p25
Things to do p7
National Parks p21
Events p6
Our cover page:
Understory Art Walk, Relentless Blue,
Cherry Harmony Festival, Blue Beard Orchid,
Nornalup Inlet.
Welcome to the
Southern Forests
The clear, crisp air and a magical landscape of
magnificent karri, jarrah, marri and tingle forests,
vine clad hillsides, fertile orchards, dramatic
cliffs, white sandy beaches and an abundance of
natural attractions await you on a visit to the
Southern Forests.
Located about 300kms south of Perth in the
beautiful South West of Western Australia, the
Southern Forests are home to many unique and
iconic attractions and experiences.
For an estimated 50,000 years various sub groups
of the Noongar nation have inhabited the area.
The region begins just outside the town of
Manjimup, where rich agricultural lands boast
some of the most productive soils in Australia.
Further south is the timber town of Pemberton,
where you can explore the ancient karri forests
along one of the many trails or sample a drop from
one of the local wineries. Toward the southern
coast lies the town of Northcliffe, gateway to the
D’Entrecasteaux National Park and hamlet of
Windy Harbour. In the south east corner of the
region, surrounded by the Walpole Nornalup
National Park lies the idyllic town of Walpole, an
ideal place from which to explore the Walpole and
Nornalup Inlets and nearby beaches.
Plan your holiday
How to get here?
The Southern Forests region is an easy
three and a half hour drive south of
Perth. Your holiday starts when you see
the first big trees.
South West Coach Lines depart from
the City Bus Port, Domestic and
International Airport Perth on a regular
basis. TransWA also operates a bus
service from East Perth to the Southern
Visitor Centres
For more information on any subject
in this guide, please ask at the visitor
centres listed below.
Manjimup Visitor Centre
Giblett Street Manjimup
(08) 9771 1831
[email protected]
Pemberton Visitor Centre
Brockman Street Pemberton
(08) 9776 1133
[email protected]
Northcliffe Visitor Centre
Muirrillup Road Northcliffe
(08) 9776 7203
[email protected]
Road distance between towns
Perth Bunbury Manjimup Pemberton Northcliffe Walpole Nornalup
Walpole Visitor Centre
South Coast Highway, Walpole
(08) 9840 1111
[email protected]
All Visitor Centres are open
7 days per week.
Photo Credits:
Southern Forests Art Walk, Pemberton Visitor Centre, Cherry Harmony Festival, Northcliffe Visitor Centre, Walpole Visitor Centre,
Pemberton Camp School, Lost Lake Winery, F22 Photography, Small Business Centre Warren Blackwood, Pemberton Discovery Tours,
Shire of Manjimup, Fonty’s Pool, Golden Grape Gallery, Pemberton Tramway, DEC, Harry MacDonald, Karen Garratt, Elisabeth Tilly,
Mark Hudson, Rod Burton, Wendy Eiby, Sheryl McCauley, Toni and Graham Dearle, Paul Matenaar and Monique van Vliet.
This publication is a collaboration between the Shire of Manjimup, Small Business Centre Warren Blackwood and the Visitor Centre associations
of Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole. Although the greatest care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained
herein, no responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracy or misdescription whether by inclusion or omission, nor do the publishers accept any
responsibility for subsequent change or withdrawal of prices, details or services shown which are subject to alteration without notice.
Design and artwork by:
Leaping Frog Business and Marketing Solutions
Don’t forget
to buy some
local produce
at the
Manjimup Far
mers Market
Every 1st an
d 3rd
Saturday of
the month,
Manjin Park
, 9 am-1 pm.
Kristofferson Cup
Check out the awesome greens of the Manjimup
Country Club at this popular local golf
tournament. Third weekend of February.
Relentless Blue XC Mtb Race
Cross country mountain biking event held over 3
days at the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park.
Targa West Car Rally
An exciting tarmac rallying event with modern
and classic cars in and around Manjimup and
Pemberton on the last weekend of May.
Manjimup 15,000 Motocross
This international motocross event is a must for all
fans of speed and excitement. Annually in June.
The first weekend of March is bike and water
madness in the Southern Forests. Watch or
participate in one of these great events.
Pemberton Classic
This road race and criterion held over 2
days, takes competitors through the streets of
Pemberton and surrounds.
Karri Cup
WA’s largest mountain bike event (up to 100km)
held over 2 days in Northcliffe.
Walpole Regatta
Vibrant yacht race at the Walpole Yacht Club,
Coalmine Beach.
