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Walpole

Walpole

Vast, natural landscapes await in Walpole and surrounds.

Where to stay

Take a look at these places to stay when planning your next visit to Australia’s South West.

Houseboat Holidays

Spend your days and nights cruising the Walpole-Nornalup Inlet system.

Peaceful Bay Chalets

Chalets in a picturesque bush setting near the beach, close to Valley of the Giants.

Summerstar Walpole Rest Point Caravan Park

Relax and unwind nestled on the edge of the Walpole-Nornalup Inlet.

Vast, natural landscapes await in Walpole and surrounds, with the ecologically significant Walpole Wilderness area protecting more than 363,000 hectares of national parks, nature reserves and forest conservation; that’s roughly the size of countries such as Luxembourg and Samoa.

The small township of Walpole offers a wide range of outdoor activities for visitors including swimming, boating, sailing, inlet cruises, fishing, bush walking, and climbing. The town is located on the Walpole Inlet; a small estuary connected through a narrow channel with the bigger and deeper Nornalup Inlet.

The Walpole area is best known for the Valley of the Giants; red tingle trees which are endemic to this small region of Western Australia. At the Tree Top Walk, a 600-metre walkway rises 40 metres above the forest floor and provides a birds eye view of the forest. Below, a meandering boardwalk takes visitors through a grove of veteran tingle trees called the Ancient Empire. This walk shows at close hand, some of the unique shapes of the giant trees. You can even walk through the hollowed-out butt of one tree.

This tingle forest is also home to a community of cute quokkas; a creature dubbed the world’s happiest animal that rose to internet fame after the recent episodes of #quokkaselfies. Many believe that you can only meet quokkas on Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth, however there’s a community that live in this forest too. If you head here close to sunset, you’ll up your chances of seeing them!

Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre

The Walpole area features three sites which are collectively called the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre. The aim of these sites is to educate visitors about this protected area and provide opportunities to interact with nature. The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, mentioned above is one such site. The other two are at Swarbrick and Mount Frankland.

Travelling 8km along North Walpole road, heading towards Mount Frankland, you will find Swarbrick. It is home to some of the oldest trees in Australia, specifically Western Australia’s famous old growth karri forest. It features forest art exhibits and a giant 39-metre long ‘Wilderness Wall of Perceptions’ which encourages people to explore perspectives of the forest and wilderness.

Mount Frankland, dominated by an impressive peak is 29 kilometres north of Walpole, is an adventurer’s playground and provides a range of walking and viewing opportunities. Follow the Summit Walk or take the ‘round the rock’ trail at the base of the granite outcrop. It is also a popular spot to abseil the 150 metres drop (permit required).

Walpole is in the Southern Forests and Valleys.

Events

Don’t miss out on these great events happening in the region.

Wildflower Season

01 August 2024 - 30 November 2024
Witness an explosion of colour during spring, set against the stunning natural scenery of the South West.

Things to Do

Looking for some inspiration on what to do in the South West? Here are some of our top picks!

Inspiration Outdoors

Guided, small group walking holidays - Bibbulmun Track, Cape to Cape Track and Stirling Ranges.

WOW Wilderness EcoCruise

Join an informative eco-cruise on the Walpole and Nornalup Inlet.

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Hiking experiences and adventure tours exploring the South West.

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Welcome to Australia’s South West!

Here you can easily enjoy natural beaches beautiful vineyards, forests, caves and more, all in a single day. More than 23,000km make up the south west corner of Western Australia, with 1000 of those kilometres consisting of awe-inspiring coastline just waiting to be explored.

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