Torndirrup National Park

Two Peoples Bay Heritage Trail

Torndirrup National Parks is definitely one of the most impressive and diverse national parks along the Rainbow Coast. From towering granite cliffs to white sandy beaches, amazing views and wonderful walks, Torndirrup National Park should be on your list while visiting the Rainbow Coast and Albany Australia. The Torndirrup Peninsula is known as Torgadirrup to the local Aboriginal community who are the traditional custodians of this country.

Torndirrup National Park Map Torndirrup National Park Map
Map of the attractions of Torndirrup National Park and Surrounds. Visit Torndirrup National Park Map
Torndirrup National Park Torndirrup National Park
Including The Gap, Natural Bridge, The Blowholes, Jimmy Newells Harbour, Stony Hill, Cable Beach & Stony Hill. Visit Torndirrup National Park
Frenchman Bay Frenchman Bay
Located on the southern side of the King George Sound this is a beautiful setting with picnic area and barbecues and a boat launch. Ideal for relaxing, eating, and having quiet day out. Visit Frenchman Bay
Jimmy Newells Harbour Jimmy Newells Harbour
Jimmy Newells Lookout provides a breathtaking view of the harbour and great southern ocean. Visit Jimmy Newells Harbour

The National Park

Situated on the Torndirrup peninsula which shelters Albany from the Great Southern Ocean, Torndirrup National Park has some of the Rainbow Coast's most extraordinary natural features. The north side of the peninsula is the Princess Royal Harbour and to the east the King George Sound. The south side takes the full force of the Southern Ocean.

Torndirrup National Park covers almost four thousand hectares and is home to the famous 'The Gap' and 'Natural Bridge' rock formations (below) as well as The Blowholes which have formed over thousands of years.

These granite outcroppings have been slowly worn away by the Great Southern Ocean since it broke away from Antarctica when Australia was part of the supercontinent Gondwana. The rocks along this coastline are OLD, many of which were formed up to 1800 million years ago.

Access Torndirrup National Park south of Albany along Frenchmans Bay Road. Along the way stop at the Albany Wind Farm which is on the peninsula but just north of the National Park. View the Torndirrup National Park Map to see the locations of the many attractions the park has to offer.

The Torndirrup Peninsula

From atop Stony Hill you can see most of the Torndirrup Peninsula as well as West Cape Howe, the southern-most point of WA, and the western-most point of the Great Australian Bight, across the bay.

Stony Hill, Torndirrup National Park Panorama Stony Hill, Torndirrup National Park Panorama

Cable Beach and the giant boulder placed by the sea, from the top of the stairs to the beach.

Seasonal Changes

The peninsula is known also for it's flora, fauna and ocean life. Incredible wildflowers can be viewed throughout the national park. Torndirrup's flowers are open between October and January.

Whale watching is popular between May and October from the lookouts along the peninsula including the Albany Wind Farm Lookout, Frenchman Bay and Salmon Holes.  Look for the spray, bring your binoculars.

Stony Hill, Torndirrup National Park Panorama

Other locations in the park:

Wherever you go in the National Park you will find natural, rugged beauty and incredible vistas.

Around the Swamp at Two Peoples Bay Heritage Trail

Frenchman Bay, technically not part of the National Park, is at the end of the peninsula.

Around the Swamp at Two Peoples Bay Heritage Trail

Salmon Holes is a very popular fishing beach on the Torndirrup.

The Gap, Torndirrup National Park, Albany

Towns Near Torndirrup NP

Albany is the nearest town located 15km to the north of Torndirrup via Frenchman Bay Road.  The drive takes you around the western edge of Princess Royal Harbour and along the tree-lined peninsula towards all of the natural attractions of Torndirrup National Park. It is a beautiful and easy drive from Albany.

Two Peoples Bay

Natural Bridge formation is located at The Gap, and a sealed walkway will take you directly to the Bridge.

Two Peoples Bay

Sheltered on one side, looking back towards Albany and the Stirling Ranges far to the north.

