Walpole

Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Tim Acker / Auscape International

Population 322

Walpole is entirely surrounded by national park and is the only place in the South-West where the forest meets the sea. The area is renowned for its striking ocean and forest scenery, which provides an idyllic setting for outdoor activities. The town of Walpole was established in 1930 through the Nornalup Land Settlement Scheme for city families hit by the Great Depression.

Visitor Information

Pioneer Park, South Coast Hwy; (08) 9840 1111

www.walpole.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Walpole-Nornalup National Park

    Walpole–Nornalup National Park, surrounding the town of Walpole on the state’s south coast, is renowned for its forest of rare...more

  • Mount Frankland National Park

    Mount Frankland, known as Caldyanup to the local Aboriginal people, rises up out of the karri, tingle and jarrah forests north of Walpole....more

  • Shannon National Park

    Shannon National Park, between Manjimup and Walpole in Western Australia’s southern forest region, encompasses the Shannon River as it...more

Nearby towns

  • Denmark WA

    Denmark lies at the foot of Mt Shadforth, overlooking the tranquil Denmark River and Wilson Inlet. It is surrounded by forests of towering...more

  • Northcliffe

    Magnificent virgin karri forests surround the township of Northcliffe, 31 kilometres south of Pemberton in the state's South-West. Just a...more

  • Pemberton

    Pemberton sits in a quiet valley surrounded by some of the tallest trees in the world and, in spring, brilliant wildflowers. This is the...more

In Town

Pioneer Cottage: re-creation of a historic cottage to commemorate the district's pioneer settlers; South Coast Hwy.

Nearby

Walpole–Nornalup National Park The many forest attractions include the Valley of the Giants, the Hilltop Drive and Lookout, Circular Pool and the Knoll. The park is probably best known for its huge, buttressed red tingle trees, some more than 400 years old, which are unique to the Walpole area. The world-class Bibbulmun Track, between Perth and Albany, passes through the park. See Albany; 4 km SE.

Valley of the Giants Here visitors can wander over a walkway suspended 38 m above the forest floor, the highest and longest tree-top walkway of its kind in the world. Read More

Giant Red Tingle: a 25 m circumference defines this tree as one of the 10 largest living things on the planet; 2 km E.

Hilltop Lookout: views over Frankland River out to Southern Ocean; 2 km W.

John Rate Lookout: panoramic views over the mouth of the Deep River and of the nearby coastline and forests; 4 km W.

Thurlby Herb Farm: herb garden display with sales of herbal products; Gardiner Rd; 13 km N.

Mandalay Beach: site of the 1911 shipwreck of the Norwegian Mandalay. A boardwalk has descriptive notes about the wreck. Also popular for fishing; 20 km W.

Dinosaur World: a collection of native birds and reptiles, and exotic birds; 25 km E.

Mt Frankland National Park: noted for its exceptional variety of birdlife, it also offers breathtaking views from the top of Mt Frankland, known as 'Caldyanup' to the local Aboriginal people; 29 km N.

Peaceful Bay: small fishing village with an excellent beach for swimming; 35 km E.

Fernhook Falls: ideal picnic spot with boardwalk, at its best in winter when it is popular for canoeing and kayaking; 36 km NW.

Walk trails: many trails in the area, including self-guide Horseyard Hill Walk Trail through the karri forest and the signposted Coalmine Beach Heritage Trail from the coastal heathland to the inlets; contact visitor centre for maps.

Tours: take a guided cruise through the inlets and rivers, hire a boat or canoe, or go on a forest tour or wilderness eco-cruise; contact visitor centre for details.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling tours 57 km

Denmark Bike Adventures hires bikes and recommends a couple of cycling tours, including a hike–bike combination in which you can walk a section of the Bibbulmun Track (see Hiking below), then hop on a bike to cycle... Find out more


Four-wheel-drive tours around Pemberton and Albany 87 km

Pemberton Discovery Tours is a carbon-neutral business that runs 4WD and tag-along tours through the great karri forests, along beaches and through dune systems, with a particular focus on environmental impact. There are... Find out more


Wildflower tour - Mount Barker 94 km

The Banksia Farm at Mount Barker has the world’s only arboretum of all 77 banksia species and nearly all the dryandras as well. Join a tour around the farm to hear fascinating yarns about how banksias were used in... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

The Nornalup Teahouse Restaurant

Situated in the heart of the Nornalup Valley and moments from the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, the Nornalup Teahouse Restaurant serves a range of light to substantial meals. The menu features fresh seasonal... Find out more


Thurlby Herb Farm Cafe

Using ingredients from the farm, the cafe at the Thurlby Herb Farm serves fresh lunches and home-baked cakes for morning or afternoon tea. Visitors can breathe in all that fresh country air in beautiful surroundings... Find out more


Tree Top Restaurant

The Tree Top Restaurant is one of the few places in Walpole open for dinner; however that’s not the only reason to dine here. Elegantly decorated, the restaurant isn’t the usual run-of-the-mill bistro that... Find out more


Slow Food Cafe

Situated between Denmark and Walpole, and nestled on the banks of the Kent River, the cafe at the Old Kent River Wines embraces the slow food movement. The cafe serves a hearty menu that takes pride in using fresh local... Find out more


Campsites around town

Mount Clare camping area

On the Bibbulmun Track, Mt Clare is 12.2 km from Long Point camping area and 27.5 km from Frankland camping area. Gas/fuel stove only as no fires are permitted.... Find out more


Coalmine Beach Holiday Park 2 km

On Knoll Dr off the South Coast Hwy, 3 km east of Walpole, Coalmine Beach Holiday Park has all the facilities of a good caravan park, in an ideal location. Choose from a wide range of water-based activities when not... Find out more


