Take a short trip to the small fishing village that is Windy Harbour.
Located only 27 km from the centre of Northcliffe there is plenty to see and do. Point D’Entrecasteaux light house and lookout offers great views of the coastline with many sheltered bays and limestone cliffs to explore.
The recently completed Cliff Top Walk which is part of the Pupulong Trail has excellent vantage points of the area at only 2.5 km long and wheel chair friendly it’s defiantly worth a visit.
If 4 wheel driving is more your sport there is also access to the beach through the Windy Harbour settlement so you can explore the coast line all the way to the Gardener River.
While you are visiting Windy Harbour why not try your luck at a spot of beach fishing at Salmon Beach. Squeezed between giant granite monoliths that rise sky high out of the water, this pristine beach is great for surfing or fish and as the name suggests is stock full of Australian Salmon.
While visiting Northcliffe you might consider a trip to the historic mill town of Pemberton located 30km from Northcliffe.
Take a visit to the King Trout Restaurant & Marron Farm where you can catch and cook your own lunch. The trout farm supplies everything you will need or if you prefer your lunch prepared for you, take a tour of the hatchery while you wait.The trout farm is open between the hours of 9.30am and 5pm and is located on the corner of Pemberton / Northcliffe road and Old Vasse road.
While you are in Pemberton why not take a trip on the Pemberton tramway. This unforgettable 2 hour tram ride leaves Pemberton train station, descending into the karri forest past wildflowers and over 6 old wooden bridges stopping at the cascades then onto the Warren River before returning to Pemberton.
A trip to Pemberton would not be complete without a visit to one of the many treetop bush fire lookouts where you can if you dare climb the 60 odd metres to the top. These’s treetop lookouts where constructed between 1937 and 1952 for park ranges as an early warning system for the spotting of bush fires. There are 3 trees still open to the public, The Gloucester Tree located in the Gloucester National Park 3 km from Pemberton post office. The Bicentennial Tree located in the Warren National Park approximately 15 minutes drive from the centre of town, and The Diamond Tree Lookout located between Manjimup and Pemberton also approximately 15 minutes drive from Pemberton town ship.
Take a visit to Walpole home of the Valley of the Giants. This beautiful town established in 1930 has so much to see and do you might consider a separate holiday.Surrounded by the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, Walpole is 97 km from Northcliffe.One of the many attractions in Walpole is the Valley of the Giants treetop walk. This 600 metre long walkway rises up to almost 60 metres into the canopy of the red tingle trees. With breath taking views of the forest and surrounding areas, this is defiantly not to be missed. Located on Hilltop road in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park the walk takes approximately 45-60 minutes and is open between the hours of 9.00am and 4.15pm.
A short 29 km drive north of Walpole town ship is Mount Frankland. It is well worth taking the 1.5km hike to the summit for an awe inspiring view of the surrounding area. Continue on to Fernhook falls for a relaxing picnic lunch on the banks of the river. This is a great place for swimming or launching a canoe to explore the river. Fernhook Falls is located on Beardmore road 36km from Walpole.
The Bibbulmun track was officially opened in October of 1979. Named after the pre european inhabitants of the area, an indigenous group known as the Bibbulmun people and their practice of walking long distances for ceremonial gatherings. The original track was only 900 km long and stretched from Kalamunda east of Perth to Northcliffe in the southwest of Western Australia.
In 1987 / 88 the track was upgraded and sections between Kalamunda and Dwellingup moved further east to avoid conflict with bauxite mining. The end of the track was also extended east from Boorara Tree near Northcliffe to Walpole. At this time the Waugal symbol was adopted as a trail maker.
By 1993 the Department of Conservation and Land Management took the bold step of a major overhaul of the track. These steps included providing quality access to the widest variety of scenic and natural attractions and a significant south coast extension taking the track a further 200 km east to Albany. Track facilities such as shelters, toilets and picnic tables where installed at various points along the track.
The Bibbulmun track now stretches nearly 1000 km from Kalamunda to Albany winding its way through a variety of jarrah, marri, wandoo, karri and tingle forest. The journey transverses some of the most beautiful areas of the southwest.
The track passes close to Around tu-it Caravan Park & Chalet and offers a drop of and pick up service for hikers.
For more information check out: www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au/