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Swarbrick Art Loop, Walpole Wilderness

Bush Walk inSouth West

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

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

Located in the stunning Walpole Wilderness area, this easy 500 metre stroll takes you through old growth karri forest. Keep an open mind and expect your perception of wilderness to be challenged by the fascinating art works.

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Swarbrick is 8km north of Walpole along the North Walpole Rd. 420km (4.5 hours) south of Perth.

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One of three sites that make up the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre, Swarbrick is home to some of the state’s oldest karri trees.

Birthplace of the Walpole Wilderness
Swarbrick forest was a focal point for people who campaigned to preserve these forests for future generations. Their efforts culminated in the desire to create the Walpole Wilderness.

Art in the forest
Swarbrick features a selection of art exhibits designed to challenge your perception of wilderness.

The art works range from a sculpture depicting Aboriginal message sticks to a giant suspended ring, the Golden Torus, through which the artist prompts the visitor to explore the interconnectedness of all things.

History on show
A short loop walk takes you past the ‘Wilderness Wall of Perceptions’. This 39 metre long, stainless steel wall features more than 30 forest related quotes from the past 100 years, with dates of political events relating to forest management and wilderness.

Your visit will reinforce, review or even change your perception of the forest and wilderness.

Swarbrick is best visited in conjunction with a visit to Mount Frankland and the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk as these sites collectively form the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre.

From Walpole, travel eight kilometres along North Walpole Road, heading towards Mount Frankland. Travelling time 15 minutes by car from Walpole

Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre

(08) 9840 1111

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Time / Duration

Allow 15 minutes return


500 metre loop walk

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

Swarbrick is 8km north of Walpole along the North Walpole Rd. 420km (4.5 hours) south of Perth.

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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.


  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

All year round

Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets; No fires in National Parks
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1 trail goers have rated Swarbrick Art Loop, Walpole Wilderness as 3 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.

Chelle Fisher

Reviewed 2 Jun 2022, 8:15pm

Short but interesting, creative display with a beautiful message

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