Pemberton, WA: Destination Guide


A veritable paradise for nature lovers, the township of Pemberton is surrounded by the spectacular Karri forests of the Gloucester National Park.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Pemberton or find and book accommodation in Pemberton today

About Pemberton

Set in the heart of tall timber country, Pemberton is where you find and climb the world's tallest fire lookout tree – the famous Gloucester Tree, explore the untouched beauty of Karri Forrest and taste some of Western Australia's top wines.

Things to do in Pemberton

There are plenty of bush tracks to explore in Karri Forest – either via foot, bike or 4WDing. Paddle a canoe on the river and lakes; or take a 4WD tour to where the forest meets the largest inland dune system in the southern hemisphere and take in the white-sand mountains of Yeagarup Dunes.

If you're heading out for a day in the forest, you'll find plenty to fill your picnic basket at Pemberton's gourmet produce stores and cellar doors. Enjoy a chardonnay beside Beedelup Falls or a barbecue at Big Brook Dam. Or throw a line in from the river bank and catch some dinner!

Donnelly River Cruises

Enjoy a relaxed cruise from the Karri to the Coast on the beautiful and isolated Donnelly River. The cruise commences from D’Entrecasteaux National Park, traversing a diverse ecosystem that is only accessible by boat. From the lush jarrah and marri forests, through the Paperbark and wetlands, to the limestone cliffs and majestic Southern Ocean.

Pemberton Discovery Tours

The Beach and Forest Eco Adventure explores the inaccessible wilderness of the Yeagarup Dunes, D'Entrecasteaux and Warren National Parks by 4WD coach. This interpretive eco-adventure travels through majestic old growth Karri forests, the largest landlocked inland dunes, stunning beaches and seasonal wildflowers.

Pemberton Mountain Bike Park

Located in the heart of the Karri forest, the park offers mountain bike enthusiasts three cross country single tracks, a 1.5km cross country skills loop and a set of dirt jumps on which to get their adrenaline fix. The park caters for both novice and expert riders, and with it's proximity to the Pemberton Swimming Pool, offers a little something for everybody.

Pemberton Tramway Company

Pemberton Tramway Company operates a tourist railway. Trams run from the old WAGR railway station at Pemberton to Northcliffe. Tram services meander through towering karri, marri and jarrah forests, over trestle bridges, across rivers and streams along one of the most majestic rail lines in Australia.

Attractions in Pemberton

Big Brook Dam and Arboretum

Named one of Western Australia’s top 10 beaches in a recent pole, Big Brook Dam is only 5km from the town of Pemberton and offers free gas BBQ facilities as well as the swimming beach. The 3.6km sealed wheelchair, pram and cycle friendly footpath around the dam gives many people a chance to walk off the winery lunch. 

Fire Lookout Trees

Within a 20km radius of Pemberton you will discover three fire lookout towers built in the 1940s to protect the forest, towns and farmland from fires. Three of these towers are still open today for visitors to climb the 51m Diamond Tree, 61m Gloucester Tree or 71m Bicentennial Tree.

Gloucester National Park

As well as the Gloucester Tree, the National Park also contains The Cascades, where the Lefroy Brook tumbles over a series of rocky shelves, which vary from a gentle flow in mid-summer, to a raging torrent in winter. The rocky rapids provide a place for an outdoor lunch, a leisurely stroll, or a few peaceful hours of fly fishing.

Pemberton Museum

The first settlers arrived in the Pemberton area in the late 1880s, where they established farms producing fruit and vegetables, and grazed cattle and horses. Three timber mills were established and the town of Pemberton grew around these mills, most of the milling being done by hand.

In the 1920s a new population boom occurred when free land was offered to group settlers of Groupies in order to establish a dairy industry.

The Pemberton Museum has over 2,000 artefacts, 2,000 photographs and over 20 meters of archival and reference materials that have been collected since 1982 which reveal the history of the district.

Pemberton Swimming Pool

A popular destination on hot days, this natural pool is set against a backdrop of karri trees and makes for a picturesque picnic spot.

Weather in Pemberton

Pemberton has a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and cool, rainy winters.

January and February maximum temperatures average 26°C.

Winter daytime maximum temperatures average 15°C.

Getting to Pemberton

Located in the Southern Forests area of Australia's South West tourist region, Pemberton is 335km from Perth.

By Coach

Trans WA (Phone 1300 662 205) has bus services that operate from Perth to Pemberton. The journey takes around 8 hours.

By Road

Pemberton is a 4 hour drive from Perth. 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.


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(Image: Warren National Park, Pemberton, WA)

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