The third weekend of March has the Pioneer Cup Golf
Tournament held at the Walpole Country Club over
three days and attracts between 250 and 300 golfers.
Warren District Agricultural Show is held
in Manjimup on Friday afternoon and all day
Saturday where you can enjoy all the pleasure and
entertainment of a country show.
Sunsmart Karri Valley Triathlon
The Annual SunSmart Karri Valley Triathlon
runs on the first Saturday of April. Held at the
picturesque Karri Valley Resort, this iconic event
takes swimmers, bike riders and runners through
some magnificent country.
Truffle Kerfuffle
Southern Forests food festival that is a treat for
all the senses. Manjimup is fast making a name
for itself in the international food world with its
high quality truffles. Enjoy premium local wines
while you watch what the top chefs can do with
this black gold.
JB Ipsen Golf Tournament
Run over the last weekend of October this
tournament plays 36 holes over 2 days in
Cherry Harmony Festival
Celebrate the cherry harvest with cooking
demonstrations, a street festival, Saturday
night concert and a long table lunch
on Sunday. Second weekend of
December in Manjimup.
Must do Top 5
for families
Play at the Timber and Heritage Park
Tree Top Walk
The kids will love exploring the park and
playing in the new playground. Learn about
the fascinating history of Manjimup’s logging
heritage. Relax and enjoy a meal at the café.
Walk above giant tingle trees at the spectacular
Tree Top Walk in the Valley of the Giants. The
views of the forest and the Walpole Wilderness
are so captivating you will be in awe of the forest
giants below your feet.
Ride a Tram
The Pemberton tramway rolls its way through
the forests down to the Warren River and back.
The hour and a half trip is the perfect way to get
amongst the trees and is great for all.
Explore our Waterways
Take an award winning cruise on either the
Donnelly River or the Walpole and Nornalup
Inlets Marine Park. Our waters are great for
fishing, boating, sailing and swimming. Watch
the last rays of sun as it sets over Mandalay Beach
or Peaceful Bay.
Explore Understory
Set amongst the karri, marri and jarrah forests
of Northcliffe, this 1.2km walk circuit is the
first purpose built walk trail in Australia to
permanently feature stunning artworks such as
sculpture, music and writing.
Must do Top 5
for adventurers
Climb a tree
Paddle our rivers
Scale one or all 3 of the climbing trees in the
Southern Forests. The Gloucester, Diamond and
Dave Evans Bicentennial trees offer spectacular
views over the forests with heights up to a
dizzying 68m.
The Southern Forests are home to stunning
river systems that include the Warren, Donnelly,
Shannon, Deep and Frankland Rivers. Take a
guided tour or bring your own canoe or kayak for
this relaxing way to enjoy the forests.
Jump on a bike
A mountain bike is the perfect way to experience
the Southern Forests with trails for every level
of rider. For the ultimate cycle ride, the Munda
Biddi Trail winds its way right through the
Walk your walk
Pristine forests & bio-diversity hotspots make the
Southern Forests a must for walkers of all levels.
The Bibbulmun Track runs right through the
region, stopping in towns along the way.
Go 4 wheel driving
Take a road less travelled. A 4WD can take you
to some of nature’s most inspiring landscapes
including the Yeagarup inland dunes, along
the beach at the mouth of the Warren River, or
down winding tracks to Mandalay Beach.
Named for the Noongar Aboriginal words
“Manjin” (a broad –leafed edible reed) and
“up” (meeting place, or place of), Manjimup
was first settled by Thomas Muir who took
up land at Deeside in 1856.
86% of the Manjimup Shire is State Forest or
conservation Reserve.
Manjimup shopping precinct is the main
commercial hub of the region, whilst retaining
all the charm of a country town with its many
Art Deco façades.
Manjimup is the centre of a thriving fruit and
vegetable industry, being the proud birthplace
of the delicious Pink Lady apple and is the
largest mainland producer of black truffles.
In town is the Manjimup Timber and Heritage
Park which gives a fascinating insight into the
local industry and logging heritage. Take a stroll
through the gardens, watch the kids play in the
playground or enjoy the
local fare at the café.
Try some of the local
produce from the
Manjimup Farmers
Market, held in the
centre of town on the
first and third Saturday
of each month.
There are many attractions all within a short drive of Manjimup. Only 3kms from town stands the King
Jarrah, estimated to be approximately 500 years old. The Four Aces is a row of karri trees about 300 years
old. Nearby is One Tree Bridge which, as the name suggests, is a bridge made from a single tree. Stop off
for a dip and a picnic at Glenoran Pool or fish for trout and marron in season. Historic Dingup church was
built in 1896 and was used both as a school and a church by early settlers.
