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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
I'll quote here from my email at the time: WOW, WHAT A CIRCUSI 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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The Woylie is a small nocturnal mammal resembling a tiny kangaroo which lived throughout the South West. However with the settlement of the South West during the 1930's depression and the introduction of foxes and cats into the area these animals were gradually reduced in number until they faced extinction.A programme was introduced to increase...more
After you have finished the tree top walk you must then walk the forest floor on the easy walking tracks. No chance of getting lost as long as you stay on the track and follow the sign posts.The forest floor lets you appreciate the enviroment these trees have enjoyed , and is the reason why they have survived solely in this district, nowhere else...more
The Tree Top Walk is located approximately 14 km from Walpole and is very easy to find along the well signposted road. The walkway is situated 40 metres (130 feet) above the ground and gives you a magnificent view of the tree tops, in places you can touch the trees, however this is not recommended as it is unlikely you would survive the fall.The...more
After a relaxing boat trip down the Frankland River with magnificent forests as a backdrop, you will be taken to start of a short walk through delightful dunes leading you to the Conspicuous Cliffs.Along the well marked walk trail you can see coastal heathland and savour the herbaceous smell eminating from the various hardy plants.The next tip...more
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Some of my favourite meals have been at a good ol' Aussie BBQ. Just head down to the supemarket and find some of your favourite foods to throw on the BBQ.
Favorite Dish: A few snags (sausages) with fried onion on the barbie (BBQ) in a fresh bun with dead horse (tomato sauce) is a firm family favourite. And what could be better than to wash it down with a full bodied flavoursome WA red...
With an abundance of natural settings it is no wonder that the South West of WA attracts so many creative people and Walpole is no exception. Artists are inspired by their beautiful local surroundings and by the rich materials available to them.
I found this painting by a local artist at one of the art and craft shops in Walpole. I won't pretend to understand art but I just loved the sun and the moon and the lovely colours used in this particular painting. And now everytime I walk past and see it hanging on my wall I am reminded of a wonderful week in Walpole.
We arrived Sunday afternoon and completed the Tree Top Walk before the storm arrived. It pelted heavy rain all night and together with the thunder and lightning it felt good to be inside a nice warm cottage. When morning arrived the rain had lessened, however it was wet and we decided to drive back to Perth mid morning.
On to the South Western Highway and within 20 minutes we came to a halt as the road was closed due to several large trees falling over during the storm. The State Emergency Service were clearing the road, using chain saws to break up the trees. Eventually after a half hour a passage was cleared and we continued on our way, however we quickly came across other sections of the road that had been cleared earlier by the SES.
Thurlby Herb Farm is about 15 km's north of Walpole along Gardiners Road. There are fragrant herb gardens set in a beautiful countryside of rolling hills and calm forests. Thurlby grows their own herbs to distil essential oils and produce their own handmade fragrant soaps, plant-based aromatic products and unique sweets such as wildflower honey...more
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