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 on jarrah decking and bitumen paths at the base of the 450 year old red giant tingle trees.  It takes less than and hour to walk the half a km trail. 

Waking into the canopy of the giant tingle trees is an experience not to miss. You can even stand inside a living tingle tree as you follow the winding paved pathway!

The 450 year-old Grandma Tingle is just one of many spectacular trees you will see on your Ancient Empire adventure at the Tree Top Walk!

Tingle Tree Roots

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

Free entry to the Ancient Empires Walk!

It is a pleasant and easy drive along the South Coast Highway. Located in Denmark Shire, the Treetop Walk is actually closer to the town of Walpole.  It's 52kms west of Denmark, and 18km east of Walpole.  The Ancient Empires Walk is a continuation of the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk

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

The walk suits the majority of fitness and experience levels and is suitable for families with young children and anyone who has mobility problems. Complimentary wheelchair and stroller hire.  The circular route has lots of information notices. You may see western rosellas, cockatoos, scarlet robins and firetail finches!

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.  They have buttressed, knobbly bases in their trunks.


Yellow Tingle; Eucalyptus guilfoylei
The smaller sister to the giant reds, often grow within the tall karri forests, some are over 15m round the base. 

Grandmother Tingle Tree

Tingle Tree Bark - eucalyptus jacksonii bark

The red tingle bark is a fascinating wavy ginger colour and a sensory treat. 

Ancient Empire Walk - A family day out

The meandering circular pathway takes you through the ancient grove of tingle veteran trees, 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 Shop

There is a visitors centre, toilets, gift shop, bike racks and light refreshments, delicious ice creams, soft drinks and coffee.  There is no cafe.  An entry fee applies to access the Treetop Walk but the Ancient Empires Walk is free.

The Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Valley of the Giants showcases a great range of visitor information and displays. 

Discovery Centre - Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk

Further on towards Walpole visit THE Giant Tingle Tree, a huge fire-hollowed red tingle tree.   
Stroll the 800m circular walk which leads to the wooden boardwalk around the base of the Giant Tingle Tree in about 30 minutes. The signposts have great information about this native forest and you can also see deep into the forest from the boardwalk. 

Enjoy a picnic amongst the beautiful tingle and karri forests.

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. Car, trailer, caravan and coach parking.

Entry to the Ancient Empire and Discovery Centre is free
Tree Top Walk admission:
Adult (16 years and over): $21.00
Concession: $15.50
Child: (6 to 15 years) $10.50
Family: $52.50 (2 adults, 2 children)  
Children 5 years and younger: Free

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

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