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About Great Forest Trees Drive, Shannon NP
The 535-sq-km Shannon National Park is on the South Western Highway, 53km south of Manjimup. Until 1968 Shannon was the site of WA's biggest timber mill, and plants including deciduous trees from the northern hemisphere are reminders of the old settlement.
The drive starts from the northern side of the South West Highway and finishes at the Shannon Campground, south of the highway.
The 50km Great Forest Trees Drive is a one-way loop, split by the highway. Start at the park day-use area on the north of the highway. The first stop along the drive is the picturesque Shannon Dam which was built to supply water to the Shannon Mill and town.
The other stops along the northern loop of the drive are Which tree is that, Melaleucas and Curtin Tank.
Once you cross the South West Highway, the southern loop of the drive will take you past Snake Gully, Big Tree Grove and Inferno Hill before finishing at the Shannon Campground.
You can learn more about the great forest trees of Shannon National Park from the interpretive signage along the way.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Time depends on the exploring you do!
What To Pack
Group D (Drive trails) required.
What To Pack
Group D (Drive trails)
- Research your trip well in advance. Good preparation is essential as distances in Western Australia are huge and facilities are limited. Visit the website associated with each drive trail for in-depth travel information.
- Carry maps, spare parts, a first aid kit and plenty of food and water to last your journey
- Visit the ‘Travelling in Outback Western Australia’ website for information regarding travelling in the Outback. Permits may need to be arranged in advance to enter into some areas which are on private property.
Additional Useful Items
Bushwalking items if you take the opportunity to walk one of the trails in the Shannon National Park.
FacilitiesThe campground has toilets, gas barbecues, hot water showers and a variety of campsites. There are plenty of campsites that are suitable for large caravans and 5th wheelers. Two camping huts are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Contact the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions office in Pemberton for details.
- Car Park
- All accessible parking
- Picnic Area
- Shaded Area
Best time of year
All year round
Prohibited ItemsNo pets in National Parks
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Snake Gully lookout
Named after John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia (1941-1945). This tank was built as a water source for firefighters for the Shannon mill and town.
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