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TIPS FOR THE REGION
Join a tour with a local operator if
you want to avoid the paperwork.
The sheer amount of produce
on offer in the summer and
autumn months, and the choice
of picturesque settings demands
a picnic. Gather marron, trout,
truffles, chestnuts, hazelnuts,
apples, pears, avocados and
cherries on your travels, and cast
the picnic rug at any of the dozens
of lookouts, pools, barbecue spots
or beaches in the region.
Give the walking shoes a rest and
take a relaxing view of the forest on
the Pemberton Tramway, originally
built to transport karri trees to the
mill. Check out the working timber
mill and nearby galleries: head to
the Manjimup Timber and Heritage
Park and see the State Timber
Museum and working blacksmith
Take advantage of the warmer
months and enjoy the plethora of
ocean and freshwater swimming
spots. Spend the day at Glenoran
Pool on the Donnelly River or
Fonty’s Pool near Manjimup. The
Pemberton Pool, Big Brook Dam and
Salmon Beach at Windy Harbour are
also top swimming spots.
At Understory in Northcliffe,
the whole family can enjoy the
first walking trail in Australia to
permanently feature specially
commissioned artwork that
explores our relationship with
nature and the ‘spirit of place’.
Sculptures are located at varying
intervals along the 1.2km trail,
with poetry, prose, storytelling,
photography and music appearing
in associated publications and
audio tours. New artworks are
added regularly, so there’s always
something fresh to experience.
Most people spend about an hour
walking the trail and listening to a
range of five audio tours, including
interviews with participating
artists, stories, poetry and music.
There are also audio tours especially
for children and teenagers.
Cruising down the
pristine Donnelly River.
Artist Lorenna Grant’s Whole You Were Meant
to Be Here, at Understory art trail, Northcliffe.
Peter Casonato created Donnelly River Cruises five years ago to showcase
this biodiversity hotspot. Starting in the D’Entrecasteaux National Park,
Peter takes visitors on a 12km section of the Donnelly River through a varied
ecosystem that includes jarrah and karri forests, through paperbark and
wetlands, to limestone cliffs and the Southern Ocean.
Get out and experience the bush I recommend Beedelup and
Warren National parks and also to check out the Cascades in the
Gloucester National Park. And don’t forget Big Brook Dam. Note: the
Cascades are closed until February 28 for rebuilding of the viewing deck
and boardwalk. Contact the Department of Environment and Conservation
for more information.
Go marroning There’s a very short open season on this freshwater
crayfish, a local delicacy. The season is in summer and it runs for
less than a month. There’s a minimum legal size limit of 80mm
carapace length, and a daily bag limit of 10 applies. The season runs
from January 8-February 5.
Check out the local wines Take a tour of the wineries in Pemberton and
Manjimup, and visit the Pemberton Wine Centre in the heart of the
Warren National Park for a showcase of cool-climate wines. The area is
renowned for its pinot noir, and its cabernet sauvignon and merlot have
excellent varietal character, often found together in the traditional WA
blend. Leading whites include chardonnay, verdelho, sauvignon blanc and
semillon. Hidden River Estate in Pemberton is great if you’re taking the
children because it has a playground and an old tram dining cart.
Entertain the kids Take the young ones to the King Trout Cafe in
Pemberton where they can catch their own fish, and if game enough,
eat it. Get a day pass to the Karri Valley Resort and enjoy all the facilities
of this upmarket venue even if you’re not a guest. And the Lavender &
Berry Farm does the best pancakes.
Cruise the Donnelly River The catchment of the Donnelly River is one
of the most pristine rivers in Australia. A trip down it is a chance to
experience nature in a perfect state. You can’t go many places anymore
where you can get that.
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