We’ve Slept On This WA Town That Feels Like A Scene Out Of the Notebook

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Dwellingup is a charming town located in the Peel region of Western Australia, just an hour and a half drive south of Perth. The town is surrounded by picturesque jarrah forests, the Murray River, and stunning national parks, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Visitors will find hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and fishing — all in one beautiful place. The Bibbulmun Track, one of Western Australia’s most popular hiking trails, runs through the town, allowing visitors to explore the region’s stunning landscapes.

Although, Dwellingup isn’t just for outdoor adventurers. There are art galleries, cafes, and restaurants for those seeking a more relaxed pace. The town is known for its vibrant arts scene, with several local artists showcasing their work in galleries and studios.

Dwellingup provides a unique and authentic Western Australian experience with its stunning natural beauty, vibrant arts scene, and range of outdoor activities. Here’s our guide to Dwellingup, a town straight out of The Notebook.

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Best Things to do In Dwellingup

Hiking: Dwellingup is home to the Bibbulmun Track, a popular hiking trail that spans over 1,000 kilometres. The town offers several shorter trails, including the 10km Marrinup Circuit, which takes you through stunning Jarrah forest and scenic views.

Kayaking: The Murray River is a popular spot for kayaking and rafting. The river offers calm and gentle waters for beginners, while more experienced paddlers can enjoy the rapids further downstream.

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway: Take a ride on the steam train through the stunning Jarrah forest and experience a bit of nostalgia.

Tree Top Walk: The nearby Valley of the Giants offers a tree top walk, which allows you to experience the stunning karri forest canopy.
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Where to Eat and Drink

Dwellingup may be a small town, but it offers visitors a range of options for food and drink. Located in the heart of town, The Blue Wren Cafe is a popular cafe offering a range of breakfast and lunch options, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. For a classic pub experience, head to Dwellingup Hotel. Craving baked goods? Try Millhouse Cafe, a converted sawmill known for its freshly baked goods, light meals, and coffee. After a day of adventures, settle into The Snug, a cosy wine bar that offers a range of local and international wines and beers, as well as charcuterie boards and light snacks. For a winery experience, you can’t beat The Blue Wren Winery, sitting just outside of town. 

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Where to Stay In Dwellingup

Apart from three-star roadside motels and campgrounds, there are not a lot of luxury accommodation options in Dwellingup. Although, if you don’t want to brave the elements in a tent, we found a comfortable and stylish lodge to base. The Forest Trails House is completely secluded, bordered by Jarrah forest. There are three bedrooms, two with queen-sized beds and one with two bunk beds, ideal for families. The open-plan living and dining room is a great entertaining area, with a wood fireplace for cosy winter nights. The kitchen is well-equipped for short and long stays, and there are three large timber decks to soak up nature and serenity.

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