5 Day ItinerarySouthern Forests


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)


  • Bibbulmun Track
  • Karri Tree forests
  • Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
  • Porongurup National Park
  • Dryandra Woodland

Day 1:

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.

Real people real stories
"The First Thing We Noticed Was the Massive Karri Trees"
By @seanscottphotography

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 TowerDiamond Tree Lookout Tower near Manjimup

Day 2:

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 Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk

Day 3:

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 ParkPorongurup National Park

Day 4:

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.

Darling RangeDarling Range

Day 5:

Morning: Dryandra

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.
  • TAKE nothing but photos – picking wildflowers is illegal and can attract a AU$2000 fine. RESPECT private property and don’t trespass. PROTECT canola crops and prevent the spread of disease by staying out of canola fields.

Trip Details




Perth 5 days Perth & surrounds
The South West
The Golden Outback


Perth to Dwellingup

107 km

Dwellingup to Balingup

184 km

Balingup to Pemberton

94 km

Pemberton to Walpole

120 km

Walpole to Denmark

66 km

Denmark to Porongurup National Park

79 km

Porongurup National Park to Narrogin

253 km

Narrogin to Perth

199 km

Total Distance

1,102 km





{{result.title}} {{result.title}}





{{result.title}} {{result.title}}