The quaint town of PEMBERTON makes a central base for Tall Timber touring, with enough craft shops, galleries, wineries and gourmet destinations to keep you a while. The surrounding countryside is crisscrossed with peaceful walking trails and enchanting forest drives venturing deep into the karri woodlands.

A fun way of enjoying the forest is to take the tram, which runs twice a day from Pemberton to Warren Bridge. The diesel tram rattles noisily along the old logging railway, over timber bridges spanning tiny creeks, visiting the Cascades, a local beauty spot also accessible by road. The most popular attraction is the Gloucester Tree, 3km out of town. At 60m, it’s the world’s tallest fire-lookout tree and its platform is accessible by climbing a terrifying spiral of horizontal stakes. Only a small proportion of people actually climb to the platform – these being people with courage to spare and no fear of heights.