We recently took a 17 day tour of Southwest Western Australia in a campervan with our four young children. You can find an overview of our travels here.
We enjoyed a 5 night stay in Pemberton, a forested region of SW WA with natural pools, vineyard, breweries, sand dunes, beaches and famous climbing trees. If we had to shorten our stay there are two things we would be absolutely sure not to miss. Those two things are Windy Harbour by way of the Northcliffe art walk including a drive along the D'Entrecasteaux lookout points, and the incredibly awe inspiring Beach and Forest Eco Adventure with Pemberton Discovery Tours.
The first thing my husband said to me when I started planning this trip was, "I don't want to do any tours." Unlike our Western Mediterranean cruise six months before where we arranged tours for all of our days on land, he wanted this trip to be more about nature and discovery. I totally agreed, but when I looked into things to do in Pemberton, I realized we would miss out on so much due to our lack of a 4WD. So I booked the tour and boy am I glad we did this!
Pemberton Discovery Tours is run by a husband and wife who have been guiding these tours for over 20 years. I think it's safe to say they know the area! Graeme was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable about the history and flora and fauna of the area. I don't think there was one question he could not answer- and we asked a lot of questions! Also, I'm normally nervous riding in cars on rough terrain, but he was an excellent and confident driver. We felt completely safe the whole time.
Our kids were absolutely amazed by the sand dunes. They kept asking "what is a sand dune?" "Is it on the beach?" "Is it big?" You know how kids are with their twenty (thousand) questions. When Graeme drove up onto that first dune the kids were awestruck. Their reactions were priceless!
After a stroll through the Karri trees and romping around the sand dunes, Graeme took us out to see where a river meets the ocean. Once again it was just beautiful, magical, all the things. This tour fits its name so well because it really was about discovery.
A few details for the parents: There are bathroom facilities along the way and a picnic lunch is provided on the way back. Car seats were ready and waiting for my kids when we arrived and they even knew the correct way to install them!