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Barrabup Pools

A beautiful natural pool within St John Brook, Barrabup is the perfect place to enjoy the serenity of the beautiful views or take a swim on a warm summer’s day.

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  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves,Swimming Holes
  • Activities:Camping,Canoeing,Mountain Climbing,Walking
  • Facilities:Camping Ground,Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Walking Trails,Wheelchair Access

Description

St John Brook Conservation Park is a picturesque place with picnic and camping facilities on the banks of the brook. 

At Barrabup Pool Day Visit Area a wooden platform enables you to walk out to enjoy the views or take photographs. The Barrabup Pool Day Visit Area has wheelchair access. 

Canoeing and swimming are popular at this forest-lined pool. Fishing and marroning are seasonal.

Bring your own wood and drinking water. 

The site is accessible by 2WD and is perfect for mountain biking, swimming and bushwalking. 

Beedelup Falls

Beedelup Falls is located within Beedelup National Park, surrounded by beautiful karri trees and small pockets of jarrah and marri trees.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves,Waterfalls
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Walking Trails

Description

Beedelup Falls are pleasant to visit all year round and is host to a small and attractive series of rocky cascades. The best time to visit the falls is in winter or early spring, when the waterfall is in full flow. 

Beedelup National Park also has some picturesque walking trails and a universal access lookout to get the best views of Beedelup Falls and the Karri Valley Resort. 

Black Diamond Lake

Nestled near the coal-mining town of Collie is a blue lake like no other.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes
  • Activities:Walking

Description

For the best experience, we suggest visiting on a clear and sunny day to see the sparkly blue water that is Black Diamond Lake. 

Boranup Karri Forest

Towering karri trees, some over 60m in height, undulate across the valley. With sunlight streaming onto their smooth trunks, this is one of the best sights in the Margaret River Region.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,Unique Wonders
  • Activities:Walking

Description

The sight of these enormous trees won’t be the only thing to amaze you. This forest is a feast for the senses with the forest floor tumbling with wildflowers, orchids and funghi (in season) together with the sounds of native birds and the fresh smell of eucalypt.
The forest is an easy 25 minute drive south of Margaret River town along Caves Road. The Karri Lookout on the eastern side of Caves Road is an ideal spot to enjoy and photograph this amazing forest as it undulates across the valley.

Boranup Drive is a fantastic tourist drive. With its hard limestone base it is suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles. The drive winds its way through stunning forest and loops back to Caves Road. Along the drive you’ll find the Boranup Lookout which takes in views across the picturesque forest and the stunning turquoise waters of nearby Hamelin Bay. The lookout also marks the start of some lovely bushwalks and has a great picnic spot. A small campground fitting only seven small tents or small campervans is also available.

Bridgetown Jarrah Park

A pleasant drive towards Nannup will pass the park which has 3 walk trails from 20 minutes to 2 hours duration. See local flora and fauna, including magnificent Jarrah, Marri and Blackbutt trees. Picnic tables and toilet facilities available.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

Located 20kms West of Bridgetown. The trails will take you through open Jarrah and Marri forest with abundant foliage and a huge array of animals and birdlife. In the Spring the wildflowers are stunning. BBQ's are available for picnic lunches and there are toilet facilities.

Canal Rocks

Granitic rocks that jut into the ocean are separated by a series of canals carved by the sea.

Details

  • Activities:Boating,Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:Boat Ramp,Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Lookouts,Points of Interest,Unique Wonders

Description

Canal Rocks is essentially an open air museum of the geological features and rocks of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge, which you can experience while surrounded by the powerful forces of wind and water that have helped to shape them.

Visitors can cross the canals via recently upgraded narrow bridges and carefully clamber over the rocks to marvel at the ocean’s power.

The Aboriginal name for Canal Rocks is Winjee Sam.

Castle Rock

The Castle Rock picnic area is a great location for picnics with excellent facilities and is the starting point for the walk to the Granite Skywalk.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts,National Parks & Reserves

Description

Castle Rock Trail: A relatively steep return walk to the Granite Skywalk leads from this site. Moderate to good fitness is required. The path traverses yate, marri and karri forest and takes you past the famous Balancing Rock. Flat granite slabs offer views and places to rest. Karri Lookout is a place to ponder the Porongurup Range landscape, forests and wildlife.

