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THE SOUTHERN FOREST
he Southern Forest is a
unique destination and is
fast gaining a reputation
as the best place in WA
to engage with nature.
In addition to the spectacular
forests and magnificent tall
trees, this region is increasingly
becoming renowned for its riding
and walking trails, for trout fishing,
truffle-hunting and gathering
cherries and avocados.
Where else can you climb a
75m-tall tree and drive across one
of the largest inland sand dune
systems in the world?
The Southern Forest is also
a developing sports hub for the
South-West, with a host of action
events listed in recent years for
competitors of all ages.
It’s also no surprise that
adventure-tourism operators and
innovative farmers have based
themselves here, in a region where
the winding roads and stunning
surrounds makes driving one of
the many pleasures. And because
the region is blessed with
temperatures markedly cooler than
Perth, summer and autumn are the
perfect times to engage in outdoor
activities including swimming,
canoeing, fishing, cycling
and bushwalking. As the weather
cools, autumn turns the landscape
green and brings out a huge
range of fungi, while the salmon
run attracts many anglers to the
beaches, especially at Easter.
Visitors returning after
some time away may well be
overwhelmed by the amount of
adventure activities on offer. For
the locals, it is simply the best place
to exhale and soak up the beauty.
No visit to the Southern Forest is
complete without a visit to its three
tallest climbing trees. Ranger Jeff
Kimpton suggests people visiting
the 60m-tall Gloucester Tree
should either park in Pemberton
and walk the trail from the town
centre to the tree, or park about
1.5km from the tree and walk
in on the path. The Dave Evans
Bicentennial Tree in Warren
National Park is the tallest of the
three fire lookout trees open to the
public in the Pemberton area, at
68m or 130 pegs up. The Diamond
Tree in Manjimup was built as a fire
lookout in 1941 and stands 51m tall.
Venture north-east and marvel
at the Four Aces, a straight row of
karri trees more than 300 years
old. And if you don’t feel small in
stature yet, carry on to One Tree
Bridge where you’ll be struck by
the resourcefulness of the State’s
early pioneers, who turned this
giant tree into a bridge.
Take a 4WD trip of the Yeagarup
Dune. Where else are you going
to experience a big inland mobile
sand dune bang in the middle of a
national park? The Department of
Environment and Conservation has
now built the Yeagarup Hut on the
southern side of the dune.
Would-be campers need to book
about a year in advance to stay
in the hut, which accommodates
about 50 people in the same
manner in which graziers first
lived in the area. This is also
a popular route to the beach.
Get your gumboots on, ready the
dogs and brace for the hunt. At The
Wine and Truffle Company in
Manjimup you can join the quest
for the legendary black truffle.
Listen to a talk on why chefs from
New York to London are awaiting
the early winter harvest from what
is now the third-largest producer
of this delicacy in the world.
At about $3000 a kilo, it’s no
wonder they call it ‘black gold’.
In season at the start of June,
you can also take part in hunts
at Stonebarn in Pemberton.
Temperature (max 27o- min 14o)
Rainfall (max 180mm - min 19mm)
TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL
• Three tall climbing trees
• Yeagarup Dune
• A Day in Forest Park family picnic
• The Great WA Bike Ride
• Cruising the Donnelly River
• Scenic forest drives
• The Karri Cup mountain bike event
• Pemberton Autumn Festival
• Understory art trail, Northcliffe
• Forest bushwalking trails
• Trout, marron and salmon fishing
The Diamond Tree, near Manjimup,
offers a challenging climb.
A serene scene along the Donnelly River.
A freshly dug truffle at the Wine and
Truffle Company in Manjimup.
Pemberton Wine Centre
has plenty to offer visitors.
“The region is becoming renowned for
trout fishing and truffle-hunting”
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