Frankland camping area 8 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Frankland is 27.5 km from Mt Clare camping area and 13.7 km from Giants camping area. Gas/fuel stove only as no fires are permitted.... Find out more


Centre Road camping area 13 km

On Centre Rd, 5 km east of the South Western Hwy, this small camping area is on the western side of Deep River. Take the signposted turn-off 20 km north-west of Walpole. Surrounded by dense forest,  the basic... Find out more


Crystal Springs camping area 13 km

On Mandalay Beach Rd off the South Western Hwy, 13 km west of Walpole, Crystal Springs camping area is accessible to conventional vehicles and is located near the ranger station. Expect basic facilities in a shady,... Find out more


Rame Head camping area 14 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Rame Head is 15.6 km from Giants camping area and 33.2 km from Boat Harbour camping area. Gas/fuel stove only as no fires are permitted.... Find out more


Long Point camping area 15 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Long Point is 17.2 km from Woolbales camping area and 12.2 km from Mt Clare camping area. Bring a gas/fuel stove as no fires are permitted.... Find out more


Woolbales camping area 16 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Woolbales is 20.4 km from Mt Chance camping area and 17.2 km from Long Point camping area. Gas/fuel stove only; no fires are permitted.... Find out more


Giants camping area 16 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Giants is 13.7 km from Frankland camping area and 15.6 km from Rame Head camping area. Gas/fuel stove only as no fires are permitted.... Find out more


Peaceful Bay Caravan Park 19 km

Located on Peaceful Bay Rd off the South Coast Hwy, 34 km east of Walpole and 45 km west of Denmark, this shire-owned caravan park is on the eastern edge of the national park. Bordered by magnificent forest and pristine... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Rest Point Holiday Village 2 km

This is an ideal holiday park in an informal setting, located on the water’s edge just 5 km from the town. The park has newly developed sites and amenities. Bookings are required from December to April.... Find out more


Coalmine Beach Holiday Park 2 km

This is a large tourist park, situated near an inlet, with good amenities and a range of facilities. The Valley of the Giants is nearby, as are some good fishing spots. Bookings are required in peak periods and... Find out more


Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park 58 km

This popular park is located right on the water, a short 1-km walk from the town. This is a basic holiday park at a competitive price. The boat ramp adjoins the park. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more


Pemberton Caravan Park 87 km

This is a spacious place with lots of shade and trees, just 1 km from the town centre. The budget-priced park has basic amenities, and a natural-style pool right next door. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more


Fonty’s Pool Caravan Park 98 km

Closed during July and August, this park is in a rural setting just 8 km from Manjimup along a sealed road. Fonty’s Pool is a spring-fed swimming hole, with a rich history dating back to 1925. Bookings are required... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Ayr Sailean

Situated halfway between Denmark and Walpole, Ayr Sailean is a working sheep and cattle farmstay. The accommodation includes studio chalets, a three-bedroom cottage and house. The chalets are geared towards couples... Find out more


Che Sara Sara Chalets

Nestled on the banks of the Frankland River, the Che Sara Sara Chalets are a tranquil retreat. The self-contained cottages have either two or three bedrooms and include an open fireplace or a potbelly. Bushwalking,... Find out more


Houseboat Holidays

Explore the Frankland River aboard a houseboat and fish, swim or simply enjoy the natural beauty. There are three boats to choose from, varying in the number of berths and sleeping four to ten people. All include cooking... Find out more


Tree Elle Retreat

The Tree Elle Retreat is one of those places that caters well to kids and yet hasn’t forgotten that adults have needs too. While a day spa, gourmet kitchens, king-sized beds, rural views and plush decor... Find out more


Walpole Wilderness Resort

Soaking in a hot spa in the forest with stunning views and a wood fire are the ingredients for a cosy escape. The three-bedroom chalets at the Walpole Wilderness Resort are fully equipped, with barbecues and outdoor... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Watermark Kilns 69 km

For something completely different, stay in one of two ex-tobacco kilns, converted into comfortable, low-key accommodation. The double kiln (suitable for large families or bigger groups) has recycled timbers, water is... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Walpole park area

At Walpole

Near the information centre in the middle of town.


Parry Beach camping area 40 km

T/O 43km E of Walpole (R) or 23km W of Denmark (L)

On the foreshore among dense coastal vegetation 6km south of the highway.


Greens Pool park area 46 km

T/O 52km E of Walpole (R) or 14km W of Denmark (L)

On the foreshore in William Bay National Park. Located 4km south of the highway via William Bay Rd.


Shannon camping area 51 km

T/O 52km S of Manjimup (R) or 66km NW of Walpole (L)

In a secluded forest setting just off the highway in Shannon National Park.


Shannon park area 52 km

52km S of Manjimup (L) or 66km N of Walpole (R)

Well off the highway in the forest.


Denmark park area 57 km

At Denmark

Just off the highway on the banks of a river.


Frankland River rest area 58 km

77km W of Mt Barker (R) or 84km E of Manjimup (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Rocky Gully park area 58 km

At Rocky Gully

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


Lake Muir park area 60 km

102km W of Mt Barker (L) or 59km E of Manjimup (R)

Just off the highway at the observatory.


Diamond Tree Lookout Park Area 92 km

10 km S of Manjimup (R) or 108 km N of Walpole (L)

Small area just off the highway in the forest. Good facilities and shade.


Sturdee Road rest area 94 km

11km SE of Kojonup (R) or 92km N of Mt Barker (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


What's on around town

Boat Regatta: Mar.

Easter Markets: Apr.

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