- Toilets Available
- Disabled Access
- Picnic Areas
- BBQ Available
- Camping Allowed
- No Pets Allowed
Fernhook Falls in Mt Frankland South National Park, is a series of cascades, creating a tumultuous spectacle in winter months, when the Deep River crashes over the great granite boulders of the Falls with a mighty roar, churning its tannin-rich waters to thick rafts of creamy foam. In the summer it transforms into a peaceful swimming spot at Rowells Pool below, enticing those who love a cold dip. A spring time visit will find the forest bursting with colour – Hovea, Flame Peas, Yellow Peas, and orchids for the keen-eyed.
Notably, almost the entire catchment of Deep River is in native forests, giving it probably the purest water in the south of Western Australia. The dark velvety water and saponin froth that piles between the rocks are testament to its long journey through the plant matter of the forests.
An easy detour off the main highway between Manjimup and Walpole, Fernhook Falls is an excellent spot for a picnic, with a wheelchair accessible viewing platform. Explorers can take the 1 km loop trail, or a longer, 14.8 km trail following the Munda Biddi track. A small campsite offers an overnight option for those who want to soak up more of the secluded river and forest magic.
LOCATION: From Walpole there are 2 routes to Fernhook Falls, both take about 35 mins and both involve drivin gon an unsealed road, suitable for 2WD but not caravans.
- Drive west on South Western Highway, about 35kms to sign to Fernhook Falls. Turn right onto Beardmore Rd (gravel road) and follow about 6kms to Fernhook Falls Campground.
- Or, drive north on North Walpole Road for 20 kms, turn left onto Beardmore Rd and follow 11kms to Fernhook Falls.
FACILITIES: Picnic tables, shelter with free gas BBQs and toilet facilities.
Campsite with 8 tent sites, tw small huts with slat beds and wood heater. Stay limit is 3 nights.
No entry fees to visit. Camping fees apply if staying overnight. Adult $11; Concession $7; Child $3.
Fernhook Falls Campground is not bookable (ie first come first served). May get busy on weekends and holidays.
RESPONSIBLE TOURISM: No dogs or other pet animals.
WHEN TO GO: Year round. For waterfalls – Winter (July to Osctober). For Canoeing – Whitewater season (July to end of October). For wildflowers – Spring, (September to November).
WHERE TO EAT AND STAY: Walpole-Nornalup Visitors Centre