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Great Forest Trees Drive, Shannon NP

2WD inSouth West

(+5)
Blackwood River Valley, Bunbury Geographe & Collie, Great Southern, Margaret River Region, Southern Forests

  • 1-3 hours
  • 48 km

Great Forest Trees Drive is a self-guided, 50 kilometre drive that winds its way through spectacular old-growth karri, jarrah and marri forest in Shannon National Park .  There are several stops along the way where you can stretch your legs, have a picnic or just enjoy the views.

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Shannon National Park is 33km east of Northcliffe via Middleton Road, 55km south of Manjimup and 65 km

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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. 

Pemberton Visitor Centre

(08) 9776 1133

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Time / Duration

Time depends on the exploring you do!

Length

48km loop

What To Pack

Group D (Drive trails) required.

Trail Start

Shannon National Park is 33km east of Northcliffe via Middleton Road, 55km south of Manjimup and 65 km

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Facilities

The 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.

  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Lookouts
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Shaded Area

Best time of year

All year round

Trail Access

Drive 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets in National Parks
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