Discovering Pemberton

Discovering Pemberton | A Unique Holiday Destination Awaits

March 12, 2024

Nestled in the sunny southwest corner of Australia, Pemberton is a hidden gem that offers travelers a unique escape into nature’s embrace. This charming town, surrounded by towering karri forests and located a stone’s throw away from some of the country’s most breathtaking national parks, serves as the perfect backdrop for travelers seeking both adventurer and relaxation. 

With the aid of our unique holiday guide, discover Pemberton’s best-kept secrets, from tranquil tree-top walks and hidden vineyard treasures, to unique Pemberton accommodations before embarking on your great Australian adventure. Welcome to Pemberton, where adventure and serenity meet under the Australian sun.

When to Visit Pemberton?

Pemberton is a year-round destination with a favourable climate that offers diverse activities across all seasons. In summer (December to February), warm, dry weather makes it perfect for beach visits and national park explorations, with wine tasting as a highlight due to the Mediterranean climate. Autumn (March to May) cools down, showcasing spectacular foliage changes, ideal for nature walks and vineyard tours during the grape harvest season. 

Winter (June to August) brings rain, turning Pemberton into a lush paradise, great for experiencing its famed truffles and waterfall beauty. Spring (September to November) illuminates the landscape with wildflowers, offering delightful conditions for hiking and wildlife spotting, as the region blooms into vibrant life​​​​​​​​.

Tall karri trees on a sunny day

Exploring Pemberton’s Majestic Forests

Pemberton is famed for its towering Karri trees, some of the tallest trees in the world. These majestic trees create a lush, ancient forest canopy that’s not only a sight to behold but also home to a variety of wildlife singing on the branches above you. Here are some popular spots to experience the grandeur of the Karri trees in Pemberton:

Gloucester National Park: Home to the Gloucester Tree, which is the world’s second tallest fire-lookout tree at 58 meters. It offers a unique climbing experience for the adventurous, with only about 20% of visitors making it to the top to enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding Karri forest​​.

Warren National Park: Features the Warren River Loop Trail, a serene path that meanders through towering Karri forests alongside the banks of the Warren River. It’s an ideal spot for those looking to immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature and maybe even camp under the Karri canopy​​.

The Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree: Located in Warren National Park, this is the tallest climbing tree in the world at 75 meters. Climbing this tree is an exhilarating challenge that rewards you with unparalleled views of the Karri forest. It’s a must-do for thrill-seekers visiting Pemberton​​​​.

Big Brook Dam: Surrounded by Karri trees, it offers a scenic 4km walk trail around the shore, perfect for a leisurely stroll or cycle. The area is equipped with facilities like toilets, shelters, and picnic tables, making it an ideal spot for a family outing​​.

Beedelup Falls: Located in the Greater Beedelup National Park, the falls are a picturesque spot where you can enjoy the sight and sound of cascading water amid the Karri trees. A short stroll leads to a suspension bridge that offers beautiful views of the falls​​.

Karri Forest Explorer Drive: This self-guided drive winds through some of the most magnificent Karri forests and natural attractions in the Pemberton area. It includes stops like the Gloucester Tree, Beedelup Falls, and the Cascades, providing numerous opportunities to explore the forest on foot​​.

Take a Historical Journey Through Pemberton

Pemberton offers a unique window into the region’s past, making it a haven for history buffs. The town’s historical heartbeat is best experienced through the Pemberton Tramway Company, where visitors can embark on a nostalgic journey along the old timber railways that were once pivotal to the area’s growth​​​​. This tram ride not only showcases the breathtaking natural beauty of towering Karri forests but also weaves through the history of Pemberton’s timber industry, providing an informative commentary that enriches the experience​​. 

Beyond the tramways, Pemberton invites explorers to delve into its heritage with visits to the Gloucester Tree, originally used as a fire lookout and now a thrilling climb for those seeking panoramic views. Pemberton offers a host of unique activities that beautifully blend the town’s history and nature together for a fun experience.

Thrilling Outdoor Activities to do in Pemberton

Pemberton offers a plethora of thrilling outdoor activities that cater to adventure seekers of all levels. From climbing trees, to mountain biking and kayaking, there is something in Pemberton to suit everyone. Here are some highlights to consider for your next trip: 

Gloucester Tree in Pemberton
Photo Credit: ‘View from the Gloucester Tree, Pemberton’ by Daniel Bowen via CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 DEED

Climbing Pemberton’s Trees: For those unafraid of heights or looking to conquer a fear, climbing the 65m Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree offers a unique perspective on the old-growth Karri forest. It’s a Department of Parks and Wildlife-managed national park, ensuring a safe and regulated adventure​​. If you’re hungry for more adrenaline, you can also climb the Gloucester Tree.

Exploring Yeagarup Dunes: A 4WD adventure across these expansive sand dunes provides an adrenaline rush like no other. The area offers challenging terrains of soft sand and steep slopes, rewarding the daring with stunning views of Yeagarup Beach​​.

