Gloucester National Park

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Gloucester National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Gloucester National Park
Map showing the location of Gloucester National Park
Location South West
Nearest city Pemberton
Coordinates 34°26′40″S 116°03′31″E / 34.44444°S 116.05861°E / -34.44444; 116.05861Coordinates: 34°26′40″S 116°03′31″E / 34.44444°S 116.05861°E / -34.44444; 116.05861
Area 878 ha (2,170 acres)[1]
Established 1993
Governing body Department of Environment and Conservation
Official website

Gloucester National Park is a national park in Western Australia (Australia), 281 km south of Perth and about 3 km from Pemberton, Western Australia.

This park contains the Gloucester Tree, a renowned karri tree. Visitors can climb up to a viewing platform 61 metres (200 ft) above the ground, using the climbing pegs inserted into the tree. The tree and the park are named after the then Governor General the Duke of Gloucester who visited the area in 1946.[2]

The tree served as a fire lookout and had the platform, cabin and climbing pegs installed in 1947, it was one of eight lookout trees constructed in the area between 1937 and 1952.[3]

By 1963 it was estimated that over 3,000 people had climbed the tree, and in 1973 the original wooden cabin was demolished and replaced with an aluminium and steel cabin and gallery.[4]

Another popular attraction in the park is The Cascades, a cascade waterfall in Lefroy Brook.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Department of Environment and Conservation 2009–2010 Annual Report. Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010. p. 48. ISSN 1835-114X. 
  2. ^ "Please take me to - Gloucester National Park". 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Visit WA- Gloucester Tree and National Park". 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Australian National Parks - Gloucester". 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 

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