Hubby and I discovered this gorgeous beach on our lightening trip down south in preparation for the big 2013 downunder vt tagalong trip.
Mandalay Beach was where the three-masted Norwegian ship "Mandalay" was beached in May 1911. The captain did a good job and managed to save all aboard the ship. The shipwreck appears every few (10) years as the beach erodes and then covers her again.
There are nice rocks here so I mounted my Canon 60D on the tripod and took a series of milky water shots. Nice :o)
This beach is located nearer to Walpole so if you plan to visit, then you might like to also do the tree top walk at Walpole. Check out my Walpole page.
The Cascades is a series of waterfalls on the Lefroy Brook, located about 6 kilometres southwest of Pemberton. When the stream is full of water the individual falls are quite beautiful. On the day I visited there was a raging torrent - it had been very wet.
There is a pinic area and amenities and a walk around to a new viewing platform.
You can get to the Cascades by road, on foot or by tram - the Pemberton Tram stops there on its twice daily journey to Warren River Bridge.
The diesel-powered tram leaves Pemberton Railway station for Warren River Bridge twice a day. The ride takes you through karri and marri forrests, across trestle bridges over Lefroy Brook to the old bridge over the Warren River. Trip was a loop but the bridge is dangerous to cross so you return from there.
Along the way the driver gives a commentary on the history of the area. There is one stop at The Cascades.
The return journey of almost 20 kilometres takes 1 and 3/4 hours.
Between the months of September and November the wildflowers are in full bloom. Our 2013 Big Downunder tagalong car trip centred around wildflower hunting. In order to make this adventure more interesting, Howie had provided us all with colour coordinated wildflower books and a list of specific wildflowers to find and take pictures of. This made it fun and educational as well and we were enjoying ourselves immensely wildflower hunting :o)
The rains had come late this year so they were just coming out. Another couple of weeks and there would have been more. Still, whenever we stopped we went for a bit of a bush walk and it's amazing what you can find.
I really like the pea flowers. So many gorgeous colours and they make for lovely pictures :o)
Everyone does the Pemberton Tramway and rightly so! This adventure is well worth the small charge and is fun for everyone from kids right up to grandparents.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The tram is a memory of days gone by in the timber industry. The township of Pemberton relied on the timber industry and train line to survive.
Today the Pemberton Tramway is privately owned and takes tourists like us through the centre of town, past the timber mill that still works today and into the Karri timber forest for a most enjoyable and entertaining ride :o)
Half way, we disembarked and walked through the bush to a nice running river for some picture opportunities. Then back on for the return trip. I managed to get a video of the train whistle blowing. Check it out :o)
Wow ! two of our VT members stayed here and invited the rest of our group to take a peek.
It has so much memorabilia and I really enjoyed this quick visit.
The manager came out and invited us to look at the old projection room,now a bedroom.
The wood from nearby forests were used to build this theatre and still in perfect condition.
If you want to see it and of course if the manager allows it,then whatever you do stop in and ask if you can.You won't be disappointed.
It would be a great place to stay for a night or two.
Go for a ride on the Pemberton tram.
This uses the origional rail lines that served the district.
The trip takes 1 3/4 hours and goes through the forest to the cascade falls where you stop for a look and to take photos.
Well worth it
Cost $24 per adult.
The Pemberton Pool is a special picnic spot along the Lefroy Brook. The water of the brook naturally pools here. There are areas sections for children to play in and adults to jump of a pontoon. There are picnic tables under tall Karri trees. During summer this is a popular spot for locals and visitors.
The Pemberton Swimming Pool is only 1.2 km for the township of Pemberton. It is also the start for several bush walks through Pemberton Forest Park. Explore the Hatchery Trail, Trevor's trail, Karri Heights, Whistler Walk and Lefroy trails.
The Pemberton Pool is also strategically located amongst mountain bike trails which also meander through the wonderful Pemberton Forest Park. Enjoy a dip in the cool water after some hard peddling along the Relentless Blue or Skills circuit.
No dogs allowed.
No entry fee.
If you're looking for a nice way to spend some time in the forest without having to do the walking, why not hop on the Pemby tram. It meanders through the forest over trestle bridges and over rivers and streams.
The tram ride lasts 1 and 3/4 hours and stops at the Cascades, which are just beuatiful when they are running.
The tram departs twice daily, at 10.45am and 2.00pm every day except Christmas Day. It costs $24 for adults, $12 for children and $3 for those kids under 2.
You can see Alex's awesome photos of Pemberton inside the Millhouse Cafe in Pemberton's mainstreet. Open daily from 8.00am to 5.00pm. If you love the photos, why not buy the book! Great value and a beautiful momento of the region.
The Gloucester Tree lookout was built in 1947, in the highest of the tall karri trees near Pemberton and it’s construction coincided with a visit to the South-West by the then Governor-General of Australia, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester.
It is the tallest fire-lookout tree in the world. This magnificent Karri Tree is over 60 metres high and offers 360° views over the surrounding hinterland. Not for the faint hearted.
It's beautiful down here though and you can have a picnic lunch or go on a number of walks through the bush.
You do need to pay to drive into the park - you can buy a park pass for $11, which can get you into any number of passes in the area for the day.
You can call into the Pemberton Visitor Centre for further information.
NOTE: JARRAH JACKS IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. THEY ARE HOPING TO RE-OPEN IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
Boutique brewery, hand brewed beer. Lovely scenery. Makes for a great day out with friends! Live entertainment and great meals available.
Big Brook Dam is a beautiful, peaceful spot for a swim, canoe and walk. Surrounded by Karri forest, it provides an idyllic location to soak in the crystal clear water or sunbathe on the sandy beach. You can even try your luck at fishing from the banks.
There's a 4km walk around the dam along the beautiful nature trail and keep an eye out for kangaroos.
You can cool off in the dam and have a barbecue or picnic lunch on the 'beach'. Free gas BBQ in undercover picnic area (2 to 3 tables), toilets and running water available.
Big Brook Dam is located just five minutes from Pemberton. No entry fees. There is also wheelchair access and disabled toilets.
If you make it to the cabin, you will be 58 metres above the ground and have a really great view of the Pemberton area. There was a fire happening locally at the time. The tree was called the Gloucester Tree after the Duke of Gloucester who was visiting at the time.
There are153 pegs to climb on the Gloucester Tree and for a short person, the spacing is fairly wide. The tree was pegged in wood in 1988 as part of the bicentennial celebrations but were later been converted to steel.