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Giant Tingle Tree Walk

Giant Tingle Tree Walk

Walpole-Nornalup National Park

Directions - From the centre of Walpole head east on South Coast Highway. Look for the signs for the Giant Tingle and turn left onto Hilltop Rd (one way). Follow this up the hill to the car park for the Giant Tingle Tree.

The Hike - Enjoying a day exploring the sights and sounds around Walpole, I finished up at Fernhook Falls and thought I'd head back into town to grab some supplies for the evening. With still plenty of light left in the day and the predicted storms not yet here, I figured that a return trip to the Giant Tingle Tree wasn't a bad idea. I was first here in 2016 for a family holiday and again in 2019 when I walked through on a Walpole to Denmark section of the Bibbulmun Track but wanted to return and get a refresh of photos for this page. I stopped at the Hilltop Lookout on the drive up the hill where a cleared stretch of the forest provides a frame for staring out towards the Nornalup Inlet and further to the Southern Ocean. It's a pretty cool spot to stand and admire the landscapes below.

Arriving at the car park, there were a few cars there enjoying the stormy afternoon and I was hoping to get some clear photos of the titular Giant Tingle. The Tingle Forest that grow around Walpole are only found here and the three varieties of Tingle are well known for their impressive girth, rather than their height. One of the easiest ways to immerse yourself under these giants of the forest without doing a long section of the Bibbulmun Track is to come here and wander around on the 1km loop. From the information gazebo you can head in either direction but with a large group of what looked like slow movers faffing about near the start, I ducked off to the left to try and beat them to the Giant Tingle. Heading down the hill, immediately you are surrounded by the gnarly trunks of the Tingles and it feels like another world. This was my first visit in the height of spring and there were some wildflowers showing their face including Old Man's Beard, Fan Flowers and the classic of the southern forests, the Purple Hovea.  

I was having fun exploring the edges of the path and spotting all the different fungi thriving in the rotting wood deposited on the floor of the forest. A nice little touch along this trail are the QR codes that you can scan and find out more information about various plant species, geological forces or history of the area. I like this addition as most of the time traditional information boards can be bulky and degrade over time so these little markers are a low key way of educating without being too intrusive. There are a few benches located around the loop and I paused to take a photo of one particular spot where I stopped to enjoy the forest and have some lunch on my last visit. This first section leading to the main event is a nice warm-up but really, most people come for the Giant Tingle and I understand why. Reaching the boardwalk section that has been built to protect the fragile root systems of the Tingle trees, it nice to walk through the trunks of the younger varieties (that are still over 100 years old).