Exceptional stay largely due to the managers Sue and David. What a refreshing experience with genuinely helpful people. They really go the extra mile and are extremely helpful to hikers.
Stayed 1 night in the middle dorm for $25 which included a towel and pillowcase. Very comfortable bunk with a heater in the room.
Kitchen /lounge well provisioned and good for a night. Hot shower and a hairdryer and I felt utterly refreshed.
Must mention the general store/cafe- great coffee, utterly yummy carrot cake and a really well priced lunch and dinner menu. The Donnelly burger was recommended by quite a few hikers that I passed- winner! Comfortable warm space and as I said earlier, a warm genuine experience.
We recently stayed at here in November.We had one of the larger places that slept 10.As soon as we arrived we were welcomed at the shop/reception.They have a small store with necessities and seed for the animals.As we drove to our home there were emus,kangaroos and wildlife everywhere.The houses are the old timber mill workers homes and are still set up as they were many years ago.I love that about this place.we had 4 bedrooms,huge country kitchen,2 bathroom/toilets,huge verandah looking over the park.The beds were comfortable but you do have to bring your own bedding or pay $25 to use theirs.Great place for kids to get up close and personal with nature.Hand feed the birds from your verandah.Hand feed the emus and kangaroos in your front yard.Great experience.Plenty for the kids to do riding their bikes around,Flying fox which I think cost $7.50 to hire from the front store.Plenty of firewood to have open fires in Winter and also a fire inside the house.Plenty of bush walks along the Bibbulman Trail.Would highly recommend this place for a weekend or longer and take in the peace and quiet with only the noises of the wildlife around
The first time I have been to DRV was, while hiking the Bibbulmun Track e2e in 2009. When I walked down the road, there was a warning sign of pedestrian crossing, but what I saw were emus :D So I believe it's for emu Crossing? ;) When I've checked in for a night and headed to the dorm, that time a kangaroo followed me all the way to my dorm, but I didn't want it in my room. I guess it wanted food, eh? :D
Well, I had fantastic memories about this place and returned back a couple of times to show others the variety of animals. I liked the opportunity to hold a parot on my hand while feeding it. Sitting there and watching kangaroos and emus while having a cuppa.
This time, I wanted to show my partner this lovely place. I was expecting to see loads of kangaroos, emus and birds as seen in the past. When we got there we didn't see animals in the first place. That was a bit sad. Have spoken to an end-to-ender and he said we should check certain areas where he's seen kangaroos before. So we really were lucky to discovere quite a few of them scattered around and hiding behind houses. One was even coming close to say Hello :) We even saw some emus and fed some parots. - Well, I could keep my promise to show my partner some native animals, which we hardly saw while driving down from Darwin to Perth.
I personally was quite wondering about less animals in Australia. Never experienced such a small number of animals which I've seen. If that's the case, it's huge negative developement within six years I haven't been there. :( But I hope there are still plenty of native animals around.
Coffee and cake was great. In one corner is a range of food for Bibbulmun Track hikers, but it's not much. It's alright to get to the next township. Good luck with your hike. :)
Thanks to keeping DRV going. It's still a great place to go to.
Got accommodation at Donnelly River as visiting friends in Nannup. What a great place to get away from the demands of normal life - no wifi, no mobile signal, so it really does allow you to slow down and take in the surroundings. The cottage we were provided had everything required for a comfortable stay - spacious with three bedrooms, lounge room, bathroom and large kitchen. Kitchen facilities were good with all the extras including washing up liquid and fly spray!! The village is an old timber mill and really does provide children with an unique holiday experience as they can venture outdoors and explore the surroundings - there is a dam to swim in, a flying fox and lots and lots of tame animals including kangaroos, emus, possums and native birds. Our children were so excited with their constant interactions with the animals who come up right up to you to be fed.
The folks who run the place, Sharon and Andrew, are the nicest people and make you feel truly welcome. Wine and cheese free to guests on New Years Day plus entertainment from an open mic evening. Nannup 25kms away in one direction, and Bridgetown 25kms away in the other. Close to Bussellton also!! You need to take your own bedding and towels and a good idea to get groceries to take also. Would love to go again and will take other family members next time so they can enjoy this place.
We arrived in the middle of 'nowhere' with children in the dark after hours, and found our cottage 'home' some difficulties - make sure you read your maps! There's plenty of very friendly wildlife - kangaroos, emus and parrots - which children love. There's lots of space, bring your children's bikes, and a flying fox for which I suggest some level of supervision for children. Be prepared to light your own fire inside and out or you may not keep that warm at night. Byo food and alcohol, and if you can't miss the footy there's a TV room. Bring a book or some friends with you to make the experience worth while for adults. Some cottages are very basic, others in comparison appear better maintained. The other adults and other children, as company, made the trip worthwhile for people from the SW of WA anyway. Peaceful, rustic, remote. Rural townsites like Bridgetown nearby for touristy things - brewery, meals, junky shops to poke around in.