From Margaret River mouth we proceeded to our hotel in Augusta intentionally taking the Caves Road to see the Karri trees along the Boranup forest. It’s a relaxing 20 minutes scenic drive south and you will find yourself winding through stunning tall trees on some stretches of the road. Karri trees can reach 60 metres in height and they cover the hilly slopes and valleys of the forest. Boranup Forest gives you a magnificent experience of a karri forest up-close. The forest of Boranup in comparison is small, 2 kilometres wide and 13 kilometres in length is isolated from the larger Karri forests a hundred kilometres to the east. It is worth while stopping to admire the trees and take a few photos.
— The Karri trees of Boranup Forest —
The Boranup forest consists mainly of regrowth karri trees and is less than 120 years old. The whole forest was logged and milled during the 1880’s timber boom and the ancient forest was cleared. It is difficult to imagine all the trees we see today are regrowth after extensive logging. Karri trees are the third tallest tree species in the world. Considering the sheer size of these regrowth trees now, one can imagine the size of the giant karris back then.
If you are heading south along Caves Road to Augusta, you’ll pass several caves namely Calgardup Cave, Lake Cave & Giants Cave. 900m after the junction to Giants Cave, there is a small wooden lookout point to your left after a sharp bend. Parking area is just a few meters ahead. Why not stop, admire the tress, take a few photos and soak in the atmosphere. The air is clean and the smell of the vegetation is refreshing.
If you are more adventurous, you can do the Boranup Forest Drive which will take you into the forest away from the Caves Road. It has gravel road which can be driven with 2-wheel drive although not smooth. You’ll rejoin Caves Road after a 14km drive in the woods.