National Parks

on the South Coast of Western Australia
National Parks of the South Coast of Western Australia

The Rainbow Coast is blessed with an abundance of National Parks. Ancient coastline and ancient forests, endless stretches of white sandy beaches, wilderness peaks and one of the most pristine places on earth.

William Bay National Park, Denmark, WA

One of the top six areas of in the world for terrestrial biodiversity, and one of the top ten for marine biodiversity. The National Parks of the Coast care for this uniqueness by protecting the habitat of the plants and animals.

Click here for a Map of the South Coast National Parks, or scroll down for National Park videos.

Tread lightly, breathe deeply & explore the National Parks...

William Bay National Park, Denmark, WA

William Bay National Park

Fifteen kilometres west of Denmark, William Bay National Park covers almost two thousand hectares and has some of the most spectacular coastline including Greens Pool, Elephant Rocks, Elephant Cove, Tower Hill, Waterfall Beach, Mazzoletti Beach. Wow!

William Bay National Park, Denmark, WA
William Bay National Park William Bay National Park
Visit Greens Pool, Elephant Rocks, Mazzoletti Beach, Tower Hill, Madfish Bay and Waterfall Beach! Visit William Bay National Park
William Bay National Park Map William Bay National Park Map
Map of William Bay National Park including Greens Pool & Elephant Cove Visit William Bay National Park Map

West Cape Howe National Park

West Cape Howe National Park
West Cape Howe National Park contains the most southern point in Western Australia, Torbay Head. Almost completely covered in heathland and forest and bearing the force of the Great Southern Ocean, this National Park is worth the visit.

William Bay National Park, Denmark, WA
West Cape Howe National Park West Cape Howe National Park
Containing the southernmost point of Western Australia this national park is astounding. Visit West Cape Howe National Park
West Cape Howe National Park Map West Cape Howe National Park Map
West Cape Howe Map of Attractions and Places to Visit Visit West Cape Howe National Park Map

Two Peoples Bay National Park

Two People's Bay Nature Reserve is a very welcoming place with much to see and explore. The visitors centre is well-kept and informative with a wonderful little gift shop packed with information on the area. Picnic tables and toilets are located a short walk from the car park. There is also access to the walking trails from here.

Two Peoples Bay National Park, Albany Region, Albany Australia
Two Peoples Bay NP Two Peoples Bay NP
Located approximately 25 kilometres north-east of Albany. Rediscovery of the presumed extinct noisy scrub-bird. Visit Two Peoples Bay NP
Two Peoples Bay NP Map Two Peoples Bay NP Map
Map of the attractions when visiting Two Peoples Bay NP. Visit Two Peoples Bay NP Map

Torndirrup National Park

Torndirrup National Park covers almost four thousand hectares and is home to the famous 'Gap' and 'Natural Bridge' rock formations (below) which have formed over thousands of years. These granite outcroppings have been slowly worn away by the Great Southern Ocean.

Torndirrup National Park, Albany Region, Albany Australia
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
Torndirrup National Park Map Torndirrup National Park Map
Map of the attractions of Torndirrup National Park and Surrounds. Visit Torndirrup National Park Map

Gull Rock National Park

Home to the Mount Martin Botanic Park, take a walk through the bushland to the peak of Mount Martin (152mtr) and get an incredible view of Middlteon Beach, Emu Point and Mount Adelaide in Albany City.

Gull Rock National Park Gull Rock National Park
25k east of Albany, Gull Rock National Park is a reserve for many endangered animals, trees and birds. Visit Gull Rock National Park
Gull Rock National Park Map Gull Rock National Park Map
Map of attractions when visiting Gull Rock National Park Visit Gull Rock National Park Map

Walpole-Nornalup National Park

The Walpole - Nornalup National Park is expansive, covering over twenty thousand hectares of the Walpole Wilderness Area. The little town of Walpole sits nestled in the centre on the northern side of the Walpole Inlet in the heart of the National Park.

Mount Frankland National Park, Walpole, WA
Walpole-Nornalup National Park Walpole-Nornalup National Park
Expansive covering over twenty thousand hectares of the Walpole Wilderness Area. Visit Walpole-Nornalup National Park
Walpole-Nornalup National Park Map Walpole-Nornalup National Park Map
Map of the Walpole-Nornalup National Park Visit Walpole-Nornalup National Park Map

Mount Frankland National Park

Mount Frankland is spectacular. The hike is unique. Starting at the feet of massive karri trees you wind up and through towards the top of the towering canopy. It is a short, yet relatively steep, well paved path onto Mt Frankland. This path will take you half way to the summit.

Mount Frankland National Park, Walpole, WA
Mount Frankland Mount Frankland
Starting in the karri trees you wind up and through towards the summit of Mt Frankland way above the tree top canopy. Visit Mount Frankland
Mount Frankland National Park Map Mount Frankland National Park Map
Mount Frankland National Park Map including Rockwood Trail and Fernhook Falls Visit Mount Frankland National Park Map

National Park Videos

Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk & The Ancient Empires Walk

at the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre, the coast's most famous trees...

