WA – Walpole to Augusta

On Wednesday we were continuing our journey west and drove through a burnt out forest and up to Pemberton. I found these burnt out forests rather beautiful with the black charred trunks and brown leaves. You could see some rejuvenation trying to  come through and the result is such an unusual colour combination. 

In Pemberton we stopped off to climb the fire tree lookout called Gloucester tree. Even for a rock climber this was scary, round metal rungs are bored into the tree to create a ladder which was near vertical in places. It felt a bit precarious, so I moved slowly and held on tight with both hands in case my feet slipped. When I finally reached the top, at 52m, I was too busy thinking about getting down again to really enjoy it. I made it down safely and we headed into the sleepy town of Pemberton for lunch. 
Below is the view from the top of Gloucester tree.

After lunch we drove down to Cape Leeuwin the most south-westerly point of WA and home to the Augusta Lighthouse. We too an audio tour round the headland and bottom of the lighthouse. This is also the point where the Indian Ocean meets the southern ocean and the currents converge.
 From Augusta we headed north to Margaret River and checked into our motel for the next three nights. 

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