The Flynn Australian Adventure 2012 travel blog




































Left Pemberton and drove the short distance to Gloucester National Park to climb the Gloucester Tree (old fire look out tree) which is about 60m high. Mum and the boys got about 10m off the ground and stopped. Dad didn't even start. Congratulations to those who are game enough to climb it. We then drove down towards Northcliffe and entered Warren National Park to have a look at the Bicentennial Tree (another fire lookout). This one was taller but had a platform about half way up. Dad got about half way to the platform as did Keagan and Brenton a little below that. We then drove down to Northcliffe through the Karri forests. Here we turned and travelled about 25 kms to Windy Harbour and D'Entrecasteaux National Park (named after the French explorer who came this way in the late 1700's). Windy Harbour as a name is an understatement - Cyclonic Harbour was more apt today. It was overcast and blowing a gale - it was hard work keeping balance on the exposed walk ways. We had lunch in Windy Harbour at the playground. Windy Harbour is really just a collection of fishing huts. A short bitumen drive to a series of lookouts was worth the cold and wind. The small wildflowers sheltering on the limestone cliffs and ridges were beautiful - pink, yellow, white and purple. We ventured along the walk tracks and lookouts at Point D'Entrecaseaux and at Tookalup and there were some beautiful sights of the high cliffs and rocks and the Southern Ocean. These spots would be amazing on a warm sunny day given they were pretty spectacular on a cold and very windy day. We then travelled back to Northcliffe, a small township before turning on to Middleton Road to meet up with the South Western Highway near Shannon. A nice drive took us down to Walpole where we stopped into the Visitor Info Centre and purchased a ticket for the Valley of Giants Tree Top Walk. We were going to do this tomorrow but the forecast suggested lots of showers and rain so we braved the gusty winds and headed the 18 kms out to the centre. Up through the massive Tingle (eucalypt) forests was a lovely drive. All the large trees down in this country are just enormous and to think that they are hundreds of years old is very special. We all did the tree top walk which was about 400 odd metres gently climbing a series of walkways to junction points. The walkways swayed as you walked and as the wind blew. The views were beautiful as we were at canopy level of these magnificent trees. Even Mum thought the walk was not scary! We then did the Ancient Empire Walk which is a ground level walk around these huge trees and through the burnt out sections of the older trees. This walk was the best of the two - to get up close to these enormous trees and see the other flora that inhabit the ground was beautiful. While Brenton and Mum looked at the Interpretive Centre, Dad and Keagan did one more walk around the Tree Tops before having a look in the Centre. We then took the short drive to the caravan park on the edge of Walpole Inlet and stuck the heater on as it was cold. The boys couldn't resist playing on the play ground first.

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