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Published August 17th 2017
Gaze at ancient giants on this Tree Top Walk
Nature lovers and expert selfie-takers alike will love this internationally recognised walk, in the heart of the Walpole Wilderness. Located in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, between Denmark and Walpole and an hour's drive west of Albany, the walk is part of the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre. It is hard not to be awed as you stand 40 metres above the ground, literally a part of the ancient forest around you.
This 600-metre, beautifully designed walkway in the sky is fully accessible to prams, young children and wheelchairs. You will marvel at the Tingle forest around you – completely unique to this small area of the world, some trees as old as 400 years. This walk continues on the ground and forms part of an interpretive trail, with lessons on the area's relationship with the lost era of Gondwana, 65 million years ago. If you want to make the most of your experience in this ancient landscape, I recommend you download the South West NatureGuide App from the Department of Parks and Wildlife. You can also take advantage of the free daily guided tours, commencing at 10.15am, 11.30am and 2pm every day.
Get a bird's eye view from 40 metres above the ground
As well as the impressive Tree Top Walk, the Walpole Wilderness has a great number of other natural drawcards. Whether you are just looking for a scenic drive, an easy taster walk, or a good hike that gets you right in the midst of nature, this area is a nature-lovers dream. You will find yourself surrounded by vast granite peaks, tranquil rivers, peaceful wetlands, amazing beaches and ancient trees wider than a car. The forests here are totally unique to the region, and are found nowhere else on Earth.
The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and until 7pm from December 26th to January 26th (closed Christmas Day). Their large car park has room for buses, trailers and campervans and they offer complimentary wheelchair and stroller hire. There are public toilets on site, as well as a cute little gift shop that also sells refreshments. For more information, or to download the app, visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife website here.