Valley of the Giants, part of the Walpole Wilderness is a magnificent area situated on the south coast of Western Australia between Denmark and Walpole, 430 kilometres from Perth. Valley of the Giants is possibly best known for its Tree Top Walk, a 600-metre-long walkway suspended 40 metres high in the canopy of the ancient Karri and Red Tingle Forest.
The region surrounding the Walpole Wilderness boasts many natural attractions. Peaceful Bay, Bow Bridge and Nornalup are popular with visitors and the area features world-class cool climate wines, fresh produce, and gourmet food. Spots for swimming, surfing, diving, and fishing are as abundant as the flora and fauna found along the many tracks, beaches, and coastal ridges.
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk lets you experience the Walpole Wilderness from a whole new perspective. The elevated walkways take you on a bird's-eye view of the magnificent red tingle trees. These ancient eucalypts grow exclusively in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, are some of the world's biggest timber giants and can live for more than 400 years.
The Tree Top Walk is located 15 minutes east of the quaint country town of Walpole and was opened in 1996. The first of its kind, the walk was designed with a system of six interconnected steel trusses, cables, and pylons as a way to ‘elevate’ visitors from the forest floor to protect the fragile roots of the tingle trees.
From the 40 metres high vantage point, visitors can get up close to these tall timbers and densely forested hills and spot native birds flitting through the vegetation.
The red tingle trees can only be found in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Their official name is Eucalyptus jacksonii they are the largest girthed eucalypt known in the world. They can grow up to 22 metres in circumference and to a height of 30 metres. What makes them exceptional is their extremely wide base.
Visitors from all over the world come to this southwest corner of WA to walk through, stand beside, and yes, hug these massive beauties. The trees have very shallow roots and are often hollowed out by fire. Deep in the heart of the beautiful tingle and karri forest, the Giant Tingle Tree is a huge fire-hollowed red tingle tree that has a boardwalk protecting its fragile base.
Considering the frequency of forest fires in WA’s southwest, it’s amazing these trees are still standing. The word “tingle” is believed to be similar to the aboriginal name for the species. This area is the traditional land of the Bibbulmun people, and the name 'Tingle' derives from their language.
The name Valley of The Giants is a perfect description as the valley is home to the large red tingle trees which can grow up to 30 metres high and 22 metres in circumference.
The Tree Top Walk is 600m long and takes approximately 20 minutes. There is no limit though as there is much to see. Visitors usually spend around an hour on the walk.
The Ancient Empire walk is an easy 450-metre trail that meanders across the forest between (and through) some of the towering red tingle trees. On this walk, you’ll visit one of the most popular old trees, known as Grandma Tingle with her unmistakable gnarly face.
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