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Ancient Empire Walk, Valley of the Giants, Walpole Nornalup National Park Trails WA Top Trail Icon

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Blackwood River Valley, Bunbury Geographe & Collie, Great Southern, Margaret River Region, Southern Forests

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 0.46 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

The Ancient Empire walk is an easy interpretative trail located at the well-known Valley of the Giants in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park.  It meanders across the forest floor between 400-year-old red-tingle trees.  Walking into the hollows of the giant tingle trees is an experience not to be missed!

Stand inside a living tingle tree at the Ancient Empire.
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Trail Start

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Valley of the Giants Discovery Centre, on Valley of the Giants Road in Nornalup National Park, 429km (5 hours) south of Perth

The trails starts at the VOG Discovery Centre

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The Ancient Empire is a 455 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 southwest! The Ancient Empire is 18 kilometres from Walpole and 52 kilometres from Denmark.

Free entry 

Opening times

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.

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Time / Duration

45 minutes return

Length

455 metre loop

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Valley of the Giants Discovery Centre, on Valley of the Giants Road in Nornalup National Park, 429km (5 hours) south of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 2

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.

Difficulty Notes

Steps and some level changes. Not suitable for strollers, wheelchairs or those with mobility issues.

Facilities

Partially wheelchair accessible.
  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Coach Parking
  • First Aid Equipment
  • Guide
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Shop
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
  • View Platform
  • Visitor Information Centre

Best time of year

All year

Trail Access

Road 18 kilometres from Walpole and 52 kilometres from Denmark.

Prohibited Items

No pets.
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4 trail goers have rated Ancient Empire Walk, Valley of the Giants, Walpole Nornalup National Park as 3.25 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Mel Shaw

Reviewed 7 Jan 2021, 11:00am

Loved this walk
Was quite easy lots of beautiful tingle trees
Went January 2nd wasn't too hot
Nicole HS

Reviewed 6 Jan 2018, 4:00pm

When: December
Temp: 31 C
Start Time: 1PM

This walk is very leisurely but still enjoyable because of the beautiful scenery. Even through we went in the middle of summer it was still very green and lush. It was really busy when we got there and hard to find parking.
Krystal Webb

Reviewed 20 Aug 2017, 10:12pm

Short easy walk through some gorgeous scenery.
Tamara White

Reviewed 2 Apr 2017, 3:50pm

Very easy walk - mostly suitable for wheelchairs. Impressive tingle trees, easy to just wander about at a leisurely pace. Plus was it is free - the tree top walk is a cit pricey. It was quite crowded (over Christmas/New Year break).

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