Visit historic Deanmill, a sawmill village established in 1913 to provide timber railway sleepers for the
Trans Australian Railway. Many of the original mill houses are still in use today. About 7 kms from town
is Fonty’s Pool, a favourite fresh spring water swimming spot. Originally dammed by Archimede Fontanini
to irrigate crops, it was opened to the public in 1925 and is now surrounded by beautiful gardens and is a
popular spot for recreation.
Between the months of June and August is truffle season and a must do is a truffle hunt, followed by
sampling delectable delights and sipping some of the local wines. Call into the Manjimup Visitor Centre
for up-to-date information.
Manjimup is the home of the Manjimup
15,000, Western Australia’s largest motocross
event at the world-renowned Cosy Creek natural terrain circuit.
Each year Manjimup plays host to some major
The Truffle Kerfuffle happens in June right at
the start of truffle season. Watch chefs from
around Australia cook up sensational dishes
using seasonal local produce.
The Manjimup Cherry Harmony festival is held in
December and culminates in a silver service long
table lunch set in the midst of a cherry orchard.
The JB Ipsen Golf Tournament attracts over
400 golfers from around Australia to compete
on the tranquil fairways of Manjimup Country
For those with a sense of adventure the Diamond Tree lookout is one of three climbing
trees in the Southern Forests and is occasionally
still used as a fire lookout . Visitors can climb to
the top for spectacular views over the treetops.
The township of Pemberton lies nestled in a
valley surrounded by the spectacular karri forests
of the Gloucester National Park, with lush green
pastures and acres of rolling vineyards. With its
cool Mediterranean climate, crystal clear streams
and rich earth, the scenic diversity of Pemberton is
Pemberton lies in the heart of tall timber country,
and its timber heritage is maintained through
several galleries that produce unique hand-crafted
works. Beautiful art and craft pieces can also be
seen and purchased in the local shops.
Visitors can indulge in the taste sensations offered
by restaurants, cafes and wineries, who specialise
in fresh gourmet food and home-grown produce.
Recreational activities such as canoeing, fishing,
swimming, mountain biking and bushwalking
are popular. The town lies on the Bibbulmun
Track and Munda Biddi Trail, which wind
through some of the most enchanting stretches
of karri forest. For something a little more passive
take a boat cruise down the Donnelly River.
Pemberton adjoins the Gloucester National
Park, with its towering karri trees and clear rivers
The Gloucester National Park also contains
The Cascades, where the Lefroy Brook tumbles
over a series of rocky shelves, which vary from a
gentle flow in mid-summer, to a raging torrent in
winter. The rocky rapids provide a place for an
outdoor lunch, a leisurely stroll, or a few peaceful
hours of fishing.
Throughout the year Pemberton comes
alive with exciting events such as the
Pemberton Cycle Classic in March, Karri
Valley Triathlon in April, Relentless Blue XC Mtb
Race and Targa West rally in May.
The district bursts into dazzling colour with
the onset of the wildflower season in Spring,
lending a magical charm to the area.
It is home to two magnificent climbing trees;
the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree, a dizzying 68
metres high, and the Gloucester Tree standing 61
metres high.
The Gloucester Tree is probably Western
Australia’s most famous karri tree, towering
above the forest surrounding Pemberton. Visitors
can climb to the cabin for sensational views of
the surrounding karri forest.
The Yeagerup Dunes offer adventurers the
chance to witness vast mobile sand dunes which
are steadily moving inland swallowing up forest
lakes and woodlands as they go.
The Pemberton Tramway wanders its way through
the beautiful forests near Pemberton on a 1907
Fremantle replica tram.
The Karri Forest Explorer Drive is a well
sign-posted scenic drive that loops through many
of Pemberton’s attractions, including lookouts
and wineries. The Warren National Park covers
2982 hectares in the heart of the karri forest,
south-west of Pemberton on the Old Vasse Road.
It protects magnificent old growth karri forest
along the valley of the Warren River. The
one-way Heartbreak and Maidenbush trails
follow alongside the Warren River, sometimes
meandering level with the water and sometimes
looking down from high above. The bubbling
rapids of Heartbreak Crossing and the Warren
Lookout, offer scenic picnic spots along the trail.
For the thrill seeker head down to the purpose
built mountain bike terrain park with several
trails to build your skills and test your mettle.
