"Up the pole" State of Western Australia Things to Do Tip by iandsmith
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When you get to Pemberton in southern W.A., chances are you want to climb a tree. This is, after all what thousands come to the town every year to do. I was numbered among them.
There are three in the area, the Millenium Tree is the highest and the Gloucester Tree the best known and most popular. They are all Karri trees, famous worldwide for their height and magnificence and deservedly so.
The reason there are metal stakes driven in to the trees is to provide fire lookouts, still in use occasionally today but not as much as in the past.
The Gloucester tree climb is about 60 metres and involves clambering up 153 rungs to the top. On the way you are likely, as I did, to meet people of all nationalites. In my case, Brits, Canadians and Swedes. Very cosmopolitan.
You get slugged $9aus to enter the area but, hey, where else can you do something like this?
Directions: Near Pemberton in southern W.A.
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