The Karri Forest Explorer Drive is a self-guided drive trail that winds through some of the south-west’s most magnificent karri forest and Pemberton’s natural attractions.
The Karri Forest Explorer Drive starts just outside the historic timber town of Pemberton, but you can join it at several points along the way, depending on which way you’re travelling, or where you’re staying.
Explore at your own pace, you can stop for a wine tasting, coffee or a gourmet meal, visit a gallery or craft centre or cast your rod for trout. There are plenty of picnic spots along the way, you can climb 60 metres to the Gloucester Tree lookout, see Beedelup Falls from the suspension bridge, go bushwalking, or fishing, or just sit and take in nature. You’ll find lots of trail-side information to guide you through the forest. Choose from the wide range of places to stay and give yourself longer to explore the 86-kilometre drive!
Some of the places you will explore on the drive trail include:
– Gloucester National Park
– Big Brook Forest
– Greater Beedelup National Park
– Big Brook Dam
– Heartbreak Trail
– Gloucester Tree
– The Cascades
– Warren Lookout
– Beedelup Falls
There are lots of great opportunities to get out of your car and discover the forest on foot along the Karri Forest Explorer including the Warren River Loop Walk, Dukes Walk and Gloucester Route at the Gloucester Tree, the Lefroy Brook walk loop at the Cascades and at Big Brook Dam.
From the centre of Pemberton follow Ellis Street to the Gloucester Tree, then return to the town centre and turn left on Golf Links Road on the north side of town. Follow the Karri Forest Explorer Drive signs. If travelling from the west you can join the Drive loop at Beedelup Falls, from the south at Warren National Park or the Cascades, from the north turn onto Golf Links Road.