Big Brook dam is a fresh water swimming lake set against the backdrop of magnificent karri
forests. It has its own beach and several walking trails around for you to explore.
Freshwater streams and rivers are hidden
amongst the Karri forests. Beedelup Falls in the
Beedelup National Park has one of the most
amazing suspension bridges crossing the falls, as
well as forming part of the Bibbulmun Track.
Beedelup Falls drops approximately 30 metres,
over a series of steep granite rocks. The falls are
in full flow during winter and spring and can be
viewed year-round along a walk trail and from the
two nearby bridges.
With no less than 300 kilometres of freshwater
streams in the region, visitors can try their luck
for trout. Don’t forget to try the regions delicacy,
marron. It’s a freshwater crayfish that is a unique
gourmet treat when enjoyed with a glass or two of
fine local wine.
The Pemberton area produces excellent quality
wines, and you’ll enjoy stopping for tastings at
many of the picturesque vineyards. Most offer
cellar door sales, and some will tempt you to a
delicious meal in a relaxed and charming setting.
Northcliffe is centrally situated to get the
most out of your holiday. It is surrounded by
magnificent national parks and only 20 minutes
from the coast - along the only sealed road access
in the D’Entrecasteaux National Park.
Towering karri, marri and jarrah, the signature
trees of the southern forests, will keep you
rubber-necking as will the profusion of tiny orchids
or spectacular fungi and then there’s the man-made
stuff – art, sculpture, top food, great wines.
The road to Windy Harbour takes you past Mt
Chudalup, a granite monolith which rises above
the surrounding karri forest and coastal heath
land. You can climb the rock and take in the 360
degree view and then descend to enjoy the picnic
facilities with gas barbecues.
Windy Harbour is a holiday fishing village that
reveals a now rare, traditional way of life on the
coast. The walk trail linking Windy Harbour
and the lighthouse at Point D’Entrecasteaux is
well worth the effort. You’ll love the view and
the additional trail to Tookalup and Salmon
Beach gives further spectacular views. And, to
make life easy, you can even drive a car to each of
the lookout points. If you’ve got a 4WD, then a
whole lot more of D’Entrecasteaux National Park
and the south coast beaches are open to you,
but… remember to buy a National Park Pass.
Passes are available at the Northcliffe Visitor
Centre. You should also check which tracks
are open.
FromWindy Harbour you can enjoy a variety of
fishing from the beaches of the D’Entrecasteaux
National Park or by boat. But beware of the ocean
conditions as the Southern Ocean is usually rough
and can be treacherous. Brown and rainbow trout
and Redfin Perch are in the Gardner and Warren
If it’s bright colour you like, you can’t beat the
massed intensity of our spring flowers. None of
your delicate mauves and pinks. (Well yes there
are, but you’ll struggle to notice them against the
full blooded reds, sky blue, whites and golds of
the many species.
Rivers. You need a licence to catch these fresh-water
fish, licences can be obtained from post offices.
Best of all are marron, the world’s premier crayfish.
Found only in the fresh water streams and lakes of
the south-west, marron are truly a gourmet delicacy.
The amateur fishing season for marron is short and
varies annually (yes, you need a licence) and your
best chance of eating one of these superb animals is
if you buy one from a licensed outlet.
Northcliffe’s soils are extraordinarily diverse.
You can go from tall karris to sand plain: from
wetland to granite outcrops in a matter of metres.
This makes us the core of this world-recognised
biodiversity hotspot. Nothing, for example, gets
more amazingly specialised than the reproduction
strategies of many of our orchids. (Yes, you can ask
us at the Visitor Centre).
Understory is a nationally unique art in nature
experience that everyone can enjoy. Artworks
are located along a 1.2km walk trail through
pristine native forest. Sculptures, stories, poetry
and music explore our relationship with nature
and the ‘spirit of place’. Over 50 nationally and
internationally renowned creative professionals
have participated in the project. New artworks
are added regularly to ensure there is always
something fresh for you to experience.
You can spend a fascinating hour walking the
trail and listening to a range of five audio tours.
It is accessed through the Northcliffe Visitor
Centre. Open Daily 9am – 4pm (last entry 3pm).
The Karri Cup Challenge is Western Australia’s
largest Mountain Bike event. Held on the March
long weekend each year, the challenge starts and
finishes in Northcliffe. The event incorporates 25,
50 and 100km versions to cater for teams and a
range of skills. It winds through rapidly changing
terrain. More than 100 community volunteers
feed, water and care for over 500 riders.
