Tall Trees and Green Valleys Tour
Tall Trees and Green Valleys Tour | 6 days
Explore some of the best mountain bike trails in the state, soak up some trail hospitality, and explore the Blackwood River Valley: home of the famous WA truffles, stunning regional wine, towering karri forests and impossibly green rolling hills.
MEET THE LOCALS • MAITLAND • TURNER HILL
|Stay:||Dwellingup | 2 nights|
|Getting there:||Fly directly to Perth from the eastern states, hire car available from the airport. Dwellingup is an hour and half drive south of Perth.|
- Head over to the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre. This newly built Visitor Centre has a fantastic selection gear, souvenirs and local crafts on sale and bike hire is available should you wish to pedal rather than walk for the afternoon. Call in to Waypoints cafe for a coffee and a cake on the lawn.
- Close to town centre you'll find the newly finished Dwellingup MTB Trails. There's over 17km of trails containing uphill, downhill and cross-country trails. This trail network is popular for beginner mountain bikers just looking to explore the Dwellingup Area including the Marrinup Campsite and cruise along the Munda Biddi.
- Time for lunch! There's plenty to choose from in Dwellingup, try Longriders Cafe and Restaurant for very good american style BBQ, or Garden Eats for a delicious cafe meal set inside a renovated horse float.
- Consider booking a trip on the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway, an adventure in the treetops or learn to make some bush medicine with the local Kaarak Dreaming tours. Enquire at the Visitor Centre for more information.
BUSTED NUTS • LANE POOLE • GIANT JARRAHS
- Make your way to Waroona Dam, about 30 minutes south of Dwellingup. Here you can spend the morning exploring the forest on the Waterous Trail, a 70km off-road cycling loop. You can also explore the trail starting from Lane Poole Reserve, there are plenty of options in Dwellingup for track transfers too. While you're there, take a look around Nanga Mill campsite, check out the King Jarrah Tree and Lake Navarino.
- Enjoy a picnic by the lake for lunch, or grab something to eat at the Lake Navarino Cafe.
- Spend the afternoon on the Murray Valley Mountain Bike trails. This 35 kilometre network of purpose-built single-track MTB trails offers riders a stunning experience through Lane Poole Reserve. With a variety of trail types and styles, the Murray Valley mountain bike trails have something for everyone.
WAMBENGERS • A GIANT MURAL • AFTERNOON SIPS
|Stay:||Collie | 2 nights|
|Getting there:||Collie is just under 1 hour 30 minutes drive south of Dwellingup.|
- Collie is the next major trail-heavy town in the South West and home to an extraordinary outdoor art installation. Before you get to Collie, take the turn off to Wellington Dam and make your way down to Kiosk at The Dam. This great little cafe serves homemade cakes, coffee and is licensed. Continue on to the lookout carpark and take the short walk down to the viewing platform to see the world record breaking 8000 square metre mural on the dam wall.
- From here, explore the Wambenger Trails within the beautiful Wellington National Park. There is plenty to discover here with walks, bike trails and water activities surrounded by jarrah forest and impressive views of the Collie River Valley. You'll find something on offer for everyone.
- Head to the Coalfields Museum housed in the historic 1900 and 1930 Road Board offices. Treasures include a restored barrel organ made in Italy that was used to entertain guests at the former Fontana's Wine Saloon, and a massive letterbox (pillarbox), a relic of the penny postage days.
- Enjoy an afternoon of wine or beer tasting on the balcony at Harris River Estate, soaking up the spectacular view while grazing on tasty tapas.
WAGYL BIDDI • INSTA-WORTHY LAKE • COLLIE RIVER
- Make your way to the beautiful Ferguson Valley to hit the Collie Wagyl Biddi trail network. It offers 9 kilometres of connected trails built to beginner and intermediate level, including 4.5 kilometres of trails suitable for hand-cycles. All loops can be ridden as a circuit without crossing or doubling back.
- Head for a leisurely ride along the Collie River Trail. This 9km trail starts at Minninup Pool and follows the Collie River to end at Telfer Pool.
- Spend the afternoon at Black Diamond Lake, formally an open cut mine this stunning lake just 5km west of Collie is best viewed on a sunny day to amplify the vibrant blue water.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDGETOWN • GREEN VALLEYS • TOWERING FORESTS
|Stay:||Manjimup | 2 nights|
|Getting there:||Manjimup is 1 hour 30 minutes drive south of Collie.|
- Head south toward Manjimup, this region is famous for its truffles, and produces some of the finest produce in the south west. Head to your accommodation or hit the trails straight away starting in town and getting your bearings on the Manjimup to Deanmill Heritage Trail. This easy 5.5km converted rail line takes you through bush and farmland to the historic Deanmill settlement.
- Head to north to the nearby Bridgetown for lunch. Check out the main drag, you'll find plenty of great shops to buy souvenirs, local crafts and art. There's a great selection of cafe's showcasing locally sourced food, coffee, craft beer, cider and wine.
- Head back toward Manjimup and take a right down Graphite Road to see the Four Aces. These four massive karri trees grow in a perfectly straight line. This is a great place to enjoy the sights and sounds of the karri forest. Sit quietly and you may be lucky enough to see some of the forest inhabitants such as a splendid fairy-wren, scarlet robin or maybe even a quokka.
- Spend the afternoon visiting some local wineries. There's plenty to choose from in the region, you'll find a comprehensive list here.
TANK 7 • TIMBERLINES • ROLLING HILLS
- Make your way to the tiny town of Nannup, just 45 minutes north west of Manjimup. Spend the morning at Tank 7, this newly built mountain bike is perched on the hill overlooking Nannup and aside from the great views has some fantastic trails to explore. Download the Experience Nannup up for a full guide on the trails.
- Head back in to Nannup for a well earned lunch, there's heaps of great cafe's to choose from and you can take the Tank to Town trail directly into town from Tank 7.
- Starting at the Nannup Foreshore Park is the Old Timberline & Sidings Rail Trail. This 37km loop utilising the Munda Biddi can be done over 2 days with camping or a half day. This fantastic trail follows the path of wood powered steam driven locomotives from the forest to the Barrabup Mill and later Nannup Mill.