Torndirrup National Park
Torndirrup National Park is located near Albany, approximately 400kms from Perth. The park covers approximately 3906 hectares across the southern section of Princess Royal Harbour. The park, renown for its amazing coastal features, has almost a quarter of a million visitors a year making it one of Western Australia's busiest national parks.
The unusual coast line at Torndirrup National Park draws alot of attention. The Southern Ocean has carved a 'Natural Bridge' in the granite rocks which has consequently formed 'The Gap' where the waves flow with great force. There are also 'Blowholes' where a small crack in the rocks blows air and occasionally waterspray upwards.
There is a large collection of plant species at Torndirrup National Park including peppermint plants growing on the sand hills, a medium-sized Karri forest and the rare-flowering plant the Albany Woollybush. The Torndirrup National Park forms a habitat for native animals including short-nosed bandicoots, kangaroos and pygmy possums.
While camping is not permitted in the park, accommodation and supplies can be found at nearby Albany, Frenchman Bay and Little Grove. There are also picnic tables set up at 'The Gap.'
Rock climbing is a popular activity at the Torndirrup National Park providing you are experienced and have your own proper equipment. You must notify the ranger when you wish to partake in this activity. There are also a number of bush walking trails around the unique coastal landscape. However, the Torndirrup coastline is notorious for freak waves and extra large swells causing injury and even some fatalities so be aware when visiting the area. Misery Beach, Salmon Holes and Goode Beach are recommended for swimming. Fishing is also a popular pastime while in the area.