Walpole, Western Australia

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Western Australia
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Coordinates 34°59′S116°42′E / 34.98°S 116.7°E / -34.98; 116.7 Coordinates: 34°59′S116°42′E / 34.98°S 116.7°E / -34.98; 116.7
Population439 (2016 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 6398
LGA(s) Shire of Manjimup
State electorate(s) Warren-Blackwood
Federal Division(s) O'Connor

Walpole is a town in the south-western region of Western Australia, located approximately 430 kilometres (270 mi) south southeast of Perth and 66 kilometres (41 mi) west of Denmark.


Location and description

Walpole lies very close to the northern point of the 100-hectare (250-acre) Walpole Inlet, from which it takes its name.

The inlet in turn is named for the Walpole River, discovered in 1831 by Captain Thomas Bannister, and named by Governor Stirling for Captain W. Walpole, with whom he had served aboard HMS Warspite in 1808. [2]

The first European settlers to arrive in the area were Pierre Bellanger and his family in 1909. They travelled aboard the Grace Darling from Albany to take up 4,000 acres (16 km2) of land. [3]

Land in the Walpole area was reserved for a national park in 1910, and the area subsequently became a popular holiday destination. Major development began to occur in the 1930s as part of the land settlement scheme. The railway reached Nornalup in 1929, and the Walpole town site was gazetted in 1933.


Walpole was always the preferred name, but it was believed this was already in use in Tasmania. So the newly gazetted township was officially named Nornalup, but this caused confusion with the railway terminus 13 kilometres (8 mi) east. Eventually the Post Office advised that there was no Walpole in Tasmania, and in 1934 the town reverted to its original name of Walpole.

Walpole is one of the few towns through which the Bibbulmun Track passes.

The area is famous for the giant tingle and karri trees of old growth forest. Another attraction is the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park.

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  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Walpole (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  2. Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of country town names – W" . Retrieved 2 October 2008.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Albany - Australia's South West". 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.