"Snottygobbles and the Duke of Gloucestor" Top 5 Page for this destination Pemberton by arianne_1504

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Childhood Memories...

I spent just about every Easter holiday since I was born until into my teenage years in Pemberton. It's a beautiful little town that hasn't really changed much in that time, but makes for a lovely relaxing little getaway.

I remember many a morning waking up to the crow of a rooster and the sound of the mill horn signalling the start of the working day (something that doesn't happen anymore which is a shame). We were forever climbing trees, riding our bikes around, catching jilgies, grabbing fresh fruit off the trees or building cubbies in the bush.

Pemberton is a scenic 4 hour drive from Perth. It was named after the early settler Pemberton Walcott and it established itself as a sawmilling town.

It's not busy and touristy like Dunsborough and Margaret River. It's the sort of place that makes you relax. There are plenty of spots for bushwalking, picnics and photo opportunities. There are some great wineries, but you aren't going to get McDonalds here (a good thing I think!).

It can get very chilly in the early mornings, early evenings, over night and obviously during the colder months. But you can usually warm up ok during the day by keeping yourself busy with all the beautiful bush walks around the place.

January 2012

Poor little Pemby was an unhappy soul however on my most recent trip. Cheap airfares and overseas holidays have lured the tourists away from homegrown treasures and it was so sad to see so much had closed down or was about to close down.

C'MON people! Yes it's fun to go overseas and yes it can be cheaper, but have you seen this place? Do you remember what it was like when you were a kid and you could roam where you wanted when you wanted? Building cubbies, hiding in the bush and just having good, clean fun? Pemberton can give you that! Please don't let these little towns suffer any more - I can guarantee what your kids will remember into their adulthood and it won't be trips to Bali.

The most frequented place in Pemberton during our stay was Big Brook Dam. It seemed half the town was there. Picnics and bathers galore all laughing, having fun and enjoying the fresh air.

So before you book your next overseas holiday, please stop and consider whether you could spend your hard earned dollars in our own beautiful state! It's so worth it!

Snottygobbles & The Duke of Gloucestor

Let's face it, this is what you really wanted to know about - Pemberton is home to the 'snottygobble tree'. It is found in the Jarrah forests of southwest Western Australia and is characterised by its long narrow dark green leaves, dark yellow to orange flowers and distinctive dark flaky red bark. Snottygobbles flower over the summer months, with dark yellow to orange flowers that occur in short sprays. The local aborigines made use of it for bush tucker.

If you go for a ride on the Pemby tram, they'll point one out to you. But if you want to see more, why not head out to Snottygobble Loop? Just follow the Vasse Highway 25km out of town and check out the campsite.

The Duke of Gloucestor comes into the story to lend his name to the Gloucestor Tree - read my page on that for more info!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fresh air, country hospitality, beauty, surrounded by nature
  • Cons:If your the sort of person that can't do without all the mod-cons or life or McDonalds, you will probably die here...
  • In a nutshell:This is a place that MAKES you relax
  • Last visit to Pemberton: Jan 2012
  • Intro Updated Feb 3, 2012
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  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Hi
    Lovely page which brought back happy memories on living in WA (and made me feel just a little homesick)!
    You've just got to love those Snottygobbles (sounds like a toddler's bad habit)!
    Regards
    Cathy

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