Torndirrup National Park
Torndirrup National Park near Albany fronts the wild Southern Ocean and protects breathtaking coastal scenery. The Gap is a chasm with a 24-metre drop to the sea, the Natural Bridge is a giant arch of water-eroded granite and the Blowholes are a series of rock ﬁssures through which geyser-like sprays of water are forced by large waves.
The park covers a wide range of vegetation, including low heath, banksia woodland, and karri and jarrah–marri forest. The rare Albany woollybush grows here, and spring wildﬂowers are abundant. Wildlife includes the western grey kangaroo, western pygmy-possum, southern brown bandicoot and the rare southern dibbler, found in the park in 1978. On the walking trails watch for the New Holland honeyeater, brush bronzewing and western rosella. Terns and albatross may be seen soaring out to sea; from July to October humpback and southern right whales are often sighted from the cliffs.
Short, easy walks lead to the Gap, Natural Bridge and Jimmy Newhills. Stony Hill Heritage Trail (500 metres return, 15 minutes, medium difﬁculty) leads to lookouts over the highest point in the park with magniﬁcent 360-degree views. Other walks include: the Blowholes (1.5 km return, 40 minutes, medium difﬁculty); Salmon Holes (300 metres; 20 minutes, easy) leading to a lookout with steep steps down to the beach; and Bald Head (10 km return, 6–8 hours, difﬁcult), traversing Isthmus Hill and Limestone Head. The Bibbulmun Track passes through the park. Other recreational activities include ﬁshing and rock-climbing. The coastline is dangerous, with unexpected freak waves and large swells, so take care near the water.
Location and access
10 km south of Albany via Frenchman Bay Rd
DEC Albany (08) 9842 4500
Albany (08) 9841 9290
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