The Four Aces are four magnificent karri trees standing tall in an evenly-spaced straight line in the midst of a beautiful karri forest in the One Tree Bridge Conservation Park. It is a beautiful place to stop and hop out of the car when driving along Graphite Road between Manjimup and Nannup – not only for the Four Aces themselves but for the incredibly beautiful and peaceful forest surrounds.
It’s even worth driving all the way out to from either of those two towns (22km from Manjimup; 36km drive from Nannup) to go for a bushwalk, see the Four Aces and enjoy the natural wonders of the karri forest. While you’re in the area be sure to check out historic One Tree Bridge and the Donnelly River less than a kilometre down the road to the east from the Four Aces.
The reason for the 4 Aces growing in such a perfect straight line is likely to be that they grew up from seedlings in one huge karri log lying on the ground that burnt to ashes in a bush fire. A bed of ash provides the perfect conditions for young karri seedlings to germinate and begin their 100’s of years of growth into forest giants.
The Four Aces are truly majestic trees (as all old karri trees are), but as they are basically just four trees in a whole forest of similar trees, you’d be right to think this is sounds like a rather underwhelming tourist attraction.
However the surrounding forest is incredibly peaceful and beautiful, and the walk trails that begin there are lovely… And although it only takes a few minutes, it is kind of fun to walk around trying to spot the perfectly aligned row blended in among all the other karri trees, almost a tree version of Where’s Wally!
My last visit to the Four Aces was a few weeks ago. We decided to drive home from Pemberton via Manjimup, One Tree Bridge Conservation Park and Nannup instead of the usual way straight up West Coast Highway. When we got to the Four Aces it was almost nighttime. The forest was so quiet and peaceful as darkness darkness fell, and we remembered why we love visiting this special part of the world and were so glad we drove through the conservation park. I wished I could have camped there overnight, although it was freezing cold.
An info shelter display near the carpark and 4 Aces provides interesting facts about the life cycle of the karri trees and the old growth forest ecosystem.
Finding the Four Aces
The Four Aces really stand out once you spot them, but you probably won’t be able to see them straight away. The viewpoint from which they become obvious is down behind the karri forest info shelter to the right. A small sign appears to point in the direction of the 4 Aces, but it’s actually pointing out this vantage point and you need to look back into the clearing to see them!
Bush Walks Beginning at the Four Aces
Karri Glade Path
From the Four Aces clearing follow the Karri Glade Path in a short loop through a pretty patch of forest with dense undergrowth. The walk takes only about 15 minutes.
One Tree Bridge Loop Trail
For a longer walk, two paths lead down to One Tree Bridge and Glenoran Pool from the 4 Aces. Combine the two tracks together for a loop walk about an hour long, taking in a range of forest scenery including old growth and regenerated karri forest, plus jarrah/marri forest.
The shorter of these two tracks is the southerly one running roughly parallel to Graphite Road. It’s only about a kilometre in length. You could walk it there and back in around half an hour if you want a shorter option than the loop walk.
Walking Further, Beyond One Tree Bridge
From One Tree Bridge you can walk a little bit further north along the Donnelly River to some rapids or south to Glenoran Pool, or even pick up the Bibbulmun Track.
Location of the 4 Aces and Getting There
From Manjimup drive 22km (approximately 20 minutes) from north of the town centre west along Graphite Road. Keep an eye out for the Four Aces sign once you’ve passed the Donnelly River Bridge and One Tree Bridge recreation site – it’s about 900m further up the road.
From Nannup, drive for 36km (approximately 30 minutes), first taking Brockman Highway south out of town then turning left onto Graphite Road and heading southeast.
The Four Aces is about a half hour drive south from Donnelly River Village via Sears Road, Mitchelldean Road, then a right turn onto Graphite Road.
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Last Updated: 14th July, 2015.
First posted on 13th July, 2015 by Bonny.
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