“Imagination is more important than knowledge,” said Albert Einstein.
With this in mind do you like the idea of sparking your imagination and of finding hidden treasure? Of course you do! And one small town in South West Australia is going to rock your socks off, not because of it’s amazing range of man-made things to do … you would be disappointed if I said there was a whole host of them – but because of it’s beautiful setting, it’s stunning nature and its …Understory.
I’m talking about Northcliffe, 366kms south east of Perth.
“Understory is a nationally unique art in nature experience that everyone can enjoy. Artworks are located along a 1.2km walk trail through pristine native forest. Sculptures, stories, poetry and music explore our relationship with nature and the ‘spirit of place’.”
Inspired by nature the Understory trail is a gorgeous walk through various vegetation types; coastal heathland to karri, jarrah and marri forests with abundant wild flowers from around September to November.
New artworks are added regularly to ensure there is always something fresh for visitors to experience. Artists, writers and musicians have created innovative sculptures, stories, poetry and music to reflect and mirror the exquisite setting.
“Most people spend one hour to one and a half hours 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 youth.”
Open Daily 9am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)
Located at the Northcliffe Information and Visitor Centre Northcliffe, Western Australia.
It’s a place to wander (with or without headphones and the audio guide) and be inspired by nature, but more than that you’ll make discoveries at every corner.
“Oh quick, look! Over here.”
“No, wait … I’m listening to the story of this amazing sculpture.”
So went our conversation as we meandered around the woodland trail, headphones on, being inducted into the vision of the artists.
“We tame wood
into useful shapes,
but here it is wild,
full of the breath
of limitless stories.
A gate swings open.
A path beckons.
Slow your stride.”
Lucy Dougan, WA Poet
It’s a place where your imagination can run riot, as you connect with the under-stories of the forest – secrets, songs, dreams myths – that help us connect with the spirit of place, and so form a sense of belonging.
“You’ll find the imaginative responses of over 50 nationally and internationally renowned artist, writers and musicians to the ancient forest of Northcliffe, will guide you on a journey of (re)-connection with creation.” South West Development Commission.
You can find out more here: Northcliffe Visitor Centre
Time for a little exploration don’t you think? Has this inspired you?