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July - December 2011 Scoop Traveller 263
Mountain bike riding |
Pemberton is home to a passionate
community of very motivated
cyclists and numerous cycling
events. The Pemberton Forest
Park mountain bike trails offer
two jump tracks, a 1.5km cross-
country Skills Loop and the
4.5km Relentless Blue, a technical
cross-country track with a wicked
downhill section catering for
novices to more experienced riders.
There are four excellent mountain-
bike tracks that traverse the
Northcliffe karri forests. Energetic
cyclers like the 187m climb up the
granite outcrop that forms Mount
Chudalup. The views across the
forests are well worth the extra
effort. The legendary long-distance
Munda Biddi Trail from Mundaring
has been extended to Pemberton.
Whales are off the coast between June and November.
Alan Maloney and his wife
Glenda moved to Northcliffe in
2003 to take over the Bibbulmun
Break Motel. After that they
bought the local supermarket and
established Windmill Gallery, a
venue where they showcase art and
craft. Alan fills us in on the best
attractions to be found in this quiet
corner of WA.
Northcliffe Pioneer Museum | Visit
the old school house, settler’s
cottage and the old bank (donated
by the Maloneys from their own
property), with an excellent
display of historical artefacts.
Eating | The Hollow Butt Cafe
does great breakfasts and short-
order meals. The Northcliffe Hotel
has old-fashioned country hotel
meals, open Tuesday to Sunday for
lunch and dinner.
The coast | Northcliffe is only
27km or a 20-minute drive on
a bitumen road to the stunning
seascape of Windy Harbour and
Salmon Beach. Viewing platforms
right on the edge of the limestone
sea cliffs are a great place to spot
whales during their migration.
Outdoor art | The Understory
sculpture trail (formerly called the
Southern Forest Sculpture Walk)
is accessed through the Visitor
Centre, and is a must-do.
Climbing trees | Closer to
Pemberton, climb The Gloucester
Tree and the Bicentennial Trees.
Trout fishing | Hire a rod and
catch your dinner at King Trout
Wine tasting | Call into the
Pemberton Wine Centre to taste
wines from many of the smaller
wineries which aren’t open to the
public, or visit one of the many
The quietude | We have guests stay
at the Motel who live in Margaret
River, and who come to get away
for four or five days when the
crowds are there in the busy time.
That’s the attraction of Northcliffe.
It’s a great, tidy little town.
Point D’Entrecasteaux (Photography Windmill
Gallery Tourist Information Desk).
A walk among the trees on the Bibbulmun Track.
Whale spotting | The pristine
waters of the South West are
the perfect place for visitors to
observe whales as they make
their annual migration from
Antarctic waters to breed in the
warmer Southern Ocean. In
whale-watching season – between
June and November – you may
be lucky enough to spot both
humpbacks and southern right
whales from Windy Harbour
on the cliff tops and lookout
points on the sealed walk trail
around the headland at Point
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