Walpole was established in the 1930's as Group Settlement area. Timber milling soon followed. Now the region is famous for its Giant Red and Yellow Tingle trees, many over 400 years old.
The township of Walpole is located at the northern end of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets. These safe and tranquil inlets lend themselves to canoeing, fishing and bush walking along the shore, as well as meandering amongst the giant Karri forests.
The National Parks surrounding Walpole were combined to form the Walpole Wilderness Area. Established in 2004, the Walpole Wilderness Area is a hot spot for biodiversity. The area protects wilderness areas, tingle forests, old-growth forests, wetlands as well as ancient flora and fauna. The Nornalup-Walpole Visitor Centre offers local information, located at the Pioneer Park only metres off the South Coast Highway.
Walpole to Denmark | Distance: 127km
This section gives walkers the best mix of forest and coast as well as, after Peaceful Bay, some of the most challenging days on the entire Track. Starting in the magnificent karri and tingle forest near Walpole and the Valley of the Giants, southbound walkers are led to the rugged and wild south coast of WA for the second time. Beyond Peaceful Bay and the canoe crossing on the Irwin Inlet, are three very challenging days, each more than 20km. Between Peaceful Bay and Denmark there is a mix of long beaches, soft and steep sand dunes, heathland and some forest.
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Horseyard Hill Trail is located right in the town of Walpole and is a great track of level two bush walking through a 2.5 km track that should take you 45 minutes to complete.
Walpole-Nornalup National Park has many tracks ranging from the casual 3 km beach strolls at coalmine beach and Sandy beach to the rocky 10 km Hilltop Lookout Walk.
D'Entrecasteaux National Park is home to Mt Burnett and Mt Pingerup, two mountains you can walk along for as far as 1 km, this national park is also home to the amazing Mandalay Beach, which you can walk along for miles! And also Broke Inlet which you can also meander along the foreshore for as long as you desire.
Mount Frankland National Park has two tracks that have wheelchair access and also Mount Frankland is 1.5 km of trail which has some small and steep sections but for the first bit it is wheelchair friendly.
Gladstone Forest has an amazing bushwalking trail going right the way through, making it possible to walk for as long or as short as you like.