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While some find it mystical, and others a bit spooky, there is no doubt that
Boranup Forest has an other-worldly atmosphere. It’s something to do with the
light that filters through the canopy of densely packed karri trees, whose trunks
grow tall and straight as they compete for the sunlight. Activities range from a
sedate 30-minute scenic drive through to more adventurous pursuits such as
caving, mountain biking, camping and off-road driving.
Although Caves Road passes through the Boranup forest, to really experience its
full impact it’s best to turn off at Boranup Drive, about twenty minutes south of
Margaret River. It’s a 14km unsealed road, suitable for conventional cars, but drive
carefully because some sections can be bumpy. Watch out for Boranup lookout
with its extensive forest and coastal views.
Nestled in the forest, close to the southern end of Boranup Drive, there is a
small camping ground with seven private sites, picnic tables, fire rings and toilets.
Campers report that spending the night in the forest with its furr y nocturnal
inhabitants, and waking in the morning to birdsong, is an unforgettable experience.
Wildflower walking trails
While winter in the forest can be wet and cold, in the spring the forest floor is
covered in wildflowers. When out walking it’s best to stick to the trails, because
the forest is also home to lots of nasties, including snakes and prickly bushes.
Mountain biking and 4WD tracks
Several bike trails are maintained by a local tour company offering adventure
biking for beginner to intermediate-level riders. Although you can explore trails
on your own, without local knowledge it’s easy to get lost. Major tracks can
also be used by 4WD enthusiasts. Maps are available from the Department of
Environment and Conservation (DEC) office in Busselton.
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