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Visitor Centre:
Walpole - Nornalup Visitor Centre
Pioneer Park,South Coast Hwy
Phone: (08) 9840 1111
Fax: (08) 9840 1355
Visitor website:
Walpole is a scenic holiday resort surrounded by the Walpole-Nornalup National Park which covers some 18,000ha.
Deep rivers, majestic karri and unique tingle trees, waterfalls, wildflowers and an unspoilt coastline are some of the features of the surrounding environment. Adjacent are the districts of Peaceful Bay, Bow Bridge and Tingledale with Hazelvale to the east and Crystal Springs to the west.
Walpole and its farming area grew out of the depression era. In 1930, unemployed men with families were selected and sent to the settlement to carve farms out of the virgin bush. Timber milling developed soon after.
Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
Located only 14kms from town, these immense trees are not to be missed! (Refer to the Nornalup section of this book for further details.)
Rest Point Caravan Park
Rest Point is aptly named and is one of Western Australia’s most picturesque holiday resorts situated at the junction of the Walpole & Nornalup Inlets and in the centre of the Walpole Nornalup National Park.
On offer are level , grassed caravan and camping sites, cosy heated cottages with breathtaking views over the inlet, a great 18 hole golf course at your back door, scenic walks through the local pristine national parks and it is central to all tourist attractions. You can sit and relax, surrounded by lush lawns in the calm tranquil setting of the inlet where you can just watch the Pelicans or enjoy the great fishing from the shore or your own boat.
Conspicuous Beach
Also within Walpole-Nornalup National Park, the beach is reached by car
travelling south along Conspicuous Beach Road (4kms east of Nornalup).
It is a rewarding coastal experience with a beautiful beach and rocky headlands, popular with fishermen and surfers. Visitors are afforded spectacular views from a clifftop lookout, reached via stairs and a walkway leading to whale watching areas.
The walk track along the coast from this site to Peaceful Bay via the majestic Conspicuous Cliffs, is one of the memorable experiences for walkers on the Bibbulmun Track.
Knoll Drive
3kms east of Walpole in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park. This 5km circuit drive provides panoramic views of the two inlets and the magical experience of karri forests reaching down to the sea.
Mandalay Beach
12kms west of Walpole is the turn-off to Mandalay Beach. This stretch of coastline is not suitable for swimming. A new gravel road, suitable for 2WD, leads to this beach and National Park entry fees now apply.
Mount Frankland
Continue east on Beardmore Road to Mount Frankland. Day visitors can take the walk around the base of Mount Frankland or make the more strenuous climb to the top, where a fire lookout post is used by DEC in summer. The hardy are rewarded with magnificent views of forested hills and valleys and in clear weather, views to the south coast and the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges, north of Albany.
Fernhook Falls
At Beardmore Road on the Deep River (36kms NW of Walpole), Fernhook Falls are spectacular in winter. Below the falls at the river’s edge are board walks and a stairway into the river affords a safe canoe launch during the white water season of July to October.
In summer it is used by
swimmers to access Rowell Pool. Many visitors elect to stay either in tents at one of several camping spots or in one of the two timber huts provided. Water and barbecue facilities are provided for a fee.