Walpole-Nornalup National Park

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Cultural Recognition

We recognise and acknowledge Menang people as the traditional owners of Walpole-Nornalup National Park. 

This photograph was taken at the Hilltop Lookout and shows views of the Nornalup Inlet in the distance, with forest in the foreground, and the Frankland River flowing in between. The view is seen through a canopy of trees, with the blue ocean in the distance. The ocean is calm and is a crisp blue. The sky above is blue, with streaks of grey clouds.
Hilltop Lookout, Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Photo credit: The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

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Overview of Walpole-Nornalup National Park

Welcome to Walpole-Nornalup National Park, located in Western Australia’s beautiful South West, about 4.5 hours from Perth. 

A biodiversity hotspot, this area is known for its incredible range of flora and fauna – much of which can be found within the national park. And there are plenty of ways to explore it! 

Visit one of the park’s most popular spots, the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, to see the huge, endemic tingle trees from above (40 metres up, in fact) and below. On the Ancient Empire walk, keep an eye out for quokkas! 

Hike or bike along one of many walk trails – including the famous Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi – and get a closer look at the vibrant wildflowers, unique native plants, and karri and jarrah forests. Listen to the song of the native birds (find out more in our Biodiversity section). 

Walpole-Nornalup National Park is also home to beautiful, pristine waters, from Circular Pool to Nornalup Inlet. There are even opportunities to spot whales along the coast on their migratory journey from June to September. With plenty of options to swim, paddle or fish, and picnic along the shore, a perfect day in nature awaits. 

Entry to this national park is free, but pets must be left at home.  Please beware of snakes during warmer summer months and ensure children are supervised around bodies of water. See our Safety section for more information.

Download the free Every Kid in a Park app for a digital tour of
Amenities & Points of Interest

 

Points of Interest

Key amenities and points of interest include:

  • Circular Pool
  • Coalmine Beach
  • Conspicuous Cliff 
  • Giant Tigle Tree
  • Hilltop Lookout
  • John Rate Lookout
  • Monastery Landing
  • Mount Clare
  • Sandy Beach
  • Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk

Download the Every Kid in a Park app to use the interpretive map featuring photographs of each point and additional information.  

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Interpretive Trail

Explore Knolls Trail using the Knolls Interpretive Trail. The Interpretive Trail follows the Knolls Trail, which is family friendly and travels along an uneven dirt path through a forest of marri, karri and jarrah trees.  

This is a short walk and offers a great introduction to nature for young kids. The Interpretive Trail consists of six (6) stops and can be accessed on the Every Kid in a Park app.  

Resources

Nature Play WA is currently creating fun and interactive resources for Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Throughout October, we will be releasing these resources to assist families in planning their visit to the park.  

Accessible Nature Guide for Walpole-Nornalup National Park

Our Accessible Nature document features all you need to know about recreational activities available in the park, the number and location of key amenities, a map, communications board and more. It’s available to download here. Download your copy

Insider Info: Plan your trip to Walpole-Nornalup National Park with expert advice from Senior Ranger, Christie Bentink!

From tingle trees shaped like teapots and foaming karri forest, to prehistoric snails and fields of orange flowers, Senior Ranger Christie Bentink has all your must-sees-and-dos at Walpole-Nornalup National Park sorted! Christie took the time to sit down with us and share some of the things she loves most about the park, her favourite free […]

Social Story for The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk (Walpole-Nornalup National Park)

This Social Story™ aims to help people of all abilities to plan and prepare for their visit to The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk in Walpole-Nornalup National Park by explaining what they can expect on the day of their visit. It’s available to download here. Download your copy here.

Five Things to Do at Walpole-Nornalup National Park

This resource is all about our five favourite things to do at Walpole-Nornalup National Park. It’s available to download here, to help you plan your visit.   Click here to download your copy

Every Kid in a Park Resources

Discover fun activities to do at any park!

Activity Sheet: Invent a Scent

Become a master of scents by searching for and combining the best smells of nature. Can you create the perfect perfume? This document is available to download here. Download Your Copy

Activity Sheet: Seeing Sound

Sounds are only for our ears……. or are they? Find a quiet spot to sit and listen. What can you hear? Use this activity sheet to record and describe the sounds. This document is available to download here. Download your copy

Activity Sheet: Texture Tag

Use this activity sheet to go on an adventure and explore textures around the park! Touch leaves, bark and even the ground, and describe the features. This document is available to download here. Download your copy

Activity Sheet: The Bravery Award

With the help of this activity sheet, you’re going to attempt to overcome a fear. That means it’s time to put on a brave face! This document is available to download here. Download your copy

