Northcliffe

Karri forest, John Baker / Explore Australia Publishing

Magnificent virgin karri forests surround the township of Northcliffe, 31 kilometres south of Pemberton in the state's South-West. Just a kilometre from the town centre is Northcliffe Forest Park, where you can see purple-crowned lorikeets, scarlet robins and, in spring, a profusion of wildflowers. Not far away is the coastal settlement of Windy Harbour, a popular swimming beach.

Visitor Information

Muirillup Rd; (08) 9776 7203

www.northcliffevisitorcentre.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Shannon National Park

    Shannon National Park, between Manjimup and Walpole in Western Australia’s southern forest region, encompasses the Shannon River as it...more

  • Mount Frankland National Park

    Mount Frankland, known as Caldyanup to the local Aboriginal people, rises up out of the karri, tingle and jarrah forests north of Walpole....more

  • Walpole-Nornalup National Park

    Walpole–Nornalup National Park, surrounding the town of Walpole on the state’s south coast, is renowned for its forest of rare...more

Nearby towns

  • Pemberton

    Pemberton sits in a quiet valley surrounded by some of the tallest trees in the world and, in spring, brilliant wildflowers. This is the...more

  • Manjimup

    Manjimup is the gateway to the South-West region's tall-timber country. Magnificent karri forests and rich farmlands surround the town....more

  • Walpole

    Walpole is entirely surrounded by national park and is the only place in the South-West where the forest meets the sea. The area is renowned...more

In Town

Pioneer Museum Northcliffe came into existence as a result of the Group Settlement Scheme, a WA government plan to resettle returned WW I soldiers and immigrants by offering them rural land to farm. The scheme was enthusiastically backed by English newspaper magnate Lord Northcliffe (hence the town's name). Unfortunately, by the 1920s, when the scheme began, all the good land in the state had already been settled. The group settlers were left to contend with inhospitable country and with only crosscut saws and axes, they were faced with the daunting task of clearing some of the world's biggest trees from their land. It is not surprising that by the mid-1930s all of the Group Settlement projects in the South-West timber country had failed. A visit to the Pioneer Museum with its excellent displays is the best way to understand the hardships the group settlers experienced. Open 10am–2pm daily Sept–May, 10am–2pm Sat, Sun and school holidays June–Aug; Wheatley Coast Rd; (08) 9775 1022.

Canoe and mountain-bike hire: contact visitor centre for details.

Nearby

Northcliffe Forest Park: follow the Hollow Butt Karri and Twin Karri walking trails or enjoy a picnic; Wheatley Coast Rd.

Warren River: trout fishing and sandy beaches; 8 km N.

Mt Chudalup: spectacular views of the surrounding D'Entrecasteaux National Park and coastline from the summit of this giant granite outcrop; 10 km S.

Moon's Crossing: delightful picnic spot; 13 km NW.

Lane Poole Falls and Boorara Tree: 3 km walking trail leads to the falls, passing the Boorara Tree with 50 m high fire-lookout cabin; 18 km SE.

Point D'Entrecasteaux: limestone cliffs, popular with rock climbers, rise 150 m above the sea where 4 viewing platforms provide superb views; 27 km S.

Windy Harbour: swimming, snorkelling, fishing, camping and whale-watching (from platform, best times Sept–Nov); 27 km S.

Cathedral Rocks: watch seals and dolphins; 27 km S.

Salmon Beach: surf beach offers salmon fishing Apr–June; 27 km S.

The Great Forest Trees Drive: 48 km self-guide scenic drive takes in the karri giants at Snake Gully Lookout, the Boardwalk and Big Tree Grove; contact visitor centre for map.

Bibbulmun Track: section of this long-distance walking trail links the 3 national parks around Northcliffe: D'Entrecasteaux (5 km S), Warren (20 km NW) and Shannon (30 km E); see Albany.

Mountain-bike trails: 4 permanent trails have been established around Northcliffe; contact visitor centre for details.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Four-wheel-drive tours around Pemberton and Albany 22 km

Pemberton Discovery Tours is a carbon-neutral business that runs 4WD and tag-along tours through the great karri forests, along beaches and through dune systems, with a particular focus on environmental impact. There are... Find out more


Walking the Cape to Cape Track 95 km

One of Western Australia’s brilliant longdistance walks, the Cape to Cape Walk covers 135 kilometres between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, going through coastal heath, wildflowers, jarrah–marri forest... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

The Dairy Lounge Cafe

Set amongst the rolling hills of the working dairy Bannister Downs Farm, The Dairy Lounge Cafe’s sumptuous morning and afternoon teas include homemade pies and cakes. The Top Paddock Platter served with a warm... Find out more


Campsites around town

Schafer camping area 10 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Schafer is 21.1 km from Warren camping area and 29.1 km from Gardner camping area.... Find out more


Gardner camping area 11 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Gardner is 29.1 km from Schafer camping area and 15.9 km from Lake Maringup camping area.... Find out more


Warren camping area 14 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Warren is 45.4 km from Beedelup camping area and 21.1 km from Schafer camping area.... Find out more


Moons Crossing camping area 15 km

This small, peaceful camping site is in the forest beside Warren River, which offers marroning and fishing opportunities. Come equipped with firewood and drinking water. To get here, take Moons Crossing Rd, off Spring... Find out more


Warren River camping area 21 km

There are 2 small, secluded campsites here in the forest near the river. Leave the Vasse Hwy at Old Vasse Rd, around 12 km south-west of Pemberton, or take Heartbreak Trail off Old Vasse Rd, 4.3 km east of the Vasse Hwy.... Find out more


