Get away for a day at Shannon – the one time timber town, now a popular tourist destination deep in the heart of the Shannon National Park.

The Shannon Dam Walk Trail is an easy 4.5 kilometre return stroll with gentle slopes.

To get to Shannon, head north-east of Pemberton to the South-West Highway and turn right, or drive south to Northcliffe then head east.

You can start this walk trail from either the Shannon Dam or the Shannon Campground.

After a peaceful picnic or barbecue lunch, take a step back in time. As you wander along the river to the dam, you walk through history; through forests that were the life-blood of the mill town. These have re-grown and again provide pure, natural enjoyment for today’s generations.

As you walk, try to spot remnants of the railway line, built almost entirely by hard, physical labour, and which transported the huge logs. Now, this line is being quietly invaded and reclaimed by the surrounding forest, and will disappear – to be remembered only, perhaps, by the ghosts of this once flourishing timber town.

The Shannon Dam, set against a backdrop of tall karri forest, was a vital water supply for the townspeople and the mill. It was also a favourite picnic place, and families today still find it an ideal spot for fishing, canoeing, swimming, marroning, or simply watching reflections of the towering trees, and the wood swallows gliding and dipping to drink from the dam.