The sun decided to shine on the day we left Margaret River and even though it had rained and was cold while we were there, we really enjoyed our Margaret River stay. On travelling through this beautiful countryside of rolling hills and tall tree forests we are reminded of the south coast of NSW.
On our way to Walpole we stopped at Pemberton and the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree. “What’s that?”, you ask. There are three similar trees in this area that are pegged with metal spikes in a staircase style, with a little bit of flimsy wire around the side.
The Dave Evans tree is 75meters tall (or 65 meters – we’ve read different accounts of the height) and you can climb to the top, if you want to. I made it about a quarter of the way, Dylan made it half way and Sam and Tim went all the way to the top. Actually, Sam was racing up so fast and Tim had to try and catch him!
After this excitement (read = worry & anxiety for me) we headed to Walpole and a visit to the Valley of the Giants Skywalk. This was an amazing walk amongst the tingle trees. These tree grow to immense heights with an enormous base. The south west of WA is the only area in the world where these trees grow. The kids thought they would make good hobbit houses. (There’s a hobbit theme at the moment as they are reading through the book before the release of the final hobbit movie!)
This is The Giant Tingle Tree. Good name for it.
We also had fun visiting the Swarbrick Art walk which was a lovely forest trail littered with great sculptures throughout. We really enjoyed the ‘mirrored wall’. Just one of those days.
Another highlight of the area was Greens Pool. A natural ocean pool bordered by large granite boulders. The water was a gorgeous aquamarine and almost perfectly still. Just a little too cold for us, but not for Sam who seems to be part amphibian. I think Sam has swum in every water hole, beach and pool that we have come across on our trip – regardless of the weather!
Sam – When I climbed the Dave Evans tree is was scary and exciting at the same time. When I was half-way up my legs were shaking but I wanted to keep going all the way to the top. On the way to the top, there were a few lose spikes which made me feel pretty nervous. BUT I MADE IT! The view was amazing. This photo is of Dylan and I at the half-way point.
Dylan – The tingle trees were great because at the bottom of the tree, the hole was so massive you could fit a car in there. It was a bit scary walking on the bridges for the Valley of the Giants Skywalk because it was wobbling, but the views were really cool.
Until Next Time