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Understory, Art in Nature, Northcliffe Trails WA Top Trail Icon

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 1.2 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 1

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.

The Forest Folk sculptures are popular with all ages
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Northcliffe Visitor Information Centre, Muirillup Road, 360km (4.5 hours) south of Perth

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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".

Northcliffe Visitor Centre

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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.

Time / Duration

1 to 1.5 hours

Length

1.2km loop

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Northcliffe Visitor Information Centre, Muirillup Road, 360km (4.5 hours) south of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 1

No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

Hazards & Warnings

Beware of snakes in summer – December to February

Facilities

Descriptive brochure and audio tour available from visitor centre
  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
  • Visitor Information Centre

Best time of year

The walk is open daily from 9.30am – 4.00pm with last entry at 3pm

Fees

Entry fees apply

Trail Access

Road or bus to Northcliffe

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1 trail goers have rated Understory, Art in Nature, Northcliffe as 5 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Fiona Sinclair

Reviewed 23 Jun 2015, 11:02am

OK, so I'm obviously biased about this experience...but why can't a group of local residents be passionate about what's in their own backyard? After nine years of walking this trail regularly we still always find something new to enjoy about the trail.

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