bring it on tree!
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so after an hour or so drive to pemberton we head straight to the Gloucester Tree, the most well known of trees in this area. the tree is 61m (bloody tall to you and me!) and used to be used as a lookout for forest fires. these days they use spotter planes but the tree is occasionally used when its too windy for planes to go up. after waiting for a few people to climb back down (and after pooping my pants a bit!) we head up. as you can see from the photos, there are no safety harnesses, no supervisors, just you and some metal spikes to climb up! it was actually bloomin hard work but the views from the top make it worthwhile. the climb down was just as scary too!
it wasnt till i got down to the bottom that the top of my legs were killing me! but there were lots of pretty parrots (rosellas i think) to take my mind off the pain! there are 2 other big trees in the area that are climbworthy but im not sure i would have managed, and we wanted to get to the treetop walk.
after a lavender ice cream (yummy!) from the lavender and berry farm we head back through the forests to the Valley of the Giants for the treetop walk. before we got there we took a detour to see the giant tingle tree. and when i say giant, i am in no way underestimating the statement! its probably nearly as big as my room back home!
so to the valley of the giants, which is full of various tingle trees that grow very tall apparently! and the walk platform thingy goes up to 40 metres high. and its very wobbly! much safer than the tree climb though! we then walked around the forest floor, called the ancient empire. although the trees werent quite as big as the giant one, they were still awesome and photo worthy. and i saw a bandicoot for the first time in my life! weird rat like creature, a bit bigger! not sure what their purpose is on this earth, or do i know anything about them, but cool all the same!