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Coastline Albany Australia
Albany WA
Albany South West Western Australia
Coastline Albany Western Australia
Coastline Albany Western Australia

Coastline Albany Western Australia Australia

The coastline surrounding Albany is some of the most raw and dramatic settings in Western Australia, and indeed the world. Rugged coastal cliffs and rocks, sandy white beaches and thick forest comprise much of the coastline vistas.

Torndirrup National Park

The Torndirrup National Park, named after a local Aboriginal people, is 10km from Albany and comprises 3906ha of land called the Torndirrup Peninsula in the southern section of King George Sound. Here, heath lands exposed to winds off the Southern Ocean are visibly windswept and merge with tall, steep sand dunes that meet the cool, clear waters of the Southern Ocean. Torndirrup National Park contains massive granite outcrops and unusual rock formations, the most famous being the Gap, the Natural Bridge and the Blowholes.

The power of the Southern Ocean swells that pound against the coastline can be seen at the Gap, a massive, sheer granite chasm. When a high swell is running, the rumble of the ocean as it pounds through, high up into the Gap is an awesome experience. The Blowholes are created by a series of fissures in the granite rock. Huge spurts of cold ocean water are jettisoned when the swell is pushed up through the fissures in the rock.

The massive Natural Bridge is another truly amazing panorama of the southern portion of the coast of Australias South West. Take care in all locations, all notices must be observed and common sense applied.

Best times to visit Torndirrup National Park are spring through autumn; winter can bring massive ocean swells that make the coastal rock attractions dramatic viewing.

The eucalypt woodland, patches of karri and coastal heath provide homes for amazing creatures, such as gypsy-possums, honeyeaters, kangaroos and a variety of snakes. Torndirrup National Park is also home to the dibbler, a small Australian marsupial thought to be extinct for over 83 years. Bird watching is also very popular. The highest point in the park is Stony Hill, which offers northern views over Princess Royal Harbour and Albany town, and also over Stirling Range National Park and the Porongurups.

On the other side of King George Sound, 20km from Albany is an area of land dedicated to the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. This Nature Reserve is home to the noisy scrub bird, a small brown bird with a very loud voice! It was thought to be extinct but rediscovered in 1961 and bred to healthy numbers along the southern coast of Albany. The scenery here is amazing and you can visit year-round with some parts sectioned off to protect the breeding grounds of the noisy scrub bird at various times of the year. There is easy access to the beaches for safe swimming and the coastline can be explored by boat. A variety of vegetation and natural features characterise this place that provides a vital home to many delicate and diverse species of flora and fauna.