Reaching the Granite Skywalk on the summit of Castle Rock requires scrambling over and under granite rocks and then climbing a 6m ladder.  

Circular Pool Walpole

Circular Pool is a delightful place to enjoy the forest. You can picnic, marron in season, canoe, take photos or simply breathe in the fresh air.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes,Swimming Holes

Description

Circular Pool is a popular picnic spot on the Frankland River with rapids in the winter and a large, tranquil pool in summer.

Universally accessible paths lead to two viewing platforms that allow you to look over the Frankland River and down to Circular Pool or into the forest. There is a boardwalk around the pool below and a table is provided so that you can enjoy a peaceful picnic or meditate by the waters edge.

Conspicuous Cliff

Appreciate the powerful beauty of the southern coastline from the lookout over Conspicuous Cliff. There is an unspoiled beach, limestone cliffs, and granite headlands.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Picnic Facilities,Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Lookouts

Description

Spectacular limestone cliffs, after which the site is named, are a photographers delight, as is the large surf that pounds the shore of this pristine beach.

Conspicuous Cliff is easily accessible by two wheel drive, the walk trails and lookouts provide spectacular views and a chance to witness the antics of migrating whales in winter and spring. Take your time and appreciate the fabulous coastal heathland featuring swamp paperbark and the red flowing gum.

From the car park (200m return) there is a picnic shelter and lookout platform accessible to all.  There is a fantastic boardwalk and stairs down to the beach where you can fish for salmon, feel the sand between your toes as you comb the beach for shells. Seabirds and other marine life are found here all year round.

D'Entrecasteaux National Park

D’Entrecasteaux National Park is an important conservation area of wild, pristine beauty; blessed with white beaches, rugged coastal cliffs and towering karri forests.

Details

  • Activities:4WDing,Canoeing,Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Boat Ramp,Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

D’Entrecasteaux National Park is a narrow strip of land 5 to 20 km wide which stretches along the south coast for more than 130 kilometres between Augusta and Walpole. It is the result of the amalgamation of various State forests and timber reserves, Crown land, Shire of Manjimup reserves, conservation reserves, pastoral leases and freehold purchases between the 1970s and 1990s.

Indigenous Heritage

There is evidence that Nyoongar people have lived in South-West Australia for over 47,000 years. The oldest archeological evidence at D’Entrecasteaux is dated at 6000 years, although this does not mean it wasn’t occupied early than this.  The traditional owners of the park are the Murram group, and the site remains an important place for them. Erosion of sand dunes within the park has revealed numerous stone artifacts, two fish traps, two quarry sites, one mythological site and one burial site. The majority of these are located around the Lake Jasper/ Meerup Dunes area, an area of particular archeological and cultural significance to the Nyoongar people. Artifacts have been found 10 metres below Lake Jasper’s current water levels, indicating a number of major campsites existed here when the lake was a prehistoric forest.

European Heritage

Point D’Entrecasteaux was named in 1792 when French Admiral Bruni D’Entrecasteaux sailed past on a French scientific expedition; the park takes its name from the point. Apart from sealers and whalers little interest was shown in the area until the 1850s, when pastoralists began to settle in nearby communities like Pemberton1 and Manjimup2. These settlers used to bring their cattle into the park to graze on summer coastal pastures, a practice which continued up to the 1980s. Some of their droving tracks were later formalised into vehicle tracks and a few of the huts they used to stay in can still be found in the park. In 1911, the iron barque Mandalay was wrecked off Mandalay Beach; the wreck can still be seen when the tides and sand are favourable.

Natural Features

The park’s impressive natural features include (but are not limited to) the hexagonal-shaped basalt columns at Black Point, formed by a volcanic lava flow 135 million years ago, and the 10-kilometre-long Yeagarup Dunes, the largest land-locked mobile dune system in the southern hemisphere, which are moving into the forest at a rate of 4 metres a year. Inland from the coast is a series of lakes and swamps, including Lake Yeagarup and Lake Jasper, which is the largest freshwater lake in the southern half of the state. Major rivers which flow through the park are the Warren, the Donnelly and the Shannon.

