Explore the wild wonders of Dwellingup this winter, where romance, nature and adventure unite.

Dwellingup is the ultimate laid-back country getaway. Located just over an hour south of Perth, the historic town of Dwellingup is alive with scenic towering forests, countless hiking, walking and mountain-biking trails, serene overnight accommodation options, wineries, galleries and cute cafes. It’s the perfect place to pause, breathe and reconnect with nature. 

This adventure trail town claimed the title of Top Small Tourism Town in 2021 and has been named a finalist in WA's Top Tourism Awards in 2022. Discover why with this romantic couples retreat holiday package, specially curated for the wild at heart.

Couple camping during winter in Dwellingup.
Camping in Lane Poole Reserve | Dwellingup

Dwellingup’s intimate couples retreat holiday package is inclusive of two nights accommodation for two at Lewis Park Chalets, an awe-inspiring nocturnal tour with Salt and Bush Eco Tours and bike hire from Dwellingup Adventures. Seeking an extra special winter getaway? Take up the option to upgrade your package to include accommodation at the Noble River Estate and a guided half-day bush walk with Salt and Bush Eco Tours.

For adventure-lovers seeking to explore more of this tranquil town, Dwellingup Adventures offer a range of self-guided tours and equipment hire including canoes, rafts, stand up paddle boards, mountain bikes and camping equipment. With almost 30 years of experience and intimate knowledge of local sights, trails and waterways, Dwellingup Adventures will help you create the most epic outdoor adventure memories. 

Adventure in Dwellingup doesn’t end there. Gear up and experience great heights as you swing among the pine and jarrah trees above Nanga Mill Campground at Treetops Adventure Dwellingup. With a range of aerial challenges catered to everyone (even those with a serious fear of heights!), Treetops Adventure allows thrill-seekers and eco-adventurers to experience nature like never before.

To help plan your nature-inspired experience in the adventure filled town of Dwellingup, check out the full three-day itinerary below. Hint: for the ultimate staycation this winter, book the couples retreat holiday package here.

Treetops Adventure Dwellingup
Treetops Adventure Dwellingup | Lane Poole Reserve

Day 1

After a relaxing drive through small towns, forests, valleys and all-round stunning scenery, arrive at Dwellingup. First up, visit the recently opened Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre for an immersive visitor experience and all the information you’ll need to get the most out of your stay. 

If you’re treating yourself to the romantic three-day couples retreat, head straight to the secluded Lewis Park Chalets. Here, your intimate staycation begins with a warm welcome and a complimentary bottle of Redgum Wine Estate wine. Unpack and unwind on the veranda while enjoying the peaceful sounds of nature and sweeping views of the Dwellingup countryside.

There is a range of accommodation options in Dwellingup. Sleep to the soothing sounds of the forest at a well-equipped campground, cosy cottage, motel or lodge – there’s something perfect for every staycation.

For a low-key evening meal, there’s no going past The Dwelly Pub. Operating since the early 1900s, The Dwellingup Hotel is a historic icon much loved by locals and visitors alike. With big serves of classic pub favourites, it’s the ideal place for a pub feed.

Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre
Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre | Dwellingup

Day 2

Rise to the gentle sound of birds and nature and enjoy a slow morning before preparing for a day of exploring the secrets of Dwellingup. Enjoy breakfast at the iconic Blue Wren Café, located in the heart of the town, before meeting the crew at Dwellingup Adventures for a mountain bike adventure.

The Murray Valley mountain bike trails is a network of purpose-built, single-track trails offering a stunning experience through Lane Poole Reserve. Beginner bikers can relaxingly weave through the picturesque jarrah forest on a modest cross-country trail, while those with more experience can enjoy rocky, leg-burning ascents connecting to long winding descents. Dwellingup is a mountain biking paradise.  

After an epic day on the bike, head into town to relax with a stone-baked pizza or juicy burger, paired with an ice-cold pint from Longriders Café & Restaurant.

The adventure doesn’t end here. When the sun sets, there are wonders to discover on tour with Salt and Bush Eco Tours. This boutique tour company aims to inspire connection and create a better understanding of the natural world. Join naturalist guides as you learn about the starry night sky and discover the nocturnal animals that call Dwellingup home.

Murray Valley Mountain Bike Trails
Murray Valley Mountain Bike Trails | Dwellingup

Day 3

If there’s ever a reason for an early start, the sunrise in Dwellingup is it. Experience the morning peacefulness as golden light trickles through the soaring trees. 

Time for a bite to eat. Hidden among the lush gardens of artist run exhibition space, Lost Eden Creative, is Garden Eats. Here, you’ll find a quaint café serving healthy, plant-based food and refreshments from a reinvented rustic timber float. The ever-changing menu is inspired by authentic soul food and created using the freshest locally sourced produce.

After lunch, visit the Caraholly Orchard. Explore the orchard, pick the produce and take home the freshest food – straight from the farm to your fork. Another favourite and Dwellingup institution is Vergone’s Fruit Stall. The stall celebrates fresh, local produce and serves delicious coffee, homemade cakes, soups, preserves, fruit, veggies and all that is currently in season. Enjoy the scenery that surrounds you once more before it’s time to take the leisurely drive back through the winding, tree-lined country roads toward home.

Before reaching reality, be sure to pause at the iconic award-winning Pinjarra Bakery for one of Perth’s (no, wait, Australia’s!) tastiest pies. Whether you prefer the authentic originals or are game to try a wild new creation (think: BBQ beef brisket with campfire beans) there’s something for every pie lover.

Lost Eden Creative
Lost Eden Creative | Dwellingup

Let Destination Perth be your guide to everything you need to know about a magic winter escape to Dwellingup. Book your couples retreat package here.

Published on

7th Jun 2022

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