No visit to Albany could ever be complete without some hours spent
in the Torndirrup National Park gazing in awe at the Natural Bridge,
The Gap, the Blowholes, the Gorge, and Newles Inlet and visiting Whale
World. Torndirrup National Park is renowned for its rugged granite
coastal features, part of a coastline that was once connected to
Antarctica when Australia was part of the supercontinent Gondawana.
There are many walking paths to the various natural features within
the National Park which, in the main, are easy, relatively short walks.
Be aware that this coastline has a notorious record for accidents due
to people slipping and being washed into the ocean by unexpected freak
waves or large swells, so take care and avoid going too close to the
edge of cliffs.
For a panoramic view of the coastline, the 500 metre fairly level
circular walk on Stony Hill offers 360 degree views of Albany, Princess
Royal Harbour and King George Sound, as well as Torndirrup National
Park, Peak Head and the Great Southern Ocean facing directly south.
An impressive rugged gush in the rock carved by the waves of the
Great Southern Ocean crashing against the granite coastline forming a
spectacular sheer drop of almost twenty five metres. The viewing
platform is a short distance from the carpark along a winding paved
track. It can get quite blowy here, so be sure to take along a jacket
for protection against the wind.
Jimmy Newell's Harbour
Nearby is Jimmy Newell's Harbour, a quiet little inlet. There are
conflicting reports as to who Jimmy Newell way. Some say he was a local
fisherman who, caught by a sudden storm, was driven into the harbour
where he found protection and safety; others say he was a limeburner
who worked in the area.
The lookout provides a breathtaking view of the harbour and great
southern ocean. The turquoise waters are a stunning contrast to the
green heathland and boulders surrounding the harbour.
The Blowholes are crevasses in the granite stretching down to sea
level far below. With each wave the 'holes' blow air and water up the
channel and out the top creating a burst of spray and a loud droning
whoosh! The blowholes are quite a distance from the carpark and there
is no guarantee they will be blowing. Usually they do a lot of huffing
and puffing, and little else, but it is an enjoyable walk with plenty
of constal scenery to look at. If you visit while there are whales
about (June to October), you may well see their blowholes in action
A short walk from The Gap, the Natural Bridge is a granite formation
caused by the gradual wearing away of the rock by the Great Southern
Ocean. Over time, the ocean has carved a giant granite bridge into the