Saturday, April 1, 2017

2 Weeks Back Down Under - Day 7: Tall Timber Country

The vibe and look of things changed very quickly as we drove east and south of the Margaret River wine region. We were entering Tall Timber Country, one of Australia's most incredible forests, an area of coastal fog and rain nurturing giant, century old trees much like California's redwoods. These trees, the karri and tingle trees, however, are ecualyptus species, growing to nearly 900 years of age and up to 80 meters in height. We camped out by the Blackwood River, rode the Pemberton Tram through the old growth forests all the way to the wild Warren River, and (the highlight) climbed the three "lookout trees", giant hilltop trees with steel rod "ladders" winding their ways up the giant trunks up to heights of 60+ meters where little treehouse-like platforms offered fire lookouts over the surrounding forests. What a thrill!


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