Find a whole new level of tranquility among spring wildflowers and 400-year-old timber giantS.
Take an extraordinary ride and walk in Western Australia’s diverse forest landscapes, beginning in the beautiful blackbutt, jarrah and marri forests of Dwellingup. Gaze in awe at the towering karri and tingle trees of the biodiverse southern forests. Experience the epic wandoo woodlands of Dryandra. See the forest floor coloured by the world’s largest collection of spring wildflowers.
Best time: September to November (to coincide with the wildflowers)
Morning: Perth to Dwellingup
Just a one-hour-and-twenty-minute drive south from Perth, on the Kwinana Freeway and Pinjarra Road, brings you to complete tranquility in the tall-tree country of Dwellingup.
Entering the Forest Heritage Centre gives you a window to the region's natural treasures.
This is also your first chance to set foot on one of the world’s greatest long distance walking trails – the mighty Bibbulmun Track – which stretches over 1,000 kilometres from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast.
Or, if two wheels are your thing, enjoy a mini adventure on the Munda Biddi bike trail.
Afternoon: Dwellingup to Balingup
Enjoy lunch at a Dwellingup café or winery restaurant before making the two-hour-twenty-minute journey to Balingup via Harvey.
Here, the Bibbulmun Track meanders through Balingup's Golden Valley Tree Park – a six hectare collection of trees from around the world that forms the largest arboretum in Western Australia.
Diamond Tree Lookout Tower near Manjimup
Morning: Balingup to Manjimup
A short drive south brings you to Manjimup – the gateway to tall karri tree country and famous the world over for its fine black truffles.
Gaze up in awe at the towering timbers of the Four Aces and Diamond Tree Lookout Tower, or enjoy the tranquil setting of Fonty's Pool, the Donnelly River and Glenoran Pool.
Afternoon: Manjimup to Pemberton
In under half an hour from Manjimup, you’ll reach the premium cool-climate wine region of Pemberton – the perfect stop for lunch and dinner.
The best forest vantage points can be found by venturing up Pemberton's climbing trees. Originally used as fire lookouts in the 1940s, the largest (known as the Gloucester Tree) stands at 61 metres.
Nearby, the dense forests and pretty waterways of Beedelup and Warren national parks offer another great opportunity to wander the Bibbulmun Track or cycle the Munda Biddi.
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
Morning: Pemberton to Walpole
Follow the Vasse and South Western Highway from Pemberton to Walpole, and the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.
This unique walkway (the first of its kind ever built) leads you on a gentle climb, 40 metres above the forest floor, to reveal breathtaking views of Western Australia’s 400-year-old tingle tree giants.
Afternoon: Walpole to Denmark
Heading west to Denmark, the scenic drive brings you to the spot where the tall-timber forests meet the clear green-blue sea.
Joining the old timber cutter’s route, now known as Scotsdale Tourist Drive, you’ll find plenty of tempting tasting and lunching options in the rolling hills and valleys of karri forest, orchards and vineyards.
Take an afternoon stroll along the Harewood Forest walk trail, where you may encounter some of the region’s native animals and birdlife.
Porongurup National Park
Morning: Denmark to Porongurup National Park
Breakfast in Denmark, stock up on fuel and picnic supplies, and take the one-hour-twenty-five minute drive north to Porongurup National Park, via Mount Barker.
This striking granite range of twelve peaks was 1,100 million years in the making and rises above a karri tree forest rich in birdlife and wildflowers.
For the best vantage point, walk the two-hour return route to Castle Rock and the Granite Skywalk.
Afternoon: Porongurup National Park to Narrogin
Picnic in Porongurup before starting the three-hour journey to Narrogin, and the wild Dryandra Woodland – the largest remnant of original Wheatbelt woodland and one of the world's flora and fauna hotspots.
Make a beeline for Barna Mia and take a torch-lit guided walk through the bush at dusk to spot some of Australia’s most elusive and endangered mammals, including the bilby, woylie, numbat, grey kangaroo, echidna and Tammar wallaby.
An early morning walk, drive, cycle or horse ride through Dryandra may also reward you with glimpses of Dryandra’s amazing birdlife, including the Carnaby's cockatoo, bush stone curlew and malleefowl.
Afternoon: Dryandra to Perth
Return to Narrogin, for lunch in town or a picnic at nearby Yilliminning Rock. From here, your journey back to Perth, via the woodlands of the Darling Range, takes around two hours and 15 minutes.
Important Travel Information
Be aware that drivers are subject to alcohol limits that are strictly enforced. Moderation is always advised.
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The South West
The Golden Outback
Perth to Dwellingup
Dwellingup to Balingup
Balingup to Pemberton
Pemberton to Walpole
Walpole to Denmark
Denmark to Porongurup National Park
Porongurup National Park to Narrogin
Narrogin to Perth
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