About this place
John Rate Lookout was named in honour of District Forester John Rate who in the early 1950’s discovered a third species of tingle tree, now known as the Rate’s tingle (E.brevistylis). He was killed in the forest by a falling karri limb.
This site provides a welcome break from travelling, whether on a long drive on South West Highway or a long walk on the Bibbulmun Track, and is an ideal spot to have a cuppa or a picnic break.
A short walk takes you to a timber boardwalk and platform lookout which provides a superb view over the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park and the Southern Ocean. A ‘must’ stop for breath taking photo opportunities.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of John Rate Lookout.
We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of Walpole-Nornalup National Park.