MANJIMUP ACCOMMODATION: THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Provided below is a brief overview of what to see and do around Manjimup. For comprehensive information about the local area and its attractions please visit the Manjimup Visitor website along with any of the links provided below. For some helpful safe driving tips for our region translated into several different languages visit the Manjimup Shire website.
Manjimup Shire covers a very diverse region which not only includes the township of Manjimup itself but extends through to Walpole in the south and Pemberton in the west along with the township of Northcliffe and the coastal hamlet of Windy Harbour.
Manjimup township offers everything you would expect from a regional center with plenty of cafes, various retail outlets including both Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, a Visitors Centre, Post Office and parks of varying size.
Manjimup is the central hub for the Southern Forests region therefore most things can be found within the shopping precinct. It is also the largest township in the region between Albany to the south and Bunbury or Busselton to the north and west.
Immediately around Manjimup itself there are plenty of things to do and see.
The Four Aces, One Tree Bridge and Glenoran Pool are all popular spots for bush walking and swimming in the warmer months and are only 15 minutes drive from Manjimup along Graphite road.
Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park is a fantastic family and pet friendly park with one of the best playgrounds in the south west. With free gas BBQ’s and picnic pavilions to enjoy, its a great place for a day out. There are two flying foxes and a very large freestanding slippery slide (17m)- great for the older kids- a castle, climbing ropes, swings and much, much more.
Around the boundary of the park are displays of machinery once used in the timber industry and a replica village, complete with a gaol and doctor’s surgery. A fantastic, free activity for you and your family. Have a look at what others are saying about it here.
For mums and dads Park cafe has good food and good coffee.
Manjimup Power Up Electricity Museum Discover the evolution of electricity in Western Australia with a visit to the Manjimup Power Up Electricity Museum.As part of the Manjimup Heritage Park and Visitor Information Centre, you and your family can enjoy an immersive experience learning about electricity in Western Australia. You’ll discover stimulating displays and people-powered activities that are fun for all ages.
Manjimup Skate Park Conveniently located just down from Woolworths, close to the Manjimup town centre on Ralston street, the park is a great addition for the community and holiday makers alike. Another free activity for the kids provided you bring your own skate boards.
Fonty’s pool out on Seven Day Road, just out of Manjimup, is very popular for swimming in summer and is also popular with photographers due to it’s picturesque setting and historical significance in the region; with old timber slab buildings and colourful deciduous trees.
The Diamond Tree Just 10km south of Manjimup, and only 3km from Diamond Forest Farm Stay, you will find the Diamond Tree. One of only 3 remaining trees locally that were used as fire lookouts back in the early days to spot and warn townships of impending danger. The Diamond Tree, in the Diamond State Forest, is free and although now closed for climbing is still well worth a visit just to see the majestic tree.
Take the Fox Loop Trail for a short walk, and in spring you will experience up close the colourful array of wildflowers Western Australia has to offer. If you are keen you can even hike there through the forest from a track that begins right at our front gate.
King Jarrah Visit this massive jarrah tree at the edge of Manjimup townsite, estimated to be over 500 years old. Take a short work through the forest or take advantage of the free BBQs and enjoy a picnic among the trees. Access is via Perup Road.
Truffle Hill If you’re into truffles then a truffle hunt at Truffle Hill is for you. Book in for a guided tour and watch the truffle dogs at work sniffing out truffles. Afterwards pop into their tasting rooms for a sample of truffle infused products, participate in some wine tasting. Truffle hunts are only available during truffle season- June- September. Find then on Manjimup’s Seven Day Road.
Guadagnino & Co If your looking for farm fresh vegetables, with a large variety of seasonal produce available for sale then Guadagnino’s is the place to go. Known for their apples, cherries and avocados they also have a selection of citrus, pears, potatoes, onions and many more. You can even purchase local honey here.
Located on Manjimup’s Seven Day Road, the shop is situated in their packing shed. You might even get to see the workers sorting the apples. Make sure you take cash as they don’t have eftpos facilities.
