Formerly the Southern Forests Sculpture Walk, Understory, Art in Nature is an easy 1.2 kilometre loop walk trail which features a collection of artworks in a natural bush setting designed to get visitors to look at their surroundings in a new way. Located in Northcliffe, four hours south of Perth, this unique eco and cultural tourism experience is the first of its kind in Australia. Located behind the Northcliffe Visitors Centre, this Top Trail provides a unique perspective on native forest as artisans of many media have produced artwork that interacts with the natural ecosystem. Collated in an interesting form, you'll want to slow down and look around in order to not miss some of the fascinating installations. Consisting mainly of sculpture, the art also includes poetry, prose and purposely written music. When venturing around the trail the presence of sculpture makes you look differently at the bush - looking into the forest. In looking for art you find the natural art of the forest. Keep an eye out for the little people of the forest; they seem to appear as if by magic. Children can venture to the story nooks and listen to especially written tales of the bush.
Lake Poorrarecup, north of Mount Barker, is an enormous freshwater lake with sandy beaches that presents a glorious setting for a myriad of activities. Enjoy a swim in the tantalizing calm waters or sunbathe on the soft sandy beach. Children will feel safe thanks to the gentle sloping shorelines. Launch your boat from the boat ramp and spend the day sailing the huge expanse of water. Watching the prolific displays of the resident water birds and enjoy the idyllic surroundings. Alternatively join many of the locals and water-ski or canoe on the calm flat water. Serve up a feast at the shaded picnic facilities before returning to the water or exploring the area on foot. Take a walk along the nature trail to explore the bush land and keep an eye out for various orchids that grow here. Complete the perfect day out watching the magnificent sun set over the lake. Lake Poorrarecup is a 20 minute drive west or Cranbrook and a four and a half hour drive southeast of Perth.