Drive time: 3 h 10 m | 229 km
Add 70 km and 1 hr if you detour to Mount Chudalup and Point D'Entrecasteaux
The drive times are estimated from Leaning Marri Campground near Yeagerup Dunes. As you head east towards Denmark, which is a good place to spend the night, there are some wonderful places to explore. We've listed the best campgrounds at the end of the article, including a free one.
Mount Chudalup is a 187 m high granite outcrop on an isolated hill in the middle of an otherwise flat heath plain. Climb to the top and enjoy 360 degree views of the surrounding forest, heathlands, coast and the Yeagarup Dunes. The Summit Walk Trail leaves the picnic shelter at the carpark and leads up through karri and marri forest which gives way to heathland shrubs. Once you reach the granite section you'll see a diverse ecosystem of moss and lichens.
Distance: 2km return. Time: 1 hour.
Point D'Entrecasteaux. Photo: nywat_ via IG
Another 15 mins drive south and you reach Point D'Entrecasteaux a wild and rugged coastline. Take an exciting walk along the cliff tops, be buffeted by the winds, and look down at the churning Southern Ocean. .
Clifftop Walk Distance: 1.3km one way. Time: Allow 1 hour.
Coastal Survivors Walk Distance: 2.8km one way. Time: Allow 2 hours.
In Walpole Nornalup National Park you will find this huge fire-hollowed red tingle tree. On the way there, on the one way circuit road, stop to enjoy the lookout over Nornalup Inlet and the Southern Ocean. The car park for the Giant Tingle Tree is 3 km after the lookout. Tingles are the largest girthed eucalypt known in the world. Access is via a wooden boardwalk.
Giant Tingle Tree. Photo: joecampbellworld via IG
The Valley of the Giants refers to a forest of 400 year old Tingle trees in the Walpole Wilderness. Tingle trees are endemic to this area. A walk trail links the Tree Top Walk (see below) to the Ancient Empire, where a sealed trail meanders across the forest floor between the 400 year old red tingle trees. Interpretative information along the trail follows the story of the lost era of Gondwana. You could also take a free guided tour.
The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is a series of walkways 40 metres above the ground in the forest canopy.
Distance: 600 m.
Entry to the Tree Top Walk: $21 (adults)
Valley of the Giants. Photo: maai_ke via IG
Back on Highway 1, before you reach Denmark, take William Bay Road down to the coast and William Bay National Park.
Greens Pool, Denmark. Photo: aiyanaretreat via IG
Elephant Cove, Denmark. Photo: wonderlust.perth via IG
Before you reach Denmark, turn onto Lights Rd and climb Monkey Rock for spectacular views over Lights Beach and Denmark. The walk up will only take 30 minutes or less. The trail head (part of the Bibbulmun Track) and car park is sign posted on your right as you head towards Lights Beach.
Monkey Rock, Denmark. Photo: gareth3howells via IG
Just south of Denmark is Ocean Beach.
Look for the yellow tags to locate the highlights mentioned in this article.
18 Main Terrace,
South Australia 5033 Phone: 1800 216 223
344 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802 Phone: 1800 216 223
40 French Street, Eagle Farm, Queensland 4009
Phone: 1800 216 223
440 Sheridan Street,
Queensland 4870 Phone: 1800 216 223
2/11 Northview St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218 Phone: 1800 216 223
273 Elizabeth Street,
Victoria 3058 Phone: 1800 216 223
23-25 Erskine Rd,
Sydney, NSW 2229 Phone: 1800 216 223
167 Mount Low Parkway, Townsville,
Queensland 4814 Phone: 1800 216 223