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About Walpole Town Jetty to Deep River, Kapagup Nornalup Paddle Network
The Deep River is an untouched waterway that shelters a wide range of plant and animal life. It runs at least 90km from its source and empties into the Nornalup Inlet. The Deep River flows through state forest and national parks and its 'Wild River' status was bestowed by the Australian Heritage Commission in recognition of its pristine condition.
Start your paddle at the Walpole Town Jetty and head through the Channel between the Knolls. Skirt around the western edge of the Nornalup Inlet and enter the Deep River. The suspension bridge high above the water marks the end of the navigable section of the Deep River.
This trail is 10.5km one way. There is no access to the water from the road at the Deep River suspension bridge. You will need to paddle back to Walpole Town Jetty making it a 21km paddle.
If you would like to experience the Deep River but do a shorter paddle, you can launch at Isle Road for a 5.5km one way trip up the river to the suspension bridge.
Offering protection from the wind, the Deep River is generally classified as easy with slow to medium moving water and few obstacles.
The Nornalup Inlet is exposed to wind, waves and tidal currents and is appropriate for medium to advanced paddlers. Weather conditions can change quickly and paddlers need to ensure that their skills are sufficient to manage the trip.
You can paddle to a range of destinations from Walpole Town Jetty. Look for other suggestions in the Kapagup Nornalup Paddle Network on TrailsWA or on the trailhead signage at Walpole Town Jetty.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
10.5km one way.
What To Pack
Group F (Paddling trails) required.
What To Pack
Group F (Paddling trails)
- Plenty of water and food for duration of trip.
- Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (30+)
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions
- Lifejacket or flotation device
- Leg or paddle leash if paddling in the ocean
Additional Useful Items• Always let someone know of your trip plans.
• Check the weather forecast, tide charts and be aware of strong south-easterly winds. Conditions can change rapidly.
• Plan your trip according to your ability and fitness level.
• Wear appropriate sun protection (hat, sunscreen, long sleeves).
• Wear a life jacket.
• Take adequate drinking water.
Walpole Town Jetty, Boronia Street, Walpole
- Car Park
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Water Access Points
Walpole is about 430km south of Perth. Walpole Town Jetty is off Boronia Street.
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