Pemberton: A nature lover’s dream

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Pemberton is one of the most underrated destinations in Western Australia. With so much to do, Pemberton is a popular spot for a getaway. Just over three and a half hours from Perth, it is worth a visit. Whether you’re looking for a few quiet days, or an adventure packed trip, Pemberton has you covered.


Pemberton was originally known as a logging town. The Mill located in the middle of the town closed in 2016. Since then, Pemberton has become increasingly popular for its slower pace of life, stunning beaches, world class national parks and local produce. Despite being a small country town, Pemberton has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor adventure.


Getting to Pemberton.

320km south of Perth and less than a 4 hour car journey. There is also a direct bus that goes from Perth to Pemberton from East Perth Terminal in Transwa Bay. The bus runs once a day Monday – Friday and every Sunday departing at 1pm.










Things to do in Pemberton.

Pemberton, a cute historic town in a valley surrounded by the Karri trees of the Gloucester National Park has so much to offer. From scenic drives and 4WD adventures, to fishing and hiking amongst the country air.


1: Take on the Karri Forest Explorer Drive.

An 85km circuit that starts just outside the town of Pemberton. It takes you through some of the south wests most spectacular Karri Forest. Take on some bush walking, have a bite to eat at Big Brook Dam or catch a glimpse of Beedelup Falls from the suspension bridge. Take it all in your stride and at your own pace. Its suitable for both 2WDs and 4WDs.


2: Climb the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree.

The worlds largest treetop lookout which was originally built as a fire lookout point. Not sure how this climb is legal! At 65 metres high it is not for the faint hearted. You climb up the tree using big pegs. There are no safety measures in place and the gap between each peg is substantial. When you make it to the top, you’ll be rewarded with insane 360 degree views of the forest below. If you climb at sunset the view becomes even more beautiful.


3: Hop on a 4WD adventure at the Yeagarup Dunes.

The Yeagarup Sand Dunes are the largest land locked mobile dune system in the southern hemisphere, a sight to be reckoned with. The dunes are protected so its not extremely popular. No sandboarding is allowed, but you can roam on foot. You’ll reach the D’Entrecasteaux National Park where the warren river gently enters the sea. The coastline here between Augusta and Walpole is heavily protected. It’s thought that the dunes travel inland at a rate of 4 metres every year. This is caused by sand being blown in by strong winds coming in off the ocean. For those without a 4WD, the best way to explore the dunes is with a guided off road tour.


4: Pemberton Swimming Pool.

A small section of the Lefroy Brook was transformed into a natural swimming pool for residents to enjoy in the 1920s. The pool is surrounded by beautiful big trees on one side and a big forest on the other. A lovely spot to swim with changing rooms and barbeque facilities.










5: Become mesmerised by the Cascades.

An area filled with rough granite resulting in a series of rapids. Located just outside the town, a short 10 minute drive. There are numerous walking trails and viewpoints/lookouts to choose from. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view as the water tumbles down layer by layer. The best time to visit is winter when the rapids are actively flowing.


6: Swim at Big Brook Dam.

Camping is allowed at Big Brook Dam for $11 per person per night. Another forest fringed picturesque swimming area. Its perfect for kayaking or paddle boarding. You’ll also find a beautiful 4km hiking trail that circles the shores of the lake.










7: Check out the stunning Beedelup Falls.

Just 300 metres from the carpark the trail takes you across a 25 metre suspension bridge that spans Beedelup Brook. You’ve a great vantage point to view the falls from the bridge or the timber platform. A 4.5 km moderately hard loop takes you through karri forest via karri valley resort and the walk through tree. To get to Beedelup Falls you’ll have to drive 17km west of Pemberton.


8: Indulge yourself at Wild at Heart Café.

Wild at Heart Café is a popular spot in the middle of the town. It’s known for its tasty food, quality coffee and cosy atmosphere. Their hot chocolate is made from real chocolate and is a must try for all you sweet treat lovers. Customers can purchase locally sourced products from their pantry, such as honey, jam and chutney. It is home to lovely welcoming staff and its dog friendly.


9: Put on your hiking boots.

Being a track town for both the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail, Pemberton is well equipped to service trail users, day hikers, bikers or active families. From long half day loops to short nature experiences there is plenty of options. A few popular day hikes are:

100 Year Forest – 1,1km, Beedelup Falls Walk Trail – 4.5km, Big Brook Dam – 4.2km, Goblin Swamp Walk – 2.3km, Gloucester Route – 9.7km, Lefroy Brook Walk Trail – 1.5km.


10: Glamp in luxury at Stargazers cottages.

Stargazers’ Cottages have numerous unique styles of accommodation. A luxury glamping experience offers all the benefits you could want. An outdoor bathtub, a cosy bell tent, open fire, movie projector and beautiful views of the lake. Relax and unwind in the peaceful surroundings. The emphasis is on privacy, romance and a chance to experience the great outdoors away from the hustle and bustle of life.










11: Enjoy one of the many Free Camps.

For those camping on a budget, I’ve got you covered. While there’s not a huge number of free camps in Pemberton you’ll find a few on your way in and out of town, Connolly’s Flat, a 10 minute drive away from Pemberton. Rooney’s Bridge, a 15 minute drive, Big hill Brook Track, a 20 minute drive and Yeagarup along the coast is a popular beach camp, 4WD access only.


There you have it. Your full guide to Pemberton. If you’ve not yet explored this area, do yourself as favour and book your trip. You won’t regret it.

Pemberton is one of the most underrated destinations in Western Australia. With so much to do, Pemberton is a popular spot for a getaway. Just over three and a half hours from Pert, it is worth a visit. Whether you’re looking for a few quiet days, or an adventure packed trip, Pemberton has you covered.
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