BOORARA


Grid Reference -34.679362, 116.251523 (GDA)
Department DEC
Work Centre ?
District Pemberton
Grading ?
Elevation (ASL) ?m
Height 51m
Construction Tree
Cabin size ?
Public access to site ?
In use since 1952 - 1972
Photo, taken in 1999-2000 during a holiday, was supplied by Shannon and Joey Hodgson from the USA. They have been interested in Lookouts for many years and are just on the tail end of their 12th season (Oct. 2008) as fire lookouts in Oregon, USA. Shannon and Joey are also members of the FFLA.

This tower was 'retired' in 1972 and condemned in 1978. The top 6m and its cabin were removed in June 1991 and were placed below the tree for visitors to experience what it was like to sit in a small cabin. Nothing was done to promote it however, and to much disappointment of the locals (DEC people included) DEC destroyed the cabin four years later. Another bit of history senselessly destroyed.
It was eventually replaced by a replica (see photo below) in ???? The replica cabin is actually a lot bigger than the original cabin and houses some valuable tourist information.

Please click on thumbnails for enlargements

The 1st photo (19??) was supplied by DEC, the next 5 were supplied by Paul Jones after his visit to the West in 2009. The last photo is a replica of the cabin as it sat on top of the tree.

Screenshot of old map supplied by MLC in late 2019.
MLC also reported: Crown & cabin kept as exhibit
at start of walk trail to Lane Poole Falls.
Photos (1991) supplied by John Evans in July 2020,
The top 6m and its cabin were removed in June 1991.

John Evans also reported in July 2020: I just found some pics of the Boorara Tree cabin when it was cut off and lowered. A hole was cut in the roof and the chains for the lift attached to the trunk. Pics taken the morning after. Crane Operator in front in one. Cabin was raised next morning to get a picture; too dark the day before. Crane operator had to stay in Northcliffe overnight when I wanted it back at Diamond late the arvo before, but the first positioning of the crane was nearly a metre off centre, so had to do it all over again, meaning we could not finish the job on that day. Got back to Diamond early the next day to finish that then back to Bunbury.


Photos (early 1960s) supplied by Roger Underwood in Mid 2020. The 2nd photo is actually 2 photos joined together.
Roger also supplied an article that was published in The Northcliffe Pigeon in 2016. It can be found here.


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