Best Things to do in Northcliffe and Pemberton for Families

Climb Gloucester, Bicentennial or Diamond lookout trees.

Climb the trilogy of Karri tree in the Southern Forest constructed as fire lookout trees for detection of fire in the Karri and Jarrah forest. Suitable for kids over 12 years of age.

The Bicentennial Tree (Opened 1988, 68 metres) has a platform halfway at 30 metres. Diamond Tree is smaller at 52 metres and Gloucester Tree (Opened 1947) is 61 metres.

The Gloucester Tree view is approximately 42 kilometres depending on the daily visibility.

Buy your Park Pass from the Pemberton Visitor Centre, 28 Brockman Street Pemberton

Gloucester Tree:  Location   DPaW Gloucester Tree

Bicentennial Tree: Location  DPaW Bicentennial Tree

Diamond Tree:     Location   DPaW Diamond Tree

 

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Go swimming, enjoy a picnic and walk around Big Brook Dam.

Big Brook Dam offers lots of choice in the activities you can do. In season, swim, go for a canoe, walk around the dam; (4.2 kilometres on a sealed path), ride a bike, get the kids to ride their scooter, go fishing or have a picnic or barbeque. You can camp at the Big Brook Campground and the Pemberton Visitor Centre operates Frogs and Bugs Tours in school holiday periods.

DPaW Big Brook Dam

Karri Forest Explorer Drive out to Big Brook Dam on the Karri Forest Explorer drive.

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Ride on the Pemberton Tramway

The Pemberton Tramway Company Pty Ltd is a privately operated tourist railway in the south west of Western Australia, which conveys tourists through deep forests and picturesque countryside as well as recreating the history of the timber railways that were so important to the regions development and growth. The railway uses paid and voluntary staff, and operates diesel hydraulic trams over a total route length of 10kms.

Web: Tel: 08 97761322 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:  

 Pemberton Tramway tram train

Go mountain biking in Pemberton Mountain Bike Park

Pemberton Mountain Bike Park has some 30 kilometres of single track, a set of dirt jumps and a pump track. The mountain bike park is open to everyone. There are different level trails suited to a wide range of ability.

Other mountain bike trails suitable for children include the Munda Biddi Trail, WA's premier long distance mountain bike trail which passes through Pemberton has some great sections for kids; Gloucester Tree, One Tree Bridge (Manjimup), Eastbrook. 

The track around Big Brook Dam and the Munda Biddi Track / Bibulmun Track from Pemberton DHS to Gloucester Tree is sealed and suitable for young kids. Grab a map from the Visitor Centre when you arrive in town.

Pemberton Mountain Bike Park Pem_Mtb_Park_Brochure_August_2016.pdf maps are available online or at the Pemberton and Northcliffe Visitor Centres. 

Pemberton Visitor Centre: 28 Brockman Street Pemberton  

Northcliffe Visitor Centre: Muirillup Road Northcliffe 

Bike hire is available from Pemberton Discovery Shop 12 Brockman St, Pemberton. Telephone: 08 9776 0484. Web: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

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Go fishing for trout, marron or perch in the rivers or go fishing down at Windy Harbour on the coast.

Going camping or staying in a wide choice of accommodation, get out during the day and go fishing, everyone will enjoy the remarkable Southern Forest landscapes from the forest to the coast.

Salmon season is in Autumn, generally from March through to May. Access by 4WD along the coast from Yeagarup, Malimup, Warren River, Fish Creek or Donnelly River (boat access only). Windy Harbour and Salmon beach is 2WD drive access.

Fishing from the beach or boat at other times of the year nets a range of fish. Windy Harbour has the rocks alongside the boat ramp. Pick you location according to the tide and swell to fish safely.

Need a fishing guide for fresh water fishing, contact Jim Kitis Web:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fresh water fishing is available in all the local rivers, inlets and Big Brook Dam. Trout and Red Fin Perch as well as marron. Trout season is normally September to April each year. Marron season is normally in January.

Limits do apply and a license is required.

Check the Department of Fisheries website for license requirements and bag limits. 

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Go for a walk with the kids in the rain, jump in the puddles and mud with your wellies as you explore the forest.

There are lots of trails in Pemberton and Northcliffe to suit your groups age, ability and the experience you would like to enjoy. Pick up a brochure from the Pemberton or Northcliffe Visitor Centres you when you arrive. The forest in winter is very special as there are lots of fungi, whilst in spring and summer there are a burst of colour with many different varieties of wildflowers and orchids to view in many different spots.

See the Bushwalking section or pick up a guide from the Southern Forests Visitor Centre

Pemberton Visitor Centre: 28 Brockman Street Pemberton

Download bushwalks: www.pembertonvisitor.com.au bushwalks

Northcliffe Visitor Centre: Muirillup Rd, Northcliffe. Web

Manjimup Visitor Centre: Web: Giblett Street Manjimup http://www.manjimupwa.com/nature.htm

Walpole Visitor Centre: Web: Pioneer Park South Coast Highway Walpole. Walpole Trails 

 

Explore Yeagarup Dunes on a guided or self-guided tour.

Go on a four hour 4WD tour with Pemberton Discovery Tours (Wildflower tour in season) departing daily and traveling through the Yeagarup Dunes; the largest land locked sand dune system in the Southern Hemisphere, through giant sections of old growth Karri forest to the mouth of the Warren River in the Warren & D’Entrecasteaux National Parks. They also do Tag Along Tours.

Pemberton Discovery Tours

Shop 12 Brockman St, Pemberton. Tel: 08 9776 0484 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Walk in with Andy Russell from the Pemberton Hiking and Canoeing Company. He has a range of walks suited to age, experience and what you would like to see. Andy offers day walks, overnight and full moon experiences. Take a guided walks with a talented and knowledgeable guide and discover lots more about the Southern Forests.

Pemberton Hiking Company: Andy Russell, PO Box 137 Pemberton. 08 9776 1559 Web

Book your tour through the Pemberton Visitor Centre: Tel: 08 9776 1133 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:  Book your tour through the Northcliffe Visitor Centre: Tel: 08 9776 7203 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:  Web

Self drive or walk in to Yeagarup Sand Dunes.

You can also self 4WD drive or drive a 2WD to Lake Yeagarup then walk into the dunes

Camping at Department Park's and Wildlife's Leaning Marri Campsite at Lake Yeagarup for groups is an option. The Yeagarup Hut is managed on behalf of the Department of Parks and Wildlife by the Pemberton Discovery Shop. Web: Yeagarup Hut , you need to go throught PDT to book please. Web: WA Wilderness 

The kids will love running really fast down the dunes, doing giant long jumps, digging big holes to bury Dad and doing rolly pollys. 

Bring a picnic and use the DPaW shelters at Lake Yeagarup in all sorts of weather. You can swim in the lake; wade in as you cannot see the bottom.

Book your tour through the Pemberton Visitor Centre: Tel: 08 9776 1133 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:  

Book your tour through the Northcliffe Visitor Centre: Tel: 08 9776 7203  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:  Web

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