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EAT AND DRINK
Viticulture and wine-making began
in the Manjimup and Pemberton
region in the mid-1970s. This was
soon followed by detailed climatic
research in the mid-1980s, which
identified the Southern Forests as
a fantastic grape-growing region.
The ideal conditions of warm, dry
summers and wet, cool winters,
coupled with a pristine environment,
provide perfect conditions
for premium wine production.
The region now boasts several
world-class wineries producing
outstanding cool-climate drops,
particularly sauvignon blanc, riesling,
chardonnay and pinot noir.
One foodie experience not to miss
is a seasonal or wood-fired dinner
at Foragers in Pemberton. Chef and
owner Sophie Zalokar trained under
food icon Maggie Beer in the Barossa
Valley. Take hands-on cooking classes
that focus on improving basic skills and
bringing the many tastes of the region
to the table.
Sophie Zalokar, chef and owner, Foragers Field Kitchen
Z The best ways to stock up on local produce is to purchase from roadside
stalls. My two favourites are Phil’s Vegie Patch, halfway between
Pemberton and Northcliffe, and Kevin and Jeep’s Stall on Old Vasse
Road, near the end of the Vasse Highway.
Z Create a picnic with the above provisions together with Holy Smoke
products, or buy some local Green Valley lamb from Fox Brothers
Butchers in Pemberton and go down to Big Brook Dam. There are
undercover areas with barbecues, a beach and a wonderful 45-minute
sealed walk around the edge of the dam, with bird-watching huts.
Z Take a drive down to Windy Harbour via Northcliffe and stop at the
visitor centre where you can access Understory – a unique sculpture
walk through beautiful karri forest. If you’ve got the energy, hike up
Mt Chudalup for amazing 360-degree views.
Z Only in wa Visit the amazing Yeagarup sand dunes with
a Beach & Forest Eco Adventure Tour through Pemberton Discovery
Tours. These dunes are the largest migratory sand dune system in the
southern hemisphere, and are extraordinary!
Z Plan ahead and book a seasonal dinner, wood-fired dinner or
demonstration cooking class at Foragers.
Only in wa While the
wines and fabulous produce are
a drawcard, it’s the celebrated
gourmet black Perigord truffle
that has foodies flocking to
the region. Grown in the roots
of oak or hazelnut trees, the
Southern Forests offer ideal
conditions for the ‘black gold’
to flourish – the region is now
one of the biggest producers of
black truffles in the world.
No matter what time of year you
visit, your tastebuds will be taken care
of. The Manjimup Farmers Market is
held at Manjin Park on the first and
third Saturdays of each month.
The region’s marron is sought
after by the world’s top chefs. Catch
your own and have it cooked for you
at the King Trout Marron Farm. The
Southern Forests are also known for
exceptional trout, with a visit to a trout
farm a must.
If you’re heading out for a day in
the forest, fill your picnic basket at
Pemberton’s gourmet produce stores
and cellar doors. Enjoy your bounty by
the Beedelup Falls, or with a barbecue
at Big Brook Dam. Or throw a line in
from the riverbank and catch a feast of
From June to July, look out for
opportunities to pick your own Pink
Lady apples at participating orchards,
and try specially created dishes
featuring the home-grown star at local
cafes and restaurants.
TIP Pack an esky so you can
bring home some Southern
Thirteen great days of off-road
cycling through the wilderness of
the South West. Apr-May.
See, smell, hear and experience
the thrill of the open road as this rally
of classic and modern cars makes its
way through the Southern Forests. May.
Explore the region’s top wine producers,
culinary geniuses, cultural heritage and wilderness
Manjimup’s premier foodie event attracts thousands of truffle fans
and an impressive line-up of celebrity chefs. If you can’t make it,
attend a truffle hunt in season from June to August. Jun.
BLOOMING WILD FESTIVAL
A celebration of the wildflower season across the Southern Forests
and valleys, with chasing the blooms, walks, art, forage tours and
MANJIMUP CHERRY HARMONY FESTIVAL
To celebrate horticulture of the region, Manjimup hosts a long-table
lunch, stalls, demonstrations, music, entertainment, and a cherry
- spitting competition. Dec.
of. The M
held at M
Fontanini Fruit and Nut Farm.
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