Tree Top Walk Walpole, Western Australia: Photo Story 2024

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Have you ever revisited a place from your past with a new perspective, discovering its magic as if for the first time? That’s precisely what happened to me at the Tree Top Walk in Walpole, Western Australia, where I visited several times when my children were young.

Before, I focused more on keeping the kids engaged with exclamations like “Look at these gigantic trees” and “Wow—look, we’re walking in the treetops.”

I’m ashamed to admit my interest in the history of the tingle trees and the surrounding flora and fauna was minimal.

I knew they were ancient, but that was about it.

Shelley stood on the tree top walkway taking photos with tree tops all around
Me, snapping away with my iPhone – It’s challenging to capture the enormity of the trees in photos ©Lifejourney4two

It’s surprising how your interests and focus can change as you mature. On our recent visit, I found myself eager to absorb every detail, marvelling at the unique trees on WA’s south coast that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Join us for a captivating exploration of the treetops in Walpole. Although in the Denmark district, the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is nearer to Walpole, known for its iconic tingle forests.

 Armed with fresh eyes and an insatiable curiosity, I’m sharing our insider tips, essential information, and a gallery of images from our journey through the majestic tingle forests and the Ancient Empire Walk of Walpole.

Lars walking along the tree top walk walpole - silver bridge gridded so you can see through it with the tops of the tingle trees in view
Lars capturing the forest canopy on his GoPro ©Lifejourney4two

Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk: In a Nutshell 

In a hurry? Here’s a quick summary of all the basic info you’ll need to know when visiting the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. 

  • Treetop Walk: A 600m journey along a raised platform, soaring 40m above the ground. Entry fee applies.
  • Ancient Empire Walk: Free to enjoy, this 650m trail, with a 500 metre loop which is primarily accessible by pushchairs and wheelchairs.
  • Tickets: Purchase at the entrance, online, or at the Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre.
  • Duration: Ideally, allocate at least two hours; we spent three hours there, including the free guided tour.
  • Free Guided Tour: Offered twice daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., except during school holidays.
  • Location: Part of the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre, in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

Read on for more details on what to expect and how to make the most of your visit to this place that takes ‘forest bathing’ to a whole new level – literally!

The Ancient Empire walk a pathway going through the forest at ground level
The Ancient Empire Walk at the Valley of the Giants ©Lifejourney4two

Tree Top Walk Video

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The Enchantment of the Giants Treetop Walk: Walpole, Western Australia

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Walking the Tree Top Walk 

Arriving at 9 a.m., right as the Tree Top Walk opened, we found ourselves in the serene company of nature, nearly having the walk to ourselves.

Your ticket’s flexibility means you can exit and re-enter at will for the day—perfect for grabbing a picnic from your car or a coffee from the van parked in Car Park One.

💡Local Tip: Arrive early to beat the crowds. Trust us, it’s worth the early start for a more tranquil experience. The walkways bounce more when other people are on them, so anyone afraid of heights will prefer the treetop walk when it’s less busy.

The tree top walkway with views of the tree tops and bridge gridded floor
The steel pathways amongst the treetops ©Lifejourney4two

Amongst the Tingle Canopy

Our first stop was the iconic Tree Top Walk, the attraction’s crown jewel. Walking up into the canopy of the trees really puts their size into perspective. 

Walpole is home to three types of tingle trees, the red tingle being the most common and tallest in the Valley of the Giants. The red Tingles can reach 75m high, and the yellow tingles can reach 45 metres high.

Though you won’t find the tallest tingle tree in the Valley of the Giants, that big boy, the Giant Tingle Tree, is closer to Walpole and another attraction in its own right. 

Tingle trees can continue growing even when faced with internal burns or pest infestations because they have a unique buttressed trunk (shaped like a skirt rather than straight) and a resilient fibrous root system.

This fact explains why many of them have arched hollows at their base. 

Lars stood in the hollwed out trunk of a red tingle tree - on the Ancient Empire boardwalk
Lars in one of the giant red tingles along the Ancient Empire Walk ©Lifejourney4two

After an initial 30-minute stroll on the tree-top walk, we ventured onto the Ancient Empire walk, only to return for a second walk in the forest canopy after our guided tour.

It was much busier then, highlighting the need to arrive early for a more peaceful and less ‘bumpy’ journey through the treetops.

It’s great to walk along the treetop as often as you like.  

