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Address: Pemberton, Western Australia 6258, Australia
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+61 8 9777 1018

Winner of 4 Western Australian Tourism Awards including Ecotourism in 2009....

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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A 'Must Do' excursion in the South West

Friends who have done this river excursion '3 times' highly recommended it and we were not disappointed. All communications with Peter were answered quickly prior to the excursion... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Friends who have done this river excursion '3 times' highly recommended it and we were not disappointed. All communications with Peter were answered quickly prior to the excursion then Sean who was our guide/ skipper on the day was excellent. We were fed extremely informative information of great interest over the 3 hours, but not bombarded with information. Sean read... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

The is no other way to see this untouched piece of Southern Wilderness and Peter the operator provides a corresponding service . Peter went to a lot of trouble and personal time to give the small group(9) a unique trip down this untouched river to the Southern Ocean. Thanks Peter! Very professional ,very comfortable and very safe the way everything... More 

Thank Hilszie
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

A must do. You will be rewarded not just by nature but by the team as well.Great care goes into everything.I wish I could return for another trip in the future. Great tea and blue berry muffins to fill you up.There is always extra. Out of this world experience.

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Bandar Baru Bangi, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

There was much to praise about this cruise. The river itself is serene and reflective, lined with unique West Australia flora, contributing its tannins into the southern ocean as it filters through the sand bar at its mouth. The experience of this cruise owes a great deal to the multi-talented skipper, Shaun, a real one-man show. He drove the bus... More 

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Pemberton, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The Donnelly River cruise is a great trip to hear about the river and the surrounding area. The Tour guide is fantastic -full of interesting info and the trip down the river itself is lovely and tranquil. The final destination at the end where the river meets the ocean also lovely-as you walk across the sand bar to the sea.... More 

Thank Patricia8293
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

Lovely serene river cruise to the mouth of the river. The trip is very well organized and the muffins were a bonus... the best muffins in australia :) The boat meanders through donnelly river and docks at the mouth. you can even get down for a swim. it was a very welcome experience and even for families with young kids..our... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

We were picked up from our Caravan Park and taken by coach to the Donnelly River Boat launch area where we boarded the very comfortable and well presented 31 seat enclosed river ferry. Sean, our coach driver and now ferry skipper and tour guide took us very slowly from 12 kilometres up the Donnelly River down to its mouth into... More 

Thank Ian R
Mandurah, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

Great cruise and bus trip. Well done Shaun. Great commentary. So much knowledge. Very good value would recommend to all

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

This is a very relaxed trip down and up the Donnelly River, to the Southern Ocean, 5 knots/hour. The trek into the boat ramp is a bit harrowing, along a corrugated gravel road. Shook the bus and your back teeth. Sean was a very knowledgeable guide and never short of a story. You will have to go on the cruise... More 

Thank Cornelius T
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

Imagine exploring a unique part of river and ocean only accessible by 1 boat ramp! Our guide Peter was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining, we enjoyed learning more about Pemberton's history, flora and fauna while travelling down the picturesque river adorned with native trees. The cruise concludes at a secluded beach at the river mouth. Highly recommended!

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