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Boab Prison Tree

Adansonia gregorii


The massive ancient Boab Prison Tree is believed to be around 1,500 years old and sits on the outskirts of the remote northern town of Derby in Western Australia's rugged Kimberley region. The tree is an incredible 14 metres in circumference. With its hollow centre and door cut into its side, the Boab Prison Tree was once used by early police patrols as a staging point for prisoners being walked into Derby. Today, the tree is a registered Aboriginal Site and is of cultural significance to local tribes. When visiting, you can find out more about the tree and its cultural history from the Boab Prison Tree Interpretive Pavilion which is located on site. Be sure to respect cultural sensitivities and do not climb into the tree or approach too close to it. The Boab Prison Tree is seven kilometres from Derby making it an easy drive from town.

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Christiane 12 years ago

Thanks.. p.young713, KristalWatrous & asergio..

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 12 years ago

A great history for a great tree.

KristalWatrous 12 years ago

That is so neat. Thanks for sharing!

p.young713 12 years ago

Very interesting! The history is cool!!

Christiane 12 years ago

Thank you.. I hope I find some interesting spottings too

Andy Mortlock
Andy Mortlock 12 years ago

It is a beautiful tree. You have some cool spottings I'll have to follow you to see what else you spot :0)

Christiane 12 years ago

And thank you all.. It is a beautiful tree..and a lot of history..

Christiane 12 years ago

@ dandoucette it is a strange feeling when you stand in the tree..

yulia8473 12 years ago

that is so cool!

BethAngermeier 12 years ago

This is beautiful, Christiane :)

Andy Mortlock
Andy Mortlock 12 years ago

Amazing tree.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Very cool! I've read about this tree.

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Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on May 11, 2010
Submitted on Aug 19, 2011

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