4x4 ADVENTURES IN PEMBERTON
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Draftys to Pemberton
WEATHER: Unseasonably hot; high 30's humid. cool nights
Pemberton, 335kms from Perth, with a population of 1000 is a karri forest tourist destination with 50 wineries. Marron farming was started here some years back by our friends Marg and Greg who have now moved onto other things. The marron remains a popular delicacy for visitors.
Avocados grow well here and more and more farms are being established. We managed to get local avocados, tomatoes, potatoes (another local specialty) and freshly picked red apples as well as a real treat, a bag of crispy snow peas. All at $2 per bag and how lovely it is to eat fresh food. 1400mls of rain annually is normal but the area is experiencing their worst drought ever!
A lot of this area was developed by the "Settlers" after WW1; these were unemployed men and their families who,came out from England on the promise of work and a better life. Well it was very tough and especially after the Depression many of them were unable to repay government loans and they just walked off the land. They had to clear the huge forest with only hand tools, some were given simple cottages, but in nearby Northcliffe they were issued with sheets of iron to build their own places!!
The timber mill established in 1913 and still going, processed the huge local karri trees and 500,000 karri sleepers were produced for the new Trans Australian Rail line and some of the precious wood went into the London Underground.
the Pemberton Caravan Park was quiet and shady and we spent 3 nights there and once again caught up with our mates the Thompsons, always great company. Unfortunately Joe crashed on the skateboard and had to go to the dentist for repairs- he is doing fine!
The natural pool next door 50metresx 200metres, was spectacular and a cooler on hot days; it seems well stocked with small marron but illegal to catch them- Joe and Sheila had fun netting and releasing them.
THE TRAM TRIP
The Tram Trip through the karri, marri and jarrah forests was a thrill and we learned more about trees and local history from the driver. The original rail line was dug out and built by hand and used to transport timber to port. We crossed 6 rustic bridges and made a few stops to check out the area.
We were impressed with the 4 room timber cottages built for the mill workers in the early 1900s and still lived in today.
PEMBERTON DISCOVERY TOURS
This was a trip in a 4x4 bus through the back roads of the old growth karri forests to the perched Lake Yeagarup and then across the spectacular massive sand dunes to Yeagarup Beach and the mouth of the Warren River. Were we in Australia or the Sahara desert? These mobile dunes move inland at a fast rate and are really amazing to experience on this bright sunny day. The colours of the ocean were intensified in such weather and we loved the noisy birds hanging out on shore.
After a healthy and tasty lunch we were back in town and ready to rave about this spectacular trip.
Pemberton was a good base to explore the area and we had a good time here
My Review Of The Place I Stayed