Sunday, 27 December 2009

Australian travellogue: Pemberton attractions

4 Nov 2009. Right after checking out from the Lavender & Berry Farm, we headed straight for the Visitors Centre. We were a little surprised that the centre also housed a little pioneer museum which chronicled much of the town's past: especially how it developed from a timber settlement (and in fact, there is still a timber mill smack in the centre of the town).

We left the Visitors Centre at about 10 o'clock and headed out to Broadway Street to await the crossing of the Pemberton tram.

Originally, we had planned to take the tram ride all the way to Northcliffe and back but decided to cancel it due to time constraints. So what else was there for us to do but to take pictures of the tram instead, as it rumbled on past us? Ah, well.....

Next on the itinerary was a visit to the Gloucester National Park. The main attraction here was the Gloucester Tree, a huge 61-metre-tall ancient karri tree that was chosen as a fire look-out in 1947.

It was so named because the Duke of Gloucester, in his capacity as the Governor-General of Australia, visited Pemberton as the lookout was being built. But maybe, we should have visited the Warren National Park instead because the Bicentennial Tree stood even higher at 75 metres.

So after these activities, we headed back to the Lavender & Berry Farm for lunch. I don't normally write about our food experience but I must mention here that the plate of fresh trout was one of the most delicious meals I had in Western Australia. Then came the pièce de résistance .... the celebrated pancake with ice-cream and hot berry sauce. It's worthy of a photo here:

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