Valley of the Giants infrastructure upgrades

The Ancient Empire trail within the Valley of the Giants has undergone a transformation to enhance accessibility and improve the visitor experience.

Since its opening alongside the famed Tree Top Walk in 1996, this trail located within the Walpole Nornalup National Park has captivated tourists from around the world. Providing an up-close, ground level, encounter with the awe-inspiring Tingle Trees, this destination has welcomed over 4.3 million visitors in its 27-year history.

Previously, the trail alignment was an ‘out-and-back’ route, duplicating the scenery for those on the journey and steps made it inaccessible for people in wheelchairs or with prams.

In January 2023, as part of the WA Recovery Plan, extensive works were started to extend the Ancient Empire and upgrade its timber decking structures.

The significant redesign of the Ancient Empire trail has resulted in a fully accessible 540m loop, inviting visitors to meander through the Tingle Forest at ground level, immersing in nature and encountering magnificent trees.

The Valley of the Giants’ hugely popular Tree Top Walk, which provides superb views of the tree canopy and forest floor, is also open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Other ideas on how to experience the beauty of the Walpole-Nornalup National Park and the Great Southern region of Western Australia here.