We just wrapped up our 7 part series on National Parks and Nature Parks near Perth. Now, we have ventured away from the Perth region. Our last post featured the Biodiversity of D’Entrecasteaux National Park. Today, we are taking a trip to Walpole – Nornalup National Park, which is right next to it on the east side. The park is a coastal park that is filled with Tingle trees and Karri trees. It is located in the Denmark region in the southwest of Australia along the strip of coastline called the Rainbow Coast. The most popular attraction in Walpole – Nornalup National Park is the Tree Top Walk in the Valley of the Giants; but that is not all there is to see and do in this beautifully forested park. Visitors here can enjoy walks, boating, fishing, beaches, coastal views, and camping.

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Valley of the Giants Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By The original uploader was Tirin at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Ausxan using CommonsHelper., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4765539

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Photo Credit: WesternAustralia.com

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Nornalup Inlet Photo Credit: Walpole.com.au

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Aerial Image of Nornalup Inlet Photo Credit: Walpole.com.au

Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Tree Top Walk Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Tree Top Walk Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Photo Credit: WesternAustralia.com

The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is a bridge that spans across the canopy tops of the forest below. It is one of the main reasons visitors come to Walpole – Nornalup National Park. The 40 metre high walk isn’t something to attempt if you are afraid of heights. However, it is easy to traverse and can even accommodate wheelchairs. The bridge is a series of 60 metre long, lightweight steel trusses that form a secure ramp, built on steel pylons.

Tingle Trees and Karri Trees in Walpole – Nornalup National Park

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Walpole – Nornalup National Giant Tingle Tree Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Knoll Drive Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Below the Tree Top Walk among the Tingle Trees is the Ancient Empire walk. Marvel at the 400 year old Red Tingle Trees which are unique to Walpole – Nornalup National Park. The Ancient Empire boardwalk weaves through the forest floor. The Tingle Trees grow into giants and can grow to 15 metres round at the base.

Conspicuous Cliff

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Conspicuous Beach Photo Credit: Walpole.com.au

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Conspicuous Cliff Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Conspicuous Cliff Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By The original uploader was Tirin at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Ausxan using CommonsHelper., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4765555

Conspicuous Cliff has some of the most magnificent coastal heathland views. In addition to the heathland, swamp paperbark, and flowering gum trees, the coastal views include marine life year round and migrating whales during the winter.

Walking Trails in Walpole – Nornalup National Park

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Photo Credit: WesternAustralia.com

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

The famous Bibbulmun Track makes its way through Walpole – Nornalup National Park as part of its 1000 km journey from the Perth Hills to Albany. It is one of several walking trails within the bushlands of the park.  Different camping spots are also available in the park and nearby accommodations is an option if you book in advance. When it comes to bushwalking or taking nature walks in Australia (even in national parks), it is so important to be well prepared and do your research about the requirements and details of the walk you choose. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, have the right shoes and attire, bring plenty of drinking water, have emergency supplies with you, and make sure that someone not travelling with you ows when you are expected back. When you take all these necessary safety precautions, it ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. It is also important to always remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures.

Things to Do in Walpole – Nornalup National Park

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Frankland River Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park The Channel Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Photo Credit: Parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

In addition to the walks and Tree Top Walk in Walpole – Nornalup National Park, there is plenty to do in the park. Boating, fishing, and swimming are just some of the fun activities that you can partake in the park. Check out the Hilltop Lookout and adventure in the Circular Pool which is a swirling pool in summer, but raging rapids in winter.  Ten more points of interest in Walpole – Nornalup include:

  1. Peaceful Bay
  2. Coalmine Beach
  3. Walpole Inlet
  4. Nornalup Inlet
  5. Spawning Run of the Australian salmon
  6. The Knoll
  7. Mount Frankland
  8. Sappers Bridge
  9. Hilltop Scenic Drive
  10. Wilderness Discovery Centre

Please read the safety warning from the park service:

  • Take care on rocks on the coast, as there is a risk of slipping and falling. Large waves can suddenly appear and wash over rocks.
  • Don’t fish if it is too rough; know the weather forecast and tides before fishing. Always fish with someone else.
  • Swimming at beaches and inland waterways can be dangerous. Be aware of strong rips, variable water depths, submerged obstacles and wet slippery surfaces. For your safety, do not dive or jump into water.
  • Restricted access and warning signs are placed there for your protection and safety, and to protect the environment.
  • Stay alert and supervise children at all times.

Getting to Walpole – Nornalup National Park

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Albany Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

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Walpole – Nornalup National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Walpole – Nornalup National Park is less than an hour and a half drive west of Albany. It is a on the southwest coast of Western Australia. You can hire a car in Albany  or rent a vehicle right at the Albany Airport. Alternatively, you can hire a car in Bunbury  and take a scenic and maybe leisurely drive through the beautiful Margaret River Wine Region on the way to Walpole – Nornalup National Park. It is about a 3 hour drive from Margaret River. Just click on any of the links to get a quick and easy rate quote. Speak with one of our knowledgeable and friendly agents and they can help you pick out the right vehicle for your needs. We have a selection of all-terrain and 4WD vehicles in addition to cars. Hiring a vehicle gives you the freedom to get around on your own schedule without worrying about catching tour buses or paying for taxis. Most of the destinations in this region and within Walpole – Nornalup National Park can only be reached with a 4WD vehicle. While you are in Western Australia, check out these other travel ideas from our blog:

Make it an Amazing Holiday in Awesome Albany, Western Australia

Esperance and the Southern Coast of Western Australia

Wine, Waves, and Caves of the Margaret River Region

The Pinnacles and Nambung National Park

Perth Road Trips: Rottnest Island and Lancelin

Visiting Perth on Holiday

Free Things to do on Holiday in Perth

Holiday Getaways near Perth and Surrounds

Korung National Park in the Perth Hills

Your Taste Buds will Enjoy the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Here are our previous blogs on the National Parks and nature parks near Perth:

Part One: National Park Excursions near Perth

Part Two: National Park Excursions near Perth

Part Three: National Park Excursions near Perth

Part Four: Regional Parks near Perth

Part Five: Regional Parks near Perth

Part Six: Marine Parks near Perth Western Australia

Part Seven: Nature Reserves near Perth