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GUIDE southern forest
The Southern Forest has one of
only five Mediterranean-type
ecosystems in the world and more
than 1500 species of flowering
natives. Birds are the most
visible fauna: on your visit to the
Gloucester Tree you may spot the
red-capped parrot, white-browed
babbler, purple-crowned lorikeet
or western rosella. Look into
the best option for national park
passes, depending on the length
of your stay and the number of
parks you plan to enter.
Walking trails abound in the
region, and the tall tree canopy and
freshwater swimming holes make
this activity a delight, even in the
Warren River Loop walk. This is a
moderately hard 10.5km walk trail
in the Warren River National Park.
It goes through the old-growth
karri forest to the Warren River,
where you can have a dip before
heading up to the lookout that
provides sweeping views of the
valley. This is a loop trail and can
be walked in small sections.
Pemberton to Big Brook Dam walk.
This 13km-return track joins the
Rainbow Trail and leads through
the Big Brook Arboretum, with its
many different species of exotic
trees, and onto the southern shores
of Big Brook Dam.
Bibbulmun Track. Tackle a section,
however small, of this famed track.
The cooler weather makes walking
the Bibbulmun Track attractive,
especially without sections
flooding, which makes the journey
more challenging in late winter/
Channybearup Road to Beedelup
Falls, and back. This is an 8km loop.
From Pemberton, take Northcliffe
Road, and turn right on to the Vasse
Highway. After 16km, turn right
into Channybearup Road and drive
for two kilometres to the point
where the track crosses the road.
Or, if you want to take on a bigger
chunk, you can walk some 55km
from Pemberton to Northcliffe.
The Southern Forest is cycling
heaven and it’s no surprise that
The West Australian Great WA
Bike Ride in March begins and
ends in Manjimup. Check our
events section for more cycling
action.Bring your own bike or
rent one from the new Pemberton
Discovery Centre in Brockman
Street. A mountain bike ride
from the Pemberton Wine Centre
on the Warren River Loop in an
anti-clockwise direction is an
intermediate-level ride at about
11km. Visitor centres in the area
can provide maps of cycle trails, or
you can stay on the roads and still
soak up the forest air. The
long-distance Munda Biddi
Trail is being extended through
to Manjimup, and is due to be
completed around March.
Good coastal fishing spots include
Salmon Bay, near Windy Harbour,
Yeagarup Beach, Warren Beach and
the mouth of the Donnelly River, a
spot only accessible by boat. Tailor,
mulloway, flathead and salmon are
just a few of the fish on offer. Fish
from the cliffs or beach at Windy
Harbour, where you might land reef
fish, groper, shark or herring, or
head offshore for dhufish, snapper,
squid or King George whiting.
There’s road access to Salmon
Beach where the salmon run
between April and June. The
south-coast salmon run attracts
many anglers to Windy Harbour
and D’Entrecasteaux beaches,
particularly around Easter. Fish
for trout and redfin perch on the
Donnelly River, Warren River and
Big Brook Dam, although bear in
mind that trout are more difficult
to catch in summer when the
water is warm. Or take advantage
of the one-month marron
season (January 8–February 5).
Licences are required for marron,
freshwater angling, net fishing and
recreational fishing from a boat.
There’s none required for jetty
fishing, beach fishing, pier fishing
and bridge fishing, but limits apply.
Cyclists ride up Pump Hill, Pemberton.
Bushwalking in the
Gloucester National Park.
Fishing in the Warren National
Park, near Pemberton.
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