Nurtured by its cool Mediterranean climate and fertile earth, Pemberton’s scenic variety consists of green pastures, acres of rolling vineyards and crystal clear streams. Visitors can indulge in the taste sensations offered by many restaurants, cafés and wineries that specialise in fresh gourmet food and home grown produce.
Recreational activities such as canoeing, fishing, swimming, bushwalking and mountain biking are popular pastimes. The Pemberton Mountain Bike Park offers beginners to expert, children to adult mountain bikers the Cross Country (XC) Skills Loop, the Relentless Blue XC track and Cool Running XC track as well as the Jump Tracks.
The Bibbulmun Track
winds past the town and through some of the most enchanting stretches of karri forest
. Relax and take a journey through the forest on a tram or steam train along the heritage listed Pemberton-Northcliffe rail line. Originally built to transport large karri trees to the local mill, the line is now used exclusively for tourism.
Pemberton’s timber heritage is maintained through its working timber mill and several galleries that produce unique handcrafted works.
Pemberton adjoins the Gloucester National Park
. Here you will find ‘The Cascades
’, where the Lefroy Brook tumbles over a series of rocky shelves, which vary from a gentle flow in mid-summer, to a raging torrent in winter. The rocky rapids provide a place for an outdoor lunch, a leisurely stroll, or a few peaceful hours of fly fishing.
Each year, the district bursts into dazzling colour with the onset of the wildflower season in spring, lending a magical charm to the area.
The Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree
is a dizzying 75 metres high, and the Gloucester Tree
towers 61 metres above the forest surrounding Pemberton. Visitors can climb to the cabin for sensational views of the karri forest. Warren National Park
covers 2,982 hectares in the heart of the karri forest, south-west of Pemberton on the Old Vasse Road.
The undulating one way trails of Heartbreak and Maidenbush follow alongside the Warren River, sometimes meandering at water level or high above it. The bubbling rapids of Heartbreak Crossing and the Warren Lookout, offer a scenic picnic spot along the trail. Freshwater streams and rivers are hidden amongst the karri forests. Beedelup Falls in the Beedelup National Park
has one of the most amazing suspension bridges. The falls are in full flow during winter and spring and can be viewed year-round along a walk trail or from the two nearby bridges. The Beedelup National Park
includes dense karri forest, mixed with jarrah
and several beautiful stands of pure marri. For the four wheel drive enthusiast, the D’Entrecasteaux National Park
covers 118,000 hectares with some rugged and secluded four wheel drive tracks. The Yeagerup Dunes offer adventurers the chance to witness vast mobile sand dunes which are steadily moving inland, swallowing up forest, lakes and woodlands as they go. Local tours will take you on an amazing adventure amongst the dunes or visitors can experience the national park from the water with a cruise along the pristine Donnelly River. The river is flanked by magnificent karri trees, river banksias and peppermints.
The Pemberton area produces excellent quality wines
. Chardonnay and sauvignon blanc have been the most successful, however the pinot noir, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot are outstanding. Most wineries offer cellar door sales and many will tempt you to a delicious meal in a relaxed and charming setting. Don’t forget to try the region’s delicacy, marron, a freshwater crayfish that provides a unique gourmet treat enjoyed with a glass or two of fine local wine.