It's not every day that one gets to walk casually around the upper parts of magnficent trees such as those found here.
A lot of these trees are of the four types of eucalypts only found in the Walpole area. Three species of tingle trees are found amongst these trees in the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk.
Western Australia's Department of Conservation & Land Management (CALM - great acronym eh? couldn't we all do with some of that!) has constructed this walk to help us learn more about the significance of the tingle forest while we actually walk through it at different levels, not just on the ground. Mind you it's still worth a thorough investigation at ground level.
This is not a suspension type structure like the one at Capilano in Vancouver, Canada. You do the treetop walk here on a series of 60metre lightweight steel trusses which afre built of steel pylons. Thus is formed a secure ramp which rises slowly as the terrain below drops away to a deep valley. This structure enables people in assisted wheelchairs to enjoy this spectacular scenery.
The treetop walk rises about 38 metres above the ground, and from there you can view the old growth Karri and Tingle trees (not quite sure exactly what Tingle trees are! but there's quite a lot written about them at the site)
It's located within the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, which is nearly 20,000 hectares.
For those like me not keen on heights and who don't want to do the walk, there's a good souvenir shop in the ticket office where you can browse and fill in quite a bit of time. Information boards outside explain more about the Treetop walk.
Picnic facilities and toilets also available there.
The place is open 9 am - 5 pm every day of the year except Xmas or during really bad weather conditions like lightning where you wouldn't want to be walking above the treetop canopy on a metal walkway....
Adult admission is $6, children aged 6-15, $2.50 ea.
This is a view from the tree top walk way of the large red tingle trees. At times you are 38-40metres above the forrest with the walkway being some 420m long.
It is open every day excepy Christmas Day and is usually open from 9 -5pm although last tickets are sold at 4.15pm.