Activity Sheet: Barefoot Bootcamp

Explore the world through your feet with the help of this activity sheet. On your next outdoor adventure, take off your shoes and play barefoot for a new sensory experience! This document is available to download here. Download your copy

Activity Sheet: A Place of Your Own

For some people, finding a special quiet place helps them connect to nature. Use this activity sheet to find a place in nature of your own. This document is available to download here. Download your copy

Activity Sheet: Plant Pose

Plants grow in all shapes and sizes; just like people! Use this activity sheet to explore the natural environment, or have someone describe it to you. This document is available to download here. Download your copy

Activity Sheet: Stories in the Sky

Find a good place to sit or lay down and watch the clouds in the sky. Take notice of their colours, textures and shapes, or have someone describe these to you. Use this activity sheet to create a story in the sky! This document is available to download here. Download your copy

Activity Sheet: The Awareness Game

Being aware of your surroundings is a wonderful skill. In this activity, you will be using your senses to test your awareness of the natural environment! This document is available to download here. Download your copy

Activity Sheet: Colour Wonderful

There are so many colours in the natural world. In this activity, you’ll head outdoors with a trusted person as you explore the rainbow of colours and count the shades of nature together. This document is available to download here. Download your copy

Biodiversity

Walpole-Nornalup National Park is the perfect place to take in the incredible biodiversity of the South West – much of which is endemic to the area. It’s home to dense karri and jarrah forests, pristine ocean and river waters and of course, the famous tingle trees. 

Tingle trees are known for their huge trunk bases – in fact, they’re the largest-girthed eucalypt in the world! They can live for more than 400 years and reach heights of around 75 metres. Karri, jarrah and marri trees are also plentiful in Walpole-Nornalup National Park. 

From late winter to spring, wildflowers begin to bloom. Purple and pink enamel orchids, cowslip orchids and flying duck orchids are great fun to hunt for. The Holly flame Pea, tassle flower, clematis, Australian bluebell and karri wattle are just some of the wildflowers that add an explosion of colour to the area. 

Some of the many birds you’re likely to see are the New Holland honeyeater, grey fantail, splendid fairy-wren, osprey, Australian ringneck and red wattlebird. The park is also home to some rare, endangered species, including the crested shrike-tit, red-tailed black-cockatoo and Western bristlebird. The Southern emu-wren and hooded plover are also vulnerable. 

The quokkas of the South West are a little different to the quokkas of Rottnest. They are mainly nocturnal and very shy! Other land mammals include the quenda, Western grey kangaroo and Southern forest bat. Try your luck at spotting Southern right whales and humpback whales migrating through the area between June and September from the Conspicuous Cliff lookout. 

There are 32 species of reptiles living in Walpole-Nornalup National Park. The marbled gecko, tiger snake and dugite are just a few to look out for. 

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Safety

We suggest taking time before your visit to read through the safety information. We recommend visiting the Explore Parks WA website to plan when to visit Walpole-Nornalup National Park. 

Walpole-Nornalup National Park is a great place for bushwalking. Before you head out in nature, visit the Explore Parks WA website for tips on bushwalking safety.  

This photo was taken at Circular Pool. The body of water is flat and dark brown in colour. There are brown rocks in the Pool, with some larger rocks protruding above water level. The pool is circular in shape and is surrounded by a thick forest. Some of the trees grow high into the sky, which is bright blue. There are some fluffy white clouds in the sky.
Circular Pool, Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

There are numerous bodies of water located throughout Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Follow these precautions to ensure you stay safe around water:  

  • Take care on rocks on the coast, as there is a risk of slipping and falling. Large waves can suddenly appear and wash over rocks.  
  • Don’t fish if it is too rough; know the weather forecast and tides before fishing. Always fish with someone else.  
  • Swimming at beaches and inland waterways can be dangerous. Be aware of strong rips, variable water depths, submerged obstacles and wet slippery surfaces. For your safety, do not dive or jump into water.  
  • Restricted access and warning signs are placed there for your protection and safety, and to protect the environment.  
  • Stay alert and supervise children at all times.

In spring and summer, many reptiles emerge to bask in the sun. During this time you should take precautions to minimise the chance of encountering snakes: 

  • Take care in bushland and grassy areas.  
  • Walk and/or cycle in cleared areas only, where you can see the ground, and keep to established tracks.  
  • When bushwalking, wear long trousers and boots or other enclosed footwear that preferably cover the ankles.  
  • Keep a watchful eye on the ground about a metre ahead of where you are walking, and avoid entering areas of long grass, rushes and undergrowth. 

Visit Explore Parks WA website for more information about John Forrest National Park.

Acknowledgements

Nature Play WA would like to thank the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for providing valuable information about Mundy Regional Park.