Majestic forests, exemplary wines and scrumptious farm gate produce make this a must-see stop-over on a Western Australian culinary odyssey.
Gazetted as one of Australia’s newest wine producers, the small Pemberton Wine Region has already established a reputation for being one the most exciting emerging wine regions.
Covering the towns of Pemberton and Northcliffe, the region is home to many picturesque vineyards that adjoin karri forests. It combines southern latitude with high altitude and has a relatively cool climate, making it ideal for growing pinot noir and chardonnay grapes and suited to the production of refined Bordeaux-style wines.
Other grape varieties grown in the Pemberton Wine Region are sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, semillon and shiraz. It has also been noted that Pemberton is one of the few regions within Australia that offers fantastic potential for merlot and that the region will become an increasingly valuable resource for this grape variety.
Framed by magnificent marri forests to the north and towering karri in the south, the rivers, creeks, waterfalls and wetlands have created a lush and inspiring landscape. Local delicacies include marron and trout (buy direct from a farm or catch your own in season with a license).
Pemberton’s breathtaking surroundings make activities such as scenic walks, canoeing and fishing very popular with visitors and the Gloucester National Park, with rocky rapids known as The Cascades, is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll, particularly when the wildflowers are in bloom. There is also beauty to be found in Pemberton’s art galleries and shops, with unique handcrafted pieces on display and for sale, while those visitors interested in keeping themselves beautiful can pick up a number of handmade oils, lotions and creams.
Things to know about Pemberton
With towering forests and crystal clear waterfalls and rivers, Pemberton is renowned for its unrivalled beauty. There are plenty of amazing outdoor activities to work off all that great food and wine. Why not try scaling the spectacular Gloucester Tree, or taking a guided tour across the magnificent Yeagerup Sand Dunes. The forests are full of wildflowers in spring, so a walk and a picnic is a must in fine weather. Or you could stop at one of the farm gates and pick ups some strawberries, peaches, apples and jams for your hamper. You can also fish for trout and marron at one of the region’s farms. For handcrafted souvenirs, visit many of the art galleries and shops found in Pemberton.
Visit the local Visitor Centres' websites:
Pemberton Visitor Centre - www.pembertonvisitor.com.au
Northcliffe Visitor Centre - www.northcliffe.org.au