Our NATURAL ADVANTAGE
Experience towering karri forests, cool bubbling streams, steep river
valleys cloaked in winter mist or find yourself alone on a secluded
white beach - visit Pemberton.
KARRI COUNTRY AND SO MUCH MORE MORE... ...
Pemberton lies at the heart of karri country. The deep red loams and
high rainfall give rise to Western Australia’s tallest, most majestic
forest. While karri grows in a belt that extends roughly from Manjimup
to Denmark, its smooth white bark and
impressive trunk are at their best in the forests close to Pemberton.
There are many national parks and forest areas within a short drive or
walk from town. But to think of Pemberton as only karri forest ignores
the diversity of landscapes to be discovered. The white sandy beaches,
spectacular limestone cliffs, coastal wetlands and mobile dunes of
National Park are also at Pemberton’s doorstep.
PEMBERTON’S CLIMBING TREES
There is nothing more awe inspiring than standing next to a huge ancient
karri tree and gazing up into its distant crown. Nothing perhaps, except
peering down from the top of such a giant. In Pemberton you can do both.
A series of fire lookouts were constructed in the top of karri trees,
mainly during the 1930s and 1940s. These lookouts in the treetops were
an ingenious way of spotting fires in such tall forest. Today you can
still climb some of these lookout trees and take in the view. The
Gloucester Tree, in the Gloucester National Park, is only 3kms from the
Post Office. The Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree and Diamond Tree are about
a 15 minute drive from town.
PEMBERTON NATIONAL PARKS
Pemberton is surrounded by three national parks, the Gloucester, Warren
and Beedelup, and within close proximity to the D’Entrecasteaux and
Shannon National Parks. These all have their own special features and
beauty well described in the CALM publication "A Guide to Southern
The wildflowers of the karri forest are wonderful to see in the myriad
of colours which seem to change week by week during the spring. The best
time for viewing these is from September to mid November but this may
vary from year to year with the weather. The tiny but exquisite orchids
can best be seen on foot - ask for directions at either CALM or the
Pemberton Tourist Centre.
WATER IN THE FOREST
With roughly 1400mm of rain falling every year, a river, stream or brook
is never far away in the karri forest. Some of the best places to
explore near Pemberton are where the forest meets the water. Big Brook
dam is only minutes from town and is perfect for swimming, fishing,
canoeing, walking or to just sit and enjoy the tranquillity. Picnic and
BBQ facilities are also available at Big Brook. Other places to visit on
the water/forest interface include the Cascades, 5 minutes from town in
Gloucester National Park, Moons Crossing and River Road Bridge on the
Warren River. Beedelup Falls is always worth a visit
to enjoy its thundering waterfall in winter or a pleasant forest stroll
in drier months. Remember, to find all these places and many more drop
in and pick up a detailed map and guide from the Tourist Centre.
MARRONING AND TROUT FISHING
Trout, Perch and Marron can be found in Pemberton’s rivers and
streams. If you have your own gear, inquire at the tourist centre for
seasonal information. Licences are required for Trout fishing and Marron
and can be obtained from the local Post Office. The general open trout
season starts on 1 September and ends on 30 April. However the
Blackwood, Donnelly and Warren Rivers are open all year round. The open
season for marroning is a very short period in January/February. Please check
with the tourist centre or Fisheries Department for licensing and sizing
requirements for trout, marron and coastal fishing.
For more information visit the
Tourist Centre or check out the following
| Western Tourist
Radio is keen to swap links with any businesses in the Pemberton area that offers a service that might be of interest to visitors to the
area. From accommodation and attractions to unique products and
services. For further information please see our Link
Discovery Tours Have Fun, Have an Adventure
Gallery brings together a group of artists who document the
subject of Western Australia’s unique and diverse native flora and fauna,
with scientifically accurate and visually appealing works of art.
The Pemberton Tramway Company a privately operated
Winery and Gallery
The Gloucester Motel offers a range of accommodation
styles including our newly furbished self-contained apartments,
budget, queen and family rooms ensure there is an accommodation
style to suit everyone, from couples, families, corporate travellers
Centrally located for a “foodie experience” in the hub of the
Pemberton/Manjimup food bowl.
Lakes Chalets Come to where time
Hill Farm Cottages Not just a place to stay, its a whole experience!
Diamond Forest Cottages
|Unique West Australian products, gifts and souvenirs