Native Flora

Vegetation is mostly coastal heathlands, grasslands and low woodlands, with scattered pockets of karri forest. Mount Chudalup, a large granite outcrop, boasts a unique ecosystem with 42 species of moss, 28 species of lichen and 6 species of liverwort, some of which are found nowhere else. Much of the biologically diverse flora of the south-west is represented in the park, with more than 850 native plant species to be found here.

Native Fauna

D’Entrecasteaux houses a number of threatened species, including the woylie and the chudditch. It is also home to one of the last known mainland populations of quokkas. New Zealand fur-seals have been seen at Black Point. Other animals which can be seen include possums, wallabies and bandicoots. Southern right whales migrate along the coast from September to November. Sandy Island is an important nesting site for flesh-footed shearwaters (Puffinus carneipes), and Lake Jasper and Lake Maringup are recognised as two of the 5 most important wetlands for waterbirds on the south coast.

Your Safety

D’Entrecasteaux National Park is a remote area. Visitors should come prepared.
Coastal risks include king waves, tidal surges and cliff collapses. Lives have been lost along this coast so please take care in and around the water.
Exercise extreme caution near cliff edges especially when fishing. Supervise children at all times.

Getting there

D’Entrecasteaux National Park is approximately 20 minutes from Pemberton, or approximately 4½ hours from Perth. A few sites in the park are accessible by all vehicles, but most require a 4WD. Travelling within the park will also take some time, as tracks are sand and cannot be taken at speed.

Devils Slide

The highest of the Porongurup’s round-topped peaks has magnificent views from the summit.

Details

  • Activities:Mountain Climbing,Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Lookouts

Description

Follow Wansbough Walk from the Tree-in-the Rock for 1600 metres and then turn right. Distance: 5km(return) Time: 2hr  Class 4

Elephant Rocks

At Elephant Rocks, huge granite boulders resemble a herd of elephants lumbering out to sea.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Lookouts,Points of Interest
  • Activities:Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking

Description

A short walk trail from the carpark takes you to a lookout over Elephant Rocks. From here, you can just imagine that these massive boulders are elephants sunning themselves before heading off for a swim.  The trail then descends between the rocks to a sheltered cove. This is a lovely place for a swim but be aware that strong currents sometimes run through this cove.

Providing a stark contrast to the granite that dominates this section of coast, a strip of black dolerite lines the eastern edge of the bay.

You can walk from Elephant Rocks around the rocky headland to Greens Pool.

 

Eyre Park

One of the best parks in the area!

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens

Description

A massive park with all range of equipment available, including a disablity accessible swing. A lovely place to take a picnic or use the BBQ's and spend an afternoon. Even take a stroll around the lake and feed the ducks.

Toilets : Yes
BBQ : Yes
Playground Equipment : Yes
Undercover Area : Yes
Paths : Yes
Rubbish Bins : Yes
Water Hazard : Yes
Parking : Yes

Fernhook Falls

Spend a few hours, or a few days, exploring the waters of the Deep River at Fernhook Falls.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves,Waterfalls
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Camping Allowed,Camping Ground,Toilets,Walking Trails

Description

Fernhook Falls can be visited all year round. If you go in winter, the water at water gushes over the granite boulders, or if you go in summer, the water flow trickles into Rowell's Pool to create a tranquil paradise. 

The froth and bubbles seen at Fernhook Falls in winter is created as a result of saponin in the water. The saponin comes from the breakdown of plants in the water. This residue is churned up on the granite rocks and ends up floating serenley on the surface of Rowell's Pool.

There are many walktrails to be found surround Fernhook Falls for some great views of the forrest and waterfall. The boardwalks have been created to protect vegetation and allow a natural passage of native fauna through the forest.

Fernhook Falls also offers eight tent sites and two camp huts near the river, in the forest. Due to its popularity, a maximum of three nights is applied for stay in the camp huts. 

Fishing At Cosy Corner Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches in the area, with crystal clear waters and white sand.

Details

  • Activities:Fishing
  • Facilities:BBQ,Camping Allowed,Picnic Facilities
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays

Description

The fishing is great, with Salmon, Salmon Trout, Skippy Herring, Whiting, Silver Bream and Pike to be caught. You can also launch a boat from the area. 

