Ancient Empires Walk at the
Valley of the Giants

Ancient Empires Walk at the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk

The Ancient Empires Walk takes you through the forest at the base of the Giant Tingle Trees. Combined with the Treetop Walk, it is one of the most visited place on the coast.

Waking into the great canopy of the gaint tingle trees is an experience not to miss. A well paved, wide pathway winds along from the Treetop Walk exit and into the trees.

Tingle Tree Roots

The Ancient Empires Walk is a continuation of the tour from the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk in the deep south of western australia. Stroll along with us as we explore this magnificent site...

Tingle Tree Roots

The Giants" are the giant yellow and red tingle trees which are only found in this particular area of Walpole and Nornalup in the Walpole Wilderness Area.

Yellow tingles are smaller, growing to thirty-five feet or more. The red tingles, however, reach almost eighty feet into the air!

Walking in the shade of their great canopy is refreshing. The air is filled with a refreshing and cleansing forest-floor smell, and the silence under the canopy makes the Ancient Empires Walk, awe-inspiring.

The Ancient Empires Walk through the Red and Yellow Tingle Forest

About the eucalypts!

Red Tingle; Eucalyptus jacksonii

The trunks of these four-hundred year old trees are the broadest of all the Western Australian Trees, and grow to up to seventy metres high.

Yellow Tingle; Eucalyptus guilfoylei

The smaller sister to the giant reds, the non-buttressed bases look more like karri trees than the red tingle, and often grow within the tall karri forests, along valleys and dales.

Some of these tingle trees are over fifteen metres round at the base, and getting the chance to get up-close to them is enchanting.

A raised wooden boardwalk winds between and in some places even THROUGH the giant tingle trees.

These split trunks are reminders of past bushfires (wildfires) which hollow out the bases. The trees continue growing through their outer rings!

Some of these are large enough to use as shelter if it rained!

"We had a wonderful time visiting the tingle trees at the Ancient Empires Walk. The boardwalk through the trees is excellently kept and well organised. Information signs throughout the Ancient Empires walk help you learn about nature as you stroll. Thanks for the Tip, Rainbow Coast."
~ G&L Fairchild, NZ

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The red tingle trees of the Ancient Empire's Walk are a prime example of the South-West's forests which date from when the land here was attached to the supercontinent of Gondwana.

Grandmother Tingle TreeThe red tingle (eucalyptus jacksonii) has amazingly buttressed, knobbly bases in their trunks.

Tingle Tree Roots

Once you have completed the Treetop Walk you will be directed onwards to the Ancient Empires.

Tingle Tree Bark - eucalyptus jacksonii bark
Hollowbutt Tingle Tree, Ancient Empires Walk
Tingle Tree Bark - eucalyptus jacksonii bark

The red tingle bark is a fascinating wavy ginger colour that reminds us of wavy ginger hair or the coat of a canine.

Ancient Empire Walk - A family day out

The walk takes you beneath the ancient canopy on a meandering circular pathway back towards the Wilderness Discovery Centre.

The Ancient Empires Walk Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre

Ancient Empires Walk Ancient Empires Walk
The Ancient Empires Walk takes you through the forest at the base of the Giant Tingle Trees at the Treetop Walk. Visit Ancient Empires Walk
Giant Tingle Tree Giant Tingle Tree
This Giant Tingle Tree is special because it the oldest living eucalypt in the world. It is an 800 metre walk from the car park to the Giant Tingle and back. Visit Giant Tingle Tree
Nornalup Inlet Nornalup Inlet
The Nornalup Inlet is serene. Fed from the Deep and Frankland Rivers it connects to the Walpole Inlet via a natural deep water channel. Visit Nornalup Inlet
Valley of the Giants Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Treetop Walk is the most visited place on the Rainbow Coast. Visit Valley of the Giants
Valley of the Giants Map Valley of the Giants Map
Map to the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk and the Ancient Empires Walk & Wilderness Discovery Centre Visit Valley of the Giants Map

Wilderness Discovery Centre and Visitors Centre

A visitors centre, gift shop and more are located at the centre. An entry fee applies to access the Treetop Walk and the Ancient Empires Walk.

It is a pleasant and easy drive along the South Coast Highway from everywhere. Located in Denmark Shire, the Treetop Walk is actually closer to the town of Walpole. Find the Treetop Walk west of Denmark, East of Walpole.

There is a beautiful Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Valley of the Giants with a gift shop and Visitors Information.

Discovery Centre - Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk

If you like trees, you may want to continue your drive towards Walpole and visit THE Giant Tingle Tree.

Discovery Centre at the Valley of the Giants Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk
Valley of the Giants Treetop Walkway Panoramic Photo, Walpole Wilderness Area

Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk

The Valley of The Giants is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the region. From Walpole, travel 13 kilometres east along South Coast Highway, past Nornalup town site to Valley of Giants Road.

