Top Trail: Ancient Empire Walk, Valley of the Giants
The Ancient Empire is an interpretative trail that meanders across the forest floor in between 400 year old red tingle trees. Walking into the hollows of the giant tingle trees is an experience not to be missed!
About the Trail
The Ancient Empire is a 450 metre walk trail that takes you around and through some of the giant tingle trees including the most popular of the gnarled veterans, known as Grandma Tingle. The trail follows the story of the lost era of Gondwana.This ancient and unique red tingle forest is a must see during your stay in the south-west! The Ancient Empire is only 18 kilometres from Walpole and 52 kilometres from Denmark.
Daily 9am to 5pm
Extended hours 26 December to 26 January
Daily 8am to 6pm
Closed Christmas day and during hazardous conditions
Plan your trip to include a fabulous free guided tour of the Ancient Empire, guided walks are offered daily outside the school holidays. Guided walks are free of charge, but may be subject to weather conditions.
Daily times: 10.15am, 11.30am and 2pm (Subject to conditions)
Need to Know
Dwarfed by tall karri and tingle tree forests, the small village of Nornalup is a big drawcard for nature lovers. To the east, the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk takes you above the tingle trees of Walpole-Nornalup National Park, and to the south, the Conspicuous Cliff lookout gives you a view of the great annual whale migration. From Albany, it's a scenic one hour and 20 minute drive west to reach Nornalup. If you're heading down from Perth, you'll need to allow about five hours. Once you hit Walpole, it's another 15 minutes' drive to the east. You're also just 10 minutes' drive away from one of the best treetop views on Earth - the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk. Inspired by the tall tingle tree forest of the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, this is the first sky-high walk trail of its kind. Climbing 40 metres into the canopy, the walkway affords magnificent vistas of this ancient forest before descending to the Ancient Empire Walk, where you can gaze up at 400 year old giants. The surrounding Walpole-Nornalup National Park covers 18,116 hectares of the South West with karri and tingle forests stretching to the Southern Ocean. Here, you may encounter some of the 698 native species of flora and fauna that call it home, including kangaroos and quokkas, honey possums and bandicoots, honeyeaters and parrots. Through its heart runs the Frankland River and the famous long distance Bibbulmun Track, each leading you on an incredible wilderness-to-ocean adventure. On the river, you'll enjoy boating, canoeing, fishing and swimming. On the walking trail, you'll get to take in the wilderness one step at a time. Take the drive to Conspicuous Bay in spring and you'll be dazzled by the only known stand of native red-flowering gum trees in Western Australia. From the cliffs, you'll also witness one of the greatest migrations on Earth, as the whales make their journey to their calving grounds. Nornalup caters for those who are looking for refreshments or a bed for the night with tearooms, restaurants, chalets, bed and breakfast accommodation and a caravan park.