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||Blackberry is a Priority No.4 weed of National Significance. It is one of the most devastating weeds in Australia. Eradication and control of damage cost over $70 million a year.
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is surrounded by State Forests, National Parks and agricultural
land used mainly for dairy farming. Vineyards and tree farms are
also beginning to be seen in the area. From Northcliffe to the
coast at Windy Harbour is a coastal heath plain, a wild flower
wilderness which can be viewed from the top of Mount Chudalup.
those with a little time to spare a walk in the Northcliffe
Forest park will be rewarding at any time of year. Tall karri
trees, native flora and birds are a delight.
The new road and walk trail near Salmon Beach, off the Wheatley
Coast Road just before the Windy Harbour Settlement, is well
worth a visit. It was developed by The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) to give access to Point D'Entrecasteaux
and the surrounding coastal cliffs. Locals will sing the praises
of Windy Harbour and other coastal areas for fishing.
anyone who enjoys bush walking, the Bibbulmun Track passes through
the Town of Northcliffe and there are four local marked walk
trails to enjoy too.
Photo: Mount Chudalup, Wheatley Coast Road,
south of Northcliffe
The "rock" of Northcliffe is
one of the most impressive attractions in the area. Standing
on the top of the rock looking out to sea or over the forest,
you can easily imagine you are the only person ever to have set
foot upon the place. The view is awe-inspiring.
forest park is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the beauty of
a karri forest. Access is less than twenty metres from the main
street, behind the Tourist Centre . There are marked walk tracks
to explore with barbecue and picnic sites for a lunch spot or
rest .The Gardner River flows through the Forest Park, adding
places of cool, green peacefulness.
Hollow Butt tree
Hollow Butt Tree and The Twin Karri
will find these interesting trees in the Northcliffe Forest Park.
The Hollow Butt tree, and the Twin Karri picnic area is the most
visited attraction in Northcliffe. The tree still lives even though
its base has been hollowed out by fire.
wide, fifteen metre drop over an ancient boulder of granite,
Lane Poole Falls is one of the most rewarding sites after walking
the two and a half kilometres from the car park. During winter the
thundering roar from the cascade of long rains will take your
Lane Poole Falls in winter
On the South
West Highway, just south of Middleton Road is the Shannon National
Park. To tour by car take the Big Tree Drive - a booklet is available
from DEC. Shannon was a thriving timber town which has been
completely demolished, but there is a great bush campsite. It has two
wooden huts complete with simple bunks and pot belly stove and the Shannon
lodge, which has to be booked through DEC. The campsite has
a shower and toilet block, and hot water for a shower can be got
using the solid fuel heater.
more information about National parks go to the National
Some stunning karri trees and delightful
walk trails, including the Heartbreak trail. Well worth
a visit and has three bush campsites.
A mountain bike trail has been developed here, but it
is also a delightful karri forest for bush walks.
A stunning range of mobile sand dunes. They are steadily
encroaching on the bushland and lakes. A four wheel drive vehicle is
necessary to reach or cross the dunes to Yeagerup Beach, a popular fishing
beach. Take a short walk onto the dunes from from Lake Yeagerup, it's
a remarkable experience.
The D'Entrecasteaux National Park covers 118,000ha and
includes 131 km of wild coastline. The Park also includes "islands" of
karri forest, granite outcrops such as Mount Chudalup, limestone cliffs,
coastal wetlands, mobile sand dunes, white sandy beaches and river
Most areas are only accessible
by 4WD vehicle although Salmon Beach and Windy Harbour can
be reached by normal cars. Here you can see the limestone cliffs
and find good swimming, fishing and surf beaches. Windy Harbour
has a camp ground and boat ramp, but take care, the Southern
Ocean is not a place for the inexperienced.
DEC have put in a new road to
Point D'Entrecasteaux, off the Salmon Beach Road - well worth
a drive and there is a new coastal walk trail with fine views
and whale watching.
Salmon Beach is popular for swimming and fishing or just a pleasant
Access to the Park is mostly
by four wheel drive, so observe the following tips provided
" Remember all vehicles entering the park
must be fully licensed for the road. The park is not an off
road vehicle area. - Deflate your tyres when driving on soft
sand. If you wish to enter the park this is a must. Tyre
pressures required depend on the sand conditions, your tyres
and the weight of your vehicle. If you do not deflate your
tyres you will get bogged, chop up the track and raise the
ire of other users and the local ranger! - Select the correct
gear. Low third will keep you moving at a comfortable pace
and has enough power not to stall when the going gets heavier.
- Keep to the track. Drive on existing tracks only; don't
create new ones or drive on the scrub. For more information
about 4x4 driving pick up a Going To The Coast brochure from
the local DEC office in Pemberton or call DEC Pemberton
on (08) 9776 1207."
Ask for advice before you go.
Call into or ring the local DEC office.
D'Entrecasteaux, near Windy Harbour Courtesy
of Shashi Richards
A delightful spot on the Warren River, with rock pools
and rushing waters in winter. Can be crossed by 4x4 in summer only.
Was originally a river crossing for cattle. The Bibbulmun Track passes
close by and meets the local Blackberry
Pool Walk Trail. Ask for a brochure at the Northcliffe Visitor Centre.
Photo: Moon's Crossing in Summer