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“Donnelly in May”

Donnelly River Cruises
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Owner description: 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!!!
Reviewed May 7, 2013

River was high just before likely breaking banks at the mouth. Peter was very informative and really knew his stuff about flora and fauna etc. Picturesque scenery and very peaceful. Boat was very clean and in good condition. Muffins were great also. Thanks Peter. Jeff n Moh

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Relaxing and informative trip that allowed us access to an unspoilt river and a "remote" beach. Great photo opportunities everywhere and nature at its very best. Oh, and the home made muffins were lovely too!

Thank Vanillalighthouse
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We started our tour by being picked up by Peter, all aboard the bus. It was a very friendly welcome and we were greated by our fellow travellers for the day. We travelled for 10 minutes to the boat ramp and the start of the Donnelly River Cruise.
I have to say it was delightful, I had my 2 children with me ( boys 11 and 9) and they thoroughly enjoyed the cruise too. They absorbed the information that we were told by Peter ( there was alot) Peter is well informed about local history, flora and fauna of the area and is willing to share his knowledge. He has a very good sence of humour and this makes for a fabulous few hours on the water.
You stop at the river mouth and are able to gaze at the beautiful coastline and stretch your legs while Peter gets tea/coffee and delicious muffins ready for your return.
( Be prepared to answer or ask questions for your second muffin!!)
You really shouldn't stay in the area without doing this cruise. ( A real eye opener to the beautiful surroundings) Highly recommended

Thank MRVR38
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

This was a very relaxing tour, the boat is very nice with excellent vision - it has a glass roof besides glass sides. Our guide was Shaun, he was very skilled at delivering his commentary around the questions people asked, not just a parrot fashion spiel. He was very knowledgeable, but was very humble about that, and didn't air it unnecesssarily. He was also very skilled in handling the boat - we had a hairy moment when we met a motor boat towing a canoe with a child in it head on - Shaun did a magnificent job of avoiding him and in very kindly informing the operator of the other boat that he was passing on the wrong side! We had 30 mins to spend at the beach, followed by coffee and home made muffins. On the way back we stopped briefly at one of the shacks where Shaun showed us a very old Marri tree. Unfortunately a fire through this are has destroyed a lot of trees so the scenery is not as good as it should be. I don't think this trip would appeal to young children, but is nice if you are not looking for something too exciting.

Thank matmob
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Everything from the bus trip out (included in the price), to the boat trip itself was well managed, professionally handled and just a pleasure to partake in.

We took the morning trip out and were picked up at 9:45 from Pemberton, and returned back to Pemberton at 2pm, so it was a long day, but well worth it.

The river was lovely and the beach at the river's mouth was just beautiful, pristine and untouched.

Totally recommended even if you have smaller children (we took the trip with a 5yr old), the boat provides an on board toilet so no "Daddy I need to go now!" moments, and on the return trip there were pencils and colouring pages to keep her amused.

Thank Glint_Bladesong
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