Point Possession Heritage Trail

Quaranup, Albany Region, Albany Australia
Possession Point Heritage Trail, Albany, Australia

The Point Possession Heritage trail in Albany, Western Australia is a three-and-a-half hour return loop walk out and around the end of Flinders Peninsula. This narrow peninsula has a beach on both sides, on on King George Sound and another one on Princess Royal Harbour.

A Pleasant Walk

Unlike several portions of the Bibbulmun Track, the Possession Point Heritage Trail is wide enough for several people to walk alongside each other.

The Heritage Trail takes you through the scrub and lightly forested areas along the peninsula and is probably one of the best places to view the diversity of the amazing Albany coastline.

Flinders Peninsula is particulary amazing as it overlooks both the King George Sound and barrier islands as well as the Princess Royal Harbour and Attaturk Channel.

The views north to Manypeaks and Two Peoples Bay are incredible.

Point Posession, Albany Region, Albany Australia Point Posession, Albany Region, Albany Australia
Possession Point Heritage Trail, Albany, Australia

Starting the Walk

Starting at Fishermans beach, the trail winds slowly above the beach, and into sleep forested areas, before turning into a boardwalk which rises you above the surrounding bushland and gives you a great elevated view of the coast.

The trail itself is a combination of sand, stairs and scree. Though you must take care on uneven areas, it is not a strenuous walk out onto the peninsula beach.

This location is fun for children, and also a popular place for walking dogs on a lead.

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The trail starts at Fishermans Beach.

Posession Point History

In 1791, George Vancouver landed in King George Sound. He is credited for naming the islands of Michaelmas, Seal and Breaksea as well as naming Point Posession.

His official proclamation was this.

"This port, the first which we had discovered, I honour with the name of King George the Third's Sound; and this day being the anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Augusta Matilda's birth, the harbour behind Point Possession I called Princess Royal Harbour; which with the sound formed Point posession into a peninsula, united to the main by a very narrow barren sandy beach."

~ A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World, by George Vancouver, 1798

Humpback Whale

The Peninsula today is very similar to how it would have been during Vancouver's landing.

Humpback Whale
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Amazing views of Albany

After cresting the rise from Fishermans Beach is when you'll get amazing sweeping views of King George Sound and see Flinders Peninsula stretching out towards Albany, safely protecting Princess Royal Harbour.

The walk continues along the hillside just below the summit until a rocky descent towards Camp Quaranup.

The slope down towards the beach at the start of the peninsula is rather steep and loose in places.

Be careful.

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Humpback Whale
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Point Posession, Albany Australia

Near Camp Quaranup

After descending the rise you will arrive at Camp Quaranup, which is not accessible to bushwalkers. Camp Quaranup is run by the Dept of Sport and Recreation and is a group accommodation facility for schools & corporates.  Find out more here.

The Trail at this point splits. Head east to the King George Sound side of the peninsula, and to the west towards the western beach on Princess Royal Sound, along a four-wheel-drive track.

Camp Quaranup, Possession Point Heritage Trail, Flinders Peninsula, Albany Australia
Point Posession, Albany Australia

Beach walking at its best

This is a popular area for boating, fishing, and the beach itself is a popular swimming beach for those who make it this far.

The turquoise waters on both sides of the bay are extraordinary. The leaves on the King George sound side are larger than those on the Princess Royal Harbor.

The King George sound side is a great location for watching whales and dolphins touring the meeting season. See our seasons of the south coast calendar for information on when the whales come to visit.

Flinders Peninsula, Albany Australia

The beach on the western side of Vancouver peninsula overlooks the King George sound.

The trail leads along the beach and continues around the summit at the tip of Vancouver Peninsula; which is named Point Possession!

From here you overlook the City of Albany and the Port over Ataturk Channel, the channel which divides the peninsula from the mainland, making Princess Royal Harbour a safe port.

At the Point, you can either walk back the way you came, or continue along the Princess Royal Harbour side of the peninsula, rejoining the trail at the ascent back to the car park.

Ataturk Channel, Albany Australia

Ataturk Channel and Point Possession from Mount Clarence in Albany

Magnificent Flinders Peninsula

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Torndirrup National Park Attractions:

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 HMAS Perth Dive Wreck Former HMAS Perth Dive Wreck
The Location of the Former HMAS Perth Dive Wreck for scuba divers. Visit Former HMAS Perth Dive Wreck
Frenchman Bay Frenchman Bay
Located on the southern side of King George Sound this beautiful setting has a grassy picnic area, BBQs and boat launch. Ideal beachfront location for a great 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 King George Sound this beautiful setting has a grassy picnic area, BBQs and boat launch. Ideal beachfront location for a great 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 Australia: