Wednesday 13 February 2013

Driving South, part 2

In the 1930s and 40s several trees in the area we visited were turned into observation towers to look out for fires. Great spikes were hammered straight into the tree trunks to make ladders and enabled the people on watch to climb all the way up to the top of the canopy, at 60 to 75 meters off the ground. Some of these trees are still there today, and courageous (and slightly crazy) tourists can still climb them to admire the view. A few of us were brave enough to give it a go (most of us climbed the Gloucester tree and the Bicentennial one but I stopped at the first platform, a little above the half way mark; I was a little too shaky to go all the way up!). 

This is the view from the half-way platform. Left, looking up. Right, looking down. 

We saw many, many more trees during our short ride on the Pemberton tramway which took us through very pretty forest areas. 

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