Tree Top Walk path heading between the tree tops
Walking in the tingle forest canopy ©Lifejourney4two

 Walking the Ancient Empire Walk

The Ancient Empire Walk is free, making it an ideal choice if you are a budget-conscious traveller. The entrance is just to the left of the ticket office for the Tree Top Walk.

This accessible loop leads you through the majestic red tingle trees forest at ground level, allowing you to appreciate these giants from a different perspective.

Shelley on the Ancient Empire Wal by the section that has wooden steps on the boardwalk
On the additional section of the Ancient Empire Walk that has steps ©Lifejourney4two

Along the walk, you’ll come upon the oldest living tingle in the world—Grandma Tingle. She has stood in this forest for 400 years! Her gnarled trunk, which almost resembles a face, makes this red tingle a particularly special sight.

Grandma Tingle - the oldest tingle at 400 years ols and has bumps around its base that look like a face
The oldest living tingle tree – Grandma Tingle ©Lifejourney4two

Accessibility: Wheelchairs and pushchairs can easily access the 500 m Ancient Empire loop. An additional 150 metres have steps, but these are in addition to the loop – not part of it.

People walking along the path which gives perspective to the enormous staight trunked trees on either side of the tarmac path
The Ancient Empire Walk ©Lifejourney4two

Free Guided Walk at Valley of the Giants 

  • Schedule: It is available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. (Note: To manage higher visitor numbers, it is not available during school holidays.)
  • Meeting Point: It starts at the entrance. It’s easy to find, so you won’t miss out on this enriching experience.
  • No Ticket Required: Enjoy this guided walk without a Tree Top Walk ticket—a perfect addition for all visitors.
  • Duration: It lasts 30-45 minutes and offers a comprehensive yet brief exploration of the forest’s highlights.

During the guided walk, you can learn more about the Tingle trees and the other native plants and animals in the area. The talk is free, and you don’t have to have bought tickets for the tree-top walk.

Our guide, Lizzie, led us to the Bibbulmun Track near Carpark Two. You could park here and walk along the Bibbulmun Track to experience more of the forest. 

💡Extra Info: The Bibbulmun Track is a 1000 km trail from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast of Western Australia. You can walk short parts of the trail or complete the whole trail.

Lizzie mentioned that the Tree Top Walk sees up to 1500 visitors daily during the Summer Holidays, so the free talks are paused during this peak period.

However, if it’s not school holidays, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about these incredible Western Australian trees.

Woman dressed in blue uniform showing a page of plants that can be found in the tingle forest
Lizzie, our guide, showed us the types of plants of the tingle forest ©Lifejourney4two

Interesting Detail: The forest is also home to karri sheoak trees, identifiable by their cork-like bark and needle-like leaves. Traditionally, Indigenous women would give birth under these trees as they believed the dry pine needles deterred snakes.

 Wildlife at the Valley of The Giants

While in the Valley of the Giants, look for the wildlife that calls this ancient forest home.

Birds will be flitting around in the understory and canopies. White-breasted robins, grey fantails, rufous treecreepers, and purple-crowned lorikeets may be seen. You’ll also likely see fairy wrens; we saw lots, which I will tell you more about below.

The Atlas of Living Australia has an extensive database for those interested in the variety of animals, birds, and plants you might encounter in the Valley of the Giants.

Fairy Wrens 

 We’d spent a lot of time on the Ancient Empire Walk trying to capture the bright blue fairy wrens, but they are speedy little things and were challenging to photograph as they flitted around the forest floor’s undergrowth. 

Female fairy wren - light brown with bluish hue long tail
Female fairy wren in the undergrowth along the Ancient Empire Walk ©Lifejourney4two

However, we realised we could have saved much time trying to snap these gorgeous little things when we popped out to the car to grab a snack before our guided walk.

There were heaps of fairy wrens on the pavement by the car park. They were busy collecting crumbs visitors had inadvertently dropped from their takeaway cookies and coffee. 

red winged fairy wren with bright blue head and red tipped wing on the pathway at the Walpole Tree top walk car park
Red-winged Fairy Wren on the path in the car park ©Lifejourney4two


Here’s a fact that surprised us: Quokkas aren’t just found on Rottnest Island!

Living in Perth for nearly three decades, I was under the impression that Rottnest was the sole habitat for these cute critters. Rottnest was named ‘Rats Nest’ by 17th-century Dutch explorers due to the quokkas’ mistaken identity as giant rats.

