A trip to Pemberton would not be complete without a visit to one of the three climbable trees in the area. These trees which were once used as fire lookouts now provide the adventurous tourist with an amazing 360 degree view over the beautiful karri forest.
A short drive out of Pemberton is Gloucester Tree, which is the World’s second highest fire lookout tree. Gloucester Tree is within a National Park so park passes apply and can be purchased at the entrance gate. See website link with more info below. Gloucester Tree is huge at an impressive 72 meters in height. Metal pegs spiral around the trunk of the tree allowing visitors to climb up to the lookout cabin – 58 meters off the ground.
There is no official age restriction to climb the tree but I would suggest it is best suited for 10 year olds and up. It requires you to be reasonable fit, and even if you aren’t afraid of heights it can be quite scary. And just when you thought you were over the worst by getting to the top, you then have the climb down, where the only place to look is straight down!
VIew from the top
It’s a bit of fun to
let the younger kids (or those who aren’t up to climbing the whole way) to
climb the first few rungs and get a great photo opportunity.
While the tree is the
main attraction there are also some bushwalking trails on offer close by,
ranging in length from 400 metres to 10 kilometres long. There are also picnic
tables and toilet facilities located close to the tree. If you are in Pemberton make sure you visit Gloucester tree
and spend some time enjoying the natural beauty of the Karri forest.
More Information: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au
Park Fees & Passes: parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/know/park-entry-fees
Review by Kids Around Perth Reporter Candice, 11th August 2016