March 25th, 2021
What Is It?
The Giant Tingle Tree is an ancient example of the Red Tingle that over the centuries has been hollowed out by fire. As with most Australian hardwood varieties that have adapted to fire, the heartwood of the tree can get damaged by fire while the outer sections of the tree can remain standing to ensure survival. At over 400 years old, this girthy giant is one of the biggest trees still standing in terms of circumference. The unique bell-bottomed shape of the Tingles pronounces this effect and what is left is an area that is quite impressive to behold and walk around.
Where Is It?
Walpole is located on the south coast of Western Australia about five hours (415km) south of Perth. The Giant Tingle Tree is a short ten-minute drive from the centre of town. Head east along South Coast Highway until you see the turnoff for Hilltop Road, take this one-way gravel road up the hill, following the signs for the Hilltop Lookout and then the Giant Tingle Tree. There is plenty of parking along with an information gazebo and toilet facilities.
What to Do?
From the car park there is a 1km loop trail that will take you through the forest to the Giant Tingle Tree and back. Exploring the lush forest filled with Tingles, Karri trees and a rich diversity of flora and fauna, the relaxing walk really adds to the experience of seeing the Giant Tingle. Along the way there are QR codes on the edge of the path so make sure you download the South West NatureGuide App to learn all about what can be found in the forest. The big-ticket item that everyone comes to see is the Giant Tingle Tree and it’s quite an impressive sight. Surrounded by boardwalk to protect the roots, you get a great vantage point to take pictures and get a sense of scale as you stand in the middle of the hollow.
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