Surrounded by the Walpole-Nornalup National Park is the idyllic town of Walpole. There is so much to see in Walpole- the vast spreading views from Mt. Frankland, the mirrored reflections in the quiet rivers, the glory of the wildflowers, the majesty of the trees and the world famous Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, the beauty of the inlets and the rugged grandeur of coast and islands.
There is so much to do- boating and sailing, fishing, bush walking, scenic drives and climbing. The Walpole-Nornalup region offers all standards of accommodation-luxury chalets, motels, budget accommodation, backpackers, bed and breakfast, holiday houses and caravan parks.
The town of Walpole was established in 1930 through the Nornalup Land Settlement Scheme that was designed for city families hit by the Great Depression. Europeans had visited the area since 1831 and Pierre Bellanger at Nornalup established the first settlement in 1909. Walpole is located an hour and a half drive from Albany in the East and Pemberton in the West. This makes Walpole an ideal location from which to explore points East and West.
One of the most popular attractions in Western Australia is the remarkable Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk and Ancient Empire. This 600 metre long walkway rises to almost 40 metres above the forest floor giving the visitor a true birds eye view of the forest. The Ancient Empire wanders imaginatively through a grove of veteran tingle trees.
Take time to explore the forest on Hilltop Road and wander the magical 800 metre trail to the Giant Red Tingle Tree between the soaring karri trees and the giant-girthed Tingles, rising 70 metres to a high leafy crown. All around you are the songs and cries of the birds and the air full of the tang of forest scents.
Drive on further to Circular Pool, a beautiful pool in the Frankland River. Select a portion of the Bibbulmun Track, the 963 kilometre walk trail from Perth to Albany, as it passes through spectacular coastal and forest scenery. Drop-offs and pick-ups can be arranged for walkers.
Of the many inlets along the South Coast of Western Australia, none is more beautiful than the magnificent sheet of water that makes up the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets. Behind the magnificent beaches are hills clothed in with giant Karri trees with the Frankland and Deep rivers reaching their fingers into the heart of the ancient forest.
Walpole has many attractions and activities to keep the visitor busy. Take time to paddle the rivers in a canoe, unpack the fishing rod and snare a wily bream. You can also enjoy the inlets and beaches during the famous daily inlet cruise, stroll around the beautiful gardens at the Thurlby Herb Farm and see how herbal products are made.
Visit one of the best collections of parrots and reptiles near Bow Bridge, browse the local craft shops including one of the most extensive bead collections in Australia. There are many restaurants and cafes dotted throughout the townships of Walpole and Nornalup, ranging from licensed a-la-carte to BYO cafes.
Tree clad hills, wide spreading estuaries and rugged coastal scenery makes Walpole a "must" for the visitor.