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Donnelly River Cruises

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Address: Pemberton, Western Australia 6258, Australia
Phone Number: +61897771018
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Description: Winner of 4 Western Australian Tourism Awards including Ecotourism in...
Winner of 4 Western Australian Tourism Awards including Ecotourism in 2009. Donnelly River cruises is an award-winning experience not to be missed. Operating daily, with bus pick-ups also available from Pemberton and Manjimup, Donnelly River Cruises conducts a river cruise of the lower twelve-kilometre section of the Donnelly River, within the confines of the D’Entrecasteaux National Park, in the South West of Western Australia. The cruise area, including the beach landing, encompasses an area that is not accessible by 4-wheel drive and is only accessible by boat. The atmosphere of the cruise is to “sit back, relax and enjoy” as you meander through the diversified eco systems of the river. In a conversational format where you are encouraged to join in, Peter & Shaun will enlighten you about the river, the ecology and geology of the area, the fauna and flora and some of the history of the area. The scenery is constantly changing as you commence in lush Jarrah and Marri forests, and then pass through the Paperbark and wetlands, past the limestone cliffs, to the majestic Southern Ocean. On the way you will cruise past the unique holiday huts nestled amongst the towering Marri trees and coastal dunes. While at the mouth of the river, you are given the opportunity to disembark and experience the isolation and pristine quality of the area, with a walk along the beach for about half an hour. The beach is approximately 2 km long confined by rocky outcrops at each end with no vehicle access at all. You are able to stroll along the soft white beaches in virtual isolation except for possibly a few locals trying their hand at some beach fishing. After toe tapping with the Southern Ocean, you will make your way back to the boat where you begin the return journey with a morning or afternoon tea complimented by Pete’s “fantastic” muffins.There is no one photo to depict this amazing cruise!!!
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What a great day out

As previously stated, "What a great day out." I thought I knew a bit about the local area prior to this trip, how deluded was I? Thank you Shaun for a most entertaining and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Fremantle, Australia
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Fremantle, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

As previously stated, "What a great day out." I thought I knew a bit about the local area prior to this trip, how deluded was I? Thank you Shaun for a most entertaining and informational day, your knowledge of flora, fauna, area history and the characters in the local area was phenomenal, keeping a 12 and 14 year old listening... More 

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Albany, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We had a most enjoyable day. We were picked up at the Caravan Park on time and the had a great scenic tour through the produce areas. Lots of avacardos,strawberries and other fruit and veg. The boat trip was great ------very pretty and peaceful with Shaun giving excellent comentry about the history of the area. He had great info about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We booked the River Cruise online as it looked really special and we were not disappointed.There were only five of us and we were picked up on time. and enjoyed the drive through the woods to the River.We had a lovely time spotting wildlife including unusual birds and marvelling at the unspoilt wilderness of L'Entrecastaux National Park.Finally we arrived at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I have given this 5 stars as the cruise is through an isolated, unique and pristine area. Firstly, it was good to have a complimentary up and return to Manjimup by coach, as it was 40 minutes away from boarding the boat, the last few kilometres being on a rough gravel track. Peter was very informative about local history, flora... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Fabulous day out and a wealth of information of the area and habitat. Thanks Peter we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Julie,Chris,Percy and Michelle!

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Was a little disapointed by the lack of wildlife along the river. Our guide Peter was a great character that gave us endless information on the local area. His muffins were amazing

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Shaun collected us on time and took us for a detour through the avocado, truffle and wine region, he was very knowledgeable, the last few kilometers to the boat was on gravel road a bit of a bone shaker, the cruise down the river was very interesting with Shaun's comentary, when we arrived at the beach at the river mouth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We (couple in the mid-20s) got picked up in Pemberton by the super friendly guide Peter and were brought to the river for free. Already on the way there, he informed us about the forests and wildlife as well as history of the area. The cruise itself was relaxing and enjoyable (don't miss out on the delicious muffins on the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Shaun collected us from Pemberton on time, we proceeded through newly developed farms of Avocado Olives and TRUFFLES to the Donnelly River, The boat was clean and comfortable with on board toilet, we sailed through the State Park to the sand bar crossing the mouth of the river where we took a bracing walk followed by coffee and muffins,then returned... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

One of the most informative tours with our great tour leader/pilot/bus driver/man about Pemberton, Sean. Enjoyed every minute of the time. Great way to spend a half day with stunning scenery, boat trip to the Southern Ocean via the amazing Donnelly River (there's a clue in the name) just go, you won't be disappointed

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