Wonderful pools and giant trees

Trip Start Jan 22, 2011
Trip End Feb 24, 2011

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Glenhaven B&B

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wednesday Feb 2nd

Today we leave the hostel and drive all the way to Pemberton, an old wood logging town set in the middle of the forest! Can’t wait! We filled the car up and took the touristy way towards Denmark. This time we made it, but had some road works to deal with, which slowed us down a lot. I wasn’t too happy.

Denmark was really nice, though. It seemed really pretty especially in the sun which was now shining brightly. We parked up and went to the famous bakery. Wow! You could smell it a mile away the different aromas just drew us in. Inside we were rewarded with cakes galore, all kinds of breads, pastries, you name it was there. It reminded me when I was a kid (I’m sure I said that about the candy store in Kal). We bought some sausage rolls and a coffee and sat outside enjoying the weather and watching people go by. Great! Didn't want to move, but we had so much planned for today, so we got up and took a walk down to the river. At the river’s edge was a lovely park, so peaceful and green, lush with flowers, trees and bushes. We had a little look at the river then popped back onto the main street for a wander before heading off.

I wanted to take the scenic route to the William National Park, via the mount shatford drive I think it was called, but it took forever for us to get on the right road, about 20 minutes I think. The sign was so warn and bleached from the sun, it was now hard to spot. Anyway, the route followed the rolling hills and went through farm after farm, following the tall trees along the side of the road. Suk drove as I was glued to the window savoring the views!

We entered the National Park and drove straight to the main attraction “Green Pools " and wow, double wow, the sun was shining over these lovely turquoise blue green pools surrounded by huge granite boulders scattered along the beach. The rocks actually create a natural barrier against the big waves which forms these exquisite pools.

Anyway it didn't take me long to jump in off one of the rocks and wow what a feeling! Absolutely amazing!! The water was so calm and I swam around with ease watching the little fish go by. Suk sat on the rocks taking piccies and then I persuaded her in. Although the sun was out it was still only about 22c. Suk usually needs 30c to get in the sea. We spent way too long here but were having such a nice time enjoying the calmness of the waters. I soon joined Suk on the rocks and we tucked into a few bread rolls, and some fruit. Thank god for these pack lunches. Sometimes we are just too busy, or I’m just too excited, to stop and sit down somewhere for lunch. Haha!

We soon got back on the road and drove about 35 minutes to the tree top walk. Now this area is right in the heart of giant Kari forests and when I say giant I mean giant! What we had seen in the Porongurups was nothing compared to what we saw here. The trees were so impressive I was left in awe! Once again, the smell of being so deep in the forest amongst the trees, and ferns was a great feeling.

We first had a quick snack sitting on a log outside the main entrance, and then entered the Tree Top Walk. It's about a 400m elevated swinging bridge that follows though the tree tops at about 60 meter high. Suk absolutely loved it! And the weather now was perfect. We took about 25 mins to do the loop, the views were great!

Next up was the "Valley of the Giants" walk where you follow a trail that loops around some of the biggest trees on earth. This is an incredible place! What a surreal walk it was, even the ferns were higher than me. Some of the biggest trees had huge holes in through the base of their trunks. Some you could even walk through! Very impressive! I loved the feel of the place, so peaceful and fresh!

Right, having enjoyed the giant trees and the tree top walk we continued on to Nonalup a tiny place with a beautiful river running through. We popped into a recommended tea house which was on the main road and enjoyed a nice cupper sat outside enjoying the sun and watching some rabbits play on the grass verge across the road. We were there a good 30 minutes and only saw one car go by and this is supposed to be a highway! Ah bliss!

We did attempt the drive over to Conspicuous Cliffs, but as it was a dirt road, we gave up and turned back. (In hindsight I think we should have done it) We also gave up on our other idea to visit " Circular Pools". We had been bombing around all day and were getting tired fast, and decided that the best plan should be just to get to Pemberton. We were promised a glass of sherry on arrival at our B&B (Glenhaven B&B) so we sped off.

The final stretch, say 55 km was by far the most scenic, thrilling drive I have ever done! We drove through the forests, going through one national park after the other. The tall trees lining the roads with their immense shadows glimmering in the lowering sunlight looked fantastic. The road meandered high and low over hills and around endless corners. Just lovely! A huge contrast to the desert/ wheat belt driving at the beginning of the trip. I was in awe all the way. At one stage I literally had to get out of the car just to feel the forest around me, at that time the wind was blowing and the sun shining, I felt like a kid again (sorry for keep saying that but these parts really do remind me of my childhood back in rural England), breathing in the fresh forest air was unbelievable!! Really I'm not exaggerating here. Suk was fast asleep in the car.

Pemberon itself was as expected, a very small place nestled amongst the giant trees on a slight hill. This gave great views from all over town. The colors of the old buildings and stores contrasted lovely with the blue sky. I was really excited about being here. This is the kind of nature and outdoor country I love!

We continued through town having got some directions from a passerby - again she was more than happy to help. Our b& b was set amongst the trees in a lovely area 2 km out of town. We were both very excited as we drove up as have never stayed in cabins in the forest before. The place looked so peaceful sitting there all alone in the trees. I even saw 2 kangaroos munching away behind our cabin. Wow now this is what we came here for! It was a typical log cabin with 3 rooms all with private balconies looking into the trees and gardens around.

We were joyfully greeted by Jim our host. A Scottish guy who welcomed us with open arms, oh and the promised glass of sherry! He showed us around his lovely house and then after dumping our bags in the room, we sat down in the lounge for a talk and actually two glasses of sherry! Lovely!

25 minutes later another couple arrived. A Belgian couple living in Beijing. They had pretty much travelled here on the same route as us. We all sat in the lounge for about an hour getting to know each other until Jim suggested a nice restaurant for dinner (a nearby hotel, can’t remember the name). So the 4 of us went together. Serge the Belgian guy drove as I had had two glasses of sherry!! Oops!. The sun was setting now and what a gorgeous orange glow over the sky!

We all ordered curry and had a bottle of wine between us! Really enjoyed the meal and loved talking away to the Belgians. Once back at the B&B we were rewarded with a spectacular night sky full of stars! Wow tremendous! Suk had never seen that many stars before and was mesmerized by them! Inside Jim had left a bottle of port for us all to enjoy a glass or two before bed, which we gratefully accepted.

Wow what a day! Perhaps a bit too much for one day, but we survived. Australia is constantly surprising me with its wonders! I really do love it here and we think that Pemberton is just stunning! Looking forward to tomorrow’s adventures! So glad that you all recommended coming here.

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