The Shannon Campground is currently being expanded however, you are welcome to camp in the original campground. Please be mindful of machinery and works going on in the new section and avoid driving on closed roads.
Home to some of the state’s most magnificent karri forest, Shannon National Park offers a variety of ways to experience its beauty.
You can meander along the Great Forest Trees Drive, immerse yourself in the forest along several different walktrails, go birdwatching or canoeing and even stay a few nights in the Shannon Campground.
A rich history
The park and the Shannon River were named after the HMS Shannon, an English Royal Navy ship that won a battle with an American frigate of New England in 1813.
The Shannon was one of the last areas in the South-West to be opened up for logging, due to its inaccessibility. The Shannon area was largely untouched until the 1940s, when an acute shortage of timber after World War Two prompted the State government to establish a timber mill there. Timber cutting began in the Shannon basin in the mid-1940s and the town and timber mill were established in the late 1940s.
A new focus
Gazetted as a national park in 1988, today the Shannon lures visitors seeking to immerse themselves in its natural beauty. The karri trees are certainly the jewel of this park, some growing up to 90 metres tall. You can view these forest giants up close at Snake Gully Lookout and Big Tree Grove.
As if the karris weren’t enough, the park also features beautiful stands of jarrah, marri, bullich, paperbark and blackbutt.
The entire catchment system of the Shannon River is protected within the Shannon National Park and the adjoining D’Entrecasteaux National Park.
Great Forest Trees Drive
The Great Forest Trees Drive is a self-guided, 50km drive that winds its way through spectacular old-growth karri, jarrah and marri forest. You’ll also pass sedgeland, heath and granite outcrops.
There are several stops along the way where you can stretch your legs, have a picnic or just enjoy the views. The drive starts from the Day Use Area on the northern side of the South Western Highway and finishes at the Shannon Campground.
Interpretive signage along the way gives you information on the trees and vegetation types of the Shannon National Park.
On the northern side of the highway, you’ll visit Shannon Dam, Which Tree is That?, Melaleucas and Curtin Tank. Once you cross the highway and start the southern loop of the drive, you pass Snake Gully, Big Tree Grove and Inferno Hill.
The Great Forest Trees Drive mainly takes you along unsealed roads but these are suitable for two-wheel drive with care. Please be aware that some sections are one way only.
There are a variety of walks on offer at Shannon National Park. You can start them from the Shannon Lodge in the Campground or from the Shannon Dam.
Entry and camping fees apply at Shannon National Park.
Shannon National Park is accessible from the South West Highway halfway between Manjimup and Walpole.