Secret Spots and Stories

Clear, crisp air and a magical landscape of forests, rolling countryside, vine-clad hillsides, fertile orchards, winding rivers, charming towns, dramatic cliffs and white sandy beaches await you on a visit to the Southern Forests and Valleys. The region is only three hours from the city and what better time to visit than spring when you can enjoy a charming country drive to see the abundance of wildflowers.

Here are just some of the things you might not know you can do in the Southern Forests and Valleys...

#1  Attend the Blooming Wild Festival to celebrate the abundance of wildflowers.

Celebrate the amazing diversity of wildflowers, nature and cultural experiences in the region.  You'll find towering Karri, Jarrah and Tingle forests, ancient granite, ephemeral paperbark swamps, tranquil lakes and coastal heathlands in the numerous reserves and National Parks or wander through picturesque gardens. Discover the cultural heritage of the region and see the art inspired by natural landscapes. Visit or stop into a Visitor Centres to get local information on the ever changing wildflower hotspots. Image: Coodamurrup, D'Entrecasteaux National Park, by Wendy Eiby. 

Coodamurrup, D'Entrecasteaux National Park. By Wendy Eiby.

#2  View the region from a whole new perspective.

Find yourself high in nature at the fabulous Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk (pictured below) and the Mt Frankland Wilderness Lookout in Walpole. See the itinerary.

Tree Top Walk by Nic Duncan

#3  Canoe to a picnic spot or combine with a fishing adventure.

Water sports in the region are not just limited to the coast. A variety of river, lake and estuary systems wind their way through the forest lined valleys and provide playgrounds for canoeing and kayaking.

Warren River by Elements Margaret River

#4 Visit Nannup to see the blazing colour of thousands of tulips and daffodils.

By Elliot Lee Welsford at Especially Tulips
Nannup Flower and Garden Festival
Tulips in Nannup

#5  Take the kids for a weekend break to one of the area’s farmstays, complete with baby animals and native wildlife.

Farmstay activities with the Kids

#6  Delight in a classic afternoon tea in a charming country setting or pick up produce straight from the farm gate for dinner or a platter.

Amid the numerous wineries, food producers and gourmet shops, there’s always time for a classic Devonshire tea. Many of the smaller inland towns offer charming country settings for a morning or afternoon stop-off, particularly around the Blackwood River Valley. An important part of any lovely country drive.

Nannup Main Street Lined with Cafe's and Tea Houses

#7  Descend into the replica underground mine or explore the discovery forest in Greenbushes.

Greenbushes Discovery Centre Discovery

#8  Take on the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park; there's something for everyone with downhill runs, a skills loop and dirt jumps.

Pemberton Mountain Bike Park

#9  Spend the day 4-wheel driving, fishing or surfing in the off-road wilderness of the region’s national parks.


#10  Visit Historic Sights

Visit the Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park, Pemberton Museum and Northcliffe Pioneer Museum for an insight into the region’s pioneering history.

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