The Dukes Walk, Pemberton
Follow the blue markers and catch your first close-up glimpse of the karri forest from this short loop trail. Only three kilometres from Pemberton, this trail starts from the famous Gloucester Tree.
About the Trail
Follow the blue markers and catch your first close-up glimpse of the karri forest from this short loop trail. Only three kilometres from Pemberton, this trail starts from the famous Gloucester Tree. As you stroll along the track, pause to gaze up at the tall trees competing for space in the sky. You can see that a forest is just like any other natural community – only the strong survive.
Below them, the thick understorey is a mass of plant life. Look closely to see the vines and creepers scrambling up the trunks of smaller trees, the vivid mosses and fungi clinging to fallen logs and the bark dangling like tattered clothing on the trees. In spring, the wildflowers raise their colourful heads as the butterflies come to life. Take your time – enjoy your first taste of the forest. It’s sure to whet your appetite for more bushwalking.
Need to Know
Pemberton is a town of towering timbers. Set in the heart of karri tree country, it's here you'll find and climb the world's tallest fire lookout tree - the famous Gloucester Tree, see a forest filled with the colour of spring wildflowers and taste some of Western Australia's top wines. Hit the freeway south from Perth and you'll be in Pemberton in approximately three hours and 45 minutes. If you're in no hurry, why not swap the bitumen for the Bibbulmun Track - one of the world's great long-distance walk trails. Stretching nearly 1,000 kilometres from Kalamunda in Perth, it passes through Pemberton and finishes in Albany on the south west coast. Those arriving by car can go off-road and explore the forests by hiking, driving or riding the network of bush tracks. Paddle a canoe on the river and lakes. Or take a four wheel drive tour to where the forest meets the largest inland dune system in the southern hemisphere and gaze in awe at the white-sand mountains of Yeagarup Dunes. Closer to town, the best forest vantage points can be found by venturing up Pemberton's climbing trees. Originally used as fire lookouts in the 1940s, the largest (known as the Gloucester Tree) stands at 61 metres - roughly the same height as the Sydney Opera House. You can get up into the canopy with more ease and grace by taking a drive to Walpole, home of The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, elevating you 38 metres above the magnificent tingle forest. If you're heading out for a day in the forest, you'll find plenty to fill your picnic basket at Pemberton's gourmet produce stores and cellar doors. Enjoy a chardonnay beside Beedelup Falls or a barbecue at Big Brook Dam. Or throw a line in from the river bank and catch a feast of local trout. Pemberton's central location and good choice of accommodation makes it a great base to explore the South West, with Margaret River and Busselton less than two hours away.
Pemberton Visitor Centre
Brockman Street, Pemberton Western Australia 6260, Australia
Phone: (08) 9776 1133 | www.pembertonvisitor.com.au
Situated in the main street of the historic timber town, let the Pemberton Visitor Centre be your first port of call. Their helpful staff can provide you with a free map of the area and guide through the large number of attractions of natural beauty that exists in the town and its surroundings. They are also agents for TransWA bus bookings and well as being able to make your local accommodation and tour bookings. Pemberton is a year round destination. If you love bush walking Pemberton has some of the best natural and environmental walks in the State. If food is your thing, Pemberton boasts the home of the delicious crustacean called Marron. This fresh water crayfish is best eaten fresh washed down with a magnificent cool climate wine from one of Pemberton's many wineries. The Pemberton Visitor Centre is open daily 9am to 5pm, except Christmas Day when they are closed.