Pemberton, Explore Australia Publishing

Population 757

Pemberton sits in a quiet valley surrounded by some of the tallest trees in the world and, in spring, brilliant wildflowers. This is the heart of karri country, with 4000 hectares of protected virgin karri forest in the nearby Warren and Greater Beedelup national parks. Pemberton is a centre for high-quality woodcraft and is renowned for its excellent rainbow trout and marron fishing.

Visitor Information

Brockman St; (08) 9776 1133

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

  • Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park

    This long, narrow park hugs the south-west coast of Western Australia for 120 kilometres between two prominent capes, Cape Naturaliste in...more

Nearby towns

  • Northcliffe

    Magnificent virgin karri forests surround the township of Northcliffe, 31 kilometres south of Pemberton in the state's South-West. Just a...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

  • Bridgetown

    Bridgetown is a picturesque timber town nestled among rolling hills on the banks of the Blackwood River. Crossing the river, Bridgetown...more

In Town

Karri Forest Discovery Centre: interpretive centre includes museum with collection of historic photographs and forestry equipment; at visitor centre.

Pioneer Museum: utensils, tools and other memorabilia from pioneer days plus a full-scale settler's hut; at visitor centre.

Craft galleries: many in town, including the Fine Woodcraft Gallery in Dickinson St and the Peter Kovacsy Studio in Jamieson St.


Gloucester National Park In this park is the town's most popular tourist attraction, the Gloucester Tree. With its fire lookout teetering 61m above the ground and a spine-tingling 153 rungs spiralling upwards, this is not a climb for the faint-hearted. The Gloucester Tree is one of 8 tree towers constructed from the late 1930s as fire lookouts. As the extremely tall trees in the southern forests offered few vantage points for fire-lookout towers, it was decided to simply build a cabin high enough in one of the taller trees to serve the purpose. Also within the park are the Cascades, a scenic spot for picnicking, bushwalking and fishing. 1km S.

Warren National Park This park boasts some of the most easily accessible virgin karri forest. The Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree has another fire lookout with picnic facilities and walking tracks nearby. 9km SW.

Greater Beedelup National Park Here you'll find the Walk Through Tree, a 75m, 400-year-old karri with a hole cut in it big enough for people to walk through. The Beedelup Falls, a total drop of 106 m, are rocky cascades best seen after heavy rain. Nearby are walk trails and a suspension bridge. 18km W.

Lavender & Berry Farm: enjoy berry scones, lavender biscuits and other unusual produce; Browns Rd; 4km N.

Big Brook Dam: the dam has its own beach, picnic and barbecue facilities, trout and marron fishing in season, and walking trails; 7km N.

Big Brook Arboretum: established in 1928 to study the growth of imported trees from around the world; 7km N.

King Trout Restaurant and Marron Farm: catch and cook your own trout; closed Thurs; 8km SW.

Founder's Forest: part of the 100-Year-Old Forest, with karri regrowth trees over 120 years old; 10 km N.

Wineries: more than 28 wineries in the area, many offering tours, tastings and sales; contact visitor centre for details.

Pemberton Tramway: tramcars based on 1907 Fremantle trams operate daily through tall-forest country to the Warren River Bridge; (08) 9776 1322.

Fishing: in rivers, inland fishing licence is required for trout and marron; contact post office for details and permits.

Tours: river tours, scenic bus tours, 4WD adventure tours, self-guide forest drives, walking trails and eco-tours; contact visitor centre for details.

Drive trails: include the Heartbreak Trail, a one-way drive through the karri forest of Warren National Park; contact visitor centre for maps.

Walk trails: include the 1 hr return Rainbow Trail; contact visitor centre for maps.

Bibbulmun Track: walking trail passes through Pemberton; see Albany.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Walking the Cape to Cape Track 83 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

Caving - Southern Western Australia 88 km

Six limestone caves in the Capes region are open to the public and there are self-guided and adventure-caving options. Jewel Cave is the largest of Western Australia’s tourist caves and has beautiful formations... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Hidden River Estate Restaurant

Rumour has it that the owners of Hidden River Estate bribe the butcher with bottles of port for their fillet steak. Other mouth-watering dishes include the cheese fondue, smoked duck breast in black truffle and the... Find out more

King Trout Restaurant and Marron Farm

Surrounded by magnificent karri trees, punters can be found fishing for their own lunch here. This makes for a great family activity and fishing aficionados can try out the special fly-fishing dam. Since you’ll be... Find out more

