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Tremendous Torndirrup National Park

  • April 4, 2017
  • By 50 Shades
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Tremendous Torndirrup National Park

There were tons of national parks to discover on our around Australia trip and I must admit that they were all different and offered amazing scenery. We spent a wonderful week in the Albany, the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia, exploring the town and surrounding areas. Tremendous Torndirrup National Park, located 15kms south of Albany on the Great Southern Ocean in South Western Australia, was an absolute treasure.

To scout out Torndirrup National Park you need an entire day to do it justice as it covers almost 4,000 hectares. The park is a rugged and spectacular peninsula made up of granite rock and boasts many natural attractions such as the famous Gap and Natural Bridge rock formations, as well as The Blowholes. The park’s wind-pruned coastal heathlands also puts on a colourful display of wildflowers in Spring – a delightful spectacle to experience.

Tremendous Torndirrup National Park

Granite Boulders on the Torndirrup Peninsula and views out to the Southern Ocean

You can drive into the park upon sealed roads and enjoy most of Torndirrup National Park’s dramatic coastal scenery, with car parking, pathways and viewing platforms available. Highlights including The Gap, Natural Bridge, Salmon Holes, Jimmy Newell’s Harbour and Salmon Holes, that can be seen from viewing platforms located short walking distances from car parking areas.

Tremendous Torndirrup National Park

Walkway to The Gap and Natural Bridge

The Gap

It’s amazing seeing Mother Nature doing her worst and the tremendous force of the ocean. The Gap is an impressive granite channel that has been carved by the waves of the Great Southern Ocean crashing against the granite coastline forming a spectacular sheer drop of almost 25 metres.

Tremendous Torndirrup National Park

The Gap

Natural Bridge

As is the Natural Bridge granite formation caused by the gradual wearing away of the rock by the Great Southern Ocean. There is a fence and viewing platform surrounding the bridge that I’m guessing keeps thrill seeking tourists off the top of the rock!

Tremendous Torndirrup National Park

Natural Bridge

Cave Point Lighthouse

Inactive since 1994 this 12m round cylindrical concrete lighthouse tower is located on the point in Torndirrup National Park. Although you’re not able to scale the tower, the views out to the Southern Ocean from the point below the lighthouse are spectacular. There is also an abundance of multi-coloured coastal vegetation surrounding the lighthouse that is absolutely stunning.

Lighthouse & Coastal vegetation of Torndirrup National Park

Lighthouse & Coastal vegetation of Torndirrup National Park

Cable Beach

Cable Beach is accessible by a staircase that descends from the carpark onto the rocky boulders which continue for at least twice as long as the stairs down onto the beach. The coastline here is magnificent with multi-coloured brush reaching right down to the sea, white sand and turquoise blue water.

The staircase down to Cable Beach

Jimmy Newell’s Harbour

This tranquil little bay is not far from The Gap and Natural Bridge. The lookout here provides a breathtaking view of the harbour and Great Southern Ocean. Turquoise waters in the bay contrast beautifully to the green heathlands and boulders surrounding the harbour.

Jimmy Newell’s Harbour

Salmon Holes

Salmon Holes, aptly named after the salmon that come to rest in the bays, is an excellent fishing beach in season. You can view this gorgeous beach from the lookout, watch the salmon fisherman and see giant waves crash over the rocky headlands.

Tremendous Torndirrup National Park

Fisherman angling for salmon at Salmon Holes

Misery Beach

Not the greatest name for a beach, but we stumbled across this very secluded beach that is north-facing and offers some shelter in most weather conditions. It was not at all miserable as you can see from the photo!

Torndirrup National Park

The not so miserable – Misery Beach

Torndirrup National Park Hikes

There are two reasonably challenging hikes in the Park that takes you completely off the beaten track over granite boulders, dense shrubbery and coastal heathland.

  • Peak Hike 4.3 km return walk to the peninsula’s southernmost peak can be reached via a rugged path that is steep in sections. Some rock scrambling is required to reach the summit.
The Peak, Torndirrup National Park

Stony Hill, Torndirrup National Park

  • Bald Head Hike is 12.5 kms return, a challenging walk, with outstanding views, that leads over Isthmus Hill to Flinders Peninsula and on to Limestone Head and Bald Head. Terrain is steep and difficult in sections.
Tremendouse Torndirrup National Park

Breathtaking Views out to Bald Head

Once you have spent your day exploring this magnificent peninsula you will want to head back for a well-earned rest. It is without a doubt one of the most ruggedly beautiful national parks I discovered on our travels. From every aspect and every angle there is a view to simply die for!

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By 50 Shades, April 4, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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50 Shades

Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!

6 Comments
  • budget jan
    April 14, 2017

    The bald hill view photograph really shows the beauty of the area. We’ve not even heard of it before. The Gap looks stunning and the water colour is gorgeous. It’s on our list for when we do the big lap.

    • Kathy
      April 14, 2017

      There is so much beauty in this area on the South West Coast of Western Australia. It was one of the many highlights of our trip around Australia. Definitely include it in your itinerary Jan. :)

  • Ruth
    April 15, 2017

    Love the many gorgeous places you visit! You got to see so many stunning beaches and coves. They all look great but the Jimmy Newell’s Harbour got my attention. #TPThursday

    • Kathy
      April 15, 2017

      Yes I’m very fortunate to have travelled to some spectacular locations throughout Australia. It really is a big beautiful country. :)

  • Agness of eTramping
    April 15, 2017

    The pictures are amazing! This national part is so stunning and it really makes me want to go there.

    • Kathy
      April 15, 2017

      I would highly recommend this region in South Western Australia. The countryside is amazing with some of the most stunning pristine beaches I’ve ever seen. :)

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