Fitzgerald River National Park

Fitzgerald River National Park is one the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia.

Details

  • Activities:Canoeing,Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Boat Ramp
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves

Description

Within the park are found nearly 20 per cent of Western Australia’s flora species, many of which occur only within its boundaries.

The park features a tantalising variety of landscapes to explore from rolling plains, colourful breakaways, rugged peaks and headlands to stunning bays and inlets. During winter, southern right whales shelter close to shore with their newborn calves.

Scenic drives

This large park is divided in two recreational areas by a central ‘wilderness core’ that is closed to all traffic to ensure its protection. Unsealed roads from the north (Quiss Road and Hamersley Drive) are suitable for two-wheel-drive vehicles and offer scenic views across the heart of the park.

The southern portion of Hamersley Drive is a sealed road that winds along a beautiful part of the coast between the park’s eastern boundary and Hamersley Inlet. This drive will take you to all the main recreation sites in the south-eastern corner of the park: Four Mile Beach, Barrens Beach, Barrens Lookout, East Mount Barren, East Mylies, Mylies Beach, Cave Point and West Beach. Pabelup Drive provides access to sweeping coastal scenery on the west side of the park and Point Ann, which is a prime whale watching spot between July and October.

Wonderful walks

Enjoy the beauty of the park’s diverse plant life and stunning vistas on one of the many walks available. On the eastern side of the park, climb to the summit of East Mount Barren or stroll along inland trails at Sepulcralis Hill and No Tree Hill.

On the western side of the park delve into the region’s heritage with a short walk around the Point Ann Heritage Trail or on the path to St Mary Inlet. Enjoy colourful wildflowers and coastal scenery along the walks at Mt Maxwell and West Mt Barren.

Camping

Campgrounds are located on the western side at St Mary Inlet near Point Ann and on the eastern side of the park at Four Mile Campground. Camp fees apply. Accommodation is also available at Quaalup, where the renovated and heritage listed Quaalup Homestead is located.

Gloucester National Park

Only 3 kilometres from Pemberton, Gloucester National Park is home to Western Australia’s most famous karri tree.

Details

  • Facilities:BBQ,Toilets,Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Walking

Description

View from the top

The Gloucester Tree was once a fire lookout tree and can now be climbed by the public. Those who do venture up the 153 pegs to the top will be rewarded with commanding views of the karri forest and surrounding farmland.

Forest Giants

Karri trees are recognisable by its tall straight trunk and smooth bark coloured in shades of pink, white, orange and grey. The relatively few leafy upper branches are arranged in broccoli-shaped branches.

In spring and summer, the canopy explodes in a mass of white flowers which attract flocks of raucous purple-crowned lorikeets.

Secretive Wildlife

The karri forest is home to many native mammal species such as quenda, quokkas, mardos and dunnarts. These animals are shy and rarely seen. Sit quietly in the forest at Cascades and you may be rewarded with the sight of honeyeaters, wrens, fantails and robins flitting around through the undergrowth.

Karri Forest Explorer

Gloucester Tree and Cascades are both stops on the Karri Forest Explorer, an 86km drove which winds through some of the south-west’s most magnificent karri forest.

Getting There

The Gloucester National Park is accessible via sealed roads from Pemberton.

Golden Valley Tree Park

Golden Valley Tree Park is a unique collection of beautiful and interesting trees from all over the world, grown in a landscaped setting.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens
  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:BBQ,Kids Play Grounds,Picnic Facilities

Description

The park's aim is to create an inspirational place for all to enjoy.
 
Established over 20 years ago, the arboretum is one of Balingup's best kept secrets. 
 
Walk trails criss-cross the Park and lead to spectacular scenic lookouts. Great picnic facilities (BBQs & wood) and a safe area for kids to play.
 
2 km from town; free entry 24 hours.

Greens Pool

Greens Pool lies on the edge of William Bay National Park and is famous for its turquoise green waters and pristine white sandy beach.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,National Parks & Reserves
  • Activities:Canoeing,Diving,Fishing,Snorkelling,Walking
  • Facilities:Toilets

Description

One of Western Australia’s iconic beaches, Greens Pool is a must see destination.

Large granite boulders surround the pool, protecting it from the might of the Southern Ocean.

