Set in the picturesque heart of the South West’s Southern Forests Region amongst a vibrant horticultural neighbourhood, “Fonty’s Pool” remains one of Western Australia’s tourism treasures. Its heritage significance combined with its reputation as a beautiful place to visit has made it a destination for all ages to enjoy for decades. Being centrally situated between Manjimup and Pemberton, it has the advantage of being able to offer a diverse range of leisure activities to compliment your stay. From National Parks and forests, Big Brook Dam, giant tree lookouts to wineries, breweries, trout farms, historical sites, there is something for everyone here. And at days end or if you are just looking to relax somewhere quiet then there is nowhere more beautiful than by the side of “Fonty’s Pool” itself.
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Only recently, the future of “Fonty’s” was extremely clouded. Public Liability insurance issues were threatening the very existence of this icon of the south west. Under management and with no clear direction forward, the place was allowed to regress somewhat until forced closure in 2005 when its insurance policy was finally revoked. Being offered for sale by the Fontanini family who had held it since its first habitation in 1907, it provided the ideal challenge and lifestyle for Jeremy and Kelly Beissel and their young family who purchased the property and have since begun the fulfilling task of rejuvenating “Fonty’s Pool”. With help from the National Trust of Australia and some enterprising insurers “Fonty’s” is back in business and if last summer was any indication, just as popular as ever before. To appease the insurers, a 300 metre fence has been constructed around the perimeter of the pool grounds and has been a source of wide spread community interest and comment. The work program now is particularly focused on redeveloping the grounds around the pool, providing a café for the endless number of visitors and establishing a breath-taking venue for community functions, weddings and entertainment events alike.The small caravan park here has enjoyed an extreme make over as well. Now a neat and tidy, roomy little tourist park, the feedback is all positive. Our patrons are voting with there feet and invariably re-booking at the end of often extended stays. Christmas, Easter and long weekends are already extremely popular and bookings will need to be early to avoid disappointment.
The local community has thrown their support behind the new owner’s hence reiterating the significance that “Fonty’s” holds in the area. With the success of Manjimup’s growing truffle industry showcased next door at “The Wine and Truffle Company” and “Fonty’s Pool Winery” within walking distance, the future here seems as bright as ever. Don’t just take our word for it though, come down and see for yourself!
The history of Fonty's Pool spans back to 1925. Click here for more information.