The Knoll Scenic Drive and Walk Trails
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Close to Walpole, this scenic drive is a rather beautiful introduction to a small peninsula known as The Knoll, with several places to stop and admire the forests as well as vistas over the waterways of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets.

The Walpole Inlet is smaller and less than 1 m deep, while the larger Nornalup inlet, which opens to the Southern Ocean, is up to 5 m deep. They are fed by three rivers, the Frankland, the Deep and Walpole Rivers, and surrounded by the Walpole Wilderness area, altogether creating a wonderfully unspoilt ecosystem. The two inlets are joined like an hourglass by a natural channel, about 1 km long, steep sided and forested.

The scenic drive loops around the Knoll, a small forest-clad hill approximately 1.5 km in diameter, which protrudes into the inlets and forms part of The Channel separating the two inlets. A picnic site and toilets are located at The Channel.

Delightful walks are available across the Knoll, revealing a diversity of vegetation types, including karri, peppermint, and jarrah, and an array of wildflowers in spring.

Practical Information

LOCATION: Walpole, 450 km south of Perth (5 hours)


WHERE TO STAY: Walpole-Nornalup Visitors Centre

INFO ABOUT WALK TRAILS: Walpole-Nornalup Visitors Centre: Pioneer Park, South Coast Hwy, Walpole, Ph: 9840 1111