William Bay National Park
This relatively small park between Walpole and Denmark on the state’s south coast, protects stunning forest and coastline dotted with windswept granite tors. The shoreline follows the curve of William Bay and is renowned for one of the most scenic swimming spots in the state, Greens Pool, where the calm waters are ideal for family swimming and snorkelling. A natural sea pool, Greens is sheltered from the waves of the Southern Ocean by a reef of granite rocks. Nearby is a walkway and viewing platform, which provides panoramic views of the coastline. Nearby is Elephant Rocks, so named because the massive rounded boulders in the cove resemble elephants wallowing in the shallows.
The coastal heathland behind the beaches, also studded with granite tors, is an undulating coastal environment favouring dense thickets of peppermint with pockets of karri forest. Wildﬂowers bloom at any time of the year, with peak ﬂowering in spring.
There are many good ﬁshing spots, with salmon, mulloway, herring and King George whiting among the catch; Madﬁsh Bay, about 2 kilometres east of Elephant Rocks, is very popular, as is Lights Beach, on the eastern extremity of the park, reached via a 4WD track off the South Coast Highway.
With around 10 kilometres of scenic beaches and headlands to explore, beachcombing and photography are two other activities to enjoy. Keen bushwalkers might like to walk a section of the Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia’s only long-distance walking trail, which passes through William Bay National Park on its way from Perth to Albany.
William Bay campsite on the Bibbulmun Track
Location and access
70 km west of Albany; 52 km east of Walpole; 15 km west of Denmark; via South Coast Hwy
DEC Walpole (08) 9840 0400
Denmark (08) 9848 2055
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