Walpole is a coastal abode an hour from Northcliffe and close to 5 hours south of Perth, a quaint town with access to the inlet and the ocean. You will only be 20 minutes from the famous Tree Top Walk, and 40 minutes from the pristine Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks.
The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk allows you to walk on platforms in the canopies of the tingle trees, giving you a unique birds eye view of the forest. You can also enjoy boardwalks on the forest floor, admiring the giant eucalypts on the Ancient Empire Walk. If the Tree Top Walk has always been on your list of places to go, Walpole is an ideal location to base yourself.
The Swarbrick Art Loop is a family friendly walk only 500m in length, featuring artwork and sculptures through the state’s oldest karri trees. Be sure to check out the Wilderness Wall of Perceptions, a large steel wall with quotes relating to the preservation of the forest.
The Mount Frankland summit is a little further up the road, and you can access a panoramic view of the beautiful flora from a granite peak. The Summit Trail is a 1.2km return trip, and while it can be quite steep, you will be rewarded with views of the Porongurups and Stirling Ranges on a clear day.
Walpole and the surrounding area has many spots to enjoy the coastline and the inlet. You could head to Mandalay Beach, Circular Pool, Conspicuous Cliffs or bring a picnic to Fernhook Falls. You may want to hop on a WOW Wilderness Cruise or even hire your own houseboat for a unique holiday on the water.
Take the opportunity to try local marron, or head to nearby wineries such as Moombaki Wines, halfway between Walpole and Denmark. South Coast Highway also offers pitstops at the Toffee Factory, Bartholomew’s honey meadery and the Denmark Dinosaur World, providing fun for the whole family.
Like many towns in the area, Walpole has caravan parks, motels, riverside chalets and wilderness resorts. More information about accommodation can be found at the local visitor’s centre, (08) 9840 1111.
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