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Margaret River Holiday Attractions
Western Australia


Nautical Lady Busselton's outdoor family fun centre located on the beach. Attractions include a contoured skating and skate-board rink, racing cars, bumper boats and trampolines. The Nautical Lady also features a water slide tower, climbing wall and jetty viewing platform.

Ballarat Engine This was the first steam engine locomotive in Western Australia, originally used to haul timber for a local mill. Situated in Victoria Square, cnr Queen and Albert Streets, Busselton.

Old Courthouse Arts Centre Located in Queen Street, Busselton. Now the home of the Busselton Arts Council, the Old Courthouse features Days of Grace Gallery, an information centre, a bookshop selling craft and pantry items, and studios housing artists working on a variety of craft.

Meelup, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay
These bays are all to the right from Cape Naturaliste Road. Fronting Geographe Bay, each of these coves is different and at the same time idyllic.

Bannamah Wildlife Park
Located on caves Road, Dunsborough. View a unique zoo set in natural surroundings featuring birds and marsupials.

Quindalup Fauna Park
View the marine fish, birds, animals, arts and crafts or simply enjoy a Devonshire Tea. Located on Caves Road.
Telephone: (097) 553 933.

Yallingup Beach Follow Caves Road to one of the State's top surfing beaches, Yallingup, 32km south west of Busselton.

Yallingup Cave
Off Caves Road, a short distance north of Yallingup. These caves were discovered in 1899 and today provide a constant source of delight to visitors. Open daily.

Yallingup Galleries
Situated on the corner of Gunyulgup Valley & Caves Road, the galleries feature Rob Malcolm's Woodcraft and the works of other artists.

Mammoth Cave
21km south of Margaret River. Revealing prehistoric fauna from over 35 000 years the Mammoth Cave provides easy viewing of fossil remains. The Mammoth Cave was first recorded in 1850, later explored in 1895 and opened in 1904.

Lake Cave
3.2km further south. The Lake cave holds an aura of peace and mystery with many limestone formations reflecting in the still waters of an underground stream. Lake Cave was first recorded by Fanny Bussell in 1867 and reveals a hidden wilderness of immense beauty.

Bellview Shell Museum
Located at Whitchcliffe, 6km south of Margaret River. The Museum has one of the best shell collections in Australia.

Boranup Forest
Follow Caves Road south on a splendid drive through some of the prettiest Karri forest in the State.

Margaret River Marron Farm
Located 11km south of Margaret River on Wickham Road. Facilities for picnics, barbecues, swimming or viewing Marron in their various stages of development.

Jewel Cave
8km north of Augusta on Caves Road. The lofty halls of the Jewel Cave and its underground wilderness are a sight to behold. Discovered in 1957 and opened for inspection in 1959 the cave is home to the largest straw stalactite to be found in any tourist cave. The discovery of fossil remains, Tasmanian Tiger (Thyiacine) dated at 25,000 years B.C. make the Jewel an important site for research.

Moondyne Cave
8km north of Augusta on Caves Road. Moondyne provides a bold new approach to tourist caving. Experience the thrill of adventure caving as you don overalls, helmet and miners light to explore the hidden wilderness of this cave.

Matthew Flinders Memorial
This memorial stands between Groper Bay and Point Matthew on the Leeuwin Road. It commemorates the fact that Matthew Flinders commenced the mapping of the Australian coastline from Cape Leeuwin on 6th December, 1801.

Old Karridale
Follow the Bussell Highway to Karridale Road or Hamelin Bay East Road. In its heyday, there were 300 workers employed by the timber mills at Karridale. It prospered until the early 1900s, when falling world markets caused a slump in the timber business. The mill closed in 1913 and time, and disastrous bush fires have taken their toll. All that remains is a solitary brickchimney.

Manjimup Regional Timber Park
Located cnr of Rose and Edward Streets. The Tourist Bureau is situated in the Manjimup Regional Timber Park and includes Timber Park Gallery, Bunnings' Age of Steam Museum, the State's only Timber Museum, Fire Lookout Tower and Towerman's Hut, a Blacksmith's Shop, Historical Hamlet and a display of vintage machinery.
Available facilities include shelters, children's playground, barbecues, public toilets and facilities for the disabled.

One Tree Bridge
Located on Graphite Road, 22km out of town. You can see portions of the log and decking of this unusual structure. One Tree Bridge dates from 1904, when the Giblett Brothers felled a single Karri tree to cross the Donnelly River. The bridge was in constant use until 1943, surviving several bushfires. This area is surrounded by walking tracks and picnic areas.

The Four Aces
These magnificent trees, between 300 and 400 years old, are just 500m past One Tree Bridge on Graphite Road. By a quirk of nature, these four giant Karri trees stand in Indian file a short distance from the road. Enjoy a walk along the Karri glade path.

Diamond Tree Tower
Located 10km south of Manjimup. At the top of this 51m Karri tree is built the only wooden tower in the world. The tower supports a wooden cabin lookout that was used as a fire lookout from 1941 to 1974.

King Jarrah
Situated just 3km out of Manjimup on the Perup Rd this tree is 600 years old. There are walk trails around the area and in the spring a spectacular display of wildflowers are on show.

100 Year Forest
The area where the 100 Year Forest stands was originally cleared to grow wheat. The project failed and the area was abandoned. A fire induced seed fall from the surrounding areas and the Karri forest was started. It was recognized and dedicated as a State forest 31 years later.

Rainbow and Tramway Trails
These trails were originally 91mm gauge railway on which wood burning Puffing Billy's hauled gigantic Karri logs to the Pemberton Sawmill during logging operations from 1920-1928.

Cloucester Tree
Sign posted off Brockman Street. This is the highest fire lookout tree in the world. One hundred and fifty three rungs spiral dizzily to the viewing platform 60m above. The view from the top is magnificent but the climb is not for the faint hearted! The tree was named after the Duke of Gloucester who visited in 1946.

Pemberton Tramway
Take a breathtaking ride in a 1907 replica tram through towering Karri and Marri forests along one of the most scenic rail lines in Australia, crossing rivers and streams on rustic wooden bridges to enjoy the quiet beauty of the forest. Departs daily at 10.45 am and 2pm for a duration of 1 hour.
Tel: (097) 761 322.

Pemberton Sawmill
The most automated and largest sawmill in the southern hemisphere. Tours available from the Forest Industries Centre, Brockman Street at times when the mill is working. For more information contact the Tourist Centre.

Trout and Marron Hatchery
Situated on Pump Hill Road. From 3,000 breeding trout, some 1,000,000 fingerlings (trout three months old and 5mm long) are produced each year for stocking the State's streams. Open daily for guided tours.

Photos courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

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