Shannon National Park
Shannon National Park, between Manjimup and Walpole in Western Australia’s southern forest region, encompasses the Shannon River as it ﬂows southwards to meet the sea at Broke Inlet. It protects a diversity of habitats including old-growth and regrowth karri forests, heathlands and wetlands. The old abandoned timber town of Shannon, just off the South Western Highway, is now the park’s main camping ground, although bush camping is also permitted throughout the park. The Shannon Dam, originally built to ensure adequate water supplies for the town, is now used for swimming, canoeing and trout ﬁshing. Trout can also be caught in the river.
The Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia’s only long-distance walking trail, passes through the park on its way from Perth to Albany. Other bushwalks include: the Shannon Dam Trail (3.5 km return, 1½ hours, easy), the ﬁrst kilometre of which is suitable for wheelchairs; Rocks Walktrail (5.5 km return, 2 hours, medium difﬁculty) with a granite outcrop that can be easily climbed for great views of the old Shannon townsite; and the Great Forest Trees Walk (8 km return, 3 hours, medium difﬁculty), which is steep in places, particularly where it crosses the Shannon River. Those who want to move at a quicker pace can take the Great Forest Trees Drive (48-km loop) through old-growth karri forest, incorporating six information stops and two walks. Starting at the information shelter near the old mill, the drive is well signposted and can be accompanied by car radio broadcasts about the area on a special park radio channel. The roads for this scenic drive are not sealed, but are suitable for 2WD vehicles.
Shannon (abandoned timber town); bush camping
Location and access
53 km south-east of Manjimup; 67 km north-west of Walpole; via South Western Hwy
DEC Pemberton (08) 9776 1207
53 500 ha
Manjimup (08) 9771 1831
Northcliffe (08) 9776 7203
Pemberton (08) 9776 1133
Walpole (08) 9840 1111