In an underrated town best known for its giant Karri trees, forests full of trails, and delicious wine and gourmet produce, it’s no surprise Pemberton is a hidden paradise.
For wine enthusiasts and holidaymakers searching for the perfect spring getaway, there are plenty of options. This corner of Western Australia is home to incredible natural beauty, a thriving wine and food scene, hiking adventures and unique attractions. Its central location makes a great base to see the South-West, with Yallingup and Margaret River two hours away. Nearby areas such as Beedelup, Karri Valley, Manjimup and Nannup are also worth wandering.
Join us as we tour wineries in Pemberton and the best experiences for spring.
1. Top Wineries: The Hidden Gems of Pemberton
When the first vines were planted in 1977 on an experimental block of land, there was no knowing Pemberton would grow into one of Australia’s most prolific wine regions.
Today its reputation as a wine lover’s paradise is well-earned.
The region's organic wineries offer exceptional vintages and intimate experiences. In spring, you can stroll through vineyards lined with blossoms, learn about sustainable winemaking and indulge in tastings that reveal the nuanced flavours of the cooler climate terroir.
While exploring wineries in the South-West is a year-round activity, springtime is one of the best seasons to visit. Spring and autumn offer a satisfying transition between the ‘extremes’ with mild temperatures, sunshine and some rainfall. Great for wine-tasting and forest walks!
The South-West is a vineyard haven. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten track, try these cellar doors and breweries:
Mountford Wines and Tangletoe Cidery: One of Pemberton’s oldest wineries and the first cidery in WA. Visit our mudbrick cellar door for carbon-positive wines and ciders sustainably made by hand, charming scenery, informative tastings and a relaxing atmosphere. You can also try Australia’s first truffle liqueur.
Hidden River: Wine and dine with a stunning view. Along with their own wines, Hidden River has a seasonal menu with the freshest produce. Perfect for food pairing with local vino and farm-to-table dining.
Picardy Wine: Top-quality wines with Tuscan views of Pemberton. Picardy is renowned for its Chardonnay and Pinot noir, and the family’s wine-making experience and connection to the French industry.
Ampersand Estate: A boutique winery with luxurious accommodations, rainfall-infused vodka and flocks of friendly ducks you can feed by the lake. Wet your whistle at the vodka and gin lounge and visit their premium cellar door.
Tall Timbers: Manjimup is WA’s food bowl with a world-class reputation as a foodie destination. Tall Timbers is the place to try everything, from a wide range of South-West wines and craft beers to a menu of gourmet produce and the region’s finest food and brews.
2. Award-Winning Wine and Art
Pemberton has a vibrant art scene showcasing the works of talented local artists. Some cellar doors are also home to paintings, sculptures and photography, allowing you to enjoy art appreciation while sipping on a glass (or two) of wine.
Blend your love of wine with culture and libations at an award-winning winery art gallery. This is a great experience for designated drivers and non-drinkers too.
Look for local events and festivals that bring together wine and art. Many annual cultural events include wine tasting and art exhibitions.
3. Karri Forests and Natural Wonders
While wine is undoubtedly the star of the show in Pemberton, there’s more beyond the vineyards to experience. One of the best things to do in Pemberton in spring is explore the natural wonders.
Whether it’s an outdoor hiking or cycling activity, or discovering tranquillity at a secluded beach, each adventure promises a deeper connection with the natural world.
Explore 100-year-old forests
Pemberton sits on the doorstep of majestic Karri Forests. Along the infamous Biblimum track, there’s a hike that takes you through the towering ancient giants. The Karri lookout is unmarked at the top of the hill, with spectacular views of the Karri tree valley.
If you’re feeling adventurous, see the forest by kayaking the Warren River. There are small but fun rapids to paddle through - perfect for beginners and experienced kayakers.
Cruise the Donnelly River
Take in the tranquil setting and the ever-changing scenery as you cruise down the Donnelly. Book a half-day relaxing cruise and listen to the captain tell tales about Pemberton and the local forests, or bring your boat and see the wild and pristine beauty at your own pace.
The river connects to a lone beach landing that’s only accessible by boat. Pack a picnic and a bottle of bubbles for the ultimate experience.
Where the wildflowers are
Spring is when the wildflowers are out and the Goblin Swamp is a local gem for wildflower spotting, with a colourful 5km walk trail. Wander the wildflower-filled forest and see the twisted old trees.
For more secret wildflower locations, visit Lane Poole and Northcliffe 45 minutes from Pemberton. There’s a magical-looking waterfall with pretty picnic and swimming spots along the river.
Pemberton’s national parks are also exploding with colour in spring. Explore Beedelup National Park, Warren National Park and Gloucester National Park for picturesque scenery, mushroom treasures and wildflowers in abundance.
Early spring and winter are the best times to see Beedelup Falls when the waterfall flows the strongest. Walk under the trees and over the waterfall, take the forest trails through Beedelup National Park and stand inside an enormous 400-year-old Karri tree.
Swim forest-lined pools
There are three incredibly scenic spots for swimming: Pemberton Pool, the Big Brook Dam and Fonty’s.
Each is manmade and surrounded by magnificent views. The Big Brook Dam is a peaceful family and dog-friendly camping area lined with Karri trees. There’s a sandy beach area, a boat ramp and a sealed 4km walking trail that follows the shores of the dam.
Pemberton Pool, in the centre of town, is an idyllic swimming hole immersed in nature. The water from the Lefroy Brook naturally pools here, making it a popular swimming spot in spring and summer. Fonty’s Pool, which is actually a freshwater dam, is a South-West gem for families and friends. Cool off for a day or stay longer at the charming chalets.
4. Go Off Road
This corner of WA is the stuff of road trip dreams. Ancient forests, red earth and jaw-dropping beaches. Going off-road can give you a taste of it all.
Spend a day four-wheel driving in the wilderness, where it’s remote and unspoilt by large foot traffic. There are secret forest trails, secluded beaches and snorkelling and fishing spots to find when you take the road less travelled. Book a guided Beach and Forest Eco Adventure with Pemberton Discovery Tours or grab a map and tackle the region yourself. Navigate the D'Entrecasteaux National Park off-road and reduce your tyre pressure at the epic dunes in Yeagarup.
5. Ride the Pemberton Tram
A unique way to see the Southern Forests is from the tramway. This pretty ride is suitable for kids and adults and crosses over rivers and cascades along a historic rail line. Back in the day, when Pemberton was an old timber town, this tram line was how timber was moved around.
The 75-minute journey takes you past cute cottages and the old sawmill before descending deep into the Karri forest. You’ll have a 25-minute stop at the Cascades, giving you enough time to stretch your legs and explore the picturesque scenery.
6. Visit the Local Chocolate Factory
Have a sweet tooth? Then you can’t miss the Southern Forest chocolate factory, home to delicious artisan sweetness in the heart of the Karri forest. Indulge in chocolate tastings and tours, with truffles dipped in chocolate and wine and chocolate pairing to combine the best things in life.
The chocolatiers create hand-crafted masterpieces using homegrown, local ingredients. Choose from various flavours, such as salted coconut, nutmeg and cinnamon, and make sure you buy a goodie bag from the gift shop.
There’s plenty to do in and around Pemberton. As the days grow longer and the landscape awakens from its winter slumber, springtime in the South-West unfolds into a tapestry of flavours, scents and adventures. Take your time, explore and enjoy.
What will you be doing? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.