Ancient Empires Walk Ancient Empires Walk
The Ancient Empires Walk takes you through the forest at the base of the Giant Tingle Trees at the Treetop Walk. Visit Ancient Empires Walk
Valley of the Giants Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Treetop Walk is the most visited place on the Rainbow Coast. Visit Valley of the Giants
Valley of the Giants Map Valley of the Giants Map
Map to the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk and the Ancient Empires Walk & Wilderness Discovery Centre Visit Valley of the Giants Map

Official National Park Information:

Our National Parks are our lifeline. Diversity requires protection and conservation. When visiting the National Parks you will find opportunities to give back to the land and support it's caretakers. Please give generously, remember you are contributing to the support of an internationally recognised area of bio diversity in Australia.*

The Department of Parks and Wildlife are the stewards of these lands. All official information can be found here: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au

William Bay National Park, Denmark, WA

Our Joint Responsibility:

  • Dieback is not to be ignored. Be responsible. This fungal disease is deadly to many of our beloved native trees. Learn about what you can do to protect the forests.
  • King Waves / Swells Do not underestimate the power of the Great Southern Ocean. These waves frequently buffet this coastline and can be extremely dangerous. Always watch the Water.

Additional resources for visiting the south coast:

Rainbows Rainbows
The coast is perfectly placed to see Rainbows! And perfectly named. Green trees, mountains, forests beaches, and winter rainbows. Visit Rainbows
Seasons of the Coast Seasons of the Coast
You will find a Seasons Calendar with Wildflower and a Whales to help you plan your visit to the South Coast - The Rainbow Coast! Visit Seasons of the Coast
South Coast Beaches Map South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Beaches from west of Walpole to East of Albany all on one map! Visit South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Weather South Coast Weather
The climate of the Rainbow Coast is considered to be "the best in the world," according to those who live here. Visit South Coast Weather

Rainbow Coast Regions:

Albany Region Albany Region
The Albany Region of Western Australia is a land of mountains and waterways. An amazing region to explore. Visit Albany Region
Denmark Region Denmark Region
The Denmark Region is gorgeous. Trees, hills, beaches, rocks, wildlife around the river and the inlet. Visit Denmark Region
Walpole Region Walpole Region
Walpole is the western end of the Rainbow Coast and is surrounded by National Park and forested wilderness. Visit Walpole Region

Main Attractions on the Coast:

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
Ancient Empires Walk Ancient Empires Walk
The Ancient Empires Walk takes you through the forest at the base of the Giant Tingle Trees at the Treetop Walk. Visit Ancient Empires Walk
Bibbulmun Track Bibbulmun Track
The Bibbulmun Track stretches from Kalamunda in the Perth hills to Albany, through many locations in the heart of the Rainbow Coast. Visit Bibbulmun Track
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
Denmark Wineries Denmark Wineries
Denmark Wineries and Vineyards to visit while on holiday along the Rainbow Coast. Wineries with restaurants, music, cellar doors and more! Visit Denmark Wineries
Elephant Rocks Elephant Rocks
Giant rocks shaped like elephants stand together facing into the waves of the Great Southern Ocean Visit Elephant Rocks
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
Giant Tingle Tree Giant Tingle Tree
This Giant Tingle Tree is special because it the oldest living eucalypt in the world. It is an 800 metre walk from the car park to the Giant Tingle and back. Visit Giant Tingle Tree
Greens Pool Greens Pool
Almost completely sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean, Greens Pool is a paradise. Visit Greens Pool
Lights Beach Lights Beach
Inspiring lookout and beach offering spectacular views of William Bay from the east. A favourite local beach. Visit Lights Beach
Little Beach Little Beach
This gorgeous beach is approximately 25 kilometres north east of Albany in Two Peoples Bay National Park. Visit Little Beach
Mandalay Beach Mandalay Beach
Spectacular views to Chatham Island, gorgeous white sandy beach it is a must-see... sometimes the shipwreck is visible too. Visit Mandalay Beach
Middleton Beach Middleton Beach
The most popular beach in Albany. Swim or relax under the trees. Cafes and amenities. Visit Middleton Beach
Monkey Rock Monkey Rock
Spectacular elevated views over William Bay Nat. Park, Ratcliffe Bay, Ocean Beach and the Nullaki Peninsula. Visit Monkey Rock
Mount Frankland Mount Frankland
Starting in the karri trees you wind up and through towards the summit of Mt Frankland way above the tree top canopy. Visit Mount Frankland
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
Ocean Beach Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach is set between the Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean, and is the closest beach to Denmark Town. A popular surfing spot and lookout.. Visit Ocean Beach
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
Rainbows Rainbows
The coast is perfectly placed to see Rainbows! And perfectly named. Green trees, mountains, forests beaches, and winter rainbows. Visit Rainbows
Shelley Beach Shelley Beach
Turquoise waters, verdant surrounds and ocean breeze make this beach a popular yet remote destination. Visit Shelley Beach
South Coast Beaches Map South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Beaches from west of Walpole to East of Albany all on one map! Visit South Coast Beaches Map
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
Two Peoples Bay NP Two Peoples Bay NP
Located approximately 25 kilometres north-east of Albany. Rediscovery of the presumed extinct noisy scrub-bird. Visit Two Peoples Bay NP
Valley of the Giants Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Treetop Walk is the most visited place on the Rainbow Coast. Visit Valley of the Giants
West Cape Howe National Park West Cape Howe National Park
Containing the southernmost point of Western Australia this national park is astounding. Visit West Cape Howe National Park