Photo Gallery:

Southern Forests of Western Australia

The wetter southern parts of WA, centered around Pemberton, boast the world's third tallest type of tree (karri). As in other parts of the world, much of the original forest was destroyed. However, plenty of awesome virgin forest remains, and the regrowth forest is also magnificent ... not to mention the jarrah, marri and tingle forests that are like nothing else in the world.

In 2004 I walked for five days without leaving the forest, crossing only two sealed roads in that time and seeing only one other human. In WA its still possible to get thoroughly lost and absorbed in a forest wilderness experience! I didn't carry a camera with me on that hike, so the following images are from more accessible places.

Karri tree trunk, Warren National Park
 
Regrowth karri forest at Big Brook Dam, Pemberton

Karri tree trunk,
Warren National Park

 

Regrowth karri forest at Big
Brook Dam, Pemberton

 

Lane-Poole Falls near Northcliffe
   

Vasse Hwy through old-growth karri in Warren National Park

Lane-Poole Falls near Northcliffe

 

Old Vasse Rd through old-growth
karri in Warren National Park

 

View over the Warren River, Warren National Park
   

Giant red tingle tree near Walpole

View over the Warren River,
Warren National Park

 

Giant red tingle tree near Walpole

 

The Cascades, where Lefroy Brook flows through forest near Pemberton
   

The Cascades, where Lefroy Brook flows through forest near Pemberton

 

The Cascades

 

The Marianne North tree, Warren National Park, with a burl (cancerous growth) on its trunk<
   

Stuff growing on bark in moist areas

The Marianne North tree, Warren National Park, with a burl (cancerous growth) on its trunk

 

Some of the stuff that grows on bark in moist areas

 

Virgin karri towering nearly 90 metres over Old Vasse Rd, Warren National Park
   

Karri trunk with texture, Pemberton

Virgin karri towering nearly 90 metres over Old Vasse Rd, Warren National Park. For scale, note my car at bottom right

 

Karri trunk with texture, Pemberton