If you’re looking for the best things to do in Manjimup and tips on when to visit, how to get there, and where to stay, this guide from a Perth local will be invaluable.
Manjimup is surrounded by state forests in Western Australia’s South West. It was previously a timber town but is now well known for its fresh produce, Pink Lady Apples, and beautiful forests.
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Things To Do in Manjimup
Manjimup is an outdoor lover’s delight. Surrounded by natural beauty, there is plenty to do and see. This map will help you plan your itinerary.
Manjimup Heritage Park
The 12 hectare Heritage Park is a key tourism precinct in Manjimup. It incorporates a large adventure playground, museums, natural bush, and walk trails.
The Power Up Electricity Museum shows the evolution of electricity, from the first light globe to solar energy. It costs A$14 per adult, A$8 for children over four, and A$30 for a family (includes 2 adults + 3 children, or 1 adult + 4 children).
Learn about the history of the State’s timber industry at the State Timber Museum. The price is A$5 per adult, A$2 for children over four, and A$12 for a family.
Kids will love the large adventure playground with flying fox, a fort with slides, and a tall 17m lookout tower with a giant enclosed metal slide. Our girls loved the flying fox but weren’t too keen to try the towering slide.
Wander through the native bushland and discover Australian and non-Australian trees. From August to November, a wide range of wildflowers can be seen. Be careful of snakes during the warmer months, when they are more active.
Go back in time to how Manjimup would have been in the 1950s and 60s in the Historic Hamlet area. As you visit replica, and some original relocated buildings, learn about the life of a timber milling town. We found this part interesting and informative.
At The Steam Museum you will find out how steam was used to power the sawmills. It is free to enter and fascinating to see how steam-powered the sawmills and sped up the processes.
At the Rail Relics display, see locomotives and haulers from the 1890s, and the equipment used to pull logs through the forest. Kids can climb and explore them.
PARK Manjimup Café has a beautiful outdoor seating area with timber decking and tables. It is open for breakfast and lunch from 8 am 7 days a week and for dinner from 6 pm Friday and Saturday. Call 9700 9013 to make a booking.
The Manjimup Heritage Park is one of the best things to do in Manjimup with kids and offers some indoor attractions if it’s raining. It’s also a good choice for a picnic, with lots to do for children and toilet facilities. We went here a couple of times during our stay.
You can download a copy of the Heritage Park map.
Manjimup Visitor Centre is at the start of the town, opposite the Timber & Heritage Park. They provide maps and information on Manjimup and the surrounding area.
Manjimup Town is a regional centre for the largest shire in the South West region. Supermarkets, including Woolworths and Coles, are located here and shops, like Target.
There are a few restaurants/cafes in town; Manjimup Chinese Restaurant, Southern Roasting Co, Cilantro Cafe (Indian), and Two Little Black Birds Cafe.
The King Jarrah Tree
The King Jarrah Tree can be found just outside of Manjimup town centre, on Perup Road. This massive tree is thought to be over 500 years old and is 2.6m in diameter and 45m in height.
As you turn off Perup Road, there are picnic tables, bbq, and toilets. A 600 m walking track loops around the King Jarrah tree. From September to November, look for beautiful wildflowers. The path is suitable for prams and wheelchairs. You will also see what remains of Queejup’s birth tree, a Noongar stockman who was born under this tree.
It’s amazing to see such an old tree, but it wasn’t a highlight of Manjimup.
The Four Aces, One Tree Bridge & Glenoran Pool
Four Aces, One Tree Bridge, and Glenoran Pool are south west of Manjimup on Graphite Road.
A gravel car park is just off Graphite Road with a path leading along Donnelly River to Glenoran Pool.
Glenoran Pool is touted as an ideal place to swim on a hot summer day and used to be the local swimming pool for the settlement of Glenoran. However, a sign says that swimming is not recommended due to the strong current, cold water, and varying depths.
Head back to the car park and under the road bridge (the suspension bridge over Donnelly River was built as a safer alternative for cyclists and hikers of the Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun Track) to One Tree Bridge.
As you may have guessed, One Tree Bridge is made from a single karri tree. Local settlers Herbert and Walter Giblett built the bridge in 1904 by felling the enormous tree, so it dropped across the 25m wide river. The rest of the structure was made with local jarrah trees and was used to cross the Donnelly River until 1943 when it disintegrated and fell into the river. What is left of One Tree Bridge is an important part of the local history.
A 2.1 km trail can be walked through the towering trees from One Tree Bridge to the Four Aces and return. Four Aces are a straight row of 400-year-old Karri trees, but the true beauty is in the forest around them with fallen trees covered in moss.
Archimede Fontanini created Fonty’s Pool in 1925. It was used to irrigate his vegetables but soon became a favourite spot for families to picnic.