For more information visit
If you’re interested in local history, visit the
Northcliffe Pioneer Museum for a comprehensive
collection of material from Group Settlement
days and beyond.
For further information about walk trails and
other national parks near Northcliffe, especially
Shannon National Park, the Bibbulmun Track
and the Munda Biddi Trail, see pages 21 to 23.
Call in at the Northcliffe Visitor Centre for
up-to-date information on track conditions,
what’s in flower and where the fish are biting.
Set on the tranquil waters of the Walpole Inlet,
Walpole is an idyllic township, offering a wide range
of activities for visitors, from swimming, boating,
sailing, inlet cruises and fishing to bush walking,
mountain biking, scenic drives and climbing.
Walpole Inlet is a small estuary connected
through a narrow channel with the bigger and
deeper Nornalup Inlet. This beautiful marine park
is the only place in Australias South West where
Karri and Tingle forest lap the waters edge.
Set on the Nornalup Inlet and part of the Walpole
and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park Coalmine
Beach is a popular swimming beach for all ages.
It is accessed by the Knoll Drive two and a half
kilometres east of Walpole. It also provides world
class sailing, kite surfing and has small boat
launching facilities. Continuing along Knoll
Drive take in the knoll peninsula that divides the
Nornalup and Walpole inlets. Stop and take in the
natural beauty of forest and water at the Channels
Picnic Area along Knoll Drive.
Opposite Knoll Drive, Hilltop Road winds
through an exceptional red tingle and Karri
forest. Two kilometres along this one way road
brings you to a spectacular lookout over the
Frankland River, Nornalup Inlet and Southern
Ocean. A further three kilometres along delivers
you to the car park of the Giant Tingle Tree.
From here starts an 800m circular board-walked
forest walk which leads down to the Giant Tingle
Tree.This unique specimen is thought to be over
450 years old, and at 24 metres in circumference
at its base, is the largest living girthed eucalypt
known in the world.
Continuing on to the Frankland River, Circular Pool
is a seasonal river pool and popular picnic spot.
Raging torrents of water after winter rains cause
masses of froth to form natures cappuccino. In
contrast summer provides visitors with a large
beautiful tranquil pool. Universally accessible paths
lead to two viewing platforms that allow great photo
Walpole is surrounded by the 18,000 hectare
Walpole-Nornalup National Park, home to the
not-to-be-missed Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.
The 600 metre walkway rises 40 metres above the
forest floor and is a breathtaking experience with a
bird’s eye view of the forest. There is a meandering
boardwalk that takes visitors through a grove of
veteran tingle trees called the Ancient Empire.
This walk will show, at close hand, some of the
unique shapes of these giant trees. You can actually
walk through the hollowed out trunk of one tree.
Also within the national park Conspicuous
Cliff Beach offers stunning views of the rugged
south coast. It’s spectacular limestone cliffs are a
photographers delight, as is the surf that pounds the
shore at this pristine beach.The beach is also popular
with fishermen and surfers. A 200 metre board-walk
connects the carpark with the beach. Visitors are
rewarded with panoramic views of the southern
coastline from the whale watch lookouts. The
Bibbulmun Track passes through this site to either
Peaceful Bay or the Valley of the Giants Tree Top
Walk. This unique beach is 14.5km east of Walpole
on Conspicuous Beach Road, easily accessible by 2
wheel drive vehicles. This road will take you through
coastal heath land national park, which is the sole
wild habitat of the Red Flowering Gum (Corymbia
Ficifolia) in Western Australia. The blossoms are
usually at their peak in January with blossoms
ranging in shades of vermilion through, scarlet,
crimson, orange and pink.
Mount Frankland is a site not to be missed and is
located in the heart of the Walpole Wilderness, 29
kilometres north east of Walpole. The ‘Wilderness
View’ is a spectacular raised walkway completed in
2013 offering visitors of all abilities panoramic views
of core wilderness. There is also a path to the summit
of this impressive granite peak, where walkers are
rewarded with expansive vistas over the Walpole
Wilderness and a less formal walking track around
the base of the granite outcrop where you can take
in the sights, smells and sounds of the forest. Mt
Frankland is one of three sites that make up the
Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre. If you are
looking for somewhere to camp nearby, there is
Fernhook Falls 20km west of Mt Frankland that is an
adventurer’s playground with opportunities for white
water kayaking and picturesque walk trails.
