When you explore The South West Edge road trip, you’ll meet all sorts of local characters who will give you a glimpse into their world. Immerse yourself in their stories along the edge.
Graeme Dearle is intimate with Pemberton’s old-growth Karri forest. He knows the individual trees – his special “big girls”. Is aware of the seasonal changes. He understands how the topography and soils influence growth patterns in a forest that undulates through karri, jarrah and coastal heath tree formations. What a system jolt it is to climb a wall of sand out of the forest and up onto the cinematic grandeur of the Yeagarup Dunes.
But as much as anything else, Graeme is intimate with visitor reaction.
As the operator of Pemberton Discovery Tours, Graeme has spent 20 years stepping up the uninitiated into his trusted Troopcarrier and driving them into a relationship with a unique piece of the South West Edge.
“When you come though the forest and up into the dunes you do view it with the eyes of the person who’s seeing it for the first time,” Graeme reflects. “I see it for what they’re experiencing and I take a lot of enjoyment from that.”