Understory Art and Nature Trail

Have you heard of the Understory Art and Nature Trail in Northcliffe? I hadn’t, until I came across it, during a drive through the forests surrounding Pemberton. Billed as “Australia’s leading art in nature experience” Little Chef and I were keen to discover this hidden treasure.

Understory Art and Nature Trail

Make your way to the Northcliffe Information and Visitor Centre, where you pay a small fee to enjoy the trail at your leisure. The 1.2km circle loop pathway is a very easy walk for most ages and abilities.

The pathway is pretty flat, with just a little wooden boardwalk too, making it fine for prams.

Understory Art and Nature Trail

Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll discover over 65 artworks scattered all along the walk through the pristine native southern forest.

The sculptures have been created by acclaimed local, national and international artists who all celebrate the South West’s unique spirit through their works.

Some of the most striking commissions are from the “Rising from the Ashes” collection by Kim Perrier. Over 40 charcoal faces that represent people affected by the catastrophic 2015 Northcliffe bushfire are found throughout the trail. Though they carry a serious message, it’s fun hunting for the faces, many are found high up in the trees.

Understory Art and Nature Trail

The trail is so peaceful. Be sure to respectful and keep to the footpaths, and keeping off the artworks.

The trail is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm – last entry is 3pm. As well as the art, it’s a stunning spot to take a wander through the dense natural bushland. If you visit in spring, like us, you may spot lots of wildflowers too.

Across the road is a heritage museum and little playground.

Understory Art and Nature Trail

We absolutely loved the unique Understory Art and Nature Trail. It’s a beautiful way to take a bushwalk with kids.

Find Understory Art and Nature Trail at the Northcliffe Information and Visitor Centre Northcliffe, near Pemberton.

Entry Fees (Correct at Nov 2021)

  • Adult $10
  • Concession $8
  • Child $5
  • Family $30
  • Children Under 6 FREE


Get more information on their website.

Find more things to discover in the Sothern Forests region here.

About Amanda Carlin

Amanda Carlin has her own food and travel blog. Established in 2013, "The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life" has enjoyed an exciting name change in 2021, as "The Chef's Ex-wife" embarks on new adventures with Simply PERTHfect. Amanda loves getting out and about in Perth and WA, as well as brunching, tapas or something a little fancy in equal measures. With her son "Little Chef" in tow, Amanda always has plenty of family friendly eating options to recommend too! Be sure to check out Simply PERTHfect.

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  1. paramount baldivis 3 years ago

    Nice blog, Thank you so much for posting such a great blog. Keep posting!

  2. Fiona Sinclair 2 years ago

    Thanks for this great feedback Amanda – next time you’re in the South West please get in touch and I’ll give you and your kids a guided tour of the trail. That way you can find out lots of extra behind the scenes stories.

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