Poking around Pemberton

Before I start writing about my wonderful trip that I took last month to Cambodia, I thought I’d do a quick write up about last weeks trip to the small timber town of Pemberton. This small town four hours south of Perth is known for its amazing old forests, home to some of the biggest trees on the planet! Myself and a friend went down for a few days to go on hikes and to take a break from hectic city life. It was beautiful, and staying in a chalet at the Karri Valley Resort was a treat!

While alot of time was spent just relaxing by the lake, we also had some adventurous moments, like TRYING to climb a 65 metre tree! I say try because I failed miserably! Lol. The Bicentennial Tree is the second highest climbable tree in the world. At 65m its scary high…. But you know what made it really really scary? There is no safety ropes, no safety nets, no safety workers, no nothing! Basically there are metal pegs shoved into the tree and you just climb. I seriously thought it would be a bit more regulated but nope! Just park, walk to the tree, and start climbing. I got up to the first viewing platform at 30m and couldnt go further. My legs were jelly. Im not really afraid of heights but the fact I’m skinny enough to slip through the rungs and fall to my death did not help. (Apparently nobody has ever died climbing this tree but I didn’t want to be the first!) After some deep breaths I came back down, which was another whole level of scary. My fingers were hurting from gripping so tight afterwards! I really can’t explain how nuts this is! The photos don’t do it justice!

Anyway I can definitely say I prefer hiking… both feet on the ground! Lol. Pemberton offers heaps of walks with various lengths. I enjoyed doing the Big Brook Dam and the Beedelup Falls trails. The 1000km Bibbulmun Track also passes through town so maybe one day if I can tick off that dream I’ll pass through Pemberton again!

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16 Responses to Poking around Pemberton

  1. thebeerwanderer says:

    Looks like a sweet spot to spend a few days. I climbed something like that in WA but I don’t think it was that one, nor that high from memory but the look of the “stairs” up is the same. OZ is perhaps most memorable in their lack of not only regulation but how normal they make it seem! haha

  2. leggypeggy says:

    You made it to the first platform! Well done. I think I did 12 rungs.

  3. This looks like such an idyllic location, Anna. Especially the beautifully positioned chalet. I think you did well to get almost halfway up that tree! I’m not that bothered about heights either, but would find that kind of free-climbing a bit hairy.

  4. I’m surprised there’s no protection. Even 30 m is pretty high with out a harness. I really don’t know anything about the western side of Australia so thanks for this. Maggie

  5. Toonsarah says:

    No way would I attempt to climb that tree, so I’m really impressed you got as far as you did!

  6. Bama says:

    Going 30 m up that tree without safety ropes, nets, or anything sounds crazy! 😁 I don’t think I can do that. I’ll pass and do the hiking instead. Speaking of Cambodia, I’ll be going there soon. So I’m really curious about your experience since my last visit was 11 years ago. Many things must have changed, I believe.

    • Anna says:

      Hi Bama, I have so many impressions of Siem Reap that I’m kind of overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin!! Any specific questions please ask away!! X

  7. lexklein says:

    I wonder if I would/could climb that tree …? I was a tree-climbing fool as a kid and have gone up a few branches as an adult, but I think my self-preservation gene might kick in when I got partway up that one! Very eager to read about Cambodia also; we were headed there right as the pandemic began and have not been able to reschedule yet. 😦

    • Anna says:

      Hi Lexi! You could climb the tree easily… it wasnt hard physically, but mentally was another story!! I better get cracking with my Cambodia posts, it seems quite a few people are keen to go! Thanks x

  8. yololah says:

    Nice one Anna. Must say, WA has so much beauty and so much of it unexplored. Never knew of Pemberton. Shame all attention is on Margaret River. There is so much more. Great job climbing that tree though 🙌

    • Anna says:

      oh yes WA has so much to offer, so much more than Margaret River. There are so many little country towns down in the south that are so charming and full of character – I havent seen half of them myself!!! x

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