- Approximately 72 hours
- Some unsealed roads
- Some bitumen roads
- Cafe / Shop on journey
- Start: The Stars Descend | Northcliffe | Sunday 19 March 2023
The Stars Descend self-drive tour: Northcliffe to Porongurup
The Stars Descend is a vast trail of dance performances about climate action and hope, unfolding over five regional locations from 17 March – 1 April, 2023.
Performances in spectacular outdoor settings will celebrate the rich biodiversity and ongoing restoration along the Gondwana Link’s 1000km ecological pathway.
Chapter 2 of The Stars Descend, is in Northcliffe located in Pibbulmun country. The stars have travelled from Margaret River via tendrils of cool fire. In this performance, created by Australian dance legend, Chrissie Parrott AO, the stars appear inside the exquisite orchids that emerge after fire. A sensual feast, this chapter is underscored by the evocative sounds of musician Dave Mann and the fire inspired design of celebrated Northcliffe artist, Peter Hill.
Audiences must catch special buses to access the performance to be held on a private property. Buses depart Brockman Street, Pemberton at 2.15pm and Northcliffe Visitor Centre at 3pm. Performance commences at 4.15pm and is followed by a community celebration hosted by Southern Forest Arts Book your tickets here.
After the performance, travel through the stunning Southern Forests and Walpole Wilderness area, via Walpole, Denmark and Albany to reach the remarkable Porongurup Range.
The Stars Descend | Northcliffe | Sunday 19 March 2023
Chapter 2 (Fitzgerald) of The Stars Descend in Northcliffe
Understory Art and Nature Trail
Understory Art and Nature Trail offers an enchanting experience of quality artworks embedded in the serenity of a bushland setting.
Windy Harbour and Point d'Entrecasteaux
Just near Point d’Entrecasteaux there are scenic drives and coastal walks with spectacular views of the rugged southern coastline.
Fernhook Falls are on the Deep River, a relatively undisturbed catchment and pristine river. Walk trails and boardwalks available with some wheelchair access.
Mount Frankland/Caldyanup National Park combines spectacular views as well as deep immersion in the stunning karri forest.
Swarbrick Art Loop
An art trail located near Swarbrick forest, which forest campaigners tried very hard to save. The artworks invite reflection on what it takes to protect our natural wealth for posterity.
The Knoll Scenic Drive and Walk Trails
The Knoll Scenic Drive is a 5 km circular route through the Walpole-Nornalup National Park taking you under the canopy of karri and marri forest.
Coalmine Beach Heritage Walk
An easy, delightful 3 km (one way) walk on a gravel track, with a boardwalk over Collier Creek. Traverses swampland with diverse scenery, vegetation and birdlife. Precious habitat for quokka.
Hilltop Lookout and Giant Tingle Tree
Start this 5.3km trail at the Lookout with splendid views over the inlets and ocean, then descend through Karri and Tingle forests to marvel at an ancient Giant Tingle towering over 50 m tall
WOW Walpole Wilderness Tour
The inky waters of Walpole and Nornalup inlets, cradled by karri-clad forest, create vistas of great beauty and naturalness. This cruise, run by local legend Gary Muir, is rich in detail and passion.
Tree Top Walk - Valley of the Giants
This tourism icon in the Valley of the Giants soars 40 m high amongst the canopy of karri and tingle. Views from the 600 m walkway, supported by 6 interconnected pylons, are sure to impress.
Ficifolia Rd & Conspicuous Cliffs
Drive through coastal heathland and the sole wild habitat of the Red Flowering Gum (Corymbia ficifolia) to spectacular Conspicuous Beach, an excellent viewing point for spring-time whale watching
Greens Pool - William Bay National Park
Its sheltered turquoise waters, sculptural granite boulders and white sands, makes Greens Pool very popular with visitors and locals alike. Around the headland are the aptly named Elephant Rocks
Koorabup (Denmark) Rivermouth / Wilson Inlet
A beautiful vantage point to access the Denmark River and Wilson Inlet, with many walking options available.
Albany, the hub of the Great Southern region, sits on the south coast of Western Australia, one of the most beautiful and diverse coastlines in the world.
Pwakkenbak / Mt Barker Lookout
At 404m above sea level, this lookout provides a commanding view over the entire region, including both the Stirling and Porongurup mountain ranges.