Fontanini’s Fruit and Nut Farm. For something a little different Fontanini’s Fruit and Nut Farm open their gates to the public for chestnut picking from the Easter long weekend through to the June long weekend. Spend time in their beautiful orchards collecting chestnuts, leaving with instructions on the best way to roast them. Find them on Manjimup’s Seven Day Road.
Below we have included links to other attractions within the Manjimup area.
The Great Forest Trees Drive
Take a drive around The Great Forest Trees Drive in the Shannon National Park between Pemberton and Walpole and be awestruck by centuries old trees. This 48km nature-based tourist loop is suitable for the family car and follows a route along former logging roads, railway lines and strategic fire breaks through some of the most spectacular old growth forest in the Southwest of WA.
It has some great walk trails and picnic spots and also has its own ‘radio station’ that you can tune in to listen to information about the Shannon’s wildlife, ecology, history and culture.
Swimming, Fishing and Surf Beaches
Much of the wild coast of the D’Entrecasteaux National Park is only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicle, however conventional vehicles can access the park at Salmon Beach and Windy Harbour where you can still see the rugged limestone cliffs and find good swimming, fishing and surf beaches.
Travel a little further, past Walpole towards Denmark and you will find the stunning Williams Bay with the naturally occurring Greenspool that is fantastic for swimming and snorkelling in the warmer months. A short hike will take you to Elephant rocks which is a popular spot for photographers. Elephant Rocks is named after the large rocks that look like elephants bathing in the sea.
The South West of Western Australia is home to 13 endemic species including 5 cockatoos and parrots, the infamous Noisy Scrub-bird and the stunningly beautiful Red-eared Firetail. Conduct your own tour or contact Peter Taylor at Birding South West to design and personalise a tour especially for you.
Peter’s passion is bird watching, whether it is taking other birders to his favourite haunts or out on his own taking photographs of the wonderful avifauna of Western Australia. Peter designs and conducts bird watching tours primarily in the South West region of Western Australia but also in other parts of Australia by request. These range from half-day tempters right through to fully accommodated 16 day expeditions as well as personalised tours looking for particular species or to specific locations.
The Southern Forest Sculpture Walk – “UnderStory” – Northcliffe
“UnderStory” is a fantastic adventure for adults and children alike. The 1.2 km walk circuit showcases the awe-inspiring Karri, Jarrah and Marri forest of the Northcliffe Forest Park and provides a forum for all to appreciate art in a unique and fun environment. Even for those who are not art lovers, a walk through the natural forest with exciting little “surprises” around every turn is a fun and refreshing way to be exposed to art.
Each guest is provided with an MP3 player and a brochure as they enter this wonderful world, and through these media each sculpture is explained, as you come upon it, in a format appropriate to each age group. Children are enchanted by the stories of the artworks told by animals; and adults may be interested in hearing from each artist about the ideas behind their work; or maybe hearing associated poetry, prose or music. All in all, a fabulous family experience.
Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk – Walpole
The Treetop Walk in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park between Walpole and Denmark is one of the “must see” icons on a visit to the Southern Forests. See the towering red tingle and karri forests as you walk over the suspension bridge and out over a deep, red tingle gully high above the ground amongst the foliage of the tall treetops. It is a marvel of engineering – the 420-metre-long steel-truss walkway built into the thick natural bush without damage to the environment. The entire walk is 600 metres long and the highest point is about 40 metres off the ground.
Only an hour’s drive from Diamond Forest Farm Stay, the whole family can experience the excitement of exploring the canopy of the magnificent tingle forest which grows in a 6000ha area around Walpole and nowhere else on earth. The walkway is suitable for children, the elderly, babies in strollers and people in wheelchairs.
The Ancient Empire is the second part of the Treetop Walk adventure. A board walk winds through majestic, antique forests suspended just above the ground to protect the root systems of the ancient trees. Nothing can compare to standing next to these awesome creatures hundreds of years old, the world’s only buttressed eucalypts with elephantine trunks up to 16m in diameter.
Occasionally they exceed even this immensity, as with the appropriately named Giant Tingle Tree, rising from a hillside a short distance out of Walpole, with a girth of about 24m. In days gone by, visitors could park their cars inside the Giant Tingle Tree for a quirky photo but fortunately for the trees we are a bit more environmentally aware these days!
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