Lake Maringup camping area 23 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Lake Maringup is 15.9 km from Gardner camping area and 24.5 km from Dog Pool camping area.... Find out more


Mouth of Gardner camping area (bush camping) 23 km

This bush-camping area is set behind dunes next to the Gardner River. It has basic facilities in an area where fishing, swimming and canoeing are popular activities. The access track from Windy Harbour Rd is very sandy... Find out more


Windy Harbour camping area 24 km

Windy Harbour camping area is 27 km south of Northcliffe and accessed from Windy Harbour Rd. It has a good range of facilities in a pleasant natural setting and is a popular surfing and fishing spot. Bookings advised at... Find out more


Yeagarup Lake camping area 25 km

On Ritter Rd, 20 km south-west of Pemberton via the Vasse Hwy, Yeagarup Lake offers basic facilities in a coastal scrub setting near the lake. Cross the dunes to the beach for fishing, swimming and other sandy... Find out more


Leaning Marri camping area 26 km

Leaning Marri is set among the dunes 2 km south of Yeagarup Lake, 22 km south-west of Pemberton via Ritter Rd and the Vasse Hwy. The camping area has a good range of facilities, including a hut for larger groups to enjoy... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Pemberton Caravan Park 23 km

This is a spacious place with lots of shade and trees, just 1 km from the town centre. The budget-priced park has basic amenities, and a natural-style pool right next door. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more


Fonty’s Pool Caravan Park 38 km

Closed during July and August, this park is in a rural setting just 8 km from Manjimup along a sealed road. Fonty’s Pool is a spring-fed swimming hole, with a rich history dating back to 1925. Bookings are required... Find out more


Rest Point Holiday Village 67 km

This is an ideal holiday park in an informal setting, located on the water’s edge just 5 km from the town. The park has newly developed sites and amenities. Bookings are required from December to April.... Find out more


Coalmine Beach Holiday Park 69 km

This is a large tourist park, situated near an inlet, with good amenities and a range of facilities. The Valley of the Giants is nearby, as are some good fishing spots. Bookings are required in peak periods and... Find out more


Turner Caravan Park 95 km

This is a large waterfront park in the heart of town, with wide sprawling lawns. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

The Northcliffe Motel

A popular rest spot for trekkers of the Bibbulmun Track, which is only 100 metres away, the Northcliffe Motel has four rooms with ensuites. Close to the unspoilt coastline and national parks, guests will enjoy this rural... Find out more


Northcliffe Hotel

The Northcliffe Hotel has comfortable hotel rooms with all the standard modern conveniences required for a stopover. Included in the complex is a bar and a restaurant serving hearty counter meals.... Find out more


Riverway Chalets

Accommodating two to six people, the four Riverway Chalets have a range of sleeping arrangements and the rammed-earth chalets are fully self-contained. Situated 7 kilometres from town and nestled in the forest, you can... Find out more


Watermark Kilns

The heritage-listed Watermark Kilns are 1950s tobacco kilns converted into accommodation. They have retained much of their character, including the gabled roof which has flaps that can be opened and closed to regulate... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Watermark Kilns 10 km

For something completely different, stay in one of two ex-tobacco kilns, converted into comfortable, low-key accommodation. The double kiln (suitable for large families or bigger groups) has recycled timbers, water is... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Shannon camping area 27 km

T/O 52km S of Manjimup (R) or 66km NW of Walpole (L)

In a secluded forest setting just off the highway in Shannon National Park.


Shannon park area 27 km

52km S of Manjimup (L) or 66km N of Walpole (R)

Well off the highway in the forest.


Diamond Tree Lookout Park Area 35 km

10 km S of Manjimup (R) or 108 km N of Walpole (L)

Small area just off the highway in the forest. Good facilities and shade.


Lake Muir park area 53 km

102km W of Mt Barker (L) or 59km E of Manjimup (R)

Just off the highway at the observatory.


Walpole park area 67 km

At Walpole

Near the information centre in the middle of town.


Willow Springs camping area 68 km

T/O 24km W of Bridgetown (L) or 21km E of Nannup (R)

Secluded in the forest 5km (unsealed) south of the highway via Wetherley and Gold Gully rds.


Jarrah Park rest area 68 km

21km W of Bridgetown (R) or 24km E of Nannup (L)

Small secluded area in the forest.


Karri Gully Rest Area 71 km

26 km W of Bridgetown (R) or 19 km E of Nannup (L)

Very small area just off the highway. Good shade.


Frankland River rest area 74 km

77km W of Mt Barker (R) or 84km E of Manjimup (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Bridgetown park area 74 km

At Bridgetown

At the south end of town on a riverbank.


Canebrake rest area 77 km

34km W of Nannup (R) or 41km E of Karridale (L)

Just off the highway in the forest.


Rocky Gully park area 83 km

At Rocky Gully

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


Barrabup Pool camping area 86 km

T/O 2km N of Nannup (L) or 58km SE of Busselton (R)

In the forest 8km west of the highway via Mowen Rd.


Greenbushes rest area 89 km

9km S of Balingup (R) or 17km N of Bridgetown (L)

At the junction with the northern road into Greenbushes.


Sues Bridge camping area 91 km

T/O 45km W of Nannup (R) or 30km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded in the forest 9km north of the highway via Sues Rd.


What's on around town

Great Karri Ride: Mar.

Mountain Bike Championship: May/June.

Night-time Mountain Bike Race: Nov.

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