Rocky Cascades: Beedelup National Park

Beedelup National Park is just a short drive away (18km) from Pemberton city center. A highlight of the park is the Beedelup Falls which is a small series of rocky cascades. It would have been a prettier sight had it been winter. From the waterfalls we followed the Beedelup Loop Walk, a walking trail which took us to the 75m-high walk-through tree (trunk hollowed out!) and through to the Karri Valley Resort (magnificent views of the Beedelup lake) for a total of 4.7kms full circuit. It was an enjoyable, albeit challenging, trail- full of steep ascents and winding paths! Good thing there were no snakes which are a common sight this season.

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This walking trail actually spans 1000kms- from Kalamunda in Perth to Albany! Now that's a challenge!

This walking trail actually spans 1000kms- from Kalamunda in Perth to Albany! Now that’s a challenge!

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In the Company of Giants: Gloucester National Park

Pemberton is nestled in a valley surrounded by magnificent Karri forests of the Gloucester National Park, with its green pastures and vast vineyards. It also hold pride in being a tall timber country, still producing beautiful hand-crafted works.

About 327kms from perth, it may be quite a long drive but I assure you folks, it will be well worth the almost 4 hours of backbreaking but definitely scenic drive. There are a lot of recreational activities to do while at Pemberton- canoeing, fishing, biking, swimming, and bushwalking!

Pemberton is home to Gloucester National Park, with its towering Karri trees and beautiful rivers. We have embarked on a walking trail from the Gloucester look-out tree (61m high and can be climbed by the visitors) passing through the magnificent Karri forest in the guts of Pemberton. The karri trees are actually one of the tallest flowering trees in the world and their hardwood is prized for its fine woodcraft qualities. With no elevated vantage points within the Karri forest to build towers,foresters came up with a smart solution to build fire lookouts on the tallest trees- the Gloucester tree (picture below) being one of them.

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