Twelve kilometres west of Walpole is the turn-off to
Mandalay Beach with its spectacular coastline and
site of the 1911 shipwreck of the Norwegian barque
‘Mandalay’ that the beach was named after. This
stretch of coastline offers wonderful fishing, great
views of Chatham Island and occasionally exposes
parts of the Mandalay shipwreck.
The stirring Southern Ocean is a natural wonder
to be appreciated from the white sandy Mandalay
Beach. Stroll along the boardwalk and read the
interpretive information about the wreck which
can sometimes be seen in the sand or simply
enjoy the moods of the Southern Ocean.
The tall trees and spectacular waterways sit
against a backdrop of breathtaking coastal
scenery portraying the essence of Walpole.
With so much of the region being classified as National Park, the Southern Forests has some of the most
pristine forests, dramatic coastlines and diverse flora and fauna to be found in Western Australia. There are
so many ways to enjoy our National Parks, whichever you choose, the stunning natural beauty of the Southern
Forests will leave you with a sense of awe and a greater appreciation of this ancient landscape.
National Parks
Beedelup National Park
Beedelup National Park is just a short drive
from Pemberton. A highlight of the park is the
Beedelup Falls. Ensure you bring your camera
to capture the beauty of the falls which are
spectacular in late winter when the brook is in
full flow. In the springtime, enjoy some of the
prolific wildflowers in the area.
Close by is a suspension bridge crossing over the
Beedelup Brook which provides superb views of the
falls. You can walk from the park to the Karri Valley
Resort along a section of the Bibbulmun Track and
enjoy the view over Beedelup Lake. The park has
sheltered picnic facilities if the weather is wet.
Warren National Park
At Warren National Park near Pemberton you
can go bush walking through ancient forests of
karri trees, some nearly 90 metres high.
Walk trails wind through the forest floor – you’ll
feel dwarfed by these old growth giants. You
can climb the Dave Evans Bicentennial, which
offers glorious views from the viewing platform.
Canoeing is a favourite activity on the tree-lined
Warren River, while picnic and barbecue facilities
make this a popular place to relax in nature. The
Heartbreak Trail is a spectacular drive through
the park and follows the Warren River. There
are designated camping spots on this trail and
popular fishing and marroning spots in season.
D’Entrecasteaux National Park
Remote and rugged D’Entrecasteaux National Park
combines pristine beaches and tall tree forests in a
wild and spectacular landscape along the southern
coastline near Northcliffe and Pemberton. Here,
you can go camping and four wheel driving or bush
walking through dense forest and coastal tracks.
The beach fishing is first rate, or you can try one of
the several river and inlet systems throughout the
park. If you’re journeying through this part of the
world be sure to take a map and compass – its wild
Yeagarup Dunes near Pemberton edge onto a
thick jarrah forest – ride the dunes in a four wheel
drive then go kite flying or fishing on the beach.
In spring you’ll be rewarded with beautiful
coastal wildflowers.
Windy Harbour, Salmon Beach, and Broke Inlet
are the only coastal areas which are accessible by
conventional vehicle. There are camp facilities at
Yeagarup Lake, Yeagarup Beach, Carey Brook,
Crystal Springs and Banksia Camp. You can access
D’Entrecasteaux National Park from Pemberton,
Northcliffe,Windy Harbour or Walpole.
Shannon National Park
Shannon National Park is set in some of the most magnificent karri country in Western Australia’s
Southern Forests. The park covers the entire catchment of the Shannon River, from its headwaters to
the Southern Ocean. Part of the Walpole Wilderness , the park covers 53,500 hectares, including old
growth and regrowth karri forests and biologically-rich heathlands and wetlands.
The Shannon area was largely untouched until the 1940s, when an acute shortage of timber after World
War II prompted the State Government to establish a timber mill there. The information shelter at
the Shannon recreation area is near the site of the old mill. The town was built across the highway
from where the camping ground now stands. A dam was built upstream from the mill site in 1949 to
ensure summer water supplies. The picturesque location meant it also became a popular swimming
and marroning place (in season). Today, only traces of the mill town can be seen. You can also see the
remains of old buildings and railway lines along the Shannon Dam walk trail.
Gloucester National Park
The Gloucester Tree, in Gloucester National Park, is probably Western Australia’s most famous karri
tree. This 61-metre-high giant towers above the forest surrounding Pemberton. In the past, foresters
maintained a regular fire lookout from its lofty crown. Today, visitors climb to the lookout platform in its
upper branches for sensational views of the surrounding karri forest.