Kayaking & Canoeing the Warren River: Spend a day kayaking or canoeing through the majestic Karri forests along the pristine waters of the Warren River. This activity is perfect for those looking to enjoy a peaceful paddle, with the national park offering multiple canoe/kayak launch sites​​.

Mountain Biking in Pemberton Mountain Bike Park: Pemberton Mountain Bike Park trails offer routes for all skill levels, featuring obstacles like bridges, log rolls, and tree pinches. The trailhead is conveniently located at Pemberton Pool on Swimming Pool Road​​.

Take a Discovery Tour: Pemberton Discovery Tours provides a range of adventures including the Beach & Forest Eco Adventure, which takes visitors through majestic forests, pristine rivers, and a visit to the secluded Yeagarup Dunes​​ using 4WD vehicles. This tour allows access to otherwise inaccessible areas, showcasing the region’s spectacular natural beauty​​. 

They also offer specialized tours like the Twilight Dune Safari and Pemberton Wildflower Tours, each providing a unique insight into the local ecosystem and the chance to see the flora and fauna up close​​​​.

Swimming at Pemberton Pool and Big Brook Dam: Enjoy a dip in these forest-lined pools, where the clear, fresh waters provide a refreshing escape on warm days. Pemberton Pool is a historic spot perfect for family picnics, while Big Brook Dam offers opportunities for swimming, kayaking, and fishing​​​​.

Water falling down rocks at Beedelup
Photo Credit: ‘Beedelup Falls’ by Paul Balfe via CC BY 4.0 DEED

Visit Pemberton’s Waterfalls: Pemberton is celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes, with waterfalls as a standout attraction. Beedelup Falls, found in Beedelup National Park, offers an easy walk to a stunning suspension bridge view, and an adventurous 4.5km loop for more avid explorers. The Cascades, located in Gloucester National Park, presents a serene setting with its gentle rapids and accessible Lefroy Brook Loop Walk, perfect for a peaceful nature experience. 

From Vines to Wines: Discovering Pemberton’s Boutique Vineyards

Calling all wine enthusiasts! Pemberton’s collection of vineyards and wineries, all set against the backdrop of its stunning natural landscapes, will send all wine lovers to Cloud Wine. Here’s a look at some popular destinations where visitors can enjoy tastings, tours, and the unique terroir of the region:

Row of different wine bottles
Photo Credit: Hidden River Estate on Facebook

Hidden River Estate: Established in 1995, Hidden River Estate stands out for its modern approach to wine-making and a cosy restaurant setting. Visitors can taste an array of wines, including wooded and unwooded Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, and the classic Pemberton Pinot Noir, known for its authentic Burgundy palette and texture. The estate is renowned for its Shiraz, offering tastings with views of the picturesque vineyards and forests​​.

Lost Lake Pemberton: As one of the more established vineyards in the area, Lost Lake Pemberton offers a traditionalist wine-making philosophy that leverages the unique local geography. Their wines, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, tell the story of the area’s wine-growing evolution. The flagship Pinot Noir is a testament to Pemberton’s unique pinot profiles​​.

Picardy: Owned and operated by the pioneering Pannell family, Picardy is one of Australia’s leading premium boutique wine producers, established in 1993. The vineyard produces exceptional quality Burgundian varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, utilizing clones imported from Burgundy. Picardy’s Tete de Cuvee Pinot Noir 2020 has been acclaimed as possibly the finest Pinot Noir ever made in Western Australia, showcasing the winery’s commitment to excellence​​​​.

Mountford Wines & Tangletoe Cidery: One of the oldest wineries in Pemberton, Mountford Wines is also home to Tangletoe, the first cidery in Western Australia. They focus on sustainably farmed, certified organic wines and ciders, offering a range of products including Australia’s first Black Truffle-Infused liqueur. The cellar door is known for its award-winning design and offers a unique experience with its handcrafted wines, ciders, and local produce​​.

Unique Pemberton Accommodation

Check out our unique selection of luxury eco tents that offer an unparalleled immersion in nature without sacrificing comfort. Each eco tent is thoughtfully equipped to meet all your needs, featuring private bathrooms with showers, well-appointed kitchens, and cosy fireplaces for a touch of warmth and ambiance. The highlight of each tent is undoubtedly the private balcony, presenting breathtaking views of Pemberton’s lush scenery. 

These eco-friendly Pemberton accommodations provide the perfect blend of luxury and nature, allowing guests to enjoy the serenity and beauty of one of Australia’s most picturesque settings, with all the comforts of a high-end stay. 

Plan Your Pemberton Holiday Today

The memories made among the towering karri trees and the sips savored at hidden vineyards will make you cherish your Pemberton holiday, and will hopefully leave you wanting more. Whether you’re seeking an adventure filled family holiday or a romantic holiday for two, Pemberton has something for everyone. We hope this holiday guide has inspired your holiday plans and we look forward to welcoming you to the lush surroundings of Pemberton very soon.

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