Walpole opens up a world of enchanted forest experiences. Here, you can ascend 40 metres into the forest canopy for a bird’s eye view of the tallest timber giants on Earth. But the real beauty of it is you only need to take a gentle 600 metre stroll along The Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk to take in the spectacular views.
This charming south coast town lies just one and a half hours west of Albany and under five hours south of Perth. It’s a must-see of the Great Southern region and an easy day trip from many South West towns.
Perhaps the most scenic way to get here is on foot. Walpole sits beside one of the world’s greatest long distance walk trails – the Bibbulmun Track. Running nearly 1,000 kilometres from Perth, the trail meets the Southern Ocean at Walpole and follows the coast to its finishing point in Albany.
For lovers of the great outdoors, Walpole is an adventure playground of national parks, state forests, wide sandy beaches, pretty picnic spots, tranquil rivers and inlets. It’s the perfect place to indulge your passion for bushwalking, bird watching, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, power boating, sailing and beach four wheel driving.
Take the 10-minute drive to the Valley of the Giants in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park and walk among the 400 year old tingle trees at the Tree Top Walk and Ancient Empire Grove.
Head up to Hilltop Road and gaze in awe at the 70 metre Giant Red Tingle Tree. Stop to snap the dramatic whirlpool at Circular Pool on the Frankland River. Take in 360 degree views from the summit of Mount Frankland. Find a quiet spot to watch for wrens, sea eagles, pelicans and scarlet western rosellas. Hop on a cruise of the inlet. Or discover the story of the Norwegian crew who survived the ship wreck at Mandalay Beach.
There’s more than a day’s worth of things to see and do and plenty of accommodation options, from luxury chalet and retreats, to a bed and breakfast, motel and campsite.