Big trees, little trees, cardboard box
Trip Start Feb 14, 2007
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South WA looks delightful and charming in the brochures so we planned a full itinerary that would get us to Esperance for some (more) stunning beach action alongside some beautiful national parks we could explore. We packed all the essential camping gear, the walking shoes, cans of soup and $2 noodles (which we thought we had seen the back of since leaving Broome), the body boards, suncream and raincoats (just in case). We had barely made it to Margaret River before the blazing heat of Perth disappeared and the heavens openedGloucester Tree. Yes ok so it's just a really big tree (big woof, wanna fight aboud eet?) but it's very cool. It's one of the original fire trees with iron pegs set out to the very top, where a platform gives superb views of the surrounding forest. Now climbing a tree isn't all that, normally, but this tree is mahoosive and near the top you have to climb a vertical ladder. Now picture this, when your legs go into muscle spasm and you are a billion feet up a tree (although signs say its only 61metres) with no harness, no ropes and still need to get down without falling to a messy death. (Never let it be said we don't use artistic license to dramatise our stories).
After waking up to the sounds of nature rustling in the long grass we set about driving to the Valley of the Giants and the Tree Top Walk just down the road in Walpole. Not much we can say except that it's a really nice way to spend a few hours walking the around the tree top canopy, it would have been so much nicer in good weather but come on we are winging poms, so we are used to rain (it helps cure the homesickness too).
Sadly our onward journey was curtailed due to inclement weather with forecasted flood warnings (anyone would think we are in Kent not Australia) and so we never did get as far as Esperance, which is a real shame but it will stay on the "to do list" ready for next summer.