The Southern Forests
The wonderful jarrah and karri forests around Manjimup are wonderlands of scenic beauty, at once peaceful and exhilirating, where visitors may enjoy active adventure or passive relaxation. Some of the Southern Forests' very special places are listed below.
Bush Walks and Bibbulmun Track
There are numerous bush walks, ranging from 20 minute strolls to 30 km hikes. The Bibbulmun Track winds its way through many of the beautiful areas of the forest. Enquire at the Visitor Centre for information on these not to be missed walks -
- King Jarrah Walk
- The Four Aces Glade Walk
- The Donnelly Circuit Track
- The Rocks Walk Trail
- Jim Fox Adventure Trail
- The Timber Cutters Track
- Willow Springs to One Tree Bridge
- Shannon Dam Trail
Diamond Tree Lookout
At the top of this 51 m karri tree, situated about 10 km south of Manjimup, is the only wooden treetop tower in the world. More information here.
King Jarrah Tree
Just a short 3 km drive from town, this huge tree is around 600 years old. More information here.
100 Year Old Forest
Located 20 km from Manjimup. More information here.
One Tree Bridge and Glenoran Pool
This bridge was made from a single karri tree which was felled to cross the Donnelly River in 1904. More information here.
The Four Aces
These four majestic karri trees are around 230 years old. More information here.
The bounty of forest streams
In summer the marron season opens and trout fishing is superb. Enquire at the Visitor Centre about permits and where to go.
The range of wildflowers in the district is both vast and spectacular. From September to November is the optimum time to see nature's palette of colours at its best, however there is always something in flower throughout the year. Ask at the Visitor Centre about the best viewing areas.
Purple Crowned Lorikeets, Western Rosellas and Port Lincoln Parrots (twenty-eights) can be seen feasting on blossoms amongst the tree tops and browsing on the road verges. Splendid (Blue) Wrens, Willy Wagtails, Red Breasted Robins and the very friendly Honey-eaters are also common.
Amongst the animals of the forest are possums, bandicoots, spotted native cats (chuditch), echidna, dunnarts, phasogales, tammars and numbats. Brushtailed wallabies and kangaroos, along with emus, can often be seen in forests and paddocks.