About an hour and a half away from Bunbury is an historic mill town surrounded by forests. It’s not far from the sea, it’s choc-a-bloc full with exciting things to do, and it will bring out the poet in you – promise!
Welcome to Pemberton where you can be as active or as idle as you like, and return home feeling as if you’ve really got away from it all, almost as if you’ve visited another country.
It’s greener than Bunbury, it’s hillier, it’s Kari forests are taller, older and more verdant than the Tuarts of the coastal areas – not that I’m saying it’s better – no, it’s just different. I’ve been a couple of times now, and stayed in reasonably priced self catering accommodation, will definitely go back again, maybe camp.
So without further ado, here are some really great things to do in and around Pemberton – but if you want the full story, have a squizz at my article in The West Australian Newspaper here: 10 things to do in Pemberton
In no particular order – here’s the quick fact low-down:–
- Walk one of the 20 trails close to town, the 10.5km Warren River Loop Trail was selected as one of WA’s top trails.
- Camp in Warren National Park or in one of the other numerous forest campsites.
- Fish for trout, perch or marron– particularly in the Blackwood, Donnelly and Warren Rivers. Check with the tourist centre for seasonal advice.
- Truffle – Stonebarn offers truffle aficionados a country retreat with an on-site, burgeoning, ‘black gold’, 1800 tree trufferie.
- Climb a tree. Back in the 1930’s and 1940’s a series of fire lookouts were constructed at the top of some of the highest karri trees and today you can climb not only the Gloucester Tree in the Gloucester National Park, but also the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree, 68.8 metres high, and the Diamond Tree, 52 metres high.
- Look out for the red tailed, black cockatoos which feed on Marri nuts and have a raucous screech or enjoy close encounters with Twenty Eights (Australian Ringnecks) and Western Rosellas.
- Cycle– road and mountain bikers are well catered for in Pemberton.
- Cruise the Donnelly River through forests and wetlands to the limestone cliffs and beach of the Southern ocean.
- Taste wines at more than 50 local wineries.
- Stand still and listen to the sounds of the forest.
www.silkwoodwines.com.au Tel: 08 9776 1535. We have enjoyed long, lazy lunches here – you won’t be disappointed by the lake setting.
ww.pemberton-tourist.com.au Tel: 08 9776 1133 for the Pemberton Visitor Centre – who can advise on where to go, what to do and where to stay.
What’s your favourite thing to do or place to see in Pemberton WA?