Pemberton Travel Guide

  • Pemberton
    by littlebush
  • Pemberton
    by littlebush
  • Hotels
    by littlebush

Pemberton Highlights

  • Pro
    arianne_1504 profile photo

    arianne_1504 says…

     Fresh air, country hospitality, beauty, surrounded by nature 

  • Con
    arianne_1504 profile photo

    arianne_1504 says…

     If your the sort of person that can't do without all the mod-cons or life or McDonalds, you will probably die here... 

  • In a nutshell
    arianne_1504 profile photo

    arianne_1504 says…

     This is a place that MAKES you relax 

Pemberton Things to Do

  • Mandalay Beach Walpole WA

    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...

    more
  • Wildflowers around Pemberton

    Pemberton was day 5 of our wildflowers and wineries tour. There were still many wildflowers to find.

    more
  • Picnic at the Cascades

    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...

    more
  • Take a tram ride

    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...

    more
  • Wildflowers of Pemberton WA

    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...

    more
  • Pemberton Tramway WA by aussirose

    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...

    more
  • Old theatre now classy apartments

    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...

    more
  • The Pemberton Tramway

    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 itCost $24 per adult.

    more
  • The Pemberton Pool

    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...

    more
  • Pemberton Tram

    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,...

    more
  • Alex Bond Photography

    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.

    more
  • Gloucestor Tree

    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...

    more

Pemberton Hotels

Pemberton Restaurants

  • Great Breakfast

    Another place that just screams 'good home cooking'! We had breakfast here before leaving Pemberton and if was great. I also enjoyed the photography display.We were also greeted by a flock of Port Lincoln Parrots. Lashings of bacon, nicely poached eggs and really tasty mushrooms.

    more
  • Marron at the Shamrock

    Everything about this restaurant says 'good home-cooked food'. There is nothing fancy. Comfortable dining, good service and great hosts in Helen & Andrew.A basic menu includes the famous local Marron, other freshwater fish, a selection of seafood and local beef.The building was established in 1911 as a dormitory for the Pemberton Mill. It made the...

    more
  • Best Marron in Pemberton

    This restaurant has mixed reviews on Trip Advisor but Hubby and I give it the full 'Thumbs up!' Our meal here was just sumptuous!! :o) The marron was done to perfection, the service was just right and we enjoyed the surroundings. The thing that set this restaurant apart from the Shamrock was the sauce that they put on the marron. It was light,...

    more
  • Great Food - Awesome Atmosphere

    Let Andrew and Helen WoW you with their great country cooking and fresh marron and trout! The Shamrock Restaurant right in the main street of Pembi is the place to be!Formerly a boarding house for the millworkers, this old building was bought and turned into this restaurant plus accommodation.We had a fabulous time with Andrew (still with his apron...

    more
  • Fantastic restaurant

    The Shamrock restaurant is fantasticHad a wonderful meal here. They serve a lot of seafood and fish, including the local speciality Marron.After the meal the chef/owner joined us for a bit, a really nice guy.Very worth a visit, you will not be dissapointed The trout and Marron

    more
  • Dine with Mazz

    Cafe Mazz is open for breakfast from 7am to 10am. Breakfast was good. There was a really big selection, good sized meals and prompt service. It was nice to sit alfresco to watch the day begin.Cafe Mazz is open seven days a week with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday.Cafe Mazz is also open for lunch from 12pm - 2pm and dinner from 6pm...

    more

Pemberton Transportation

  • Getting There

    Pemberton is 4 hours drive from Perth (343kms). From Bunbury it is around 156kms. From Perth you travel towards Bunbury, turning off onto the South Western Highway to Donnybrook, travelling through Balingup, Bridgetown and Manjimup and then 16kms further south to Pemberton.

    more
  • By Bus

    Transwa operates a bus service several times a week from Perth to Pemberton. The journey takes around 8 hours. Buses depart Perth at around 12.20pm and arrive at Pemberton around 8.20pm. Of course there are numerous stops along the way such as Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River and Augusta.

    more
  • TransWA

    TransWA can get you to Pemberton. If this is your only mode of transport then it's a great facility, however the trip will take longer than if you drove yourself there. So it depends on how long you are going for as to whether you want to spend that amount of timie on a bus. An onscreen video is screened and there is a pit stop along the way.The...

    more

Pemberton Shopping

  • arianne_1504's Profile Photo

    by arianne_1504 Written Feb 4, 2012

    THE yummiest all natural smoked dips, meat and fish.

    AND 100% WA Owned and Made.

    You can buy these products from a number of other outlets, such as IGA.

    What to buy: Portugese Chicken!