However, there is more to the Gloucester National Park than the lookout. One very popular recreation
site nearby is The Cascades. Here, the Lefroy Brook tumbles over a series of rocky shelves, which vary
from a gentle flow in mid-summer to a raging torrent in winter.
Mount Frankland National Park
Mount Frankland National Park is situated north of Walpole and covers an area of approximately
31,000 hectares. The park contains a mix of karri, jarrah and tingle forest as well as expanses of
treeless heathland. It is part of the Walpole Wilderness and parts of the park are rugged and wild,
with limited access, while the newly constructed ‘Wilderness View’ lookout at Mt Frankland offers
universal access to panoramic wilderness views. Mount Frankland is the dominant feature of the
park and offers sweeping views of the surrounding karri, tingle and jarrah forests.
Mount Frankland National Park has a rich array of forest birds, from eagles to colourful fairy wrens
and robins. Short walks in any part of the park should reveal at least 20 species at any time of the
year. The adjacent Mt Frankland South National Park includes the ever popular camping and
picnic areas at Fernhook Falls as well as the forest art walk at Swarbrick which is one of three sites
that make up the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre.
Walpole-Nornalup National Park
Walpole-Nornalup National Park contains many pristine forests and areas with little evidence of human activity.
The rugged coastline, peaceful inlets and rivers are a major feature of the park’s beauty. The park is probably
best known for the huge buttressed red tingle trees, which are unique to the Walpole area.The parks vegetation
ranges from large karri and tingle trees, to the sedge lands. The park has at least 698 native species including
many that need special requirements such as high rainfall. The park also has 104 species of orchids and 4
eucalyptus species which are endemic to the region, which includes the red tingle and the red flowering gum.
Whether swollen by winter rains or a placid summer pool, Circular Pool is a delightful place to enjoy the
forest. You can picnic, marron in season, canoe, take photos or simply experience the magnificent forests.
With such a large number of National Parks and
recreation reserves, there’s always a new trail
to discover just around the corner. No matter
whether you want to get out and explore by
walking, cycling, 4WD or canoeing, or prefer
exploring from the comfort of your car, there’s
bound to be a trail to take your fancy.
The majesty of the Southern Forests is in its
full glory along the Karri Forest Explorer Drive,
D’Entrecasteaux, the Knolls or Great Forest Tree
Drives, suitable for all vehicles, with spectacular
examples of flora species and a tapestry of colour
when the wildflowers are in bloom. A 4WD can
take you to some of nature’s most awe-inspiring
vistas including the Yeagarup dunes, to the beach
at the mouth of the Warren River, or down
windy tracks to Cliffy Head or Banksia Camp.
If you prefer a more gentle way to explore, drop
a canoe or kayak in at Drafty’s campsite on the
Warren River and meander along in wonder as
you pass through misty valleys and towering trees.
The Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park,
Donnelly, Shannon, Deep and Frankland Rivers
are perfect for paddling or sailing and wonderful
to explore with sandy beaches, ancient cliffs and
amazing birdlife.
Named after the Pibulmun tribe of the Noongar
people the Bibbulmun Track is one of the
world’s great long distance walk trails, passing
right through the Southern Forests. Hike for
a day from any of the four towns, or take a
multi-day adventure staying in one of the huts.
There are many other bushwalks throughout the
region, all within easy reach of one of the towns.
The Munda Biddi Trail (which means path
through the forest in the Noongar Aboriginal
language) is fast becoming a world-class
nature-based cycling experience. There are
few places left in the world where a dedicated
bike trail could be built through a largely
natural corridor. Make sure to take a spin at
the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park, with a
range of cross country trails, pump and jump
track for all levels of rider. Northcliffe has a
range of mountain bike trails like the Boorara
Championship Trail and of course is host to the
annual Karri Cup.
Wineries with Cellar Doors:
Chestnut Grove Wines: Chestnut Grove Road, Manjimup
Donnelly River Wines: Vasse Highway, Pemberton
Flamebird Wines: Roberts Road, Pemberton
Knights Distillery: Vasse Highway, Pemberton
Lost Lake: Vasse Highway, Pemberton
Mountford Wines & Cidery: Bamess Road, Pemberton
Pemberton Wine Centre: Old Vasse Highway, Pemberton
Pemberley Wines (a*): Ockwell Road, Pemberton
Picardy Wines (a*): Cnr Vasse Highway & Eastbrook Road
Salitage: Vasse Highway, Pemberton
Silkwood: Channeybearup Road, Pemberton
Smithbrook Wines (a*): Smithbrook Road, Pemberton
Warren Vineyard: Conte Road, Pemberton
Wine & Truffle Company: Sevenday Road, Manjimup
(* by appointment only)
Clover Cottage Country Retreat
The charm of Clover Cottage with its cottage gardens, gnarled old trees and misty river valley setting
provide an aura of romance and tranquillity of a bygone era. The superbly built and appointed
limestone chalets look down onto the trout filled lake and the Warren River forest valley. The cosy
wood fire and private spa make it the perfect place for a romantic getaway. On the large verandah you
can relax in a hammock enjoy a barbecue or dine out, while enjoying the theatre of the bush. Just
bring your clothes, food, bottle of wine, walking shoes and a good book.
