With its rich soils and abundance of rivers, Manjimup’s famous for its natural bounty. You’ll find some of the world’s biggest trees here, wonderful cellar doors and more than 200 varieties of produce from truffles and avocados to apples, stone fruit, marron and finger limes.
And while it was the towering karri and jarrah trees that first attracted timber cutters to Manjimup in the early 1900s, these days, more than 80 per cent of the shire is dedicated to national parks. Visitors now come to simply marvel at these giants. And some of the biggest are just a stone’s throw away, such as the 75-metre-tall The Diamond Tree, one of the region’s famous bushfire look-outs. Other nearby icons are the 500-year-old King Jarrah tree and the Four Aces, a row of Karri giants standing proudly in a line.
Sampling from WA’s ‘Food Bowl’ is another essential part of any visit. You don’t need to travel far to find farm gates filled with heirloom produce, truffle hunts to join, or artisanal wines to taste at welcoming cellar doors.
In town, a large array of cafes, restaurants and even a microbrewery are making the most of all the top-notch produce. And don’t miss the chance to mingle with the growers themselves at the Farmers Market held each Saturday morning at Manjin Park. It’s a wonderful place to learn more about what’s grown here – while sampling some gourmet wares, of course.
Be sure to browse the shops selling everything from indoor plants and bulk foods to arts and crafts, vintage goods and clothing. Or time your visit to coincide with one of the amazing food festivals or lively sports event that Manjimup is famous for (see events).
Another highlight is the 12-hectare Heritage Park; it’s home to the Power Up Electrical Museum, the State Timber Museums, machinery displays and a network of bush trails to wander. And kids will love the amazing adventure playground, complete with a 17-metre-high slide and a 40-metre-long flying fox.
Further afield, a short drive will take you to the Donnelly and Palgarup state forests, or the pretty swimming and picnicking spots Fonty’s Pool, Donnelly River and Glenoran Pool. Popular outdoor activities include bushwalking, cycling and horse riding.
An appealing mix of industry and things to do, Manjimup is a genuine country town that likes to show visitors a good time. Come and see for yourself.