However, although Rottnest has the world’s largest quokka population, a few colonies live in the southwest of mainland Western Australia.

Sign showing quokka
Quokkas live in the undergrowth of these giant trees ©Lifejourney4two

One of those quokka colonies lives amongst the forest floor in the Valley of the Giants. Unlike their Rottnest cousins, these mainland quokkas are notably shy and nocturnal, making sightings rare but not impossible. 

Sign on the road leading to the valley of the giants showing a quokka and Next 5 km
Quokka sign on the road leading towards the Valley of the Giants ©Lifejourney4two

As rare as a quokka sighting is in the southwest mainland, we were lucky to see one in the daytime along the path at Coalmine Beach Heritage Trail in Walpole

Lizard on a wooden sculpture
We saw this little chap hanging out on the wooden sculpture in the Valley of the Giants car park ©Lifejourney4two

 All About the Tree Top Walk 

Sign with details about the Valley of the Giants with a map

The Valley of the Giants is in Walpole-Nornalup National Park, and it’s one of the three foremost attractions of the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre. The other two are the Swarbrick Art Loop and the Mount Frankland South National Park. 

Tree Top Walk Essential Details

  • Opening Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, excluding Christmas Day and extreme wind or lightning conditions for safety.
  • Admission: Adults $21, with concessions available (March 2024). For a detailed price list, [see prices here ] 
  • Ticket Purchase: Available online, at the park entrance, or at the Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre for convenience.
Entrance to Valley of the Giants Tree top walk
Entrance to the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk ©Lifejourney4two

The Tree Top Walk Architectural Design

The design of the walk was inspired by local plants, sword grass and tassel flowers. The bridge’s steel trusses resemble the spiky sword grass, and the pylons represent the pointed spiral of leaves of the tassel flower.

Tassel flower - a green tall plant with pointed leaves in a whorl
Tassel flower – used as inspiration for the design of the Tree Top Walk ©Lifejourney4two

The platform does sway slightly, but this is felt more when other people walk along the bridges than when the wind blows.

As someone who doesn’t particularly like heights, I remember that this made me uncomfortable when I was younger.

However, I must have become desensitised through our travels as I was absolutely fine with walking along the walkways recently. Conquering my fear at Kjeragbolten, where I stood on a boulder wedged between two cliffs 1000 meters above a Norwegian fjord, might have helped put these other heights into perspective.

A section of the bridge walkway with trusses connecting the bridge below
Walpole’s Tree Top Walk ©Lifejourney4two

 Gift Shop 

There is a gift shop at the entrance for those looking for souvenirs. We don’t usually buy anything as we travel light, but a T-shirt caught my eye, and it was just near my birthday, so I must admit to treating myself!  

Inside of the gift shop with hanging tshirts, and niknaks, inc jewellery, mugs, teddies, nature books etc
The gift shop at Valley of the Giants ©Lifejourney4two

Coffee Van

 There is a resident coffee van in the carpark where you can buy refreshments. When we visited, a local bandicoot (quenda) had been spotted several afternoons tidying up the crumbs in the vicinity.

Art Sculpture Near the Entrance

There is a piece of art made from wood in the carpark with animals carved into it. It’s a lovely idea, but it resembled something that I’m sure it wasn’t intended to. And once I had that in my head — I couldn’t unsee it!  

I don’t know. What do you think? 

Wooden art sculpture in the shape of a slightly bent pole with animals engraved within it.
Art sculpture by local artist Rob Fairclough – I’m not sure about its shape, though 😉 ©Lifejourney4two

Visitor Tips for the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk

  • Beat the Crowds: Arriving early ensures a more peaceful experience. The more people on the walkways, the more it moves.
  • Best Time to Visit: Opt for a visit outside peak season and school holidays.
  • Respect the Rules:
    • Pets: The unique ecosystem of the Valley of the Giants means pets must stay home to protect the native wildlife.
    • Drones: Drones are not permitted within the park.
  • Learn More: Visit the Valley of the Giants’ website to learn more. This can help you plan your visit more effectively and uncover seasonal activities or updates.
Ancient Empire walk with a wooden boardwalk leading to a ginat tingle with a hollowed out trunk
The Ancient Empire Walk is lined with information boards, and you can get a real sense of the size of the tingles girths ©Lifejourney4two

Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk Reviews: A Summary

Curious about others’ experiences, I delved into TripAdvisor reviews to gather other visitors’ impressions of the Tree Top Walk in Walpole.

