Gloucester Tree Scheduled To Reopen Next Month
A favourite for the South West’s thrill seekers, Pemberton’s Gloucester Tree is currently undergoing an upgrade, and is scheduled to reopen to climbers by the Labour Day long weekend (March 4-6).
A specialist arboriculturalist will replace the tree’s 153 metal pegs, along with the addition of two new aluminium ladder sections and another small platform that links to the main lookout cabin.
The magnificent karri tree was first instated as a fire lookout in 1947, and after retirement has since become a popular tourist destination for intrepid climbers – although reportedly, only 20% of visitors manage to complete the climb and reach the lookout!
The Munda Biddi Trail and Bibbulmun Track sections that pass through the Gloucester Tree’s site remain open, as does the 75m tall Bicentennial Tree located about 20 minutes’ drive away in Warren National Park.