I went early morning for a run to have a look at The Gloucester Tree and suroundings, strange as it may sound I take a small camera with a self timer, amazing sometimes what you find.
This particular day I got lost so instead of a round trip. I had to find my way back the way I had come, the wife seems to notice when I have been away for several hours.
We stayed longer in town waiting for this trip which takes 1 3/4 hours and goes to Warren RIver and the Cascade falls.
For us it was not worth waiting for and I was going to put it in Tourists Traps but some would probably really enjoy the journey., so here it is.
If you're looking for a nice way to spend some time in the forest without having to do the walking, why not hop on the Pemby tram. It meanders through the forest over trestle bridges and over rivers and streams.
The tram ride lasts 1 and 3/4 hours and stops at the Cascades, which are just beuatiful when they are running.
The tram departs twice daily, at 10.45am and 2.00pm every day except Christmas Day. It costs $24 for adults, $12 for children and $3 for those kids under 2.
The Pemberton Pool is a special picnic spot along the Lefroy Brook. The water of the brook naturally pools here. There are areas sections for children to play in and adults to jump of a pontoon. There are picnic tables under tall Karri trees. During summer this is a popular spot for locals and visitors.
The Pemberton Swimming Pool is only 1.2 km for the township of Pemberton. It is also the start for several bush walks through Pemberton Forest Park. Explore the Hatchery Trail, Trevor's trail, Karri Heights, Whistler Walk and Lefroy trails.
The Pemberton Pool is also strategically located amongst mountain bike trails which also meander through the wonderful Pemberton Forest Park. Enjoy a dip in the cool water after some hard peddling along the Relentless Blue or Skills circuit.
No dogs allowed.
No entry fee.
The forests of the southwest had a network of fire lookouts on top of the hugest trees. These are not in operation any more due to better observation technologies. One of the three that can be climbed is Gloucester Tree in Glocester National Park near Pemberton. The tree is about 50 m high and the view must be amazing.
Climbing is done at your own risk. It is free and there are no guards and no safety measures. Iron bars and thin steel ropes form a spiral ladder up the tree trunk. If you are even the slightest bit scared of heights, think twice about tackling the climb.
For me, no way, never. People-watching from safe ground is fun, though.
In addition to that the bush around the tree is nice for bird-watching. I got to see Western Rosellas, Ringnecks, and Common Bronzewings at close distance. Since they are often fed by visitors, the birds come close and are rather tame. Have your camera ready.
See travelogue for bird photos!
The Four Aces are four magnificent Karri trees standing in a row. My photos do not do them justice, they are far far bigger and far far more impressive than they look when reduced to a height of 500 pixels. They are 75 m high and approximately 400 years old.
More info and a map on the web
There is a short hiking trail into the forest that starts from the parking lot. Walk into the forest, no need to go far. Listen and feel. Listen to the sounds of the forest, the wind, rustling leaves and cracking twigs, the voices of the birds. Keep quiet and feel the atmosphere. It is magic.
Pioneer settlers built the bridge in 1904. One single karri tree was feeld to carry the bridge across Donnelly River. It survived until 1966 when winter floods swept it away. What is left of the One Tree Bridge is now displayed on land, a new bridge has been built.
More info and map
Wow ! two of our VT members stayed here and invited the rest of our group to take a peek.
It has so much memorabilia and I really enjoyed this quick visit.
The manager came out and invited us to look at the old projection room,now a bedroom.
The wood from nearby forests were used to build this theatre and still in perfect condition.
If you want to see it and of course if the manager allows it,then whatever you do stop in and ask if you can.You won't be disappointed.
It would be a great place to stay for a night or two.
The Cascades are just beautiful. There's bbq facilities and a picnic area here - free entry. There's a walk trail around the area, and it's just a magic place to come, especially when the cascades are actually running.
The diesel-powered tram leaves Pemberton Railway station for Warren River Bridge twice a day. The ride takes you through karri and marri forrests, across trestle bridges over Lefroy Brook to the old bridge over the Warren River. Trip was a loop but the bridge is dangerous to cross so you return from there.
Along the way the driver gives a commentary on the history of the area. There is one stop at The Cascades.
The return journey of almost 20 kilometres takes 1 and 3/4 hours.
The Cascades is a series of waterfalls on the Lefroy Brook, located about 6 kilometres southwest of Pemberton. When the stream is full of water the individual falls are quite beautiful. On the day I visited there was a raging torrent - it had been very wet.
There is a pinic area and amenities and a walk around to a new viewing platform.
You can get to the Cascades by road, on foot or by tram - the Pemberton Tram stops there on its twice daily journey to Warren River Bridge.
Go for a ride on the Pemberton tram.
This uses the origional rail lines that served the district.
The trip takes 1 3/4 hours and goes through the forest to the cascade falls where you stop for a look and to take photos.
Well worth it
Cost $24 per adult.
The Gloucester Tree lookout was built in 1947, in the highest of the tall karri trees near Pemberton and it’s construction coincided with a visit to the South-West by the then Governor-General of Australia, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester.
It is the tallest fire-lookout tree in the world. This magnificent Karri Tree is over 60 metres high and offers 360° views over the surrounding hinterland. Not for the faint hearted.
It's beautiful down here though and you can have a picnic lunch or go on a number of walks through the bush.
You do need to pay to drive into the park - you can buy a park pass for $11, which can get you into any number of passes in the area for the day.
You can call into the Pemberton Visitor Centre for further information.
Hubby and I discovered this gorgeous beach on our lightening trip down south in preparation for the big 2013 downunder vt tagalong trip.
Mandalay Beach was where the three-masted Norwegian ship "Mandalay" was beached in May 1911. The captain did a good job and managed to save all aboard the ship. The shipwreck appears every few (10) years as the beach erodes and then covers her again.
There are nice rocks here so I mounted my Canon 60D on the tripod and took a series of milky water shots. Nice :o)
This beach is located nearer to Walpole so if you plan to visit, then you might like to also do the tree top walk at Walpole. Check out my Walpole page.
Big Brook Dam is a beautiful, peaceful spot for a swim, canoe and walk. Surrounded by Karri forest, it provides an idyllic location to soak in the crystal clear water or sunbathe on the sandy beach. You can even try your luck at fishing from the banks.
There's a 4km walk around the dam along the beautiful nature trail and keep an eye out for kangaroos.
You can cool off in the dam and have a barbecue or picnic lunch on the 'beach'. Free gas BBQ in undercover picnic area (2 to 3 tables), toilets and running water available.
Big Brook Dam is located just five minutes from Pemberton. No entry fees. There is also wheelchair access and disabled toilets.