Hidden deep in the karri and jarrah forests, tiny Pemberton is blessed with a multitude of activities, from canoeing and mountain-bike riding to just sipping a whisky by a wintry fire. The last whistle at the South West timber mills blew in 2016, and thankfully the national parks circling Pemberton and beyond to D'Entrecasteaux National Park remain deeply impressive. Spend a day or two driving the well-marked Karri Forest Explorer tracks, walk forest trails, and 'forest bathe' among the gigantically tall trees standing here.
Pemberton also produces excellent cooler climate wines: chardonnay and pinot noir, among other varietals. Wine tourism isn't developed here, but you can grab a free map listing cellar-door opening hours from the visitor centre.