Beautiful at all times of the year, Greens Pool is especially popular in summer. The calm waters provide great recreation opportunities for the whole family. You can swim or snorkel or just relax on the beach or on the rocks overlooking the water.

Many fish and sea creatures live in the calm waters of Greens Pool. Why not go for a snorkel and explore this fascinating seascape? Zebra fish, silver drummer, six-spined leatherjackets and mosaic sea stars are just some of the creatures you may encounter.

A short walk links Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks.

Hamelin Bay Beach

A vast bay of bright white sand, turquoise waters filled with marine life and spectacular coastal cliff walks.

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe / Shops,Boat Ramp
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays
  • Activities:Diving,Fishing,Snorkelling

Description

Come and meet the famous sting rays at Hamelin Bay. These beautiful creatures love to come to the shoreline to say hello to visitors. A visit to stunning Hamelin Bay is a MUST DO on many a holiday schedule. Swimming, snorkeling, fishing, diving - you can do it all! Hamelin Bay is home to a caravan park, small shop and boat ramp.

 

Harvey Heritage Trail

See Harvey's town centre with these top 22 sight-seeing spots.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Suited For:Dog Friendly
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Local Parks & Gardens,Points of Interest

Description

Explore the cultural background of the town that used be known as 'Korijekup', the place of the Red Tailed Cockatoo in this self-guided walking tour of the town. 

Grab your copy of the Harvey Heritage Trail brouchure at the Harvey Visitor Centre.

HMAS Swan Wreck

The Swan is a 120 metres long decomissioned naval vessel that was scuttled (parked and sunk for the layman) in 1997. Now home to a wonderous array of aquatic wildlife, the site has twelve moorings available to divers who can explore this undersea world.

Details

  • Activities:Diving,Snorkelling
  • Natural Attractions:Marine Parks & Reserves

Description

It isn't quite the Titanic but it's much closer to home, a lot easier to reach, and home to a lot more activity in the relatively shallow water. Diving tour operators abound in the area and cater for the expert or novice.

Injidup Natural Spa

Injidup is a beautiful beach offering a well known surf break and natural spa formation, secluded from the waves.

Details

  • Activities:Fishing,Snorkelling
  • Facilities:Toilets
  • Natural Attractions:Beaches & Bays,Points of Interest,Unique Wonders

Description

The name Injidup comes from the Nyoongar word (inji) for the lovely red pea flower (Templetonia retusa) that grows along the limestone cliffs in spring.

Cape Clairault, which forms the southern arm of the bay, was named by the French expedition of 1801-1803 aboard the Géographe and the Naturaliste after celebrated French mathematician Alexis Clairault (1713-1765). Clairault confirmed many theories of gravitation, his most renowned being the return of Halley's Comet.

Lake Brockman

Bring along your fur baby as you mountain bike, swim and fish at Lake Brockman.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes
  • Activities:Boating,Camping,Fishing,Walking
  • Suited For:Dog Friendly
  • Facilities:Accommodation,BBQ,Boat Ramp,Cafe / Shops,Camping Ground,Caravan Site,Kids Play Grounds,Pets Allowed,Picnic Facilities,Toilets,Walking Trails

Description

Lake Brockman has it all, from a designated water ski area, two mountaining biking tracks, cafe and pet-friendly camping area. 

Lake Poorrarecup

Lake Poorrarecup is popular for skiing, swimming and camping during the summer months.

Details

  • Natural Attractions:Rivers & Lakes
  • Activities:Boating,Camping,Canoeing
  • Facilities:BBQ,Camping Allowed,Camping Ground,Toilets,Boat Ramp,Picnic Facilities

Description

Lake Poorrarecup is the largest lake in the Shire of Cranbrook. The lake offers a campsite with changerooms, toilets and bbq facilities on site. However, there is no access to potable water at the lake.

Additionally, there are many water-based activities at the lake, including boating and canoeing.

If using the campground, a fee of $20 is charged per passenger vehicle per day, all year round.

Proceed to waypoint 13km east of Frankland on Cranbrook Frankland Road. Turn south onto Lake Poorrarecup Road. Proceed on dirt road for 9km. Turn west onto track for 200m to picnic area on lake.

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