Walpole Things to Do

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    Nornalup Inlet
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    Wapole - A Haven for WA Wildflowers

    by aussirose Updated Oct 12, 2013

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    Wildflowers Walpole WA - Heart Leaf Flame Pea
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    If you are here in wildflower season keep your eyes peeled for some colourful scrub along the roadside. We stopped just at the turn off to the tree top walk and each side of the road was lined with wildflowers.

    A closer look revealed all sorts of different flowers. You need to stop to look because you could miss some of the smaller ones. These are often the most spectacular.

    Check out my pix here.

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    Walpole WA also has Beautiful Beaches

    by aussirose Written Oct 12, 2013

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    Walpole is more than huge trees. It also has beautiful beaches.

    Hubby and I took a random road and drove down to the coast. Here we discovered Mandalay Beach. This beach is quite picturesque with nice rocks and a long sandy beach. Here I took the tripod out and got some nice milky water shots.

    Here is a bit of interesting history extract from the link below - " This beach is named from the three-masted Norwegian Barque "Mandalay" which was beached on the 15th of May 1911. The captain managed to beach the vessel and all aboard were saved. The shipwreck appears every few (10) years as the beach erodes and then covers her again."

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    Walpole Giant Tree Top Walk

    by aussirose Written Oct 12, 2013

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    This is what Walpole is famous for. The tree top walk attracts thousands of visitors every year. Located between Denmark and Walpole and amongst the giant red tingle trees, the tree top walk is very safe but also blends in with the surroundings.

    Entry is not too expensive and there is a gift shop that sells all sorts of trinkets and souvenirs.

    Most of Western Australia predominantly consists of low lying shrubs and small trees so this huge forest makes a welcome change for us locals :o)

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    WOW Wilderness ECO tour 3

    by iandsmith Written Sep 14, 2011

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    It was bizarre but rivetting entertainment. The only pause came when we docked at the ocean end of Nornalup Inlet. Here we had time to walk over the sand dunes to the glorious Circus Beach, lit rich by the sun and caressed by a zephyr of an offshore wind. Its colours stunning and its waters so clear; it was one of those days you wished could go on forever while the sand gave way as talcum powder beneath your feet.
    Gary took off his shirt and stood knee deep in the water doing some sort of spiritual thing. His manic state subsided for a while, hard for a man who, for his “leisure” time, had chosen the Bibbulmun Track as an activity.
    The legendary track, in case you don’t know, is over a 963 kilometre route from Kalamunda to Albany. Gary didn’t walk it. No, he ran it, and set a new record for the trip. Buggered up his knees but, apparently, he got some satisfaction. But that’s Gary.

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    WOW Wilderness ECO tour 2

    by iandsmith Written Sep 14, 2011
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    By law Gary has to demonstrate how to put a life jacket on and inflate it. As he stood on a chair and alternatively flapped his wings and held his nose, I doubt anyone, except Gary, would have survived if we sank. We would still be laughing at his demonstration.
    He then explained how the whole world was linked to Walpole. He enunciated on subjects as varied as how the Egyptians discovered the world was round, to Russian nobility, to the America’s Cup, to how his grandfather was shot nearby and how the sailors from the wreck of the Mandalay survived.
    It was a 941 ton Norwegian barque that was hit by a not uncommon strong southwest wind in 1911. Fearing for his ship the captain ordered it to be run aground on the beach.
    Next day several men were sent to find assistance and, two days later, they returned exhausted and battered by their confrontation with the unfamiliar Australian bush.
    They had meat though and, amazingly, it was from a bull that had been wearing a bell. On the third day the residents of Tinglewood found them, no doubt searching for said bull!
    The Mandalay never left and some remains today lay covered by the sand.
    All that, of course, was before and after he explained how Chekhov, Rudyard Kipling (named after Rudyard Lake where his parents honeymooned) and several other writers of note all had links to Walpole.
    Famous names were bandied around like cards at a poker game and our bald headed, barefooted host at times put stuffed woollen animals on his head and under his arms to illustrate certain points.
    He showed many pictures, including one of a 10kg feral cat they’d caught nearby and then produced the impressive shark photos and claimed they’d got them 20ft long in the inlet in the old days.
    Of course, that was before he got onto the snakes and said their total is up to 40 bites in the area in the last 6 ½ years and then told us about the boy who’d interrupted a pair of mating tiger snakes and was bitten by both of them, one on either leg.
    We slowly moved west on the water and I glanced over beyond the gap where the sea breached the inlet and queried its value as a surfing spot.
    “It’s one of Tom Curren’s top 10 all time breaks. He paid my old man $50 per tow to surf there, it’s that good. They call it U-turns.” I was impressed.

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    WOW Wilderness ECO tour

    by iandsmith Written Sep 14, 2011
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    I'll quote here from my email at the time:
    WOW, WHAT A CIRCUS
    I was in the middle of the Nullarbor crossing and the man was clearly in shock, his agitated expression revealed a deep emotion. His voice was non stop as he explained what had happened.
    “You have to go on this cruise, it was amazing”, he said.
    “What did you see?” I queried.
    “See? I don’t remember”, he replied, “it’s that man, he’s incredible. The stories he tells are so fantastic. He knows all the history.”
    All the history of a village the size of Walpole isn’t something I normally speed off to hear. Located in the famous southern forests of W.A., Walpole isn’t exactly the sort of place you’d expect a great deal of; but it was the man’s emotion that sold me as he was obviously not someone who normally got excited.
    So it was that three days later I booked in for the WOW cruise, Walpole’s piece de resistance on the tourist trail.
    I was told to be there early, like everyone else was. The man however turned up ten minutes late, charging down in his 4WD carrying all the provisions for the cruise because, for our $40, we were to get a cup of tea and cake included.
    We boarded the fully enclosed flat bottomed boat, started out, and our host, Gary Muir, began. For the next 2 ½ hours he never stopped. I knew know what Nullarbor man had been talking about.

