The Wonders of Winter at Forest Rise

As the winter season settles in, the population in Margaret River is changing. The festivities begin to warm up in June and then really heat up during the Cabin Fever events throughout July.

At Forest Rise Chalets & Lodge we love to help our guests get the most out of their stay with us. We proudly recommend the following wonders of winter that will have you grabbing your winter cardigan and heavy shoes, and heading for the great outdoors.

Whichever event you choose to attend, your friendly Forest Rise staff will cheerfully assist you with directions and other information.

Incredible Creatures Farm at Brookwood

The family friendly, child approved farm located on the Brookwood Estate in Treeton is an absolute delight. Everyday throughout the month of June, from 10AM to 4PM, you can pet, feed, and play with the largest collection of normal and unusual farm animals. Yes, there are cows, chickens, roosters, sheep, turkeys, and donkeys. But, you can also get up close and friendly with rabbits, goats, guinea pigs, ferrets, rare geese, peacocks, ducks, pigeons, and other incredible creatures.

Visiting the farm is a great outdoor, learning adventure for every member of the family. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures. There is an entrance fee of $20 per person, with family and group package rates also available. For details on buying entrance tickets call them direct on (08) 9755 5604. There is ample parking and handicap access.

Getting There

The Brookwood farm is located at 430 Treeton Road, Treeton, WA 6284. The distance is 20.5 km and the travel time is approximately 23 minutes from Forest Rise.

Travel south on Bussell Highway/State Route 10 to Gale Road in Metricup, turn left on Gale Road, then turn right onto Carbunup Road S to Treeton Road in Treeton, then follow Treeton Road for 2.1km, then turn left onto Donaldson Road. You will arrive at your destination in 550 m.

Truffle Kerfuffle Festival

Homemade Parmesan Truffle FriesThe most amazing 3 day, full weekend, outdoor event in June, from the 21st to the 23rd, has to be the Truffle Kerfuffle Festival.

Truffle aficionados know that the Shire of Manjimup is the centre of Australian truffle country, and it is here that more black truffles are found than in all of the Southern Hemisphere.

But, it is also during this truffle season that visitors can experience the thrill of hunting their own truffles while at their peak, learn about what makes these truffles so exceptional, inhale the delectable aroma of the truffles, taste their divine flavour in a range of different dishes (including the mouth-watering fries shown here), engage in dining events with some of the top world class chefs, and learn about the talents of the truffle hunting dogs. Everything begins and ends at the Festival Village, ideally located at picturesque Fonty’s Pool.

While the truffles are the main feature of the festival, you’ll also find Southern Forests wine, craft beers, ciders, and local produce. There is a full schedule of live music that extends throughout the weekend. This is a not-to-be-missed experience for the entire family.

If you elect to purchase a full weekend ticket, you can come and go at your leisure all three days. There is plenty of parking space available at the Fonty’s Caravan Park.

Getting There

The Festival Village is located at 699 Seven Days Road, Manjimup, WA 6258. The distance is 141 km and the travel time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Forest Rise.

Turn right on Yelverton Road and then head east on Bussell Highway/State Route 10 for 13.2 km. Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout to get onto Busselton Bypass/State Route 10. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit to remain on Busselton Bypass/State Route 10. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit to return to Bussell Highway/State Route 10. In 900 m turn right onto Vasse Highway/State Route 104 and follow that road for 71.3 km. Turn left onto Graphite Road for 34.8 km, then turn right onto Appadene Road for 6.7 km, then turn left onto Seven Day Road and go 950 m, then turn right and your destination will be on the left.

Cabin Fever Festival Events for 2019

Brushetta set and glass of red wineRather than hibernate during the dead of winter, July is the perfect time to shake off the indoor doldrums and take advantage of the many outdoor Cabin Fever Festival events. From July 19th through July 28th, there are dozens of events occurring throughout the Busselton and Margaret River regions.

Whatever your interests are, there will be a time and place to enrich those interests. Of course, with Forest Rise being in the heart of Western Australia’s wine country, there will be plenty of vineyard tours and wine tasting events.

There are learning and playing adventures for all members of the family. There will be craft beers and ciders to sample, chocolates, cheeses, and other local delicacies to taste, live outdoor music events, and more than a fair share of exciting bonfire events. Some events have an entrance fee, but there are free admission events as well. To see what festivities are happening throughout the Cabin Fever Festival dates, visit their website at https://www.cabinfeverfest.com.au/events/.

With so many events available, it will be a real challenge to attend as many as possible while you are visiting the area. Every year the Cabin Fever Festival adds more events to its venue. This means that you can return winter after winter and see new and more exciting activities.

The best part about getting outdoors and taking advantage of the beautiful winter scenery, your chalet at Forest Rise can serve as your starting point in the morning, and your evening retreat when the day is done. Your friendly staff at Forest Rise is also ready to help with event reservations and directions.