Home' Traveller : Scoop Traveller WA 018 Contents 188 Scoop Traveller June-December 2010
scoop.com.au Explore WA
Southern Forest insider
THE GLOUCESTER TREE
Western Australia’s most famous
fire-lookout, The Gloucester
Tree (top right), can be found
just 3km from the centre of
Pemberton. The 61m giant was
first scaled in 1947 by Jack Watson
using climbing boots and a belt.
Today the task is much easier
though thanks to 153 metal
spikes that lead to a secure
aluminium cabin. From here,
the view of swaying green
treetops is among the most
spectacular of the region.
TRAIL: The Gloucester Tree to
Cascades walk is a moderate 12km
round trip that will take you past
picturesque forest and waterfalls.
Allow yourself half a day to
complete, with the option of
stopping for lunch. Picnic facilities
are available at both the Cascades
and Gloucester Tree.
THE BICENTENNIAL TREE
This 68m giant (inset, right) is the
tallest climbing-tree in the region.
But even the faint-hearted can
enjoy a partial climb to the first
platform around halfway up. The
tree is located around 15 minutes
from the centre of Pemberton
in the magnificent Warren
National Park. Barbecues and an
undercover picnic area also make
this a great place to stop for lunch.
TRAIL: The Warren River Loop
Walk is a moderate 10.5km trail
starting from the Bicentennial
Tree and meandering along the
pristine waterway. The trail
also passes the Warren Lookout,
where you can enjoy spectacular
views into the valley– and there’s
no climbing required!
The world’s only wooden treetop
tower (right) is located around
10km south of Manjimup.
Standing at 51m, this is the
shortest climbing tree in the
region – but not short enough
to make the journey up
any less daunting!
TRAIL: The Jim Fox Adventure
Trail covers an easy 500m and is
perfect for children. The path is
littered with ‘obstacles’ such as
hollow logs and cubby houses.
There are also barbecues and picnic
facilities available nearby.
Refusing to climb a tree in Pemberton would be like visiting
Germany without trying the beer, or declining to upsize your meal
in America. It simply isn’t done. And, moreover, you’ll be missing
a vital glimpse into the local culture if you do. There are three towering
karri trees to climb in this region, with a number of beautiful bush walks
surrounding each. If you have a spare morning or afternoon to fill, try one
of the following combinations for a truly heightened forest experience.
Links Archive Scoop Traveller WA 017 Scoop Traveller WA 019 Navigation Previous Page Next Page