Posted November 11, 2009 by Kate HammanLocated along Australia's Western coast, the small town of Walpole attracts people year-round to explore its beaches, forests, and wilderness. Let your wild side loose without losing your wallet in the surrounding Walpole-Nornalup National Park, as you walk above towering trees, dine next to a river, and stay in a chalet with resident kangaroos.
PlayValley of the Giants Tree Top Walk: If you want to touch the sky, this is the place to do it: 125 feet in the air above the Valley of the Giants in the national park. Not for the faint of heart, the Tree Top Walk winds its way through the canopy of the tingle "giants," far from the safety of the ground below. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the soil, you can opt for the Ancient Empire Boardwalk, which meanders around the base of the enormous trees. Admission cost is relatively low, rounding out at $8 AUD at last check (about $7.25 U.S.; check XE.com for current exchange rates).
EatBow Bridge Roadhouse: On the banks of the Bow River in the Valley of the Giants, you'll find a one-stop shop for all of your needs and hunger pangs. The Bow Bridge Roadhouse wears many hats, serving as a restaurant, post office, grocery store, and gas station. Try one of its popular hamburgers and dine in the picnic area overlooking the water. Or if you're in need of caffeine, the Bow also makes espresso drinks to go.
StayWalpole Wilderness Resort: Come stay away from it all at the Walpole Wilderness Resort, located on 170 acres of karri and tingle forests. Here, you can watch the resident mob of kangaroos play before you retreat to a chalet equipped with a kitchen, wood fireplace, private heated spa, and gas barbie. If you feel like exploring the surrounding area, the resort has several trails for you to wander at will. Rooms start at $149 AUD per night.
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