South West Western Australia


The south west of Western Australia.

From the dairy town of Harvey, where I grew up, to the major regional town and harbour of Bunbury, Busselton with its mile long jetty, Margaret River, Augusta,

Donnybrook, Manjimup, the old timber town of Pemberton. Magnificent forests of Karri, Tingle, Jarrah, and even the world's only Tuart forest near Busselton.

So much there. A magnificent area of the world.

These few pics are only the beginning of South West that you will see here on ThisisAustralia.com.au in the coming months.


Warren River, on the Heartbreak Trail, near Pemberton. Western Australia
Warren River, on the Heartbreak Trail, near Pemberton. Western Australia. The Heartbreak trail is a 12 km long gravel road just out of Pemberton. It is a steep and slippery road with great viewing areas, jetties, campsites, fire lookout, camp kitchen, toilets. Fishing and canoeing. Walking. Photography. The Karri forest is magnificent! June 2016

Copyright © John Bargebos

Obstructions on Seven Day Road, near Manjimup, Western Australia
Obstructions on Seven Day Road, near Manjimup, Western Australia. Seven Day Road is where Fonty's Pool is. It is a nicely sealed road there...but it continues on and becomes a very basic gravel track with many obstructions. Parts were closed. But we followed the GPS to where it said Fonty's pool was and ended up here. Road closed or not we got through, though we had to move a few obstacles. April 2014.

Copyright © Willem Schultink

Seven Day Road, near Manjimup, Western Australia
Seven Day Road, near Manjimup, Western Australia. Seven Day Road is only a track here...but the forest is magnificent. No matter how difficult the track became the drive was memorable. April 2014.

Copyright © Willem Schultink

Fonty's Pool, near Manjimup, Western Australia
Fonty's Pool, near Manjimup, Western Australia. We eventually made it to Fonty's Pool. I had visited here when I was a boy in the 1960s. Had taken my family there in the 1980s. Each time the place has been further developed. It is such a pleasant, magnificent place to be. April 2014.

Fonty's pool is a landmark in the Manjimup region, attracting many visitors every year. The founder of Fonty's pool, Archimedes Fontanini, bought 460 acres of land in 1907 and began farming there. He used to grow potatoes and other crops in the wet area in front of the house. Eventually he decided to let the land rest and dammed the area by dragging a large log across the creek. His 5 children used it as a swimming hole, and their friends joined them. Because there was no local swimming pool in Manjimup the local council encouraged him to charge a fee so people could use the pool. It was opened to the public in 1925.

After a time of being closed, it was re-opened in 1979 in celebration of Western Australia's 150the celebrations. Fontanini, then already 100 years old, was present. He died at 103 in 1982.

Copyright © Willem Schultink

Archimedes Fontanini, founder of Fonty's Pool, near Manjimup, Western Australia
Archimedes Fontanini, founder of Fonty's Pool, near Manjimup, Western Australia. Archimedes (Archie) Fontanini was born in Italy in 1880, and arrived in Australia in 1904. He bought 460 acres of land near Manjimup in 1907 and began farming there. He developed Fonty's pool as part of the farm, eventually working on the pool full time. He was already 94 when he closed the pool in 1973 when it just became too much for him. It was re-opened in 1979 in celebration of Western Australia's 150th celebrations. Fontanini, then already 100 years old, was present. He died at 103 in 1982.

Copyright © Willem Schultink