Climb the lookout tower for breathtaking panoramic views over the forest.
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In 1939, the search was on to find a suitable karri tree south of Manjimup to be used as a fire lookout tree. This tree, which became known as the Diamond Tree, was pegged in 1940 and a cabin built at the top. It was from this cabin that the tower person scanned the surrounding landscape looking for signs of smoke. Early detection of bushfires made them much easier to control.
It is now only occasionally used as a backup to the Parks and Wildlife Service’s fire surveillance system.
The Diamond Tree is open as a tourist attraction and brave visitors can climb the 49 metres to the lookout cabin. Be aware that parts of the climb are near vertical. Do not climb it if you are unfit, have a heart condition or fear heights.