After a quick visit to the Visitor Information Centre (which are such a good resources for Travellers like ourselves) we headed to find some of the 'climbing trees' in the area. The Most Famous tree in the area (the Gloucester Tree) was once used as a Fire lookout because the view from the top of the tree is spectacular, and allows one to see any fires that are burning in the vicinity.
|Starting to climb the Gloucester Tree|
We found the Gloucester tree and it is definitely a very tall tree! Josh, Natalie and Sam were all very keen to climb to the top, but these trees are definitely not climbing trees for kids!! So while Liz and the kids battled the relentless attacks of march flies at the base of the tree, Mike climbed the 61 metres to the top (along the steel pegs hammered into the tree trunk) along with plenty of other tourists doing the same thing. It was a very nice view from the top, it wasn't too scary, but was a little unnerving when the wind swayed the whole treetop from side to side.
|Climbing the Gloucester Tree near Pemberton|
|Josh would have loved to climb to the very top|
|The view from the top of the Gloucester Tree|
After lunch we drove to the second (of three) climbing trees in the area - The Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree. Again, Liz and the kids had to fight off hundreds of biting March Flies while Mike climbed past the 25 metre platform to the 75 metre platform at the top of the tree. It was another breathtaking 360 degree view of the area (and not quite as crowded as the Gloucester Tree).
|The Bicentennial Tree|
Later that afternoon, we drove to the Beedleup National Park to look at the Beedleup Falls. It is the wrong time of year for the falls to be in full flow (most rainfall occurs in winter), so the falls were only a trickle, but we had a nice walk through the National Park and along a suspension bridge which the kids enjoyed as they bounced along to the other side.
|The Suspension bridge in Beedleup National Park|
|Part of life in the caravan!|
The kids are now used to doing the dishes...
but they all want to scrub! so they take turns to scrub and dry.
|Climbing the Diamond Tree|
|Swimming in the dam at Grimwade|
|The Donnybrook Playground|