Open 9am to 5pm every day of the year except Christmas Day or during extreme weather (lightning or very windy conditions). Website: www.valleyofthegiants.com.au

If you are bringing a tour group or school group, please give advance notice of your proposed arrival time and approximate numbers by telephone on (08) 9840 8263 or visit the DEC website.

Valley of the Giants Map

Map of the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, the Ancient Empires Walk and the Wilderness Discovery Centre, Walpole, Western Australia.  Tap the markers for information about the locations on the Map below.

What's on the map? These are the locations plotted above:

Walpole Town Walpole Town
At the northern edge of the Walpole Inlet, Walpole is one of the few towns on the path of the Bibbulmun Track. Visit Walpole Town
Denmark Town Denmark Town
In the heart of the Rainbow Coast on the north side of the Wilson Inlet, along the beautiful Denmark River. Visit Denmark Town
Bow Bridge Bow Bridge
The Bow Bridge roadhouse is a blessing. It is a perfect place to stop for refreshments and take a break from driving. Visit Bow Bridge
Valley of the Giants Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Treetop Walk is the most visited place on the Rainbow Coast. Visit Valley of the Giants

Walpole and surrounds:

Walpole Town Walpole Town
At the northern edge of the Walpole Inlet, Walpole is one of the few towns on the path of the Bibbulmun Track. Visit Walpole Town
Walpole Regional Map Walpole Regional Map
Map of the Walpole Region including places to visit and National Parks. Visit Walpole Regional Map
Knoll Scenic Drive Knoll Scenic Drive
A five kilometre circular drive on the peninsula between the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets. A distinctly well-kept rest area with picnic tables & toilets. Visit Knoll Scenic Drive
Stay in Walpole Stay in Walpole
An inspiring selection of quality accommodation of all types. Friendly service. Choose from a variety of great accommodation in and around Walpole, WA. Find Accommodation in Walpole! Visit Stay in Walpole

Other attractions in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park:

Walpole-Nornalup National Park Walpole-Nornalup National Park
Expansive covering over twenty thousand hectares of the Walpole Wilderness Area. Visit Walpole-Nornalup National Park
Walpole Town Walpole Town
At the northern edge of the Walpole Inlet, Walpole is one of the few towns on the path of the Bibbulmun Track. Visit Walpole Town
Ancient Empires Walk Ancient Empires Walk
The Ancient Empires Walk takes you through the forest at the base of the Giant Tingle Trees at the Treetop Walk. Visit Ancient Empires Walk
Circular Pool Circular Pool
Family friendly swirling pools. Access via steps or a gentle paved pathway. Viewing platforms close to carpark. Visit Circular Pool
Conspicuous Cliff Conspicuous Cliff
Standing high above the surrounding heathland, the Cliff-top lookout gives fantastic views of the beach and river flowing into the sea. Visit Conspicuous Cliff
Fernhook Falls Fernhook Falls
Located along the Deep River Fernhook Falls is a popular swimming and picnic spot in summer, and during winter is a truly magnificent sight! Visit Fernhook Falls
Frankland River Frankland River
The Frankland River is the 8th largest in the state of Western Australia flowing into the Nornalup Inlet. Visit Frankland River
Giant Tingle Tree Giant Tingle Tree
This Giant Tingle Tree is special because it the oldest living eucalypt in the world. It is an 800 metre walk from the car park to the Giant Tingle and back. Visit Giant Tingle Tree
Hilltop Lookout Hilltop Lookout
On Hilltop Road, east of Walpole. Overlooking the Nornalup Inlet and Frankland River. Rocky Head and Saddle Island can be seen in the distance. Visit Hilltop Lookout
Irwin Inlet Irwin Inlet
Irwin Inlet carves the sandbars at Peaceful Bay due to the swift flow into the Southern Ocean. Visit Irwin Inlet
Knoll Scenic Drive Knoll Scenic Drive
A five kilometre circular drive on the peninsula between the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets. A distinctly well-kept rest area with picnic tables & toilets. Visit Knoll Scenic Drive
Mandalay Beach Mandalay Beach
Spectacular views to Chatham Island, gorgeous white sandy beach it is a must-see... sometimes the shipwreck is visible too. Visit Mandalay Beach
Nornalup Inlet Nornalup Inlet
The Nornalup Inlet is serene. Fed from the Deep and Frankland Rivers it connects to the Walpole Inlet via a natural deep water channel. Visit Nornalup Inlet
Peaceful Bay Peaceful Bay
Peaceful Bay beach is split in two by the Irwin Inlet as it discharges into the ocean. Sand dunes abound. Visit Peaceful Bay
Sappers Bridge Sappers Bridge
Re-built October 1982 for the National Parks Authority by 22nd Construction Squadron RAE following flood damage January 1982. Visit Sappers Bridge
Valley of the Giants Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Treetop Walk is the most visited place on the Rainbow Coast. Visit Valley of the Giants
Walpole Inlet Walpole Inlet
Filled by the Deep & Frankland Rivers, the dark waters of the Walpole Inlet empty into the Nornalup Inlet through the Channels. Visit Walpole Inlet

Accommodation in Walpole?