Once we had left the area and were nearing Portland we were looking for a lunch spot and came across Yambuk Lake . The picnic area is beside a river that runs out of the lake to the sea. There is only a few farms and a couple of houses in the community but there is a caravan park with a lovely outlook over the river and to get to the picnic area you drive through the Park.
At Dartmoor we found a lovely camping area with lots of great people at the end of the main street where the post office and general store were. The town has a great history. It also had a defunct forestry industry . There are lots of plantations in the area that were part of the Great Southern forest scheme and were processed at Dartmoor.
The things that most people remember the town for are the carved trees that line the main street.
They were done with a chainsaw and were old rotten pine trees that had been planted at the end of WW1.As these trees were now a hazard they were carved with permission of the families that had originally planted them.
The trees nearest the camping reserve had smalll animals and Children's fairy tale characters carved into them. However further up the main street was a series of carvings all related to WW1, and outside the RSL was a lovely carving of Gallipoli Cove. All carvings were done with the chainsaw.
At the top end of the street was an interesting cafe come craft /gift shop which had a series of amusing set of embroidered pictures of old ladies.