In the Southern Forests you will find some of the most ancient trees in the world.
The Giant Tingle Tree canopy can be viewed close-up at the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk at the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre west of Denmark. Continuing west toward Walpole is the home of The Giant Tingle Tree, the oldest living eucalypt in the world.
The region's vegetation includes both towering karri and giant tingle but also includes seven hundred native species of plants and trees, making it one of the top ten areas of terrestrial biodiversity on the planet. (Aahh! It's fresh, fresh air.)
Click here for a FORESTS OF THE SOUTH COAST MAP which will show you the locations of the accessible forests of the Rainbow Coast. Remember, the coast requires our care and respect at all times.
at the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre, the coast's most famous trees...
Walpole is a forest. That's why it is called the Walpole Wilderness Area, incorporating many national parks and southern forests.
The vastness of the forests are most easily seen from any one of the peaks throughout the region. Mount Frankland offers spectacular views to the horizons over rollling forests.
If you like trees, you'll love the Walpole Region.
Looking toward Mount Lindsay from atop Mount Frankland gives you a sense of the reach of the Southern Forests.
Walpole-Nornalup National Park occupies a unique high-rainfall corner of Western Australia and surrounds the towns of Walpole, Nornalup and Peaceful Bay. Part of the Walpole Wilderness area, it contains nearly 20,000 hectares of diverse vegetation, from towering karri and tingle forests to coastal heath and wetlands. Walpole-Nornalup National Park contains many pristine forests and areas with little evidence of human activity. ~ Dept of Environment and Conservation.
As the Walpole-Nornalup National Park is mostly forested, there are forest walks in almost every area of the park. We particularly enjoyed the Rookwood Trail which loops under the base of Mount Frankland (Mt Frankland National Park). The forested trail takes you through a (long) and windy path around the base through pristine native forests.
Explore the tingle forests at the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk or visit the Ancient Empires and stroll through these giants at ground level.
Denmark is the place where the Forest meets the Sea. Beaches and forests co-exist, interspersed with ancient rock formations.
The straight, tall Karri trees love the area. You'll know you're in Denmark when you pass into these silvery giants.
At the western end of the region is the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk and Ancient Empires Walk.
Forests line the shore of the Denmark River. Walk the route the original explorers took along the Mokare Heritage Trail. The trail takes you amongst the karri and paperbark trees which line the banks of the Denmark River to the rivermouth where it empties into the Wilson Inlet.
Harewood Forest is located along the Scotsdale Road Tourist Drive. This delightful trail through the karri trees allows you to learn the history of the logging industry (via small signs) as you go!
Though the Albany area is forested, the slightly different climate does not support the ancient giants (as easily). Native bottlebrush, banksia, combined with a rugged, ancient coastline lean more towards wildflowers. Torndirrup National Park is forested up until the cliffs, and are best viewed from Stony Hill. Visit the Albany Region
Dieback.org.au outlines the thread to the South West of Western Australia:
"Introduction of phytophthora dieback into the region has devastated many native plant communities and is threatening a number of rare plants with extinction."
Any activity which transfers soil or plant matter from one site to another site has the potential to spread the disease including:
Please be responsible for your impact by keeping your shoes and tyres clean and free from dirt before entering into a bush land or forested area. Thank you for taking the time to care for the trees.
More information on the south-west coast in our other Western Australian travellers guides:
The Rainbow Coast is a national biosphere area and deserves our care and respect, please try to reduce your environmental impact when visiting the coast. Your safety while visiting the region iis your responsibility, please obey the signs and be careful. THANKS FOR VISITING!
Fremantle, the Port City, is located south-west of Perth at the mouth of the Swan River. Fremantle's vibrant nightlife, music scene and cafe' culture make Fremantle a perfect getaway from the bustle of Perth. Beaches, history, shopping, dining out, and more. VISIT FREMANTLE
The Margaret River Region is an area of magnificent beauty on the western coast of the south west of WA. From the expansive shores of Busselton on Geographe Bay, through Dunsborough & Margaret River to Augusta, the Margaret River Region is fantastic. VISIT MARGARET RIVER
Denmark WA is one of the most beautiful places along the south coast as it has forests, beaches, rivers and waves. Everything you need for the perfect south coast holiday. Denmark Wineries are popular too! Info on Denmark Town including shopping, dining & history, VISIT DENMARK WA