Clear, crisp air and a magical landscape of magnificent karri, marri and tingle forests, vine-clad hillsides, fertile orchards, dramatic cliffs and white sandy beaches with exhilarating views across the vast Southern Ocean. All this awaits you on a visit to the Southern Forests region.
The Southern Forests begin just outside Manjimup, where agricultural land is dotted with tall stands of magnificent karri trees. Further south is the timber town of Pemberton. Here the forest is more established, with many virgin karri trees over 300 years old.
Towards the southern coast lies the small town of Northcliffe, surrounded by towering forests and rich coastal plains and wetlands. Northcliffe is the gateway to the D'Entrecasteaux National Park and the spectacular cliff tops of Point D'Entrecasteaux.
The Valley of the Giants
Visit the charming towns of Walpole and Nornalup, then stop to follow a nature trail or experience the awe-inspiring Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.
Over 1,500 species of flowering natives, including many stunning orchids, can be enjoyed throughout the Southern Forest. The best viewing opportunities are between September and November, when the spring wildflowers burst into life.
Coast and Rivers
The striking coastline of the Southern Forests stretches across 140 kilometres, where beautiful karri forests sit atop rocky cliffs, and beautiful white sandy beaches are pounded by the wild Southern Ocean.
In contrast, the region boasts a number of tranquil inlets, streams and rivers that are brimming with life. Trout, perch and marron present keen anglers with exciting challenges. Licences for trout and marron fishing can be obtained from local Post Offices.
Food and Wine
The rich soils and cooler climate of the region are perfect conditions for producing premium wines, and the Southern Forest Wine Region has grown to take its place as the third largest wine region in Western Australia. Take a scenic drive through the region and stop by the cellar doors of boutique wineries for a tasting or two.
Many regard to the Southern Forests to be the ‘gourmet food bowl’ of Western Australia. A wide variety of fine fresh produce is available year-round, and reflects the region’s European cultural heritage. Niche epicurean treats include chestnuts, cherries, ginseng, green tea, dairy products, beef, lamb, marron, perch, trout, smoked products and, more recently, the black truffle. The list goes on and on.