Mandalay Beach, Walpole, WA
It's easy to be awe-struck by the towering forests around Walpole, a tranquil township around four and a half hours drive south from Perth. Giant red tingle trees, which grow as high as 40 metres, are unique to the Walpole wilderness areas. Get a bird's eye view of these sky-scraping trees the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, then see their massive, gnarled trunks on the Ancient Empires boardwalk below. Afterwards, you can cruise Walpole's peaceful rivers and inlets and discover the great walking tracks and pristine white beaches of Walpole-Nornalup National Park.
It's just a short drive from Walpole to the Valley of the Giants, one of the most popular tourist attractions along Western Australia's scenic south-west coast. The treetop walk is a lightweight, architecturally-designed bridge that winds gently upwards to the forest's upper canopy. At about 40 metres, you'll be at head height with the majestic tingle trees, enjoying breathtaking views across the forest. Descend to the boardwalks below, where you can follow the Ancient Empire Walk around and even through the trees' enormous trunks. Some of these trees are more than 400 years old, with trunks up to 15 metres in circumference. They're among the world's tallest trees, inspiring wonder and tranquillity in the humble humans who flock to see them.
Sitting on the north side of Walpole Inlet, amidst the wilderness of Walpole-Nornalup National Park, Walpole is surrounded by many other natural attractions. Walk through woodlands to Circular Pool, a peaceful spot for swimming and picnicking. It’s not far from the Giant Tingle Tree that is thought to be the world’s oldest eucalypt.