Activities at Donnelly Lakes
As well as relaxing on your deck over looking the lake enjoying your favourite beverage, there are lots of other ways to pass the time at Donnelly Lakes. Maybe you want to explore the main lake in a canoe, discover the abundant bird and wildlife or simply wander around the majestic bushlands, there is something on offer for everyone at Donnelly Lakes.
You are welcome to bring your own bikes and enjoy the vast area and tracks. Our canoes are always available if you'd like to explore from the lake.
You'll find all of the activities offered at Donnelly Lakes below, plus we've included some of our favourite activities and things to do in and around Pemberton.
"Loved it all - walking by the river , canoeing, relaxing by the lake and all the beautiful peace.
Will be back for sure!"
- Amy and Shane
Explore the lake by canoe
Grab a canoe and explore the main lake, look for birds in the hidden nooks and crannies, or just sit back and admire the reflections on the water. Each of our chalets has its own canoe (with paddles and life jackets). We recommend watching the misty sunrise from the middle of the lake, just make sure to wear a warm jacket!
Wonder at the amazing birdlife
There's an abundance of bird life here at Donnelly Lakes. No matter the time of year, there is always an amazing array of birds to be seen and heard. From beautiful water birds such herons, Ibis, rare bitterns and several species of ducks, to rosellas, white-tailed and red-tailed black cockatoos, twenty-eight parrots as well as the blue fairy wrens, splendid wrens, white breasted and scarlet robins and golden whistlers. Look out for the magnificent swamp harriers, wedge-tailed eagles and sparrow hawks as well. Over 80 species of birds have been sighted on the property.
Wander along amazing trails
There are a number of magnificent walks for you to enjoy without even leaving the property. Depending on the season, you will be delighted to discover many kinds of birds, animals, wild flowers and plants.
The most popular walk is undoubtedly along the banks of the Donnelly River, which meanders along the property boundary. Look out for Karri Sheoaks, which are unique to the area, as well as a number of ferns and fungi species.
Nature has a way of soothing the soul and the peace found here away from the bustle of life will no doubt recharge you
As there's so much to see and do in and around Pemberton we highly recommend you drop in to the Pemberton Visitor Centre. There you can find all sorts of information about the region, places to see, scenic drives, where to eat, maps and books plus they have a great range of souveniers to remember your stay by.
Below we have listed some of our favourite things to see and do.
Climb this magnificent Karri tree to a viewing platform perched 61m above the forest floor. The views from the top have to be seen to be believed! The Gloucester Tree is only 5 minutes from town and is the perfect way to challenge yourself.
Enjoy a relaxed cruise from the Karri to the Coast. Meandering along the 12km section, we will transverse a diverse ecosystem that is only accessible by boat. From the lush Jarrah and Marri forests, through the Paperbark and wetlands, to the limestone cliffs and majestic Southern Ocean. www.donnellyrivercruises.com.au
Pemberton is renowned for its premium wines, especially Pinot Noir. There are so many to choose from, start at the Pemberton Wine Centre to sample a couple of drops. Not too many though! Try Lost Lake, Silkwood, Salitage, Mountford, Hidden River or Warren Wines just to name a few!
The best is off the highway! Come and join us for a ride you will never forget. We'll take you through the towering forests and out onto the Yeagerup Dunes, an inland dune system that is continuing to drift! View the Warren River as it meets the Souther Ocean before heading back in our air conditioned 4WD
All aboard at the Pemberton Railway Station for a return service which meanders thorugh the towering Karri, Marri and Jarrah forests, over trestle bridges spanning rivers and streams along one of Australia's most majestic rail lines. Trams run south to the Warren River Bridge.
Get you adrenaline pumping at the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park. There's something for everyone, easy trails, a skills loop, the challenging Relentless Blue cross country curcuit, get big air on the jumps course or test yourself on the Cool Runnings trail. Read more here