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Deep River Loop Walk, Walpole-Nornalup NP Deep River Loop Walk, Walpole-Nornalup NP

  • 1-3 hours
  • 4.2 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

      Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

This four kilometre hike takes in the summit of Mount Clare, the karri and tingle forest and the suspension bridge on the Deep River. This loop walk will take around one and a half hours.

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After reaching the summit of Mt Clare, the Bibbulmun Track descends to the Deep River. From there the reflections can be admired from the suspension bridge. After returning to Tinglewood Drive, this gravel road is followed to the right for about one kilometre, then a track to the left returns the hiker to the Mount Clare picnic area.

The hike wanders through tingle and karri trees. The Deep River suspension bridge is the entrance to the Walpole Wilderness area. 

The Walpole Wilderness area embraces seven National Parks, Forest Conservation Areas and Nature Reserves, totaling 363,000 hectares, including areas of classified wilderness.  About 20,000 hectares within the Walpole Wilderness area are classified  as“wilderness”.

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Time / Duration

1.5 hour


4.2km loop

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Mount Clare car park, Tinglewood Drive. Walpole-Nornalup National Park, 400km (5hours) south of Perth

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Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

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Difficulty Notes

This walk has limited directional signage and a good level of fitness is required.


There is a Bibbulmun Track campsite on Mt Clare, accessible only by foot.
  • Car Park
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

March to November


National Park Fees

Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets or fires
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2 trail goers have rated Deep River Loop Walk, Walpole-Nornalup NP as 3.5 out of 5!

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Chelle Fisher

Reviewed 6 Jun 2022, 6:59pm

A beautiful walk through the Karri & Tingles. Mount Clare Summit has no views so a bit of a let down but was nice to visit another Bibbulmun Track Hut. The trail down to the suspension bridge is steep and when wet pretty slippery so some care is needed. Of course what goes down must come up, after a nice flat walk across the bottom it's back up a steep 4wd track back to the picnic area.
Drew Graham

Reviewed 17 Dec 2020, 10:42am

There are no views from this trail other than a glimpse through the trees of the ocean and the surrounding wilderness if the short spur trail is taken to the summit of Mt Clare.

Walking anti-clockwise, the section of the Bibbulmun Track down hill from the Mt Clare hut to Deep River is steep, narrow and winding through dense forest undergrowth. I expect it would be slippery when wet. The small suspension bridge over Deep River at the bottom of the descent is a nice attraction and marks the half way point of the loop.

The third quarter of the walk is along a flat, unsealed road which affords a more open view of the Karri forest than the enclosed Bibbulmun section.

The final quarter of the loop through the forest back to the carpark is up a steep, unsealed road.

I enjoyed this walk. It's a loop with a variety of trail conditions and forest experiences. Walk it clockwise instead if you wish to experience the ascent on Mt Clare.

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