I’ve summarised them below:

Stunning Views and Accessibility

Many visitors, including Catherine W and Helen GS, were captivated by the Tree Top Walk’s breathtaking vistas and accessibility. Even those apprehensive about heights, like 425pds, found the structure’s sturdiness and the panoramic views incredibly rewarding. Catherine shares, “Even in the rain, this walk and the Empire Walk was terrific.

Comfort for the Heights-Averse

The walkways’ gentle sway was noted but not found alarming, offering reassurance to those wary of heights. For instance, Bronwyn T appreciated the mild movement, while Maree T, not typically comfortable with heights, felt secure throughout her visit.

Educational Richness

The walk is lauded for its educational offerings. Sealb0y commended the knowledgeable staff and suggested aligning visits with the free tours for an enhanced learning experience. Apolonia70 admired the thoughtful design of the walkways, which aim to protect the forest’s delicate ecosystem.

Wildlife and Flora

The presence of local wildlife, such as the blue fairy wrens, enchanted visitors. The unique flora, particularly the distinct buttress root system of the Tingle Trees, was a point of interest and appreciation among visitors.

Practical Visitor Tips

Past visitors’ advice included being prepared for the walkways’ slight sway, which is not cause for concern. Many recommend the ground-level Ancient Empire walk for those wishing to explore the giant trees up close.

Value and Amenities

Reviewers found the admission cost reasonable for the experience provided. Family tickets were priced, and senior tickets were considered fair. The convenience of on-site amenities, like a refreshment food truck, added to the overall positive experience.

These insights highlight why the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is so famous. The positive feedback across various visitor experiences solidifies its status as a must-visit in Walpole.

Cool aspect of the bridge that makes it look like it goes on for ever
The gridded floor allows you to see the understory below and also allows the wind to travel through so it doesn’t sway too much ©Lifejourney4two

Other Places to Visit in the Walpole Wilderness Area

Walpole is one of our favourite places to visit in the southwest of Western Australia.

Here are a few attractions in and around Walpole that are worth visiting, especially if you love being out in nature.

Swarbrick Art Trail

After visiting the Valley of the Giants treetop walk, we drove to the Swabrick Art Trail, a great spot to contemplate our effect on nature.

The wall of perception contains many quotes from over the years—from settlers clearing the land and conquering nature to those who realised that we were destroying something of immense importance by clearing the forests.

It’s a timely reminder of how we treat our world. Interestingly, the logging of old-growth forests has been banned since the beginning of 2024.

In my opinion, this is a great decision that will protect this incredible environment.

The 39 metre stainless steel mirror wall
The Wall of Perception at Swarbrick ©Lifejourney4two

If you are interested in art or the fragility of nature and our impact on it, the Swarbrick Art Trail is worth a visit. You can read about our visit to Swarbrick here and how this was so poignant to my heart. 

Giant Tingle Tree

Explore the majesty of the Giant Tingle Tree, one of the largest and oldest living eucalypts. This remarkable natural landmark is a short drive from the Valley of the Giants and provides a unique glimpse into the ancient forest’s heart. Don’t miss our detailed Giant Tingle Tree Walpole guide for a deeper dive into the region’s natural wonders.

Conspicuous Cliff

Visit Conspicuous Cliff for panoramic views of the Southern Ocean and a chance to spot whales during migration season. The area offers beach access, bushwalking, and birdwatching opportunities. Learn more about this stunning location in our post on Conspicuous Cliff Walpole.

Conspicuous Cliff beach with some dune grass in the foreground and green hill and ocean along the beach

Circular Pool

A serene freshwater pool on the Frankland River, Circular Pool is encircled by lush forest. It’s an excellent spot for a peaceful picnic and enjoying the soothing sounds of nature. Discover more about this tranquil retreat in our exploration of Circular Pool Walpole.

Coalmine Beach Heritage Trail

Enjoy local history and natural beauty along the Coalmine Beach Heritage Trail. This scenic route offers insights into the area’s past and present, with lovely views. Find out why this trail captivated us in our journey along the Coalmine Beach Heritage Trail Walpole.

WOW Wilderness Ecocruise

Experience the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets from the water with the WOW Wilderness Ecocruise. This eco-friendly cruise provides an up-close look at the area’s diverse ecosystems and wildlife. For an unforgettable adventure, read our experience on the WOW Ecocruise Walpole.

