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Now is the best time of year to visit Pemberton’s Cascade and Beedalup Waterfalls. We have had heaps of rain and both waterfalls are at their most beautiful right now.  If you like bushwalking there is also great bushwalks around the waterfalls. The small rapids on the Lefroy Brook (along Rainbow Trail) are also worth a walk to from your chalet.  Take your water bottle as you won’t get nicer drinking water.

The Truffle Kerfuffle is a great day out, it’s definitely worth the effort coming down from Perth and spending a couple of days in Pemberton for this event. AND… as a bonus the organizers have arranged a free bus service to and from Rainbow Trail Chalets on the day (that’s a bonus).

The  Truffle Kerfuffle gives foodies the chance to indulge in this expensive delicacy and taste first-hand what all the fuss is about. To match the gourmet star of the show (the Truffle), the Truffle Kerfuffle will host a truly impressive line up of West Australian epicurean talent headlined by Anna Gare from TV’s cooking phenomenon Master Chef, Matthew Evans and Ross O’Meara of SBS series The Gourmet Farmer and award winning chef David Coomer of iconic Perth restaurants Star Anise and Pata Negra, and soon Xarcuteria.


Event Information Time: 10am – 4pm Saturday, 16th of June, 2012

Venue: Fonty’s Pool, Seven Day Road, Manjimup WA

Admission: Adults (12 and above): $2
Children (under 12): Free
Wine Tasting: Free upon purchase of a TK Tasting Glass for $10.

Food: Gourmet food stalls at the festival.

Other Experiences: Many free and ticketed events Truffle Hunts, Master Classes and demonstrations.


Your incredible journey on Pemberton’s pristine Donnelly River will include pick up and drop off, morning or afternoon tea and the opportunity to sight see a landscape that is only accessible by boat.  Valued at $130 per couple, this trip will be on us for June only, for you to enjoy. Phone Rainbow Trail Chalets now on 0438 561 664/97761576 to book your getaway or email rainbowtrailchalets@gmail.com .

It’s on again, The Relentless Blue Mountain Bike Race is coming to Pemberton. Pemberton’s new Southern Forest Festival has been scheduled to run at the same time as the bike race on April 21st, so bring all your family down with you, there is entertainment for all ages.  I encourage everyone to stay for the Friday and Saturday night as not only is there entertainment on at various venues at night, the festival on Saturday until 7pm and the Relentless Blue Mountain Bike Race,  there is Pemberton’s first ever Poker Run on the Sunday around the region.  If you would like more information about any of these events or about securing your accommodation (yes Pemberton will book out)  please call me on 04385691664 or go to Rainbow Trail Chalets Facebook Page.

Yes, each chalet has reverse cycling air-conditioning, so you can set your ideal temperature and be comfortable for your whole stay.  Each chalet also has a gas logged fire and electric blankets for winter.

Last week was ‘to say the least’ stifling and I live in Pemberton.  Locals have been saying that Pemberton hasn’t had a heat wave like this for at least 12 years.  On the upside, all our guests have loved going to Big Brook Dam and the Pemberton Swimming Pool to cool off, both ‘to quote one of our guests’ are “hidden gems of the South West”. Other guests have taken off to Windy Harbour or even gone 4WDing to the Yeargarup Sand Dunes and gone swimming at the beach (if you have a 4WD make sure you bring an air compressor).  Just to reassure anyone thinking  of coming down in February, all the chalets are airconditioned and we are only minutes from both swimming spots (you can even walk to the  pool if you want).

Pemberton’s brand new festival, the ‘Southern Forest Festival-Pemberton’ is on target to happen on the 21st of April this year.  Already accommodation bookings have started around Pemberton  from larger groups such as the Perth Porsche Club and a few others. It is going to be a great weekend with 8 wineries from the Southern Forest region signed up to participate in our wine tent, yeh can’t wait.  Our entertainment line-up has everything from professional cooking demonstrations using local produce to professional musical entertainment including the Lizards from Bridgetown (playing in the wine tent from 5 to 7pm) and other amazingly musically gifted musicians.  There will also be great opportunities to purchase local fresh produce from local growers including ‘Pemberton Fresh’ and other stalls exhibiting products and produce from the region.  Whereever you choose to stay, book your accommodation now as Pemberton is going to book out for this weekend and you don’t want to miss this one out.  This festival is at the tail end of the school holidays and Rainbow Trail Chalets is one of the only chalet accommodation providers in Pemberton that will do two night minimum stays rather than 3 or more.

Suddenly we feel famous (well not really), Rainbow Trail Chalets will be appearing in a feature article in the travel section of the West Australian this Saturday, very exciting!!!  Last week a journalist from the travel section (hi Niall) stayed in one of our spa chalets for a couple of nights and experienced a few of the things to do in Pemberton, actually I don’t think he could of crammed anymore in.  His two days included a 4WD tour on the Yeargarup Sand dune system (that was in last weeks West), Frogs and Bugs night tour, some wineries and riding his mountain bike direct from his chalet onto Rainbow Trail (part of the Bib Track) and also onto the new purpose designed and built mountain bike trail just down the road.  So when you are all sitting at your dining room tables this Saturday morning, don’t forget to grab the Travel Liftout and have a read, I think my pet cow (calf really) and Lilly goat (not billy, she is a she) is starring in the photo.

Pembertons annual Autumn Festival has been given a makeover, including a name and date change. Our festival is now called the Southern Forest Festival-Pemberton and has been rescheduled to coincide with the Relentless Blue Mountain Bike Race, Pemberton, on the 21st of April 2012. Pemberton wants to showcase the Southern Forest Regions products, produce and attractions in one huge three day festival.  The festival will have a major focus on Southern Forest Regional food and wine and will commence on the Friday night with events such as music and of course food.  The main festival will be on the Saturday with a whole day of scheduled professional entertainment, wine tasting, fresh produce stalls, kids entertainment area and more.  Sunday will end the festival with a bang.  A self-drive tour of some of Pembertons wineries, tourist icons, galleries and again much more has been organized on the Sunday, very exciting and new.  If you don’t want to miss out, it is highly recommended that you book your accommodation now as bookings have already began, including Perth’s Porsche club which are coming down to display their pride and joys. Pemberton will book out that weekend so I recommend that ‘wherever you are going to book’ you book your Pemberton Accommodation as early as possible.

Luxury Accommodation gone a bit crazy at Rainbow Trail Chalets.  It all happened at once and was chaos for a few weeks.  First one orphaned lamb arrived, then another the next day and then two one week old Fresian calves the next week (what was I thinking).  One calf didn’t make it (very sad day) but all the others are thriving and proving to be quite popular. Who said that cute and cuddly (yes Cheddar my calf is cute and cuddly) farm animals are just for the kids? I think some of the couples staying here have loved being able to experience a bit of country; those who have gotten up early enough have even bottle fed the babies.  If you don’t mind a bit of slobber and getting butted up the behind by Cheddar when his bottle runs out then you are welcome to join in (only about another 4 weeks and they will be weaned off bottles). Cheddar loves a big scratch under the neck while Molly the lamb loves a cuddle, Abba our other lamb is just naughty, add this onto one older joey, a stick mad dog, a very affectionate cat who thinks he’s a dog and follows the kids around, a cocky who digs to China daily and loves a cuddle and 19 chooks (the girls), life is never dull for us in Pemberton at Rainbow Trail Chalets luxury spa chalets.

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