Panoramic Photograph of Salmon Holes, Albany, Western Australia

Salmon Holes is located in Torndirrup National Park along the northern end of Isthmus Bay. Salmon Holes beach is reached by descending a winding stairway from the lookout, just a short walk from the car park. In mid-summer the carpark can be very busy.

The stairs from the lookout take you straight to the white, sandy Salmon Holes beach.

Why Salmon Holes?

Salmon Holes is named after the salmon that come to rest in the bays and is an excellent fishing beach in season, and one of the best beach fishing locations along the coast. See below for information on Salmon and Fishing here.

Salmon Holes can be seen from the lookout, and is well worth the stop to see the gorgeous coast from this elevation. A great place to see the beach and watch the giant waves crash over the rocky headlands.

Salmon Holes, Torndirrup National Park

Usually protected from the winds, Salmon Holes is a beautiful ocean-side beach location perfect during the summer holidays in Albany.

Swimming?

Swimming at Salmon Holes is permitted but NOT RECOMMENDED.

Shelley Beach Facing East
Shelley Beach Facing East

CAUTION, the Great Southern Ocean coastline is prone to surges, so be extremely aware when climbing, driving or walking close to the waterline.

Paragliding over Shelley Beach, Albany

There are two sets of staircases, the Main staircase in the north (turn left from the car park) and one to the south (turn right at the car park).

Paragliding from Shelley Beach Lookout facing Albany Windfarm, West Cape Howe
Shelley Beach, sandy white beach

Seriously, be careful while at Salmon Holes. Read the signs!

Shelley Beach from the Lookout, West Cape Howe

Picturesque is one of the best words for Salmon Holes. The curving white, wide sandy beach. The shallow reef just offshore. Rocky outcroppings. Turquoise waters... it's gorgeous.

On the other side of the peninsula, the calm waters of Frenchman Bay offer a contrast to the large powerful waves at Salmon Holes. Both excellent choices for a day on the coast.

Salmon Fishing at Salmon Holes

Australian salmon are not related to the salmon family Salmonidae of the Northern Hemisphere but belong to the order Perciformes of perch-like fishes. Australian salmon were named so by early European settlers after their superficial resemblance to the salmoniform fishes. ~ Wikipedia

The limestone reef just offshore offer the salmon protection from sharks and other predators. The Arripis (Australian Salmon) prefer the cooler layers of water and the coastal currents just offshore are a perfect habitat.

Rock Fishers, come prepared. Rock Fishing at Salmon Holes is dangerous (lives have been lost) so tie off and take precautions. King waves can occur without notice and sweep you from the rocks.  Seriously.

Information on Fishing should be referred to the Department of Parks and Wildlife. State-wide regulations and restrctions apply. View the Recreational Fishing Guide for Western Australia for details.

West Cape Howe, Western Australia's Southern Most Point West Cape Howe, Western Australia's Southern Most PointWest Cape Howe, Western Australia's Southern Most Point West Cape Howe, Western Australia's Southern Most Point

The beach faces east and is shadowed in the late afternoon.

West Cape Howe, Western Australia's Southern Most Point
West Cape Howe, Western Australia's Southern Most Point
West Cape Howe, Western Australia's Southern Most Point

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 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 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

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