This is one of four sawpits which were discovered near Rest Point. Believed to date back to the 1860s it is evidence
of some of the earliest European settlement in the
Nearby is Sandy Beach where I went for a swim after taking the forest walk around the West Knoll in the background.
In and around
A hilly peninsular between the Walpole and Nornalup inlets, the Knoll has a pleasant short drive.
Here we are looking across the Walpole Inlet to the small township.
To reach The Knoll we pass
At left, forest alongside the vehicle access track into Sandy Beach.
Short forest drives around
Looking across to the Ocean from the Hilltop Lookout
Hilltop Drive through Tingle trees to the
A map of the Walpole Inlet and showing the Hilltop and Drive and Circular Pool.
The majesty of a Karri Tree
There are three types; Red Tingle, Yellow Tingle and Rates Tingle. They only grow in a restricted area around
Red Tingle trees have very large trunks and can be up to twenty metres in circumference and can grow to 75 metres in height. They are named after their distinctive red wood. Red Tingle trees can grow for over 400 years. They require a minimum annual rainfall of 1,200 millimetres.
Tingle trees grow to around 35 metres height. The name is from the straight grained, dense and durable yellow timber.
Rates Tingle trees can grow to sixty metres. The species is named after John Rate who was a district forester from Walpole. He discovered a third species of tingle tree, which was named after him. He was killed in the forest by a falling karri limb in 1969. A lookout five kilometres west of Walpole on the South West Highway is dedicated to John Rates. The lookout offers superb views of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park.
See details of the drives and picnic areas in the Walpole Nornalup National Park
A little way inland from Walpole, Mount Frankland is another of the fire lookouts. On the way in the road crosses the Deep River
The 360º views from the top included inland and towards the coast with a directional dial pointing out all the features. From the top there are vistas in all directions, with a directional sign.
The fire look out man was around our age, and I commented how fit he must be doing the climb every day – he replied, no, you just get used to the pain.
We took the walk trail around the granite mount and up to the top. This colourful rock is quite a climb. The main climb involves a section of ladder.
Best to take the slower way up which circumnavigates the rock before the steep climb, then return all the way down the steep track.