    Related to:
    • Food and Dining

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Pemberton Warnings and Dangers

  • Tree Climbing Warning

    Climbing any of the old fire lookout trees is dangerous under certain conditions. In wet or windy weather the pegs can become very slippery. If you have a heart condition, unfit or obviously a fear of heights, don’t even attempt the climb. They recommend that no more than 4 people at a time be up the trees and climbing is certainly not recommended...

    more
  • When NOT to climb the Gloucester Tree

    Especially don't climb the Gloucester Tree if it is windy or has been raining, when the climbing pegs can be slippery...rest of warnings follow in the pic below.

    more
  • forest lodge resort pemberton

    I stayed at the Forest Lodge a few weeks ago with my wife. The positive points were: 1. Good Breakfast - a good range of fresh options, nice coffee 2. Nice setting with plenty of local wildlife 3. Heater and reverse cycle air-con in room The negative points were: 1. Poor service - although in their website Forest Lodge claims to offer daily service...

    more

Pemberton Tourist Traps

  • by richardchan Written Oct 4, 2005

    I stayed at the Forest Lodge a few weeks ago with my wife.

    The positive points were:
    1. Good Breakfast - a good range of fresh options, nice coffee
    2. Nice setting with plenty of local wildlife
    3. Heater and reverse cycle air-con in room

    The negative points were:
    1. Poor service - although in their website Forest Lodge claims to offer daily service of units, my deluxe guest room was not cleaned at all in the 3 days we stayed there. This was despite quite a few comments to the owners about this.
    2. Greasy toilet/shower floor - perhaps I'm being too picky, but I noticed that the toilet/shower floors were a bit slimy and could certainly have done with a nice scrub down. After all, it was the "deluxe" room, nothing deluxe about slime on the floor.
    3. Irregular hot water supply - the shower would intermittently turn cold, you can imagine the pleasant sensations :)
    4. the TV set was grainy and had frequent static - might be time to upgrade the tv sets.

    On balance a negative experience. Call me a fussy traveller, but I believe a place which calls itself 4 star should at least have clean toilets, constant hot water and uptodate TV. I would advise against staying at this hotel unless you really enjoy the wilderness setting.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't go.

    Fun Alternatives: Pemberton hotel. Karri valley resort.. etc.

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Pemberton Off The Beaten Path

  • Who Was Dale Evans

    I have no idea who Dale Evans is but for some reason this tree was named after him. If you cannot make it to the top there is a halfway platform where you can still enjoy some views.Location : Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree, Warren National Park, Pemberton

    more
  • Dale Evans Bicentennial Tree

    The Bicentennial tree stands at 70 metres high, the second highest of the fire lookout trees. There is a platform half way up the tree for resting and 360 degree viewing or incase you can’t make it any further. Location: Warren National Park

    more
  • Jim Fox Walk

    The Jim Fox Walk is one of several walks in this area. This walk is designed more for the young or energetic because it is a bit of a challenge. Location: Diamond Tree, South West Hwy, Pemberton

    more

Pemberton Favorites

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    1 more image

    by keeweechic Written Jun 24, 2009

    Favorite thing: If you are visiting all or any of the parks you would be best to get yourself a Pemberton National Parks pass. Entry is by vehicle not by person. You can purchase your pass at the Pemberton Tourist Centre, Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton Wine Centre or at the Park Entry Stations.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Instant Answers: Pemberton

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

94 travelers online now

Comments

 
Explore Deeper into Pemberton
Cross the Road for these Treats
Restaurants
Dining at the Mill
Restaurants
Luck of the Irish Marron
Restaurants
Jarrah Jacks - CURRENTLY CLOSED
Things to Do
Big Brook Dam
Things to Do
Colourful Birds
Things to Do
The View
Things to Do
Originally Wooden Pegs
Things to Do
The Gloucester Tree
Things to Do
The Smallest of Three
Off The Beaten Path
Diamond Tree
Off The Beaten Path
Warren National Park
Off The Beaten Path
Pemberton Hotel
Restaurants
Millhouse Cafe
Restaurants
Shamrock Restaurant Cafe
Restaurants
Pemberton Chinese Restaurant
Restaurants
Pemberton Mill
Things to Do
Tram Class 1
Things to Do
The Steam Locomotive
Things to Do
Pemberton Tramways
Things to Do
Pemberton Historical Precinct Park
Things to Do
Pemberton Tourist Centre
Things to Do
One Tree Bridge
Things to Do
The Four Aces
Things to Do
Climb Gloucester Tree, or Watch Others Climbing...
Things to Do
Cascades
Things to Do
Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree
Things to Do
Enjoy the park at the Gloucester Tree
Things to Do
Visit and maybe climb the Gloucester tree.....
Things to Do
Cascade Falls
Things to Do
Trip on The Pemberton Tramway
Things to Do
Pemberton Tramway
Things to Do
A gentle morning run.
Things to Do
Pemberton
Things to Do
Gloucester Tree
Things to Do
Beedleup National Park
Things to Do
Map of Pemberton

View all Pemberton hotels