We were heading to the amazing Valley of the Giants and the Walpole treetop walk, but on the map found a free camp spot and thought we'd stay overnight there. Shannon National Park, an amazing spot set amongst the magnificent Karri forest. Oh the smell of these places, it smells...green?! Or it would if green had a smell!
It was also our first campfire. There were no fire restrictions and finally the children could help build a fire, and toast marshmallows. ......OR they could have done, if I'd have had any. Oh well, note to self; stock up for next time!
Surrounded by huge Karri trees, on our own .... 'hows the serenity'? Hubby even did a nudie run around the van, much to the children's amusement! With hindsight we wished we'd stayed longer but we felt as we'd stayed longer in Margaret River than intended it was time to move on and we were really looking forward to the Valley of the Giants and the much anticipated TreeTop Walk.
The last time we were here, was back in 1995 and they were just starting to build it. I was really looking forward to getting up there in the canopy of the Tingle forest. But not all members of the family were quite as keen! I forgot about the whole 'scared of heights' thing that my hubby and eldest son had going on. Without that, let me tell you, it might have been a bit more enjoyable. They were clinging on for dear life - The TreeTop walk, was turning into the TreeTop cling on!
I spent most of the time, counting how many people were on the structure as only 10 are 'supposed' to be on any of the suspended bridges at one time. Note the word supposed! AND if only that joker who felt the need to 'bounce' his way along, wasn't on the bridge the same time as us, I'm pretty sure we could have found it much more enjoyable. I tell you I could have swung for him. Anyway... We still got to be among the tree tops and it felt amazing, (for some of us).
members of the family, much preferred the Ancient Empires walk at the bottom.
These absolutely massive trees makes one feel very small. By sticking to the boardwalk, it helps to protect the environment of these magnificent trees. In some places the boardwalk takes you 'through' some of the trees. There is also a simulation of a car inside one the trees to give the children an idea just how big they are. And of course a great photo opportunity. Ours loved it.
Overall, the treetop walk was pretty special, but if you get there are there seem more than the 10 recommended on the structure, then if I was you, to be on the safe side, I would head to the Ancient Empire walk at the bottom and a chance for the children to look like they're driving a car, in a tree (?)!