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Donnelly River Cruises

Pemberton, Western Australia 6258, Australia
+61 8 9777 1018
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Aussie Day Weekend

Amazing informative and inspiring cruise. Peter is a great host and his muffins are legendary. (So... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tracey M
via mobile

You can only access the intersection of the Donnelly River and the Southern Ocean - on Peters... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2018
Trevor G
Perth, Australia
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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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Pemberton, Western Australia 6258, Australia
+61 8 9777 1018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing informative and inspiring cruise. Peter is a great host and his muffins are legendary. (So he told us). 100% recommend this cruise.

Thank Tracey M
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

You can only access the intersection of the Donnelly River and the Southern Ocean - on Peters cruise - great day on this unspoilt 18km of fascinating river. The driver is a font of local knowledge- unsurpassed in information and bringing not only the rivers...More

Thank Trevor G
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

A wonderful morning cruise. Our guide Peter was very friendly, extremely informative and interesting. He had all the guests involved, some were from overseas and some from Perth. Everyone got off the bus at the end of the cruise saying how much they enjoyed it....More

Thank Annie T
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Shaun, our cruise captain picked us up by bus in Pemberton and we drove to the Donnelly river. Nothing was too much trouble, he was friendly, shared his extensive knowledge of the history, flora and fauna, and all with a sense of humor. A pristine,...More

Thank Adrienne S
Peter C, Owner at Donnelly River Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thanks guys. So glad you enjoyed the experience. Shaun is a great guide and I am proud to have him on-board.

Reviewed 27 September 2017

We really enjoyed this tour on one of the most pristine rivers in the world. Our guide Peter shared his extensive knowledge of local history, flora and fauna, which we loved. We enjoyed a walk on the beach which ended with hot coffee and Peter's...More

Thank Trude C
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful experience cruising down the pristine Donnelly River. Pete the tour operator has an incredible wealth of information on the flora, fauna and history of the area.... and keeps the passengers involved and entertained from start to finish. His passion for what he...More

Thank karitas123
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The Donnelly River near Pemberton is not accessible other than by boat. Donnelly River Cruises takes you on a leisurely cruise down the river all the way to the river mouth on the south coast. You can drive to the boat landing to meet the...More

Thank Gwen008
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Our family enjoyed an autumn morning cruise with excellent commentary in a beautiful part of our south. Thank you

Thank Speedboat44
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We had numerous correspondence with Peter during the build up to our short stay in Pemberton, regarding whether the river cruise would be running - we were in low season. The tour was eventually confirmed, and we were surprised, but delighted that the cruise boiled...More

Thank familytravel4x4
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We really enjoyed our cruise down the Donnelly River to the sea, but when it comes down to it there is not much to see apart from the river and the different trees and vegetation. There was little wildlife apart from a few ducks, geese...More

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27 September 2017|
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Response from Gwen008 | Reviewed this property |
I'm afraid I don't recall the cost. I suggest you contact them directly. The Pemberton Visitor Centre might also be able to assist. It's a trip well worth doing