The Shamrock Restaurant

Before electricity came to town the Pemberton Mill was powered by batteries, which were housed in the building where the Shamrock Restaurant now resides. Built in 1911, the restaurant retains much of its charm from its... Find out more

Campsites around town

Big Brook Arboretum 4 km

Big Brook Arboretum has a spacious camping area shaded by tall trees with abundant wildflowers. You’ll find it 11 km north-west of Pemberton via Golf Links and Mullineaux rds. A walking trail here leads through the... Find out more

Warren camping area 9 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

Warren River camping area 10 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

Moons Crossing camping area 12 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

Beedelup camping area 15 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Beedelup is 19.5 km from Beavis camping area and 45.4 km from Warren camping area.... Find out more

Schafer camping area 18 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

Yeagarup Lake camping area 18 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

Boarding House camping area 21 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Boarding House is 22.8 km from Tom Rd camping area and 19.1 km from Beavis camping area.... Find out more

Grass Tree Hollow camping area 21 km

Grass Tree Hollow camping area is on Boatlanding Rd, 2 km south of Vasse Hwy and 23 km west of Pemberton. It has basic facilities in 5 shady campsites among the trees on the edge of Carey Brook. Visitors enjoy fishing... Find out more

Snottygobble Loop camping area 22 km

Snottygobble Loop camping area is 2 km south of the Vasse Hwy on Boatlanding Rd, 23 km west of Pemberton. With a good range of facilities at 9 small sites tucked away under the peppermint trees, there’s also a... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Pemberton Caravan Park 1 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 17 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

Turner Caravan Park 81 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

Rest Point Holiday Village 87 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 88 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Clover Cottage

Situated on the banks of the Warren River and with pastoral views, the limestone Clover Cottages make for a tranquil bush getaway. Fully self-contained, the cottages sleep up to six people and feature polished jarrah... Find out more

Peppermint Grove Retreat

Nestled in Pemberton, birds abound as you relax on your private deck overlooking peppermint trees at elegant Peppermint Grove Retreat. The chalets feature king beds, twin spas and gas log fires. This 40-hectare... Find out more

Pump Hill Farm Cottages

The Pump Hill Farm Cottages make for the ideal getaway, where the whole family can experience farm life the easy way. The rammed-earth two- and three-bedroom cottages are self-contained and include a log fire. Couples... Find out more

Salitage Suites

Perhaps the attraction of the lovely Salitage Suites exudes from the very marri wood they’ve been crafted from, though many would argue that having their own private retreat nestled in old-growth forest is enough... Find out more

Warren River Resort

Warren River Resort is surrounded by majestic karri trees and an abundant array of wildlife. Possum spotting, wildflowers in spring and fishing along the river are what it’s all about on this 17-hectare property.... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Watermark Kilns 18 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

Diamond Tree Lookout Park Area 16 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.

Shannon park area 38 km

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

Well off the highway in the forest.

Shannon camping area 38 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.

Willow Springs camping area 45 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 46 km

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

Small secluded area in the forest.

Karri Gully Rest Area 49 km

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

Very small area just off the highway. Good shade.

Bridgetown park area 53 km

At Bridgetown

At the south end of town on a riverbank.

Lake Muir park area 56 km

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

Just off the highway at the observatory.

Canebrake rest area 57 km

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

Just off the highway in the forest.

Barrabup Pool camping area 64 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 67 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 72 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.

Frankland River rest area 79 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Alexandra Bridge camping area 84 km

T/O 64km W of Nannup (R) or 11km E of Karridale (L)

On a riverbank 2km north-west of the highway via Clarke Dr.

Chapman Pool camping area 86 km

T/O 64km W of Nannup (R) or 11km E of Karridale (L)

Secluded bush setting 9km north of the highway via Warner Glen Rd.

Walpole park area 87 km

At Walpole

Near the information centre in the middle of town.

Rocky Gully park area 90 km

At Rocky Gully

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

McLeod Creek Rest Area 92 km

23 km N of Augusta (L) or 20 km S of Margaret River (R)

Secluded area just off the highway among the trees. Good shade.

What's on around town

Mill Hall Markets: Brockman St; 2nd Sat each month and public holidays.

CWA Markets: Brockman St; 4th Sat each month.

Autumn Festival: May.

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