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Gloucester Tree, Pemberton

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Observation Deck Landmark
Climb to the top of the Gloucester Tree for a commanding view of the surrounding karri (eucalyptus) forest. At 72 m (236 ft), it stands as the second tallest of Australia's lookout trees. Because this tree originally served to enable forest rangers to survey the land and spot forest fires, you can today climb a spiraling bolted ladder of 153 spikes to a platform at the top. The site recommends against having children climb the ladder, but some families permit their kids to do so. You can go up the tree for free, but the parking lot charges a fee if you arrive by car. Put Gloucester Tree into our Pemberton trip builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Pemberton.
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  • Enjoyed our visit to the Gloucester Tree - but didn't attempt to climb it :) - it is difficult to imagine how this was one of the only methods to look out for fires in the area in past times. A visit ...  more »
  • I wasn't brave enough to climb ... I hate heights and ladders. 53 metres to the top ... apparently only 20% of climbers make it to the top ! Met one girl who climbs as a hobby ... and she said her leg...  more »
  • This is the best activity in Pemberton! Really amazing view after the scary climb! Don't miss it! It's really worth it!  more »
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  • The Gloucester Tree is one of my must-do item ever since I started the planning of my trip to the South West region. I reckon that it isn’t often that I will get a chance to climb a (very) tall tree sans safety harness and safety net. It sounds dangerous and it definitely is! It’s even more exciting when going up the tree, someone else wants to come down. It is a tight squeeze up there and it’s a balancing act that has to be performed by both parties on the same metal rung. A signage at the foot lists out the safety precautions to be taken when attempting the climb. According to the information provided, 153 metal rungs are pegged into the tree trunk forming a ladder spiralling up towards the Gloucester Tree Lookout, 53 metres above the ground. While reasonably strenuous, I feel that the climb is doable for most people. It should take not more than 10 minutes and the view from the top should make the effort worth its while!
  • Amazing place to see the sun rising above the tree line. Only do it if you are reasonable fit and aren't afraid of heights.
  • Thrilling experience. Climbed it with my 12 y.o. daughter. Magical view from the top. Seems a bit daunting from the bottom, but if you just concentrate on climbing the ladder (maintain 3 points of contact), you'll be fine. If unsure, try the diamond tree first - it has a halfway platform for you to catch your breath. One to cross off the "bucket list"!
  • Enjoyed climbing again but was more of a physical effort than i thought. Only bummer was some kids(??) had been up the night before drinking and one had vomited so as you came out of the top ladder you were facing a pool of vomit. Climb it for the unique experience not the view but view still worth a selfie at the top.
  • Bargain Entry Fee of $12.00 per car which covers ALL park fees Pemberton-Albany for 48 hours. Climb of 40+ mtrs should not scare you from below. Ladder up is very stable and encircled with a tunnel of wire. Docent Stationed at the foot of the tree for safety. Recommend gloves if you feel less than agile and take your time to climb up and enjoy the view from the tree house up top.