Top Trail: Understory, Art in Nature, Northcliffe
Children and adults alike will discover a unique walk trail which features a collection of artworks in a natural bush setting designed to get visitors to look at their surroundings in a new way. This unique eco and cultural tourism experience is the first of its kind in Australia.
About the Trail
Located behind the Northcliffe Visitors Centre, Understory, Art In Nature provides a unique perspective on native forest as artisans of many media have produced artwork that interacts with the natural ecosystem. Collated in an interesting form, you will want to slow down and look around in order to not miss some of the fascinating installations.
Consisting mainly of sculpture, the art also includes poetry, prose and purposely written music. When venturing around the trail the presence of sculpture makes you look differently at the bush – looking up, down and deep into the forest. In looking for art you find the natural art of the forest. Keep an eye out for the little people of the forest; they seem to appear as if by magic. Children can venture to the story nooks and listen to especially written tales of the bush.
Yes - the "Voices from the Forest" audio tour is specifically tailored for children and includes five stories "told" by animals of the forest. Each of the stories is listened to when reaching one of the five "Children's Storytelling Nook's".
Need to Know
Northcliffe is your gateway to some of Western Australia's oldest and most majestic tall-timber forests, where how you choose to explore them is part of the adventure. Take a scenic drive, hit the four wheel drive tracks to the coast, walk among the treetops in the Valley of the Giants, or trek one of the world's greatest long distance trails - the Bibbulmun Track. This quaint rural town lies deep in karri tree country, just over four hours by car from Perth, and 30 minutes south of Pemberton. To take in all the South West's natural beauty one step at a time, you can follow the Bibbulmun Track that stretches almost 1,000 kilometres from Kalamunda in Perth to Albany on the south coast. It passes directly through Northcliffe, making it an ideal place to begin sectional walks. Get behind the wheel and drive 30 kilometres northeast of Northcliffe into Shannon National Park. Here, you can experience the famed Great Forest Trees Drive, leading you through spectacular old growth forests of karri - one of the world's tallest hardwood trees - to a network of short and challenging forest walks. 30 minutes' drive south of Northcliffe lies D'Entrecasteaux National Park. Renowned worldwide for its unusual botanical and geological features, the park is blessed with 131 kilometres of sweeping sandy beaches, perfect for camping, fishing, surfing and four wheel drive adventures. You're also just one and a half hours away from some of the best treetop views in the world. The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, near Walpole, is the first sky-high walkway of its kind that takes you 40 metres above the forest floor into the canopy of 400 year old tingle tree giants. With all that fresh air and tranquillity among the trees, you're guaranteed a good night's sleep in Northcliffe. Take your pick from hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, farm stays, self-contained chalets and caravan parks.
Northcliffe Visitor Centre
Muirillup Road, Northcliffe Western Australia 6262, Australia
Phone: (08) 9776 7203 | www.northcliffevisitorcentre.com.au
Welcome to the Northcliffe Visitor Centre. They are situated on Muirillup Road, the home of Understory 'Art in Nature' walk trail, and the gateway to D'Entrecasteaux National Park. The visitor centre staff can provide you with a free map of the Southern Forests. As agents for TransWA they can assist with bus bookings, as well as local accommodation and tour bookings. Northcliffe is located in the south west corner of Western Australia, centrally situated to get the most out of your holiday. They are surrounded by magnificent national parks and are only 20 minutes from the coast - along the only sealed road access for 130 kilometres. Northcliffe is a year round destination. If you love bush walking, Northcliffe has some of the best natural and environmental walks in the State. If food is your thing, Southern Forests boasts a delicious crustacean called Marron. This fresh water crayfish is best eaten fresh, washed down with a magnificent cool climate wine from one of many wineries. The Northcliffe Visitor Centre is open daily from 9.00am to 4.00pm. They are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.