Walpole

We left Shannon National Park and drove towards Walpole. There still was intermittent rain. Shortly before Walpole we saw a sign for a lookout, in the middle of the forest. What could there be to see from here? A short path led to this spot where you could see the coast.

(Lesley’s photo)

Once in Walpole, we stopped at the Tourist Information Centre. It would be such a shame to drive through here and not see the sites in and around Walpole, the lady said. She suggested leaving the caravan in the car park and exploring along some dirt tracks. We took the advice and left the Kedron behind and went for a drive which took us to various spots along the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets.


 
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Not only a beautiful outlook over the Nornalup Inlet, but beautiful vegetation as well.





I think the following photos were taken from the Channels Picnic Site, the Channel linking the Nornalup and Walpole Inlets.




We were now on dirt roads and had some heavy rain. We headed towards the Hilltop Giant Tingle Tree.

(Lesley’s photo)
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We took photos of this tree thinking it was enormous.

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But as we progressed it lead us to even bigger trees.

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Until we arrived at this giant.

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We both loved the burls on the side of some of the trunks.
You can tell by the moss and fungi that this area tends to be wet – today it was no exception.



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Amazing how much water is flowing down the river.

(Lesley’s photo)


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The froth does remind me of cappuccino.

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Time was getting on and we still wanted to do the Tree Top Walk. We returned to the caravan to find an idiot attempting to park with a camper trailer straight in front of our caravan, effectively blocking us in. He moved as I was making it clear that I wanted to hitch up. I would have thought that somebody towing would have more sense. Anyhow we decided we would do the Tree Top Walk the following day on our way to Denmark and spend a night at the Rest Point Caravan Park situated at the channel. This is a lovely spot, although with all the rain we had, the grounds were quite wet.








I decided to attempt to find a geocache which is about 600 meters from the caravan park. I came across this sawpit.
Another example of the hard life that early settlers had to endure.DSCF9723_edited






I got within 70 meters of the cache but the hill was so steep and no path down that I back tracked quite a way until I found a trail that leads along the channel. Nice views opened up from time to time when gaps between the trees allowed to see the channel.


 

Once again I could not get to the cache. According to the GPS I was just 9 meters from the cache, but this time it was up a steep hill. I gave up. On the way back I disturbed these little fellas.

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