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Southern Forest insider
Region size: 7028sqkm
Distance from Perth: 300km
Don’t let winter rain on your
holiday plans. Between June
and August is the best time to
see the leafy, green surrounds of
the Southern Forest. The region
receives more than 150mm of rain
per month in this period, with
temperatures around 15 degrees
most days. Take a raincoat and
some warm clothes so you can
explore the beautiful landscape in
this season. This is also the time
to experience a local truffle hunt,
with the gourmet fungi fruiting
from mid-May to late August. If it
does rain, head to a winery - the
James Halliday Wine Companion
names three five-star ones here.
As the rain eases in September,
daytime temperatures rise to the
comfortable low 20s. Sunshine
triggers a spectacular array of
wildflowers through the forest,
lasting until mid-November. It’s
an ideal time to make the most of
fantastic walking and cycling trails
throughout the region. Fishing
fiends will enjoy the warmer
months towards the end of this
period, when you can snare some
tasty marron. General open trout
season also runs from September
to April, and there are plenty of
beautiful spots to try your luck
along the Warren River. The annual
Manjimup Cherry Harmony
Festival will run from December
11-12, with a range of stalls,
activities and tastings to sample.
Warm days that reach the mid to
high 20s are ideal for swimming
and canoeing. Families will enjoy
the fresh water swimming at Big
Brook Dam, where there are also
picnic facilities, near Pemberton.
Donnelly Lakes, north of Pemberton,
a lovely place for quiet reflection.
THIngS TO DO...
Southern Forest | July to December 2010.
REASOnS TO gO
No surprises here. The Southern Forest
is home to some of the finest flora,
fauna and all-round natural wonders
anywhere in Australia. Pemberton is
between three national parks – The
Warren, gloucester and Beedelup –
which cover about 9000ha in total. So,
there’s no shortage of scenic drives,
climbing trees or wilderness walks to
keep you occupied. There are forest
walks suitable for families, with picnic
spots along the way and trails for more
serious bushwalkers as well.
Wine-lovers will find some good
drops here. There are about 60 wine
producers in the Southern Forest, with
many operating cellar doors so you can
drop in while you’re driving through the
region – just be sure to check the
opening days and hours. A number of
the wineries rank alongside WA’s best,
with five-star ratings in the James
Halliday Wine companion for 2010.
Salitage was recently voted as having
the best pinot noir in Western Australia
by the Ray Jordan wine guide.
One of WA’s natural wonders, the
Yeagarup Dune was formed in the Ice
Age 8000 years ago and remains the
largest landlocked dune system in the
Southern Hemisphere. It’s shifting into
the forest at a rate of up to six metres a
year. You can explore it by foot or 4WD
vehicle – but get advice from the local
visitor centre before you do. See our
interview with graeme Dearle, from the
award-winning Pemberton Discovery
Tours, for more information on driving
on this amazing dune.
JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV
A pristine wilderness just three hours
south of Perth, this region offers the
best of nature and man-made luxury
with world-class wineries and gourmet
produce. In winter, see the forest at its
greenest and, in spring, watch the
wildflowers burst into bloom.
ENJOY... the fun, and palatable
satisfaction, of joining in an exciting
truffle hunt in July and August.
• 1500 species of wildflowers are
found in the region.
• 3 trees in the region are open to the
public for climbing.
• 600kg of black truffle was taken from
the soil in Manjimup in 2008.
• Yeagarup Dune is the biggest
landlocked dune system in the
• The Gloucester Tree is the world’s
tallest fire lookout tree.
• The Wine and Truffle Co. is the
largest producer of fresh truffles in
the Southern Hemisphere.
CLIMATE June to november is rainy,
easing in late spring. Day temperatures
of 15 rise to low 20s in November.
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