Surrounded by towering jarrah, karri and eucalypt forests, the town of Dwellingup is a great base for exploring the South West region. This country town is known for its access to stunning beaches, boutique wineries and scenic bushwalking tracks filled with native wildlife.
Things to do
Start your trip at the Forest Heritage Centre, where you'll find displays on the natural ecology of the region. A handful of trails wind their way through the forest, including a treetop canopy walk. Don't miss the gift store where you can pick up unique pieces carved by local woodwork artists.
Dwellingup is anchored by a lively town centre where you'll find a string of cafes, shops and country pubs. You can stop by the Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre or enjoy a coffee at the Blue Wren Cafe. It's housed in a characterful colonial building and serves legendary homemade sausage rolls.
Set on the banks of the Murray River, Lane Poole Reserve is a great place to bushwalk, enjoy a picnic or cool off in tree-shaded swimming spots like Island Pool. In the winter, it's popular with kayakers and white-water rafters.
History buffs will jump at the chance to ride the Hotham Valley Railway. The vintage train puffs along a 32-kilometre section of the Pinjarra to Narrogin railway, with dinner served in an elegant dining carriage. Daytime trips are a fantastic way to take in the stunning forest scenery.
Dwellingup is located in the Peel Region, around 100 kilometres south of Perth. The drive takes approximately one hour. While the town centre is easy to get around on foot, you'll need a car to explore the rest of the South West region.