Torndirrup National Park Attractions & Information:

Torndirrup National Park Torndirrup National Park
Including The Gap, Natural Bridge, The Blowholes, Jimmy Newells Harbour, Stony Hill, Cable Beach & Stony Hill. Visit Torndirrup National Park
The Gap The Gap
An impressive rugged granite channel carved by the waves of the Great Southern Ocean crashing against the granite coastline forming a spectacular sheer drop of almost twenty five metres. Visit The Gap
Natural Bridge Natural Bridge
The Natural Bridge is a granite formation caused by the gradual wearing away of the rock by the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Natural Bridge
Albany Wind Farm Albany Wind Farm
Beautiful and productive green energy from the wind of the Torndirrup, just outside Albany City towards Frenchman Bay. Visit Albany Wind Farm
Cable Beach Cable Beach
In the middle of the beach is a giant boulder which was lifted by the sea and placed onto the beach by the force of the waves. Visit Cable Beach
Former HMS Perth Dive Wreck Former HMS Perth Dive Wreck
The Location of the Former HMS Perth Dive Wreck for scuba divers. Visit Former HMS Perth Dive Wreck
Frenchman Bay Frenchman Bay
Located on the southern side of the King George Sound this is a beautiful setting with picnic area and barbecues and a boat launch. Ideal for relaxing, eating, and having quiet day out. Visit Frenchman Bay
Jimmy Newells Harbour Jimmy Newells Harbour
Jimmy Newells Lookout provides a breathtaking view of the harbour and great southern ocean. Visit Jimmy Newells Harbour
Salmon Holes Salmon Holes
Salmon Holes in Torndirrup NP offers incredible views from the lookout or descend to the white beach. Popular beach and rock fishing location. Visit Salmon Holes
Stony Hill Stony Hill
Stony Hill has a delightful 500mtr fairly level circular walk which offers spectacular 360 degree views. Visit Stony Hill
The Blowholes The Blowholes
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. Visit The Blowholes

Attractions in Albany and surrounds:

Brig Amity Replica Brig Amity Replica
Experience the first settlers arrival in Albany, the first settlement in Western Australia, from onboard a replica of the Amity. Visit Brig Amity Replica
Mount Clarence Mount Clarence
Visit the ANZAC Desert Corps Memorial and view the coast from Padre White Lookout or Apex Lookout at the summit. Visit Mount Clarence
Emu Point Emu Point
The northern end of Middleton Beach, on the shores of Oyster Harbour at the channel to King George Sound. Visit Emu Point
Middleton Beach Middleton Beach
The most popular beach in Albany. Swim or relax under the trees. Cafes and amenities. Visit Middleton Beach
City of Albany City of Albany
Located between the hills of Mount Melville and Mount Clarence, the Nestled along the Princess Royal Harbour & King George Sound. Visit City of Albany
Albany Farmers Market Albany Farmers Market
Saturday mornings. Fresh fruit and veggies from local growers. Organic produce available. Visit Albany Farmers Market
Albany Heritage Park Albany Heritage Park
The heritage park consists of the parklands and monuments of Mount Clarence and Mount Adelaide including the National ANZAC Centre. Visit Albany Heritage Park
Albany Pier (Cruises & Whale Watching) Albany Pier (Cruises & Whale Watching)
Albany Pier for embarking on a whale watching tour. Visit Albany Pier (Cruises & Whale Watching)
Albany Wind Farm Albany Wind Farm
Beautiful and productive green energy from the wind of the Torndirrup, just outside Albany City towards Frenchman Bay. Visit Albany Wind Farm
ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial
ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial sits atop Mount Clarence. Visit ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial
Ellen Cove Ellen Cove
Ellen Cove, Ellen Cove Boardwalk and Ellen Cove Pier are at the far southern end of Middleton Beach, Albany. Visit Ellen Cove
Frenchman Bay Frenchman Bay
Located on the southern side of the King George Sound this is a beautiful setting with picnic area and barbecues and a boat launch. Ideal for relaxing, eating, and having quiet day out. Visit Frenchman Bay
Oyster Harbour Oyster Harbour
Oyster Harbour, on the north eastern side of Albany flows into the King George Sound past Emu Point. Visit Oyster Harbour
Princess Royal Fortress Princess Royal Fortress
One of the best outdoor military museums in Australia. The Fortress is within the Albany Heritage Park, atop Mount Adelaide. Visit Princess Royal Fortress
WA Museum Albany WA Museum Albany
The Western Australian Museum Albany has exhibitions and information on the natural and social history of the region. Visit WA Museum Albany

Accommodation in Albany?

THE TORNDIRRUP PENINSULA CAN BE DANGEROUS: The ocean is unpredictable, sending surges even at calm times. BE AWARE when close to the water. Lives have been lost along the Torndirrup Peninsula. Read the information on SURGES and read and obey all signs while visiting the park.

A visit to the Torndirrup peninsula is an ideal day trip from Albany, Australia.