THE GAP & TORNDIRRUP ALBANY WA

visit Albany on the Southcoast of Western Australia

IMAGE: ALBANY AERIAL IMAGING

Torndirrup Self Tour.


Next ... take the Frenchmans Bay Road west to Torndirrup National Park
Start the day with a Village Breakfast at the Vancouver Street Cafe.
,stopping at some of the following attractions: the Windfarm, The Gap & Natural Bridge (a must), The Blow-Holes, The Salmon Holes, Jimmy Newells Harbour and Stony Hill.
The Discovery Bay Tourism Experience at Frenchmans Bay is a day out in itself, visit there to see the old whaling station,
wildflower plantings & native animals. You could choose to incorporate a swim at a local pristine beach on the way home.
For swimming, we recommend Frenchmans Bay, Goode Beach or Fisheries
Beachon the Vancouver peninsula.
We have included notes about the Bald Head walking trail,
however
this is a full day expedition for very fit & experienced walkers only.
Click the map markers at the bottom of the page to view location details.

Visit the Gap with the Locals!
Take a tour with the Busy Blue Bus. Journey through the native bushland of Torndirrup National Park, to the iconic Gap and Natural Bridge. Feel the exhilarating force of the Southern Ocean. Take in the view from the Albany Wind Farm and across Princess Royal Harbour. Finish the tour with refreshments.

Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
The Gap
Visit the Gap, Albany's premier attraction. Walk to the edge of the abyss and look down to the ocean below (from behind the safety barriers!). A great place to visit in fine day and more dramatic in stormy weather.

Image courtesy: Albany Aerial Imaging

See map below for directions.
The Natural Bridge
This attraction can be seen when visiting The Gap.

Visit the Gap, Albany's premier attraction. Walk to the edge of the abyss and look down to the ocean below (from behind the safety barriers!). A great place to visit in fine day and more dramatic in stormy weather.

Travel 15 minutes along Frenchmans Bay Rd. from town area. Turn off at sign for The Gap.

See map below for directions.
Vancouver Street Cafe
Breakfast / Coffee / Lunch

This cafe has a full breakfast menu including home baked muffins & great coffee.

65 Vancouver Street, Albany WA

PH 9841 2475
The Windfarm
The windmills at the wind farm are astonishingly high and worth the 20 minute drive to view. In and around the wind farm is a stunning coastal walk overlooking the Southern ocean. Suitable for all ages and relatively easy walking. Take 10 minutes or 2 hours. Take warm clothes as the wind can be cold coming off the Southern Ocean.

See map below for directions.
The Windfarm Boardwalk
The windmills at the wind farm are astonishingly high and worth the 20 minute drive to view. In and around the wind farm is a stunning coastal walk overlooking the Southern ocean. Suitable for all ages and relatively easy walking. Take 10 minutes or 2 hours. Take warm clothes as the wind can be cold coming off the Southern Ocean.

See map below for directions.
The Salmon Holes
A popular fishing spot. Take great care on the rocks when fishing as folks have been swept into the sea on many occasions, sometimes fatally. Beautiful for a dip in the ocean on a calm day, but once again, take care.

See map below for directions.
Sandpatch
The sandpatch surf spot may be viewed from the windfarm walking path. Sandpatch surf spot is difficult to access (300 steps down to the beach) and not for the faint hearted. Surf can be quite large as it receives deep ocean swells onto the sandbank. Best for experienced surfers only.

See map below for directions.
Jimmy Newells Harbour
This attraction is just a short walk from the carpark to the viewing platform. The view is breathtaking, the colour of the water stunning and vista a must for photographers. Best 15 minutes you spend.

See map below for directions.
Stony Hill
Turn off Frenchmans Bay road at the sign to Stony Hill. It is a delightful 5km fairly level circular walk which offers spectacular 360 degree views of Torndirrup National Park. There are great views of Peak Head and the Southern Ocean. Wildflowers during August - October.
Discovery Bay Tourism Experience
It is home to Albany's Historic Whaling Station - Australia's last whaling station, a stunning Wildflower Botanic Garden of West Australian plants and a display offering visitors a close up experience with friendly Australian wildlife.

See map below for directions.
Frenchmans Bay
The corner at Frenchmans Bay offers a grassed picnic area beneath peppermint trees with views back towards the Town. A historic relic of a Norwiegan whaling station languishes at the waters edge.

See map below for directions.
Bald Head Walk Trail
This trail is at the far end of the Torndirrup National Park. It is a 6-8 hour hard-core walk. Stunning breathtaking views all the way. Do not attempt to return via the beach, its dangerous. Take water, food, sun protection, warmth. The weather can change suddenly.

GPS: -35.0988, 117.967

See map below for directions.
Fisheries Beach
From Frenchmans bay Rd, take Quaranup Rd left out along Vancouver Peninsular past a hairpin bend, past Mistaken Island sign, next right turn to car park. Take bush path to a magnificent swimming beach. North or south for a unique swimming experience in turquoise waters with huge granite boulders. Nudist swimming at the north end of the beach. Fish from beach or rocks. Or take the walking path from the carpark along a bush track north to the end of the peninsula to overlook the Ataturk channel.
Goode Beach
A sparkling clean wide beach for swimming. Park in the carpark (facilities available) walk onto the beach - easy access. This is a great place to stop for a swim on the way home.

See map below for directions.
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Visit the Gap and Natural Bridge on the south coast of Western Australia in albany WA.

Albany's new viewing platform at the Gap stands 40 metres above deep surging seas. As you approach the Gap on the pathway from the carpark you will take in a breathtaking view of the natural bridge which spans the ocean in granite. Views of the Southern Ocean, whales (from August - October). The Gap is a great place to visit on a calm and blue day and more dramatic when the wind is blowing and the swell is high.

While you are here in Albany, there are many more attractions to visit.

If you expect to find yourself exhausted after a day of visiting attractions all around Albany and require some accommodation, we have some suggestions that you might find helpful. Click on the provided link or call us on 0401 086 862 for any questions.