This section of the river is broad and still as it rounds a bend so there’s a huge expanse of water to swim in. In windless conditions the reflections of the surrounding trees and sky are very beautiful.
The photos on this page were taken late in the afternoon on a freezing cold day in June and the entire place was deserted. I enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the scenery. On this occasion I wasn’t in the slightest bit tempted to go for a swim in the cold dark water, although it’s a different story when the weather’s warm. On a hot day in the summer holidays it can actually get quite busy and noisy at Glenoran Pool, it’s a popular spot for families.
The picnic area adjoining Glenoran Pool is well set up with benches and open fire barbecues to use. Tall trees provide plenty of shade.
Glenoran Pool, plus the bridge and river banks to the north and south, is known for being a great fishing spot. The Donnelly River has lots of marron and trout in it, and both are considered local delicacies that you’ll likely see on a lot of menus in restaurants around Pemberton. The marron season is very short, lasting for only about a month during summer. The trout season is much longer, lasting from spring through to autumn. You’ll need licences from WA Fisheries to legally catch trout or marron.
When you visit Glenoran Pool, the historic attraction One Tree Bridge is a short walk (or even a drive) to the north. It’s just over the other side of the Graphite Road bridge, on the same side of the river as Glenoran Pool.
The Four Aces is another attraction nearby that’s well worth a visit. It’s less than a kilometre west up Graphite road from Donnelly River or alternatively a couple of delightful bush walks head there from One Tree Bridge.
Walking Trails Around Glenoran Pool
A gravel walking trail follows the river through a narrow band of karri forest and undergrowth from the Graphite Road Bridge and One Tree Bridge carpark down to Glenoran Pool.
The Bibbulmun Track follows the river on the opposite (eastern) riverbank of the Donnelly River to the picnic area at Glenoran Pool, but north of the Graphite Road bridge it follows the western bank.
Location and Getting There
Glenoran Pool is located on the border of the One Tree Bridge Conservation Park approximately half-way between Manjimup and Nannup along Graphite Road. The carpark and picnic area are on the western bank of the Donnelly River. Turn left just after crossing the bridge, continue driving south along the gravel track past the first carpark (this one is the carpark for One Tree Bridge) a short distance until you reach the Glenoran Pool carpark.
More Special Places to Visit and Things to Do in the One Tree Bridge Conservation Park:
Last Updated: 14th July, 2015.
First posted on 14th July, 2015 by Bonny.
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