Donnelly River cruises is an award-winning experience not to be missed. Operating daily, with bus pick-ups also available from Pemberton and Manjimup, Donnelly River Cruises conducts a river cruise of the lower twelve-kilometer section of the Donnelly River, with the confines of the D’Entrecasteaux National Park, in the South West of Western Australia. The cruise area, including the beach landing, encompasses an area that is not accessible by 4-wheel drive and is only accessible by boat.
The atmosphere of the cruise is to “sit back, relax and enjoy” as you meander through the diversified eco systems of the river. In a conversational format where you are encouraged to join in, Peter will enlighten you about the river, the ecology and geology of the area, the fauna and flora and some of the history of the area. The scenery is constantly changing as you commence in lush Jarrah and Marri forests, and then pass through the Paperbark and wetlands past the limestone cliffs, to the majestic Southern Ocean. On the way you will cruise past the unique holiday huts nestled amongst the towering Marri trees and coastal dunes. While at the mouth of the river, you are given the opportunity to disembark and experience the isolation and pristine quality of the area with a brief walk along the beach. The beach is approximately 2km long confined by rocky outcrop’s at each end with no vehicle access at all.
You are able to stroll along the soft white beaches in virtual isolation except for possibly a few locals trying their hand at some beach fishing. After toe tapping with the Southern Ocean, you will make your way back to the boat where you begin the return journey with a morning or afternoon tea complimented by Pete’s “fantastic muffins”.
We will tailor group bookings to your individual requirements and are extremely flexible with timetables, departure times and itineraries. We cater for special interest groups, that special party or get together, corporate functions and even small weddings. We provide a range of specialty cruises including morning, afternoon, lunch and evening cruises. Utilising local suppliers, we will do our best to cater to your individual meal requirements to within our capabilities. We provide everything from light lunches to gourmet BBQs or you are welcome to supply your own (conditions apply).