Gloucester Tree, Pemberton

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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. Make Gloucester Tree a part of your Pemberton vacation plans using our Pemberton day trip planning app .
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  • I didn't climb the tree but a friend was braver and did. We watched the beautiful birds in the forest instead. We saw a red winged fairy wren, a bronzewing and a western rosella.  more »
  • Great forest - offers a few walk trails well signed - one which is 10km - for the brave scale the tree - for us a picnic lunch was all the go. Linked in with the local App to read the bush signs on my...  more »
  • A must do whilst in Pemberton one of three similar tree's in the region. Easy climb with fantastic views $13 per car which gives you a two day pass to all the Local National Parks.  more »
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  • I made it then everyone can make it Just relax and climb up it's not that dangerous ! Enjoy the way to go up then you will be fine! The views near the tree are also good to visit. Highly recommend this place
  • Absolutely stunning! Amazing views at every step of the climb from the bottom to the break through the canopy. Also a fantastic 10 km (closer to 7km) loop hike. Huge diversity of woodland birds, local pea species and SPRING TIME ORCHIDS AND LILLIES!!
  • After climbing it, it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be! Just take your time, one step at a time. The view top there is breathtaking
  • Karri tree used as fire lookout point before. Stepping on the spikes that spiral the tree was so scared. I just make it at the beginning. At that time, the step was covered with morning dew and it slippery. But one guy was manage to go up until the metal cabin and safely down. There are many species of Bird here. I was enjoyed to see all of nature here.
  • 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!

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