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 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
Waterfalls and Cascades
Do go chasing waterfalls at Beedelup Falls near Pemberton, or the Cascades or Fernhook Falls near Walpole.
Join a truffle dog on their search for the rare and expensive black Perigord truffles.
Discover the mountain bike trails through the entire region; the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park and the Munda Biddi are not to be missed!
Sample the local Pinot Noirs and take a bottle back to your accommodation to enjoy with friends and family.
For everything cool, visit Winter Down South.
Winter Deals in the Southern Forests and Valleys
Things to do in Manjimup
Other places to explore this winter