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Western Australia for Beginners - The Sights, Sounds & Tastes of Pemberton

26 Jul 2006  Well traveled expatriate, lover of the great outdoors, wine and food
4.5 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

Things to see and do in/ around Pemberton - UPDATED June 14, 2014

  • Category: Roadtrip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with teenagers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Where is Pemberton?

    Pemberton is located 335 km south of Perth, some two hours drive (south) of Bunbury, 1.5 hours drive (south) of Margaret River, 1.5 hours drive (north) of Walpole, and 4 hours drive (northwest) of Albany in the southwestern corner of Western Australia.

  • 2. Walking the National Parks; Gloucester, Warren & Beedelup

    Pemberton is surrounded by National Parks and offers many walking opportunities. There are 20+ walks close to town ranging from short walks to multi day treks. The 965 km Bibbulmun Track, which extends from Perth to Albany, also passes through Pemberton.

    The 800 m Karri Forest Walk, located near the Gloucester Tree, is a great short walk for those with limited time.

    Longer walks can be accessed near Beedelup Falls, including the Walk through Tree Path, which leads to a 75 meter, 400 year old karri tree with a hole cut through the center. This trail continues on to Karri Valley Resort, loops around Lake Beedelup and returns to the carpark. This is slightly hilly walk through the forest and alongside the lake (3.5 miles, 5.6 km loop, took us 90 minutes).

    Be sure to pick up your W.A. Parks Pass before entering the National Parks.

  • 3. Climbing the Trees of Pemberton

    Pemberton is known for it's Karri trees, some of which are over 400 years old. Three kilometers from town you'll find the most famous Karri tree in the area - the 60 meter tall Gloucester Tree, a former fire lookout. Visitors can climb the towering tree via a steel spiral ladder that leads to a viewing platform.

    The 75 meter Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree, which overlooks Warren National Park and the 51 meter Diamond Tree near Manjimup are also open to the public for climbing.

    These climbs are definitely not for the faint of heart, but if I can do it...

  • 4. Visiting the wineries

    Pemberton is home to several family run wineries that produce cool climate wines such as Pinot Noir and dry Riesling.

    Some of the wineries have award winning cafes as well. Wineries in the area include:

    Hidden River Estate - under new ownership and still making lovely food
    Donnelly River Estate
    Silkwood Wines - nice platters and meals
    Smithbook Wines
    The Warren Vineyard
    Lost Lake Winery

  • 5. Visiting the local microbrewery

    Two kilometers from the Pemberton Post Office you'll find Wooksmoke Wines and Cafe, which is also home to Jarrah Jack's Microbrewery. We had a nice alfresco lunch here overlooking the vineyard and my husband claims this is home to the best non-German wheat beer he's ever had. The cafe has an impressive (albeit expensive) lunch menu and the informal atmosphere makes this a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.

    UPDATE - Back in business after being closed for awhile, but not operating as a brewery at the time, just a cafe

  • 6. Visiting the berry and lavender farm

    This farm offers pick-your-own berries in season, a gift shop featuring jams, pickles, chutneys and lavender body products (be sure to try the lavender soap!). They also offer a cafe, cottages and lovely gardens which visitors are wecome to stroll through. We had fun visiting the alpacas and being chased by some huge geese through the grounds.

  • 7. Admiring the wildflowers

    Western Australia is known for it's 12,000 types of wildflowers and Pemberton is a good place to see them from August-November.

  • 8. Fishing for Marron & trout

    Marron (freshwater crayfish), trout and perch can be found in the Pemberton area with some areas open for fishing year round.

  • 9. Perusing the art galleries

    There are several arts and crafts galleries in Pemberton including Alex Bond Gallery (photography) Fine Woodcraft Gallery, Peter Kovacsy Studio, Botanica Gallery (arts, prints, cards, misc), Gold 'n Grape Gallery, and Rosebank Cottage Craft (cushions, wood decor and teddy bears).

    UPDATE - Fine Woodcraft Gallery now re-opened and better than ever

  • 10. Food

    Pemberton is home to the biggest avocado industry in Western Australia (Nov-March). They also grow blueberries, strawberries, grapes, kiwi, melons and a wide variety of vegetables. From these items they produce some delicious jams, vinegars and chutneys.

    Cafes and restaurants:

    The Millhouse
    Foragers Field Kitchen
    Silkwood Winery
    Hidden River Estate
    Holy Smoke
    Sadies in the Gloucester Motel
    Lavender and Berry Farm
    The Pemberton Hotel Pub
    Juicy Indian Takeaway

    Or pop into the IGA and self-cater