Pemberton Western Australia
The scenic timber town of Pemberton in the south west corner of Western Australia it has diversified from its original logging town origins, but its biggest attraction is still the tall trees and they are truly magnificent.
The town is surrounded by karri forest and there
are five national parks within 20 minutes drive from town with plenty
of rivers, streams full of fish and dams for family fun in a canoe or
kayak. You will find some of the tallest hardwood trees
in the world grow in this area, and the tallest tree felled here was 104
The Tallest Trees in Western Australia
A series of fire lookouts were constructed in the
top of karri trees, mainly during the 1930s and
1940s, as a way of spotting fires in such tall forest. Three of these
can be climbed today and offer spectacular views.
The most famous is the Gloucester Tree in the Gloucester National Park less than 3 km from Pemberton where you can climb 153 rungs to the 61 metre high lookout.
You will need a national park access pass, and these can be purchased
from the local tourist center in the main street of Pemberton.
It has been used since 1947 and was named after the
Duke of Gloucester, who was visiting Pemberton
as the lookout was being built. The Gloucester Tree has a very scenic
picnic area that is well setup for families, the area has wide flat
paths with excellent wheel chair
access. You will find disabled access toilets and shelters.
The tallest of the three, at 75 metres, is the Dave
Evans Bicentennial Tree in the Warren
National Park 15 minutes drive from Pemberton. It was
pegged in 1988 as part of Australia's bicentennial celebrations. There
is also the Diamond Tree in the Diamond Tree National Park. You may
wish to Pick a calm day for climbing, as the trees sway and can make
climbers feel seasick.
The karri is the largest tree in Western Australia and the third largest hardwood tree in the world. In 1913 the saw mills at Pemberton supplied half a million sleepers for the Nullarbor Plain railway line. In 1928 the World Forestry Commission visited the district and declared karri second only to the California Redwood as a timber tree.
In 2003 old growth logging was drastically reduced by the state government in order to conserve these magnificent trees. Rather than shutting down, the Pemberton Mills have switched to plantation pine and blue gum in addition to karri.
Pemberton has developed a range of tourist attractions over the past twenty years but the sight of the giant karris stretching for the sky is an awe-inspiring sight that makes it worth the trip for them alone.This is an amazing tree, you will find steel rungs secured into the tree that form a ladder winding around the tree.
You will be able to climb to the top and take in some views over Pemberton and the surrounding country.
This climb is not for the faint hearted, I would also strongly advise against children under sixteen climbing this tree.
You should also secure any belongings you take with you on your climb, I would not want to drop anything as many people stand around the bottom of the tree for photo's.
Gloucester Tree map
How to find Pemberton
Pemberton is a comfortable drive from Perth down the South West Highway or any number of scenic routes, about 3 hours.
Places to stay
Things to do
There are loads of things to do in Pemberton Western Australia, Jack and I like fishing on one of the many rivers or creeks in the area, they are cool and the environment good for the soul.
You will see lots of forest creatures coming down to the the river to drink if your quite. There are also many different types of fungus growing from the huge trees, some really colorful and photogenic.
Also a great place for mountain biking and just going for a trek on one of the many walks in the forest.
Visit the Warren River
Visit the Warren River for some beach and sand dune driving adventures. A spot of beach fishing or just picnicking on one of the many sand dunes, often you will be the only people for miles.
It is amazing at night with a massive sky of stars camping in the dunes.
Explore the Warren River