About this place
The Boorara Tree was once part of a network of 18 fire lookout towers throughout the southern forests. There were eight trees like the Boorara Tree and 10 other lookouts constructed or built on high points in the landscape. It was pegged in 1952 and a cabin built at the top. On most days during the fire season, the towerperson climbed up to the cabin, keeping a watchful eye over the forest for any sign of smoke. Eventually, the upper trunk weakened and became too unstable so the cabin was removed. A replica cabin was built on the ground and you can explore this and imagine what it was like to be a towerperson. There is a 5km return walktrail here which takes you to Lane Poole Falls. In winter, the Canterbury River cascades 12m over the smooth granite rock to the foaming pools below. Take a break and enjoy a picnic here.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Boorara Tree and Lane Poole Falls.
We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of Boorara - Gardner National Park.