Experience the captivating Understory Art & Nature Trail in Northcliffe, a leading art in nature attraction that will inspire your soul. Meander along a 1.2-kilometer walk trail, surrounded by majestic ancient forests, as you uncover hidden treasures in the form of remarkable artworks.
This nationally acclaimed, award-winning destination boasts an impressive collection of original creations by over 50 talented artists, writers, and musicians from across the state, country, and even the world. These custom-made sculptures, songs, and stories pay homage to the extraordinary beauty, diversity, and resilience of the natural environment, as well as the communities that thrive beneath its leafy canopy.
Understory is a remarkable testament to community spirit, with local residents taking the lead in its development and management. It offers a truly meaningful visitor experience that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.
Over the past 16 years, thousands of visitors have proven that one does not need to be an avid art lover to fall in love with Understory. All it takes is an open mind and a willingness to be moved by the wonders of nature and human creativity.
What sets the Understory Art & Nature Trail apart is its distinction as the first purpose-built walk trail in Australia to feature permanent artworks across various art forms. Internationally renowned creative talents have been commissioned to create sculptures, music, and writing that reflect the social, cultural, and environmental heritage of the Southern Forests region. The 1.2 km walk circuit guides you through the awe-inspiring Karri, Jarrah, and Marri forests of the Northcliffe Forest Park.
As you stroll along the trail, you will encounter both permanent and ephemeral sculptures, strategically placed at different intervals. Poetry, prose, storytelling, photography, and music also come alive through associated publications and captivating audio tours. For groups and schools, spend some quality time with a local artist to really discover the Understories of this special place with a guided tour.
The journey begins at the Northcliffe Information and Visitor Centre, where you can obtain a comprehensive Trail Guide and choose from five different audio tours. Entry fees provide access to this enchanting Sculpture Walk, available daily from 9am to 4pm, with the last entry at 3:00 pm.
Prepare to be captivated by the Understory Art & Nature Trail, where art and nature intertwine to create an extraordinary experience that will leave you in awe of the wonders that surround us.