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About Donnelly River Cruises
Winner of 4 Western Australian Tourism Awards including Ecotourism in 2009. Donnelly River cruises is an award-winning experience not to be missed. Operating daily, with bus pick-ups also available from Pemberton and Manjimup, Donnelly River Cruises conducts a river cruise of the lower twelve-kilometre section of the Donnelly River, within the confines of the D’Entrecasteaux National Park, in the South West of Western Australia. The cruise area, including the beach landing, encompasses an area that is not accessible by 4-wheel drive and is only accessible by boat. The atmosphere of the cruise is to “sit back, relax and enjoy” as you meander through the diversified eco systems of the river. In a conversational format where you are encouraged to join in, Peter & Shaun will enlighten you about the river, the ecology and geology of the area, the fauna and flora and some of the history of the area. The scenery is constantly changing as you commence in lush Jarrah and Marri forests, and then pass through the Paperbark and wetlands, past the limestone cliffs, to the majestic Southern Ocean. On the way you will cruise past the unique holiday huts nestled amongst the towering Marri trees and coastal dunes. While at the mouth of the river, you are given the opportunity to disembark and experience the isolation and pristine quality of the area, with a walk along the beach for about half an hour. The beach is approximately 2 km long confined by rocky outcrops at each end with no vehicle access at all. You are able to stroll along the soft white beaches in virtual isolation except for possibly a few locals trying their hand at some beach fishing. After toe tapping with the Southern Ocean, you will make your way back to the boat where you begin the return journey with a morning or afternoon tea complimented by Pete’s “fantastic” muffins.There is no one photo to depict this amazing cruise!!!
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Craig J wrote a review May 2021
Perth, Australia2 contributions
With a short amount of time in Pemberton we asked a local for advice about what we should do. The lady recommended the Donnelly River Cruise and we are so glad she did. We were picked up from the Pemberton Visitors Centre and enjoyed an informative trip to the river. The cruise itself was excellent. Peter shared his wealth of local knowledge about the area while we enjoyed the scenery of the pristine waterway. The mouth of the river was equally impressive. If you visit the southwest of WA this is a must.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Bec S wrote a review Apr 2021
Baldivis, Australia34 contributions17 helpful votes
We met Peter at the visitors centre in Manjimup and jumped on the bus to go out to the boat ramp. Along the way he shared stories of growing up in the area and about the local farms we were passing. Once we were on the boat Peter continued to share his knowledge and experiences in a warm and friendly way. The scenery along the trip to the beach is extraordinary and just a prelude to the breathtaking beach. Would 100% recommend this experience for locals and tourists.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Loryn B wrote a review Feb 2021
Collie, Australia65 contributions3 helpful votes
Congratulations to Donnelly River Cruises and our host Peter on a great trip down the Donnelly River. Peter was very knowledgeable and entertaining and the muffins were very fresh and tasty. I would thoroughly recommend this trip and will be doing it again when I go back to Manjimup
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Phil H wrote a review Jan 2021
Perth, Australia195 contributions106 helpful votes
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Fantastic river cruise. With no road or tracks the river is the only way to explore this part of the south west. Peter provides an informative and entertaining commentary as you make your way along the river to the mouth. Once there you have plenty of time to wander and explore Beautiful scenery, great tour
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Jeanette H wrote a review Dec 2020
Perth, Australia29 contributions4 helpful votes
our guide was peter Commentary was great, he pick us up from karri valley in bus. the muffins were lovely. the boat need a big of work on seats which a lot of covers have split .thought it was a little dear at$75 each.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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