Wednesday, 24 May 2017



Thanks for calling in.

Next stop is Pemberton, inland, surrounded by forest and lakes.  We're staying in the Karri Valley Resort on Lake Beedelup.  Arriving in the twilight, a field of 50 or 60 kangaroos, enjoying a bit of a snack and relax, greets us. Another tick on the list!

Poor old camera didn't do too well with a load of skippy kangaroos in the dark.

We're staying here for a couple of nights
The path round the lake

The walk-through tree

You need two photos at least per tree as they are so tall.

A wobbly bridge over the Beedelup Falls

Another beautiful walk round the Big Brook Dam

Heading through the Warren National Park  to one of the 3 famous climbing trees - Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree (75 m), Diamond Tree (51 m) and the Gloucester Tree (61 m)

This is the top of the Bicentennial tree.  There are a few platforms up the tree, but to get there you have to climb on the metal pegs that stick out of the tree!  Goodness, where's Health and Safety when you need them! 

The tree was built in 1988 to mark the 200 years of European settlement in the country.  There are 130 pegs and the cabin at the top is 75 m high which gives wonderful views over 40 km of the countryside below.  However, the tree can sway up to 1.5 m in each direction in the wind.  Needless to say I had to stay below taking photos, well someone's got to do it but two energetic types from the family easily made it to the top. Eek!
Dave Evans, after whom this tourist tree is named, is a teacher, politician and resident of Pemberton and wrote a book about original karri tree lookouts which were used to look for fires.  Originally from Wales, he went on to become Minister for Forests and was awarded the Order of Australia in 1994.

We're off to Augusta next.

See you soon.


  1. What an interesting looking place. Would love to see kangaroos in the wild.

    1. It was good to see them especially safely in the field not too close, they were smaller than I expected.

  2. Oh my, that doesn't look safe at all! :)
    Love the little place you stayed! That is my kind of "resort". So glad I stumbled upon your blog! :)

    1. Thanks Monica, glad to have you on board. The blog is being unusually Australian at the moment which will carry on for another week till it gets back to normal. 😊

  3. I would definitely have to stay on the ground and take the photos. Your misty, twilight photo of the kangaroos is wonderful, and good to see them in their natural habitat:)

    1. I'm just amazed that people are allowed to climb up the tree without any protection. The kangaroos were just hanging about, I didn't realise that's what they were to start with. Have a good weekend. 😊

  4. I'd have been with you firmly at the bottom! Glad you got to see loads of roos on this trip!
    Wren x