Day 72 - Valley of the Giants and Albany


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June 18th 2015
Published: June 18th 2015
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This is the tree top walk structure
Unfortunately its been a drizzly wet day today, not the best weather for being in a Bago and sight seeing. Hopefully this weather doesn't last too much longer. But I'm a little worried looking at the long range forecast, its not looking good. Guess we will have to wait and see.

None the less, we were fairly fortunate when we reached the Valley of the Giants and the Tree top walk. Around Walpole and these areas, its heavily wooded, especially with karri, Marri and Tingle trees. They are eucalypts but different to anything you see down our way. They are quite gnarled looking generally. The Valley of the Giants are primarily Tingle trees and they are pretty much isolated to this area. They can grow to 75 metres tall and around the base even as big as 25 metres! Massive.

The ones at the Valley of the Giants were huge but probably not those sizes, its hard to tell. They have built a massive suspension structure that meanders through the forest up to 40 metres up. We certainly didnt see the top of many trees though so, yeah they must have been pretty tall!

After you wander through
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You can see, in the distance, how high this walk is
these tall trees you go through a walk on the ground called the Ancient Empire and that name certainly suited these very magestic trees. There were some incredible shapes and sizes. These trees are quite different in the way that they are very shallow rooted. They say thats why the trunks are so big at the bottom, to compensate for the smaller root system. Many have been either burnt or stuck by lightening so they have great holes in the base, but still they grow. Seems like they only need to hang onto the earth by a very small amount, to enable them to stand tall.

None the less we did see quite a few that had fallen and its just like they've snapped at the base. You wouldnt want to be around when they fell!

We saw another leg of the Bibelmun track too, seem to be following it.

After we left there, we had a river side lunch at Denmark and tried our hand at a bit of fishing. This was before the rain set in, so we were lucky. But the fish were even luckier because they didnt take our lures! Buggar!

Tonight
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Thats a looong way up there!
we are in Albany. We haven't really seen anything of the place yet so will have a good look around tomorrow. The Anzac memorial centre is supposed to be fabulous as Albany is where the troops left from in 1914 so they have a significant connection to the Anzacs. And we may even see a whale wander by as this is the season for them here. Apparently there are over 30,000 whales that will pass by each season.

Crossing our fingers the rain stops though, as its pretty miserable. So stay warm people! We will be trying too!


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A view from the tree top walk. It was hard to show the perspective of how tall the trees were, when we were up there.
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Robs measuring the girth of the trees
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He reckoned this one was at least 3 fat ladies round! (joiking!)
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Using me to show the contrast! Which one looks bigger? (hee hee)
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So many of these trees have little rooms down stairs
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Rob is the Ancient Emporer!
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This is the grandma tree!
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The Grandma tree story
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She really did look like a gnarly old nana!
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Wonder what lives in there??
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Robs holding up the Red Tingle tree!
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Could use this to garage a mini cooper!
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This is the baseof one that fell. See, no root system to speak of, and kind of hollow in the middle.
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Now you can see how big they are. Even though this is just a shell at the base, its still growing!
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Not the european Denmark, bit a nice place none the less.This was our fishing spot. See the sand dunes and ocean way in the background


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