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FOREST HERITAGE CENTRE
From The Forest To Fine Wood
Come and discover the Forest Heritage Centre located in the bushlands of Dwellingup.
This unique leaf shaped building comprises a Fine Wood showroom and gift shop, an
Interpretive wing, bushwalk trails, tree canopy walk and the Australian School of Fine
Wood. Book a group or educational tour or just come relax and enjoy.
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If you love roughing it, you’ll love pitching a tent in some
of Peel’s lush bushland – here are our suggestions.
• Yalgorup National Park About half an hour south of Mandurah is Yalgorup
National Park. It’s right on the doorstep to Lake Clifton’s thrombolites and the
Yalgorup lake system – a habitat so significant for waterbirds that it’s
recognised under the International Ramsar Convention. Plus, it plays host to
eight different species of frog. There’s a lot to explore in this fascinating park.
Rangers collect a nominal fee each morning.
• Lane Poole Reserve Dwellingup’s Lane Poole Reserve (below and opposite,
top) is incredibly popular with family campers through the warmer months,
and adventurous types once the weather turns cold. Fish for perch or trout,
paddle about in a canoe, or watch for the wildlife – there are emus, echidnas,
wallabies, kangaroos and bandicoots to see. As it’s a reserve and not a State
Forest, dogs are allowed on their leash. Fees apply.
• Heron Point You’ll find it on the eastern side of Harvey Inlet off the old
Bunbury road, about 30 minutes south of Pinjarra. A popular spot for fishing,
crabbing and prawning, it affords sweeping views over the Harvey Estuary.
The caretaker on site will collect fees (the maximum stay is four days).
that include all the gear and transport to and from the river. Experienced
rafters should take to the Lower Murray – the white water river in WA
– as it’s very technical and challenging.”
3. Mountain biking “Mountain biking is incredibly popular thanks to the
Munda Biddi Trail, but one of my favourite parts is up to the Bidjar
Ngoulin campsite (just past Dwellingup going south). There’s a built
platform, with a beautiful creek that runs alongside it... it’s just one of
those reflective places.”
4. Winery tastings “Visiting the local wineries is always a great way to
spend the day. Newbliss has a cellar door and restaurant – and if you’re
feeling creative, you can visit by bike. I also suggest taking the Etmilyn
Forest Tram from Dwellingup station, and instead of riding back with it,
there’s a fabulous walk back to town, about 8km through the forest.”
5. Garden tours “There are plenty of beautiful gardens and properties to
visit around here, as well. Orondo is one of my favourites, and it’s open
publicly through the Open Garden Scheme in spring. The Murray Valley
setting, and its extensive, expansive nature – wide lawns, and a creek
with a bridge over it, makes it a great place to visit.”
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