Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk

Tingle Tree Forest
Front Entrance to Tingle Tree Forest

During my planning for this trip I did not come across this region in South West Western Australia, and therefore until we saw the sign post to the National Park a visit was not part of our plan.

One of my rules, when I travel is to explore as many places that I possibly can. I am so glad to have explored this particular place.

On this day we had driven from Augusta stopping at quite a number of places on the way, the result was that we had a very short time to explore the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. As we wished to cram as much into this trip as was humanly possible, and having a fixed time to see a million thing, it was very important for us to explore this beautiful place.

There is no regret in having to hurry through a number of locations, but it was abundantly clear that there is so much to see in Australia that the BIG Lap should be a minimum of 12 months.

The Valley of the Giants Tree Top walk is in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park and is accessed from the South Coast Hwy and then the Valley of the Giants Rd.!

Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk

Apart from the Tree Top walk, and the ground walks there is an extensive display featuring inhabitants of the forest floor. Each of the subheadings is directly taken from the different displays, any narrative is my interpretation of what is written with the exception of a couple of quotes thrown in for good measure.

On the forest floor

The forest floor is alive! Have a close look at the forest floor to see creatures such as the tingle spider, moaning frog and the red-thighed frog.

The frogs feed on invertebrates from the forest floor, and they mate and lay eggs in  moist places in and around trees and other plants.

Fungi break down forest debris on the soil into nutrients.

The Tingle Spider

Tingle Spider
Tingle Spider

This picture represents the Tingle Spider at 10 times its normal size, it is actually only 10 mm long.

The Tingle Spider is related to the Trapdoor spider, and also catches her prey at the mouth of the tunnel, dragging it under ground in the process.

This picture is of the male spider, and they feed by wandering around the forest floor trying to find food amongst the litter of the forest.

A Noongar (Aboriginal) perspective

From the Dreaming and archaeological evidence we can determine that the Noongar Aboriginal has had around 38,000 years of habitation in the South West (of Western Australia).

“It is important to recognise that wilderness had, to some extent, been shaped by human hands through millennia of land management practices by indigenous Australians. For Indigenous Australians wilderness is home”

Extract from: CALM Policy Statement: No. 62 Identification and Management of Wilderness and Surrounding Areas.

Forestry

The view points of the settlers of Australia bears no resemblance to our current management practices or beliefs but that change has only occurred in recent times. Naturally, there are still people who wish to destroy forests with logging but they are doing it for money (and perhaps greed).

Creating Pastures
Creating Pastures

Below is a quote from a very pleased early settler when viewing the work which had been done to create pastures:

“If only you could see the pastures, you would realise with me the pleasure one feels in conquering nature. The self-confidence one gets and the sense of power as a keen axe bites deep into the immense Karris to bring them crashing to earth, robbed of their majesty.”

Quote: “Crawford and Crawford” 1927

Apart from the style of their writing, the feeling is painfully obvious as to their delight in creating pastures. That was the “era” though and they thought they were doing what was best for them and their families.

Fortunately, we now do enough to preserve as much of the native forests as we can, but we could do more!

Sustainable Tourism

Tingle Tree Roots Shallow
Tingle Tree Roots Shallow

Visitors can have a cumulative impact on the places they love to visit. At the Valley of the Giants the tradition of parking within the fire-hollowed Tingle Tree caused the collapse of a large Tingle from root compaction.

The Tree Top walk is a perfect example of how, with careful planning, the visitor can experience these majestic trees without causing any serious damage to the trees.

There are now signs in place throughout the “walk” around the Tree Top walking path which ask that we be mindful of the delicate nature of the Tingle Tree, by not walking too close to the trees. Imagine the damage done by the car in the picture below.

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Once we had finished checking out the displays it was very close to closing time, and therefore getting quite late. We had planned to stay in Peaceful Bay that night and were not sure how far it was, time was of the essence.

Fortunately, in one sense, it was not that far away and neither were the bush fires (which you can read about here) which were about to cause us a few problems!

If you like the story of the Tingle Tree and want more information, there is a link above (oh ok here it is again) to the website or you can leave me a comment below and I can provide you with some more information.

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6 thoughts on “Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk

  1. Christina Reply

    This is the first time I have wandered into your site. How wonderful! I am in the United States but we are planning a trip to Australia in 2019. For us, the most important aspects are the nature! The valley of the giants tree top walk is going to be on the list of places to visit. I had never even heard of a tingle tree although I am sure there are many other species of tree there I have not. I did not realize that tree roots could be so sensitive to just walking about. I am going to be checking out the full information on those in your follow up links in your post. Sustainable tourism is very important as you pointed out. I like that the time is being taken to make that known there and keep those magnificent trees safe.
    I am looking forward to spending some more time on your site and exploring your adventures! I will be bookmarking!

    • Steve Post authorReply

      I am glad that you enjoyed your visit to this site, there are plenty more posts full of information coming in the coming months which will enable you to plan out your entire trip.

      These posts will cover all of our states from the largest, Western Australia where the Tingle Tree grows to the smallest state, Tasmania which has seemingly endless National Parks protecting other important wildlife and plants.

      Perhaps you can also check out Kimba the halfway point between Sydney and Perth (by road) in this post:
      https://300kmsaday.com/halfway-across-australia as it is a great place to stop over for a few days of rest. The drive across the country is a good 6 or 7 days without driving too fast or for too long.

      If you wish to look us up when you are over, drop me an email and we can go camping for a weekend.

  2. Stefanie Williams Reply

    It’s always been a dream of mine to travel to Australia. You have given me a great starting point for the beginning of my adventures in Australia.

    We would like to travel in a four wheel drive vehicle with a tent on the roof. Are we allowed to camp near the Tingle Tree reserve?

    Your post gets me dreaming again! Thank you for sharing it 🙂

    • Steve Post authorReply

      Thank you for your comments.

      In the area around the Tingle Tree forest there is a lot of free camping sites. There is no free camping at the place of the Tingle Tree forest, other than a large carpark, but it is not suitable for camping.

      Please remember that all areas in and around this area are National or State Parks and each has their own specific set of rules, generally speaking the main rule is NO PETS in National Parks and “Take your own rubbish out with you”.

      A simple Google search will reveal that the Tingle Tree is managed by the Government of Western Australia and is there fore a State Park. Follow the link above and you will find some very useful information.

  3. Simon Watson Reply

    A super post on the valley of the giant’s treetop walk Steve, it was very descriptive indeed. I also found it to be somewhat of a history lesson, and it was written in such a manner that it was easy to envision myself as being right there.

    Thank you for this extremely informative post,

    Simon

    • Steve Post authorReply

      Hey Simon,

      We were there for at least 4 hours and did not get to see it all. Will have to go back another day, something I look forward to doing. So look for another update in the future, however as it is at least a 10 day drive for us to get there it will need to be next year unfortunately. I am sure the Giant Tingle Trees will still be there.

      You need to hop on a plane and come over, it is worth the visit.

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