For the energetic, enjoy canoeing on the river and fishing on the trout lakes
in front of the cottages. For the kids it's a great farm stay with sheep, goats,
donkeys and chooks to feed.
380 Wheatley Coast Road, Manjimup WA 6258
(08) 9773 1262
[email protected]
Diamond Tree Forest
Donnelly River Village
Cascades, Pemberton
Beedelup Cottages
Big Brook Cottages
Experience the quality, comfort and style of these rammed limestone and cedar cottages. With Views
over Big BrookForest and only 5 km from Pemberton, they are close to walk trails and the Bibbulmun
track. Set in beautiful bird attracting gardens they are available in one or two bedrooms, some with 2
person spa baths. Contemporary decor and quality appointments, together with your own al fresco
BBQ area, cosy wood fires and air conditioned living area,are just some
of the reasons you will want to return again and again!
Our seperate Bed and Breakfast wing offers
an alternative for the shorter stay.
489 Stirling Road, Pemberton
(08) 9776 0279 | 0427 760 279
[email protected]
Big Brook Dam
Yeagarup Dunes
Red Tail Cockatoos
Bannister Downs Dairy
Pump Hill Farm Cottages
Ring Tail Possum
Located just 1 km from the picturesque town of Pemberton, Pump Hill Farm offers a holiday experience the whole
family will enjoy. Cosy and comfortable fully self contained rammed earth and mudbrick cottages are well equipped
with beautiful views over the misty green valley or the majestic karri forest (floodlit at night). Jarrah furniture features
throughout and all cottages have LCD TV, DVD player, fully equipped kitchens, BBQ's and children's amenities. We
offer a free wi-fi hotspot, guest laundry and fantastic children's playground. Our daily hayride will be a highlight of your
stay, where you will be pulled along by our trusty tractor 'Lofty' to visit all the parts of the farm. You can feed all of our
lovely farm animals and collect your own fresh farm eggs for breakfast.
Whether you enjoy bird watching, bushwalking (excellent cleared trails in the adjoining forest) peace
and quite or simply sitting back and watching the kids play we offer a little something for everyone.
Lot 129 Pump Hill Rd, Pemberton WA 6260
(08) 9776 1379
[email protected]
Pemberton Pool
Bayside Villas
Located in the heart of tall timber country and only a few kilometres from the Valley of the Giants
‘Tree Top Walk’. The Bayside consists of luxuriously self contained villas overlooking the tranquil
waters of the Walpole estuary. With a choice of 2 or 3 bedrooms, single or double level villas, all
include a fully equipped kitchen, TV, DVD, reverse cycle heating/cooling system and laundry facilities,
some of our villas have spas and log fires. Call us today!
Lot 2 Boronia Avenue, Walpole WA 6398
(08) 9840 1888
[email protected]
Bayside Villas
Coalmine Beach
Coalmine Beach Holiday Park
Tree Top Walk
Forest Fresh Marron
State Forest Quinninup
Pemberton Community Resource Centre
Northcliffe Community Resource Centre
Lot 178 Muirillup Road | PO Box 133, Northcliffe WA 6262
(08) 9776 7330
[email protected]
Northcliffe Pioneer Museum
Open daily 10 am to 3 pm.
Donation by gold coin.
One of the best displays you will find anywhere of
Group Settlers' life in the 1920s. Visit an early school
or inspect the machinery of the 1940s timber industry.
Wander around the George Gardner Rock and Mineral
Collection with specimens and fossils from all over
Australia.The museum is in the centre of town opposite
the Post Office and close to the local cafe and town
and rural accommodation.
Wheatley Coast Road, Northcliffe WA 6262
Yvonne Cash | (08) 9776 7022
Pat Laws | (08) 9776 7024
Gold’n Grape Gallery
Cnr Vasse Highway & Fox Road, Pemberton
08 99760304
[email protected]
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