In 2009 two years after retiring to the beautiful southern forests, Roger and Diane Chamberlain made the decision to start a truffle farm.
Seduced by the romance of the truffle Roger and Diane planted 1000 English Oak and 1000 French Oak which had been inoculated with the spores of black truffle.
The planting of such a large number of French Oak was a first for the district and made the property unique.
There was great excitement when the first truffle was found in 2013.
Roger and Diane’s daughter Sarah and her husband Ben planted a further 800 English Oak in 2014 joining the dream of producing large numbers of truffle when the plantation reaches maturity.
The truffle production has now increased and the family are looking forward to reaping the rewards of 12 years of hard work, pruning, weeding and clearing acorns.
A first for the family is the introduction of truffle hunts to share the journey with visitors to the farm.
* We grow Tuber melanosporum, or more commonly called French Black Truffle.
* Truffles are a subterranean fungus.
* Truffles form a symbiotic relationship with a suitable host tree, oak trees and hazelnut trees are the common host trees in Australia. At our farm we mainly have English Oak (Quercus Robur) and French Oak (Quercus ilex).
* The symbiotic relationship is formed when the truffle spore and tree root meet, this is known as mycorrhizal symbiosis.
* The truffle is great at absorbing nutrients which is passed to the tree, and the tree with all its leaves is great at photosynthesize sugar for food, which the truffle living underground can't, hence the benefits to each other.
* In Australia truffles start form around late spring and into autumn and continue grow until the harvest season which is late May thru to early September.
* We use dogs to harvest our truffles, as they tend not to want to eat the truffles but rather do it for treats.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Join us for a stroll through our truffiere for unique experience in hunting French Black truffles. Our dogs Lily (kelpie) and Indi (Border Collie) have been trained to track the scent of these truffles. After the truffle hunt there will be an opportunity to buy the truffles we have found.
NO BOOKINGS AVAILABLE
Children 12 years and under are free but we must be notified of the total number to keep the group sizes manageable.
How to get there?Fernbank Truffles is located at: 89 Chestnut Grove Rd Manjimup, Western Australia. We advise that you enter this address into either Apple or Google maps. Look for the signs.
Meeting PointPlease arrive at the meeting point, the big shed. at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of the tours, as they will depart on time, on the hour specified.
What to Wear?This truffle hunt is an outdoors event, so please wear appropriate clothes and footwear. In Manjimup, the mornings can be quite crisp and cool, so rug up. Shoes should be enclosed and flat, suitable for outdoor events, and bring a raincoat just in case.
RememberTruffles are a natural fungus growing underground. We know that they are somewhere amongst our 2800 trees on the farm, but require the dogs amazing sense of smell to find them. We have structured our hunting season to find truffles but manage your expectations on the day of the truffle hunt as they aren't predictable where and when we find them, year in and year out.
Cancellation PolicyIf you are unable to attend the tour, please contact us 7 days or more to reschedule or cancel to receive a refund. In the event of cancellations received after the 7 day cutoff, 10% of the booking fee will not be refunded to cover our costs. In case of really bad weather 100% will be refunded.
OFFLINE BOOKING and PAYMENT
If you prefer not to pay online you can contact us by email to arrange a suitable booking day and offline payment.
(Direct Bank Transfer)
NO BOOKINGS AVAILABLE
NO WALK INs
As this is a ticketed event