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The Leaning Trees of Greenough

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by Asten (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer from Perth who is passionate about food and loves exploring new and exciting places. My best trait is that I am honest...and my worst trait is that I am honest. I will provide reviews that are well thought out and fair.
Published September 2nd 2012
And you thought that trees always grew straight up
You know those road trips around Western Australia where you drive and drive and drive and you see nothing but wheat, sheep and cows? Well, if you should happen to be driving up North along the Brand Highway then you are in for a treat. Dotted along the side of the road and intermittently popping up in paddocks are the leaning trees of Greenough.


These unusual trees appear to be growing perfectly well…but sideways. You can find these trees near Greenough, which is approximately four hours north of Perth. So, why exactly are the trees growing sideways? I hear you ask. Well, the trees are formed this way thanks to the harsh surrounding environment, and it is the super strong and salty southerly winds that come in off the Indian Ocean that cause the trees trunks to grow horizontal to the ground.

[ADVERT]Unfortunately most of the trees are located on private property so you can't touch them or explore them in close detail, however, you can take photos from a special area that has been set aside on the side of the highway. Even if you don't want to stop, you can't miss them as you drive along the highway (unless you are sleeping of course). On the way to Greenough you will still see the wheat and sheep and cows that I mentioned earlier. Apparently there is no escaping it in Western Australia!


It is worth stopping in it at the actual town site of Greenough to experience a place that is famous for its well-maintained historical buildings. Greenough was actually one of the first settlements in Western Australia, and there are eleven buildings standing that you can explore on a tour that will help you to understand what life was like for the original pioneers.

So if you are heading up north, make sure that you look out for the iconic leaning trees of Greenough, and make sure that you stop in at the town site of Greenough to do some sightseeing.
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20+ years ago, we used to drive to visit our cousins in Dongara every Christmas, and the leaning trees were a sign that we were getting close. Glad to see they are still going strong.
by Shannon Meyerkort (score: 3|1794) 2511 days ago
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