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Bushwalking in the forests is
best in the summer and autumn
months because the temperature is
cooler than in Perth. Choose from
the Bibbulmun Track that passes
through Pemberton, to tracks and
trails that run through the region’s
main national parks. The Warren
River Loop Walk in the Warren
National Park passes through tall
karri forest to the meandering
Warren River, where you can swim
before heading up to the lookout for
superb views over the valley. The
10.5km loop starts from the Dave
Evans Bicentennial Tree, off Old
Vasse Road near Pemberton, and
takes a full day to complete. If you
like art, walking the Understory
trail in Northcliffe is a must for
children and adults because it
features a collection of artworks
in a natural bush setting. Starting
from the Northcliffe Visitor Centre
on Muirillup Road, the 1.2km loop
will take you about an hour. The
walk is open daily from 9.30am to
4pm with an audio tour available.
For off-road fans, the Munda Biddi
now stretches from Mundaring
to Manjimup. The section from
Nannup to Manjimup opened last
year, adding nearly 85km to the
trail and enabling bikers to take in
the karri trees of the South-West.
One new campsite, Karta Burnu
(‘hill of trees’ in the Indigenous
language), has been constructed
at the Forrester’s Wood site. For
mountain bikers, meanwhile,
there are a number of trails:
Pemberton Forest Park (1.2km
from Pemberton) | The mountain
bike trails within the park offer
something for beginners to
experts, from cross-country
to jump tracks. Some of the
trails pass Pemberton’s natural
swimming pool, a nice spot to stop
and cool down after a long ride.
In Manjimup | Try the mountain
bike trails around the King Jarrah
tree in the Perup Road reserve,
3km east of Manjimup.
In Northcliffe | Locals suggest the
Federation mountain bike trails in
Northcliffe Forest Park. The 7.7km
circuit starts adjacent to the visitor
centre on Muirillup Road and
eventually connects with the 6km
state championship trail in the
nearby Boorara Conservation Park.
Around town | Pemberton has
various routes around town,
including a 5km ride to Big Brook
Dam. To get there, follow Golf
Links Road out of town and then
take a left onto Mullineaux Road.
Enjoy a leisurely loop around it.
There is a new skills loop at the
Pemberton Pool track to discover.
Wherever you find a cool, moist
environment in the Southern
Forest you will find fungi. In
places like the mouth of the
Warren River and the forests
around Northcliffe, you’re likely
to find dazzling displays around
April each year. Brightly coloured
examples of all shapes and sizes
mingle with mosses and lichens
on fallen logs and among the
leaf litter. A favourite spot with
locals is the 1km Gardiner River
adventure trail that starts from the
end of Acacia Road.
Across the region you’re likely to
catch a glimpse of species such
as the rosella, rainbow lorikeet
and splendid fairy wrens. The
Gloucester Tree is a birdwatching
hotspot, where the birds will
literally eat right out of your
hands. Also popular is the Lake
Muir Nature Reserve, halfway
between Manjimup and Mount
Barker. A section of the reserve has
been identified as an important
bird area because it’s home to the
endangered Australasian bitterns.
Visit the bird observatory, where
an elevated boardwalk leads 120m
out over natural vegetation to a
viewing platform with panoramic
view of Lake Muir.
Park | Either drive yourself or take
a guided tour to the Yeagarup
Dunes, 20km south-west of
Pemberton along the Pemberton-
Northcliffe and Ritter roads. Head
over the dunes to Yeagarup Beach,
a popular fishing spot for salmon
in autumn. Follow the Banksia
Track to Banksia Camp, 18km
west of Walpole – it is the only
4WD campsite in the park. There
is access to a camp hut, change
rooms and picnic tables.
Karri Forest Explorer Drive |
An 86km self-guided drive tour
taking in some of the South-
West’s most magnificent forests.
The drive visits Gloucester National
Park, Beedelup and Warren
national parks, and Big Brook
Forest, as well as passing many
other attractions along the way.
Great Forests Trees Drive | A
48km drive through the Shannon
National Park leads visitors
through some of the region’s most
spectacular forests. The scenic
drive has its own park radio
broadcasts as well as picnic stops
and signposted walks.
Taking a 4WD on the Yeagarup Dunes.
The Munda Biddi Trail near
Manjimup (Photography DEC).
Russula mushrooms at Lake Yeagarup
(Photography Pemberton Discovery Tours).
Birds at Gloucester
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