Well, there are some seriously BIG trees in Pemberton. It’s crazy to think about how old they might be and how strongly they must be anchored to the ground to be able grow so tall. When in Pemberton, seeing the huge Tingle Trees is a must, as well as climbing up either the Gloucester Tree (58m) or the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree (65m). These tall karri trees were selected and used for fire watch platforms in decades past. Now, amazingly, visitors are allowed to climb them. In this age where health and safety precautions are so prominent, it’s surprising that people are allowed to climb this tree without any real mitigations from falling. Nevertheless, for those who climb it, the white knuckle climb is worth it for the canopy view from the top and the sense of achievement when you get safely back on the ground!
These red tingle tree have these distinctive hollowed out bases caused by a combination of fungal and insect attack, followed by fire burning out the dead wood in the centre. The tree is still alive and getting nutrients via the parts under under the bark.
The Bibbulman Track is a long 1000km walking track which goes from Kalamunda down to Albany on the south coast. Parts of it goes through Pemberton. The parts that we saw looked really green and lovely.