Do you want a bird’s eye view from the biggest trees in the South West while keeping your feet firmly planted? Explore the Valley of the Giants and you’ll get a unique perspective of the Karri and Tingle Forest that you won’t forget.
What Is It?
Valley of the Giants is a popular spot near Walpole that is famous for the incredible Tree Top Walk that takes you 40m above the ground on a series of connected metal platforms. Letting you get right up close to the towering trunks of the tallest trees in the state, this is an experience that will amaze and delight everyone who attempts it. Even those that get jelly legs at heights will feel safe with platforms every 50m and plenty to grab hold of when are walking along.
Where Is It?
Located 20 minutes from the centre of Walpole in the south of the state, take South Coast Highway east towards Denmark until you come across the well signed turn-off for Valley of the Giants Road. Follow this all the way up the hill until you reach the parking area. Being a popular spot there are a few car parks to choose from if it’s busy. All the activities start from the gift shop and it’s all well signed.
What to Do?
The main attraction is the Tree Top Walk (there is an admission price involved) and it is worth every cent. Once you’ve purchased a ticket you can do the 600m loop as many times as you like during the day (I recommend at least two times). With stunning views of the forest and hills to the north, this is a must-do activity if you’re visiting the area. Adjacent to the gift shop is an educational centre where you can learn all about the flora and fauna that call this area home. When you’ve finished walking above the giants of the forest, the next thing to do is get right up close to them from ground level.
The Ancient Empire Walk is a free walk that gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the widest trees in the world. The Tingle Trees around Walpole are only located here and have a very impressive girth to them that has to be seen to be believed. Boardwalks protect the root system and allow you to get up to these beasts of the forest and on a few occasions, you can walk right through them. If you’re still feeling adventurous and full of energy then the Bibbulmun Track runs right through the Valley of the Giants and you can do a 4km return walk to the Giants Campsite and back. Follow the Bibbulmun Track waugyls east from the car park and see plenty of Tingles out in the wild.
What Not to Do:
During busy times there are volunteers up on the Tree Top Walk to ensure the number limits are not exceeded on each section. If you go when they are not there please adhere to the signs telling you about the limits for each platform. Try to keep moving at a reasonable pace as there isn’t much room to overtake on the suspended walkways so don’t be that person stood in the middle taking a million selfies.
Another really unique experience here is the annual Opera in the Valley of the Giants. A one-off event usually held in November, this concert experience is one of a kind and what a fantastic setting to hear the beautiful voices of the West Australian Opera.
For more fun tourist spots in the forest, check out the nearby Giant Tingle Tree and Circular Pool, both located on the hills north of Walpole with easy access points.
Check out our article on the best things to do in Denmark here!
About the author:
Mark (The Life of Py) is a Perth based outdoor enthusiast that loves exploring the trails of Western Australia in his free time. When he isn’t out taking photos he is busy planning the next adventure. See more of his content HERE.