In Walpole, nature is a touch mystical. Tranquil, silvery inlets lie next to rugged coastline where the ghostly outline of shipwrecks can be seen. Free-flowing rivers tumble through national parks and empty into eddying pools. Rising mists reveal ancient Tingle trees, some more than 400 years old.
In fact, the region’s beauty made such an impression on a visiting minister in the early 1900s, it was immediately earmarked for conservation. So happily, today Walpole enjoys one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world.
There are endless ways to experience the wonders of Walpole. Wander through the canopy of towering Tingle trees on the famous Valley of the Giant’s Treetop walk, head to Mandalay beach for a surf, swim, or to spot whales from the limestone cliffs, or visit a national park and ascend a summit for incredible views, cool off in the spray of a waterfall, or choose from myriad trails for paddling, 4WDing, hiking, cycling, horseriding and bushwalking.
The township of Walpole is perched on a small inlet, connected via a narrow channel with the Nornalup Inlet. This waterway in turn is fed by the mighty Frankland and Deep rivers. Marine life thrives here, and not surprisingly much activity revolves around the water. Fishing, paddling, boating and inlet cruise-tours are popular. Or for something a little different, why not join the local swimming group that meets at Coalmine Beach for a social plunge.
In the charming town, browse artworks by Western Australians, many local, at the Petrichor Gallery, or stop-in for a meal at one of the local cafes. There’s a huge range of accommodation options too, ranging from farm stays and luxury chalets to bed and breakfasts, motels and campgrounds. Further afield, you’ll also find many producers of speciality produce such as honey, marron and herbs, and cellar doors where you can taste fine cool-climate wines.
Come and see for yourself the magic that happens where the forest meets the sea.