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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. 

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

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

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.

Fernhook Falls

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

Details

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

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. 

Gloucester National Park

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

Details

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

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.

Shire of Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park

The Manjimup Timber & Heritage Park provides a unique experience that combines museum and recreation activities in the same place for young and old, groups and individuals.

Details

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

Description

The Manjimup Timber & Heritage Park provides a unique experience that combines museum and recreation activities in the same place for young and old, groups and individuals. In the heart of the Park is an awe-inspiring 17m tall lookout with giant slide beside one of the best free inter-generational adventure playgrounds in Western Australia.

The recreation area boasts generous lawn space, gazebos, barbeques, tables, a café and plenty of shade underneath native vegetation.

Explore the Park further and discover a series of museum exhibitions and displays that tell the story of the region's history including the Age of Steam Museum and Historic Hamlet. The Historic Hamlet also contains History House which is home to the Manjimup Historical Society who collect, record, classifies and preserve records relating to the history of Manjimup and the region.

The Park is also a key redevelopment site for the Manjimup Town Centre Revitalisation Project – funded by Royalties for Regions. Redevelopment includes a new South West Energy Experience museum and café, Sandra Donovan Sound Shell, new historical exhibitions as well as a whole new path and car park network. For more information please visit our Town Centre Revitalisation? page. 

The Manjimup Timber & Heritage Park is open seven days. In the months April to September it is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm. From October to March it is open from 9:00am – 8:00pm. Entry is free! 

Valley of the Giants

See one of the world's true natural wonders from two amazing perspectives, a short drive from Denmark through some spectacular forest.

Details

  • Activities:Walking
  • Facilities:Walking Trails
  • Natural Attractions:Unique Wonders

Description

The beautifully set out and maintained bushwalk - Ancient Empire Walk - is serene and beautiful, and will give you a rare chance to experience one of the world's tallest variety of trees as they tower out of sight above you. But the real adventure begins on the world-renowned Tree Top Walk, where you follow a metal track forty metres in the air, looking down on the forest and strolling among the treetops!

Tree Top Walk

• Walk through the tree tops of our unique Tingle Forest

• Visit the new Wilderness Discovery Centre – free

• Open 9am - 4.15pm, closed Christmas Day and during hazardous conditions

• Extended hours: 26 December to 26 January, 8am - 5.15pm

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