WALPOLE – NORNALUP NATIONAL PARK
There is one thing that comes to my mind when I think about Walpole – Nornalup National Park. Red tingle tree, also known as Eucalyptus Jacksonii, one of the most spectacular trees in Western Australia that can reach as high as 80 m. This species can be easily recognised by its exceptionally wide base, and a hollowed out trunk. Distribution of these trees is limited, they are specific to the South West region, and this makes Walpole – Nornalup National Park one of the best places to visit in Western Australia. Read more below.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
Walpole – Nornalup National Park is located over 400 km south of Perth, and it’s spanning between two small towns, Walpole and Nornalup. Western’s Australia southwest corner is pretty much civilised, so you shouldn’t have any issues with Internet or reception. You can spend the night in any town or go camping nearby. There’s no entry fee to the national park itself, but if you want to visit the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, you have to get yourself a ticket. All national park roads are sealed and suitable for 2WD vehicles.
WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO?
It’s time to explore the southern forests! How about visiting the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk first? You will get an amazing opportunity to climb 40 metres into the forest canopy. Sounds interesting, right? Another place worth a visit is the Giant Tingle Tree, the site of a huge fire-hollowed red tingle tree also known as Eucalyptus Jacksonii. If you are not scared of heights, make sure to visit Pemberton’s climbing trees too. This attraction is one of a kind. Definitely for adventurous souls and adrenaline seekers. Enjoy!
VALLEY OF THE GIANTS TREE TOP WALK
The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk gives you a chance to climb 40 m into the forest canopy and walk along the treetops for 600 m. The construction was designed to sway slightly as you walk in order to create the sensation of being in the canopy of the forest. I hope you are not scared of heights! The admission fee is AUD 21 for an adult. The place is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with few exceptions. Once you finish the tree top walk, take a stroll in the Ancient Empire too. You will see there a bunch of veteran tingle trees.
GIANT TINGLE TREE
The Giant Tingle Tree with a huge fire-hollowed trunk is one of the most popular trees in southern forests. It’s unbelievable that this tree is still standing upright on the ground. There’s absolutely nothing inside its trunk. What’s interesting, the red tingle trees can live for more than 400 years, which is exceptional given the frequency of bushfires in the South West. Getting there is easy. You can either take a 2,5 km stroll from Hilltop Lookout and walk through the beautiful forest or drive up directly to the site of Giant Tingle Tree.
Hilltop Lookout – Giant Tingle Tree – Hilltop Lookout
Walking track: 5 km, 1,5 hours (return)
Trail difficulty: class 4
Trail access: 2WD (sealed road)
Giant Tingle Tree
These are the best things to do in Walpole – Nornalup National Park. Are you going to visit the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
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