We stayed at Fonty’s Pool Caravan Park so we could use the pool free of charge. Non-guests can swim here, but there’s a $3 fee. The water was pretty cold in September, but there were tractor inner tubes for the kids to float in. It’s a beautiful and relaxing spot to sit while the kids play.
It would be amazing in summer and the best place to cool off on a hot day.
Manjimup to Deanmill Heritage Trail
The Manjimup to Deanmill Heritage Trail is an easy, 5.5 km (one way) walk along an old rail line. It also forms part of the Munda Biddi Trail, a world-class, off-road cycling trail.
The walk goes through bush and farmland, and wildflowers are abundant in spring.
The tramway ran from 1912 to 1966, linking the sawmill to Manjimup. Deanmill was named after Alfred Dean, the mill’s first manager.
Deanmill is very small with quaint homes and a good example of an old timber town. The old Town Hall was built around 1914 but has been left to deteriorate.
Pemberton is 32 km from Manjimup and is a beautiful area to explore.
Find out all the best things to do in Pemberton and start planning your day!
Events in Manjimup
The Cherry Harmony Festival celebrates the region’s fresh produce, including the red cherry. Expect parades, wine tastings, log chopping demonstrations, displays, food stalls, and live music.
The Australian truffle season starts in June with the annual event, Truffle Kerfuffle, starting it off. Manjimup is the heart of Australian truffle country; more truffles are found here than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere. The rare black winter truffles are unearthed minutes from here, so the earthy aroma is intense. I haven’t been to this festival yet but had a truffle degustation at Friends Restaurant in Perth. It was divine, and I hope to attend Truffle Kerfuffle one year.
Accommodation in Manjimup
We use Booking.com for most accommodation bookings as they offer free cancellation on most rooms, have a loyalty program (Genius), a price match guarantee, the site is user-friendly and they have great customer support. We also book through Stayz for private accommodation as they are often cheaper than Airbnb.
We camped at Fonty’s Pool Caravan Park. It’s 10 minutes from Manjimup and easy to get to Pemberton from. It was jam-packed, so we had to queue to use toilets and showers. The sites are also quite close to each other, which didn’t provide much privacy. The pool was great, though, and the site is in a beautiful setting.
The Manjimup Backpackers Hostel hasn’t received good reviews, so I wouldn’t recommend staying there. The Manjimup Gateway Hotel is a much better budget accommodation option.
Clover Cottage Country Retreat is a pioneer homestead and trout lake farm on the Warren River. Two-bedroom cottages with limestone cottages with a fireplace, private spa-bath, and a hammock with views overlooking the trout lakes and river valley. The accommodation has full kitchen facilities and a bbq.
Dingup House is a heritage home dating back to 1870 and set on 45 acres. The homestead has four ensuite rooms and one two bedroom unit with an ensuite. The price includes a delicious breakfast and use of the guest lounge/dining room with the log fire.
Our children thoroughly enjoyed their stay at Diamond Forest Cottages. It’s 10 minutes from Manjimup on a beautiful hobby farm. You can read more about it and see photos on our Diamond Forest Farm Stay Review or book here.
Manjimup distance from Perth & how to get there
Manjimup is in the South West region of Western Australia, about 295 km south of Perth. The driving time is around 3 hours and 15 minutes, through stunning countryside once you leave the main highway. It’s a lovely road trip from Perth.
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Manjimup Forecast & Weather
The hottest months are January & February, where the average highs are 27 degrees.
The coldest months are from June to August. During this time, the temperature will be around 14/15, with a minimum of 6.
Most rain falls between June and August, with December to February being the driest months.
I like spring when the fields are green from the winter rain, and the wildflowers are out. The weather can be a bit dicey with a bit of rain.
See the detailed 7-day forecast at the Bureau of Meteorology.
Brief History & Settlement of Manjimup
Firstly, I’d like to respectfully acknowledge the Noongar People, the Traditional Owners, and First People of these lands. I would like to pay my respect to the Elders past, present, and future, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture, and hopes of the Noongar People.
Manjimup’s meaning is derived from local Aboriginal words’ Manjin’, meaning ‘an edible reed’ and ‘up,’ which is ‘meeting place.’
Manjimup was first settled by Europeans in 1856 when timber cutter Thomas Muir settled there.
Agriculture and Forestry are now the town’s primary industries. With its rich soil, Manjimup produces gourmet foods, including black truffles, cherries, and chestnuts to apples, avocados, wine, and olive oil. This region supplies a significant portion of the State’s food as well as exporting internationally.
The Cripps Pink apple, or Pink Lady as they are better known, was developed here in the 1970s by John Cripps.
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What is Manjimup known for?
Manjimup is known for its truffles, cherries, and apples.
What is the population of Manjimup?
According to the 2016 Australian Census, Manjimup had a population of 4349. However, I’m sure this figure is a lot higher now.
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