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Dwellingup, Western Australia

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Dwellingup is the perfect country escape just a 1.5 hours drive south from Perth. Your day trip or weekend away can be filled with a variety of great outdoor adventures from camping in the jarrah forests to bushwalking and mountain biking or canoeing on the Murray River. You can even start your adventure in Perth, hiking the first 96 kilometres of the world-renowned Bibbulmun Track from Kalamunda or cycling the Munda Biddi mountain bike trail from Mundaring and taking in the city-to-country scenery at your own pace. Immerse yourself in the beautiful forested valleys and waterways of Lane Poole Reserve. Covering almost 55000 hectares, and criss-crossed with walking trails, mountain bike and four wheel drive tracks, the reserve is a popular and picturesque adventure playground. Filled with bird life year round and wildflowers in spring, it's also a great place for taking it slow with a picnic or walking with your dog (yes, the reserve is pet-friendly). For an insightful introduction to the region's natural treasures, visit the Forest Heritage Centre. Climb the three viewing towers for views of the forest canopy or discover the excellent artisan skills of students from the School of Fine Wood at the gallery. If you time your trip between May and October you can also enjoy the unique and nostalgic journey through Dwellingup's timber milling history by steam train on the Hotham Valley Railway. There are plenty of places to set up camp under towering trees and a star-filled sky, but if you'd prefer some creature comforts head for Dwellingup's hotel, chalets, backpackers or caravan park.

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