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FAQ Section

Ancient Empire Walk with small stepping wooden circles leading into a small hollow of tingle
Stepping logs through the tingle hollow on the Ancient Empire Walk ©Lifejourney4two

How much is the tree top walk in Walpole? 

The tree-top walk costs $21.00 for an adult (2024 Prices), and tickets can be bought at the entrance, online, or at the Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre. 

What are the giant tree top walk Walpole opening hours?

The Tree Top Walk in Walpole is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Christmas Day and in extreme weather conditions). 

What is the Valley of the Giants tree top walk distance?

The Tree Top Walk is 600 metres long, with its highest point being 40 metres above the ground. The Ancient Empire Walk in the understory of the Tingle trees is 650 metres long. 

How long does the tree top walk take?

It takes about 15/20 minutes to walk the 600-metre walk, but you can take as long as you like. 

How Much Time to Spend at Tree Top Walk?

We spent three hours at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. Our visit included walking through the forest canopy on the raised platform twice, the Ancient Empires Walk, and the free guided tour, which lasted around 45 minutes. You could spend less time. The minimum amount of time I’d recommend spending there would be an hour. 

Are dogs allowed at Valley of the Giants tree top walk?

Dogs are not allowed at the Tree Top Walk because it is part of the Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

Close up of walkway by a tingle tree
Walpole Tree Top Walk ©Lifejourney4two

A Walk Among the Giants … That’s a Wrap

And there you have it—our comprehensive stroll through the Tree Top Walk in Walpole.

If you’ve stuck with me this far, congratulations! You’ve navigated through treetops, dodged imaginary quokkas (remember, they’re shy), and hopefully, you haven’t gotten too dizzy from all the virtual swaying.

As we wrap this up, I hope you’ve gathered tips, insights, and a sprinkle of enthusiasm to visit these giants yourself.

If you’ve learned anything from our journey, it’s that there’s more to Walpole than tall trees and stunning views.

It’s about embracing the adventure in nature, even if it means getting up earlier than usual or facing the mysteries of art you can’t unsee.

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While you’re exploring Walpole’s Tree Top Walk’s stunning natural beauty, consider extending your adventure through Western Australia with a road trip that showcases the region’s diverse landscapes.

A fantastic destination to consider next is Wave Rock near Hyden. This iconic natural rock formation resembles a giant wave about to break, offering a unique photographic opportunity and a range of engaging activities.

Discover the Best Things to Do at Wave Rock, where you can explore Aboriginal heritage, admire ancient rock formations, and even encounter local wildlife in a serene outback setting.

For those feeling adventurous, the Perth to Wave Rock Road Trip provides an excellent itinerary. This journey takes you through charming country towns and stunning landscapes, making it a perfect extension to your travels from the lush forests of Walpole to the expansive vistas of Wave Rock.

Wave rock hyden
Wave Rock Hyden, 5 hours northeast of Walpole

Whether you’re a nature lover, a photography enthusiast, or simply searching for your next great adventure, combining these destinations will enrich your experience of Western Australia’s extraordinary variety and beauty.

Exploring Walpole with your significant other? Our guide to road trip tips when travelling together will enhance your journey, making every moment among the giants even more memorable.

Ready to embark on your Tree Top Walk adventure?

Share your excitement with us in the comments, or tag us on your social media journey!

As always, ask us anything we can help you with.

Shelley and Lars with the tingle tree tops behind them
Happy travels, everyone! Shelley and Lars x

Acknowledgement of Country

In every adventure we embark upon and every landscape we cherish, it’s crucial to recognize the original custodians of these lands.

We extend our respects to the Menang People, the traditional landowners of Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

Their enduring connection to the country, rich cultural heritage, and practices are fundamental to preserving and understanding this magnificent natural area.

We stand in solidarity and respect for their Elders past, present, and emerging, and acknowledge their stewardship of these lands throughout generations.

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Shelley, a former primary school teacher with a law degree, and her husband Lars co-own Lifejourney4two. Their adventure began in Perth, Australia, and has since taken them through Europe and Africa in motorhomes and bush campers. Shelley's travel guides combine practical advice with engaging stories, mirroring their shift from 'One Day' to 'Day One'. Together, they aim to inspire others to embark on their own travel dreams.

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