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1 Acacia St, PO Box 16
Dwellingup, WA 6213
Open Mon to Fri, 10am to 3pm.
Sat and Sun from 10am to 4pm.
If you are looking for a great place to visit then the Forest Discovery Centre (FDC) is what you are looking for. You will find us nestled in the Jarrah forest just north of the Dwellingup township. We have plenty to suit all age groups and ability levels so come and explore and experience the ‘Hub of the Forest’. The FDC links forest to arts and environment. You can enjoy a walk on our trails and tree top platform, see artisans at work, learn about the natural environment, Indigenous culture and local heritage, have a go at our range of hands on activities, get active in the nature play area, try a creative course or book a tour for your group or school.
The FDC houses a fine art gallery, retail shop of local artisans work, a forest interpretive centre, walking trails with education signage, a large range of hands-on learning activities, and a full equipped function centre and workshop space for hire as well as an accommodation facility, Jarrah Forest Lodge.
The FDC is only a 10min walk or short drive from the town centre. Just follow the ‘Emu Walk Trail’ from The Blue Wren Café to our Doorstep. Open Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 am to 4.00pm. Other times and group bookings by appointment.
A wide range of fun and educational creative courses are available for people interested in short workshops. Courses include woodworking, painting, felting, ceramics, jewellery making, blacksmithing, and mosaics. The programme is regularly updated and no previous experience is necessary to participate. See our Courses Here
‘We had a fabulous weekend learning mosaics from the extremely talented Nathan Hopkins, so glad we bought tickets for his class.’
EDUCATIONAL COURSES FOR SCHOOLS
The FDC offers an exciting range of woodworking and arts courses as well as fascinating Indigenous culture, environmental and heritage tours for all ages and ability levels. We can tailor courses to suit your group’s special needs.
We are also able to offer ‘Nearer to Nature’ educational courses run in partnership with DBCA and ALCOA. These courses are directly curriculum linked. For full details on all programmes follow the link. See our Educational Progammes Here
Experienced guides at the FDC conduct excellent tours. We cater for small private groups through to large tour buses. Explore the interpretive centre and the walk trails, learning about wildflowers, animals, Indigenous culture and the resources of the forest. A tree-top viewing platform allows visitors to enjoy the bush at canopy height and a handmade timber cutter’s hut and campfire area can be reached from one of the bush trails. Tours of the nearby timber mill can also be arranged. See our Tour information Here
‘A very enjoyable informative tour. Maitland is such a welcoming, genuine person and it just inspires RESPECT, a true message from him. – Thank you.’
FUNCTIONS AND EVENTS
Weddings, Parties Anything! We have the ideal rustic bush location for your next function. The Forest Discovery Centre has a number of fully furnished function spaces that you can hire. There is our beautiful amphitheatre with its tranquil bush backdrop, art gallery with exposed beams housed in curved rammed earth walls and our large outdoor bush function venue with its cathedral of Jarrah and Marri trees. To find out more and to make a time to view or facilities please call or email us. firstname.lastname@example.org
STUDIO AND WORKSHOP LEASE
We lease our well-equipped workshop, machine room and studio spaces on a short or long term basis. There are a large number of resources available including workshop bays, benches, fully equipped wood machining room, lathe room, sanding room, spray booth, power tools, clamps, and kiln room, plus shared storage facilities.
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