Stay a while
Pemberton, 335 kilometres south of Perth, is nestled in the heart of the magnificent Karri forest with crystal clear streams and in the spring, colourful displays of ubiquitous wildflowers. Excellent trout fishing is offered on the Warren River.
Not surprisingly Pemberton began life as a timber town and was first established in 1913. Prior to that cattlemen and farmers had sparsely populated the surrounding area. Before the town was permanently settled it was occupied by the travelling Bibbulmun Aboriginal tribe. The town takes it's name from one of it's earliest settlers, Pemberton Walcott.
During the 1920's a population boom took place when free land was offered to group settlers with the aim of establishing a dairy industry.
Pemberton is approximately an hour and a half drive from Margaret River, Busselton or the stunning Valley of the Giants, and a mere two hours from coastal Bunbury. Thanks to it's central location Pemberton is an ideal base for discovering the magnificent south west corner of Western Australia.
Visitors can indulge in the taste sensations offered by many restaurants, cafes and wineries, which specialise in fresh gourmet food and home grown produce. Recreational activities such as canoeing, fishing, swimming and bushwalking are popular pastimes. The Bibbulmun Track winds past the town and through some of the most enchanting stretches of karri forest. Another less energetic way to experience the forest is on an interesting scenic tram journey.
The Cascades on the Lefroy River, 7km south of Pemberton, are most spectacular after rain but at all times of the year makes for a pleasant spot for picnics and bush walks. The Gloucester Tree Lookout, one of the highest in the world, is the region's most popular attraction and is an easy walk from the Karri Forest Motel.
With craft galleries and a quiet restful township, why not experience the flavour of the countryside and visit Pemberton.