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Heartbreak Drive Trail, Pemberton Heartbreak Drive Trail, Pemberton

2WD  in South West

  • 1-3 hours
  • 12 km

This 12 km drive trail winds through the magnificent karri forest and along the Warren River.  It offers access to camping and canoe launching sites as well as the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree and the Marianne North tree.  There is also a walk trail which closely follows the same loop.

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This one-way gravel road loops in an anticlockwise direction from Old Vasse Road down to the Warren River at Heartbreak Crossing. The track was originally built to clear a path for firefighters. It then follows the river.

Canoes can be launched at several points and there is camping at Drafty's Camp and Warren Camp on the river.  The track then ascends to the 65m Dave Evans Bicentennial tree which can be climbed, providing views of the forest and glimpses to the Yeagarup Dunes and coast beyond. 

Turning back along Old Vasse Road, the trail then passes a huge karri painted by Marianne North on a visit from England in 1880. Radio 100FM provides more information along the route. The Warren National Park offers some of the best virgin karri forest in the south west. The Warren River Loop Walk follows a similar route.

Note: Google Maps will lead you in the wrong direction. Please follow signage and follow the one-way loop in an anti-clockwise direction from Old Vasse Road.

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Time / Duration

2 hours


12km loop

What To Pack

Group D - Drive Trails (Drive trails: 2WD & 4WD) required.

Trail Start

Information shelter, Old Vasse Road, 11km from Pemberton, 340km (four hours) south of Perth

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Trail End


There are campsites at Drafty's Camp and Warren Camp along the Warren River. Canoes can be launched at these campsites or at Heartbreak Crossing or Blackbutt
picnic area.
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet


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Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets
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1 trail goers have rated Heartbreak Drive Trail, Pemberton as 4 out of 5!

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Sarah Meredith

Reviewed 21 Apr 2022, 7:40am

A really lovely driving track through the Warren National Park, giving you a few opportunities to stop and take a look. Worth the drive if you're heading out to do the Bicentennial Tree anyway!

Although listed as a 2WD track, there are some steep (but small) hills. Combined with the gravel road and a little bit of rain, it might be difficult for some sedans to handle it, so be careful.

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