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from the houseboats
everything listed below can be reached from either aboard the houseboat or using the dinghy which accompanies each boat:
  • Relax, sit back and watch the sunset from the deck.
  • Fishing from the houseboat or the dinghy is a favourite pastime.  Crabbing during the season, can bring in some very tasty rewards.
  • Visit Snake Island and tour what was once a small farmlet in the middle of the inlet. 
  • From Snake Island you can dinghy up the Deep River past Tinglewood Lodge, take to land and go up the walk trail to the Nuyts Wilderness walks and the suspension bridge. If you are interested in longer treks, the walk out to Thomson's Cove is a picturesque one - but be prepared and don't forget to log your details at the Nuyts Wilderness information bay before you go.
  • From the Sealer's Cove mooring, there's a walk trail across to Circus Beach.  Many of our guests do this walk just to drink from the fountain of youth.  Circus Beach was where the Muir family trained some of the horses that went to the 10th light horse during World War I.
  • Dinghy across for a swim and a picnic at Our Beach (everyone calls it that) at the mouth of the inlet.
  • If you're in to surfing the sets at the mouth on Bellanger Beach can be pretty good.
  • While at the mouth of the inlet, why not do the Shelly Beach Walk Trail to view across to Saddleback Island - maybe catch a view of the dolphins or whales.
  • Houseboat up the Frankland River to one of the River moorings and enjoy the peace of a bush setting.
  • While up the river, take the dinghy on an adventure up to Monastary Landing.  Very early in the mornings at certain times of year you can experience the breathtaking beauty of the stillness, as the mist starts rising from its rest as a blanket on the river to provide a shawl across the branch's of the tall Karri trees.  It is a truly magic experience.


Swimmers at the Mouth of the inlet
Near 'Our Beach

Looking up Shelly Beach

Old Knoll in the Ancient Empire Walk
(Sometimes called the 'Magic Faraway Tree')

Valley of the Giants
Tree Top Walk

Walpole & Surrounds
We could write for hours on all the things you could do and see around Walpole, here are just some highlights:

  • Driving towards Walpole from Manjimup you'll see the turnoff to Mandalay Beach at Crystal Springs. The Beach was named after the ship Mandalay was wrecked off the coast in the late 1800's.

  • Out North Walpole road is Thurlby Herb Farm.  Learn more about the power of herb's as well known remedies.  There's a gift shop and restaurant.

  • Take a cruise with the WOW Wilderness team.  The Muir family will be happy to pick you up and drop you off from the houseboat during your stay. 

  • There are plenty of walk trails in and around Walpole.  Walpole lies on the Bibbulmun track and there are camping huts within a few hours walking in any direction.  Mt. Clare, Mt. Frankland, Nuyts Wilderness,

  • Circular Pool and a Walk through a giant Tingle forest are not to be missed.  The turn off is opposite the Knolls Drive turnoff just outside Walpole on the way to Nornalup.

  • The Knolls Drive will show you some beautiful views of the inlet.  There are great places to stop for a picnic, or walk down to the water's edge for a spot of fishing or bird watching.

  • Continuing on the drive out of Walpole, you shouldn't miss the Valley of the Giants Tree Top and Ancient Empire Walks.  They are a 15 minute drive from Walpole.

For much more information visit the Walpole Visitor Centre Website at


Tingle Tree Walk near Circular Pool

PO Box 112, Walpole  WA  6398  Tel: (08) 9840 1310
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