The Southern Forests and Valleys in winter comes alive with lush and green trees, hills and paddocks, with many walk and cycle paths throughout to enjoy, flowing falls and the blackwood river running, visitors can paddle or kayak down. Winding roads provide an idyllic scenery drive.
Truffles, trees and plenty of green!
Some destinations are at their best in winter and its safe to say the Southern Forests and Valleys are at the height of beauty in winter. The inland areas of Western Australia’s South West come alive with winter rains, offering the quintessential winter experiences – cascades and waterfalls, green rolling hills, misty mornings, cozy cabins and more than a few tipples of great red wine.
In the towns of Pemberton, Northcliffe, Walpole and Manjimup, the immense karri, jarrah, marri and tingle trees provide an enchanting ambiance. Nothing beats a winter walk through the forest to recharge the batteries. Here, the tall trees are interspersed with rich agricultural lands, and winter time brings the ripening of the rare black truffle. In fact, Manjimup is the largest producer of black truffles in the southern hemisphere!
Nearby, the towns within the Blackwood River Valley; Bridgetown, Nannup and Greenbushes collectively radiate a charm that is often boasted about in tourist brochures yet rarely ever achieved. These towns have managed to retain their picturesque main streets, complete with tearooms serving scones, perfect planter boxes full of seasonal blooms, the classic country pub where the local characters meet, and antique stores aplenty. In late winter to spring, the valley comes alive with its iconic tulip and daffodil displays, adding vibrancy to the already rich colours of the region.
Top Winter Activities in the Southern Forests & Valleys
A Trails Region
The Southern Forests & Valleys is a trails region – walk, cycle, drive, paddle, horse ride. For the horse enthusiast try the Warren Blackwood Stock Route, the longest horse trail in WA. With beautiful bush surrounding many of the campsites, it really is a trip away from the everyday.
Fresh Local Produce
We have an abundance of produce grown in region all year round and when you visit you can taste local – either at farm stalls, farmers markets, wineries, breweries and farms or through tours, at local cafes, restaurants and shops.
Don't miss truffle tours – through a number of providers in the region you can join a truffle dog hunt to unearth the fresh Manjimup truffle. Try Truffle Hill and Australian Truffle Traders, who offer really unique experiences to guests.
Go for a wine tasting at the array of wineries in the Southern Forests and Blackwood Valley Region or just a glass of wine by a camp fire or fire place in a cosy homestead or accommodation available throughout the region.
Fun For the Family
The region is filled with playgrounds for families to enjoy like the Manjimup Heritage Park or Nannups Emu Park Nature Playground.
Explore the many art, heritage and culture the region has to offer such as the PowerUp Museum or State Timber Museum in Manjimup, the quirky collections of Boyup Brook like the Tea Pot, Pig or Car collections to name a few, and many historical museums of each town or Northcliffe’s amazing Understory Art and Nature Trail with its many wild flowers to enjoy.
Up Close With Nature
Walk the many National Parks trails whether around Big Brook Dam of Pemberton or Balingup Historical Walk Trail or bush walks of Greenbushes. Explore the largest arboretum in WA and all the colours of the native trees set at the Golden Valley Tree Park in the picturesque hills of Balingup, even enjoy a picnic.
If seeking a bit of adventure, come ride the Moutain Bike trails including the new Tank 7 in Nannup, canoe the river, walk part of the Bibbulumn Track or Mundi Biddi Trail.
Explore the many waterfalls, creeks and rivers such as Beedelup Falls in full flow or go whale watching from the land at Conspicuous Cliffs in Walpole from June/July through to September.
Discover the world in the Walpole Wilderness with daily guided tours with WoW Wilderness Eco Cruises through the Walpole and Nornalup inlets Marine Park.
Art and Comfort Food
Explore the robust and unique boutique stores of Bridgetown or sit beside a roaring fire, keeping toasty, at the many restaurants, cafes, pubs, wineries and brewery offering warm menus and drinks accompanied by local music and entertainment.