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    Hilltop

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The drive to Hilltop is along a gravel road about 3km's east of Walpole and from a lookout you get a stunning view of the Frankland River & Nornalup Inlet and also to the Southern Ocean and isles.

    The car park is surrounded by towering Karri trees and you can take a short stroll into the forest.

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    Conspicuous Cliffs

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I decided to travel to the Conspicuous Cliffs by taking a scenic boat trip down the Frankland River first and then walking along a marked walk trail through coastal heathland to the beach.

    The Cospicuous Cliffs are a breathtaking backdrop to a beautiful beach of fine golden sands and a gloriously blue-green ocean.

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    Visit the Alpaca & Koala Farm

    by Dreamgirl1 Written Nov 30, 2010
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    On the way from Walpole to Denmark there is an Alpaca Farm. Actually it has a lot more than Alpacas - it has Koalas, goats, sheep, Kangaroos, buffalo, horses, rabbits etc. What's really nice about this farm is it's not that busy and you can go in the pens / fields with the animals and feed them.

    I'd never been close to a Koala Bear or a Kangaroo and got to feed a baby Roo and have my photo with a Koala. We spent a couple of hours there and loved it.

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    Nornalup

    by Kathrin_E Written May 5, 2009

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    The small country town owes a certain importance to its location on Frankland River and the bridge of South Coast Highway, the Highway No. 1. When passing through the town looks tiny but since this is a farming area, its population is distribuited over a much larger area.

    The town has a few older farmhouses and the new looking community center. Nornalup Tea House invites for a rest by the road. The restaurant and cafe is really cosy. Blooming rose bushes around the terrace add a romantic flair. We did not have a big meal there but their coffee and cake were excellent. Their assortment of wines, including regional specialties, impressed us.

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    Frankland River

    by Kathrin_E Written May 5, 2009

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    This region is rich of water and lush green forests. The wide Frankland River flows down from Mount Frankland and reaches the sea at Nornalup Inlet. South Coast Highway crosses it at Nornalup. The river is popular for boating, canoeing and fishing.

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    Karri Forests

    by Kathrin_E Written May 5, 2009

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    Karri trees along South Coast Highway

    This part of Australia receives enough rainfall to grow dense green forests that can, even through the eye of an European, be considered 'real forests' unlike the shaggy bushland in other regions. The typical gum trees here are species that are endemic in the Southwest: Karri, Jarrah, Red and Yellow Tingle...

    Karri trees are the largest among them and belong to the largest tree species in the world. They grow to a height of 90 m. With their long straight trunks they also belong, to me, to the most beautiful trees in the world. They are impressive.

    Karris shed their bark every year. This is their way of coping with fires. The potentially burnt outer layer of bark falls of and the 'skin' is renewed. Older bark is grey but the fresh layers present a bright orange. The tree trunks show colourful patterns from orange to brown and grey.

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    Valley of the Giants: Ancient Empire

    by Kathrin_E Written May 5, 2009

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    The forests of Walpole-Nornalup National Park contain a botanic treasure, 400 year old red tingle trees. This species needs particular warm conditions and has only survived in few areas of southwestern Australia.

    There are two ways of admiring the tree giants: the Tree Top Walk and the Ancient Empire.

    "Ancient Empire" is the name of a boardwalk on the ground, at the foot of the giant trees. Do not miss this part, no matter how much the Tree Top Walk has impressed you. The view is entirely different. Only from down here one can really appreciate their dimensions. Most of them are hollow and blackened by bushfires from inside, but still alive and thriving. There is room enough for a whole big family inside some of them. Certain photos just have to be taken...

    The boardwalk is at least partly suitable for wheelchairs.

    Stay on the wooden boardwalk - the roots of these trees are extremely sensitive to damage, so do not step onto them.

    Opening hours: daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Christmas Day and in extreme weather conditions.
    The entrance fee includes both Tree Top Walk and Ancient Empire.

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    Valley of the Giants: Tree Top Walk

    by Kathrin_E Updated May 5, 2009

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    Tree Top Walk

    The forests of Walpole-Nornalup National Park contain a botanic treasure, 400 year old red tingle trees. This species needs particular warm conditions and has only survived in few areas of southwestern Australia.

    There are two ways of admiring the tree giants: the Tree Top Walk and the Ancient Empire.

    The Tree Top Walk is a metal construction that leads up to the canopy of the forest. The walkway rises gently from the ground to a height of almost 40 m. Visitors can experience the forest from the perspective of birds in the tree tops.

    Warning to all those who are scared of heights. The walkway is as safe as can be but it is transparent. Even worse, the whole construction sways, including the platforms between the bridges. This was done on purpose to create a more authentic tree top feeling. Arrrgh.
    I could not do it, had to turn round at the first platform. No way. Had it been steady, I might have made it.

    Opening hours: daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Christmas Day and in extreme weather conditions.
    The Entrance fee includes both Tree Top Walk and Ancient Empire.

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    Photographing Pelicans on Walpole Inlet

    by Kathrin_E Updated May 5, 2009

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    The waters of Walpole Inlet, Walpole River and Nornalup Inlet are popular for fishing, both among humans and birds. The pelicans and seagulls know perfectly well that human anglers will clean their catch immediately upon return to shore and throw the waste into their hungry beaks. In the late afternoon the birds assemble around the landings and wait for the boats to return, like here at Rest Point campground.

    This is the perfect opportunity to catch pelican portrait photos. They came very close to the shore, and since they were busy waiting and fighting for pieces of fish they did not mind me and my camera.

    Pelican photo travelogue

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