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Bibbulmun Track Day Walk - Giant Tingle Tree to Coalmine Beach

A 13.2km return walk in the beautiful Walpole Wilderness Area

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.101 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview:  This is one of a series of eight day walks on the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia. The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's... more »

Tips:  The walk starts at the car park on Tingle Drive, off Hilltop Rd. Hilltop Rd is about 2.5km east of Walpole along the South Coast... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Giant Tingle Tree Car Park

There are a number of parking bays as well as a toilet and picnic tables. Take the time to read the information boards before starting your walk. Water is also available here but please treat it before drinking.

2. Hollow Butt

This red tingle tree survived severe fires in both 1937 and 1951. The fires destroyed the trees' protective bark, exposing the heartwood. The tree lives today because of the unique adaptations to fire damage that are typical of many eucalypt trees.

Take a look around - do you see any trees with dead crowns? The 1937 fire was so hot that it... More

3. Wildflowers and wildlife

Tingle trees are now found only in the Walpole-Nornalup area, which has the wettest and least seasonal climate in the south-west. The red tingle (Eucalyptus jacksonii) is by far the broadest of any tree in WA, with a circumference of up to 20 metres. The yellow tingle (Eucalyptus guilfoylei) and Rate's tingle (Eucalyptus brevistylis) are smaller.

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4. Tingle tree

A boardwalk surrounds this giant red tingle tree. The red tingle is restricted to the lower catchment areas of the Deep, Frankland and Bow Rivers, growing nowhere else in the world. The distribution of the species has been shrinking due to climate change over millions of years.

The red tingle is one of the tallest trees in the state and can... More

5. Bibbulmun Track Spur Trail West

Follow the Waugal

Leave the giant tingle tree and follow the path west. When you reach the junction, follow the Waugal trail marker. The path right goes back to the car park.

6. Hilltop Lookout

The Hilltop Lookout offers excellent views over the Nornalup Inlet and the Southern Ocean.

7. South Coast Hwy (west) Car Access


8. Bird Hide

Take the time to sit in the bird hide on the shores of the Nornalup Inlet Marine Park to view the many water birds that inhabit the area.

October 1930 saw a small community of tents, tin and bushpole shanties mark the beginnings of the Nornalup Land Settlement, later to become known as Walpole. The settlers who came to live in this beautiful and isolated corner of the State had to be resourceful, self-sufficient and adaptable.

Coalmine Beach is popular for swimming, canoeing or... More