29th dec For the last three days we have journeyed south from Perth sharing the driving with Faye, we got down to Denmark in southwest Aus, before turning back north on 29th,.
On the 27th we had chicken and fly sandwiches on the harbour front at Bunbury, before proceeding to Bridgetown where we enjoyed a sumptuous Devonshire cream tea, the scones were the largest we have ever seen and the accompanying jam and cream were in suitably copious amounts, we wrapped two of these scones for later.
A lot of the time we were driving through National forest, the Karri tree was the centre of interest here. They grow up to 50 metres high. It is a feature of its growth, to grow close and tall, shedding its lower branches and bark as it goes. The trunks are therefore a beautiful pale colour. The trees were at one time a threatened species, they were used for telegraph poles and railway sleepers.
We stopped the night at Pemberton, which is in the middle of the Karri Forest, our motel room had a view of the forest from our veranda.
Next day we made our way to Denmark via the forest explorer route, which is about 85 kms, taking in some of the interesting scenic highlights ,(see pics).
The whole area is tinderbox dry, and at times we had to divert because of fires in progress, or controlled burnings, where sections are set alight in a controlled manner, this stimulates regrowth and renewal.
The highlight (no pun intended) , was our visit to the valley of the giants, These are Tingle trees, (very Christmassy), they can grow to 50 metres high, and up to 20 metres in circumference at the base. When mature they split at the base, and insect life eats away the old dead wood, creating archways you can walk through .Fire damage also contributes to this effect.
The trees can be viewed from an elevated walkway which allows one to walk through the canopy of the forest up to 40 metres above ground,(see pics). Numbers on each section of the walkway are strictly limited, for safety reasons, even so they do tend to sway about a bit, which can be somewhat disconcerting! It was an amazing experience to walk among these beautiful trees.
We stopped the night in Denmark, a popular holiday resort, and then made our way back to Perth up the Albany Highway. This passes through endless miles of wheat fields and cattle country, as it travels northwards.
The temperature is finally falling to more comfortable levels, so we will rest and refresh tonight before new adventures tomorrow.
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