Pemberton, Northcliffe & D’Entrecasteaux National Park

By | June 7, 2021

Pemberton & Northcliffe are located in D’Entrecasteaux National Park in the south-west of Western Australia . Both Pemberton and Northcliff are in the center of the Southern Forests , where one dense eucalyptus forest joins the other. The D’Entrecasteaux National Park and Windy Harbor, on the other hand, enjoy the refreshing proximity to the coast and are therefore of interest to anyone who likes to swim, fish, surf or watch dolphins.

Pemberton & surrounding area

In Pemberton (approx. 800 inhabitants), too, white settlers tampered with the good wood of the dense eucalyptus forests by making over half a million railway sleepers from it. Today viticulture and tourism play a decisive economic role. Various restaurants, cafes and art galleries have settled in the village. The Karri-Forest steam train , which in the past transported wood, now only drives around interested tourists.

Around Pemberton, one can explore Gloucester National Park, Brockman National Park, Warren National Park, Greater Hawke National Park, and Greater Beedelup National Park. In Warren National Park is the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree , which is the largest of the three trees to be climbed in the region at 75 meters high. From the top you can even see the sand dunes of D’Entrecasteaux National Park. The Gloucester Tree is only 2km from the village, where you can also climb onto the 61 meter high platform – at least if you have a head for heights! The third tree is the Marianne North Tree . The Beedelup Falls are filled with water in winter and are very nice to look at from the suspension bridge and the platform. Otherwise, it’s worth a drive along Channybearup Road , which starts just 6km outside of Pemberton. Here you drive through dense Karri forests past streams, farms, wineries and cafes. Of course, there are also countless hiking trails in the forests, including the Bibbulmun Track. The 89km long Karri Forest Explorer takes you past all the attractions in the Perberton area.

Northcliffe & surrounding area

Northcliffe (approx. 300 inhabitants) is located in the D’Entrecasteaux National Park. From here you can take great trips into the wilderness of the national park and the village of Windy Harbor . In the village itself there is the Northcliffe Maze Park with picnic areas and BBQs, the Northcliffe Pioneer Museum , restaurants and cozy cafes. But also the Northcliffe Forest Park with the Twin Karris and the Hollow Butt Tree are worth a detour. Explore the local flora and fauna via the Twin Karri Loop and the Marri Meander Walk Trails .

D’Entrecasteaux National Park

Right on the coast of the wooded D’Entrecasteaux National Park and only 20 kilometers from Northcliffe is Windy Harbor. Here you can swim, snorkel, surf and of course relax very well. On the way to Windy Harbor you pass the 187 meter high Mount Chudalup , from which you can see the Meerup Dunes and the coastal landscape. Nearby are the pretty Lane Pool Falls , which can be reached via a 750 meter long hiking trail (a visit is especially worthwhile in winter!). Windy Harbor is the starting point to Point D’Entrecasteaux, from where you can watch whales and dolphins or use one of the hiking trails. On the way you pass several observation platforms and get a good insight into the wilderness of the national park. In addition, Shannon National Park begins just 14 miles away with the 30 miles long Great Forest Trees Drive . The most popular fishing spot is Salmon Beach and there are plenty of bush campsites in the many national parks in the area. Another highlight of the region is the Moon’s Crossing .

South Western Highway