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Pemberton's Hidden Little Treasure 'Goblin Swamp' is now perfect for visiting and honing those photography skills.  A beautiful stand of Tea-Trees in a 'Lord of the Rings' style swamp (just missing Gollum); the reflection of the gnarly trees on the still water is just amazing.  It can be a little tricky to find, but you don't need a 4WD to get there.  Beedalup Falls also a must see right now; with more than our share of rain lately the waterfall is perfect.  The short walk to and around the Falls is worth the effort, particularly as there is so many different types of fungus to be spotted and photographed at the moment (OK so the fungus may not of reeled you in, I understand). If you want to visit either of these beautiful places just speak to Steve or myself and we can point you in the right direction.  We usually give plenty of advice for things to do, see and eat for while you are staying at Rainbow Trail Chalets. So remember Pemberton is at its best from now until October and Rainbow Trail Chalets does get a bit busy during those months, so book your accommodation in Pemberton soon so you don't miss out on your preferred dates.  We do have two ongoing specials, stay for 4 nights, pay for 3 or stay for 7 nights and only pay for 6. Stay warm and cosy Katrina
If your planning a trip down in June I recommend going to the Manjimup Truffle Kerfuffle (TK13). It is being held on 22nd and will include wineries, food stalls, master classes, cooking demonstrations, free kids food classes, food discussion/truffle seminars. Also Truffle Dog competitions, Truffle orchard tours/hunts, local produce by way of the local farmers markets and a heap more. The night will be finished off with a 5 Course Gala Dinner prepared by some of the state's finest Chefs – Hadleigh Troy, Russell Blaikie and Shane Watson. I had the chicken and truffle Paella last year for lunch at the TK13 and am now a new Truffle convert...Yum...I can recommend putting some truffle oil in your pantry.
Well, actually, they arrived a long time ago, we just couldn't get a plumber to install them into each chalet. However, the dishwashers are in now and look great and I believe being used regularly. Steve and I are always looking for ways to improve our chalets standards and since the recently installed Nespresso Coffee Machines and the dishwashers we believe that in conjunction with our chalet decor and furnishings, location and view we have almost nailed it. But, nothing is ever perfect, so onto the next project. This winter Steve and I (and anyone else we can wrangle in) will be on the shovels creating more gardens and parkland landscaping around our chalets. This is no easy task when we live on clay, but bring it on, it will be worth it in the long run. It is actually amazing how well native plants grow in our clay, already the shrubs and trees that we planted three years ago are looking great and have created the exact look we were hoping for. So our luxury spa chalets are becoming more luxurious all the time.
21st January 2013 Question: Does Rainbow Trail Chalets have coffee machines. Answer: Yes, Steve and I are trying really hard to keep our chalets not only totally clean and well maintained but modern as well.  We have just put a brand new Nespresso Coffee Machine into each of our spa chalets.  They are little beauties (yes, they were well trialled first by Steve, our resident coffee addict) and should be easy to use and clean. A few Nespresso capsules will be provided upon arrival and more will be available for purchase at reception if you need but BYO is certainly another option (Nespresso or Nespresso compatible pods only). Enjoy!!!
Rainbow Trail Chalets is now a 'bike friendly' accommodation provider.  We are situated right on the Rainbow Trail and only a 1 and a 1/2km trail ride to Pemberton's new mountain bike trail and skills track.  So, Bring Your Bikes Along. We have double bike racks at each chalet, an emergency bike repair kit at reception should you be unfortunate enough to have to borrow it and we have also put a bucket and large washing sponge in your chalet to wash your bikes down (that is, for 'you' to wash them down and not me). Wildflower season is coming up and a bike will be a great way to see them from our property.
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.
STAY 3 NIGHTS IN JUNE BETWEEN SUNDAY TO THURSDAY WITH RAINBOW TRAIL CHALETS AND ENJOY A UNIQUE AND RELAXING TRIP FOR TWO WITH DONNELLY RIVER CRUISES, ON US. 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.
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