Location: Eclipse Island Rd, Torndirrup National Park
Distance: .25km loop
Trail Marker: Unmarked
Cost: $0, free entry
Date Hiked: 23rd May 2019
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I have passed the turnoff for Sharp Point many times since moving down here but have never ventured down to see what it is. A meeting at Camp Quaranup saw me heading out that way on this particular day so on my way back I decided to check it out, and boy I did not regret it.
The gravel road runs off Frenchman Bay Rd and the point is 4km down the track. The road was quite eroded in some parts, but most 2WD could accomplish with care.
There are lots of little hidden gems that run off Frenchman Bay Rd, up until now this one was not one I had considered, and really not one that is mentioned a lot but it's definitely worth adding it to your itinerary as it offers some amazing views of the coast and then back to the inland waters of Princess Royal Harbour, Vancouver Peninsula, King George Sound and then out to Gull National Park.
The trail itself is unmarked, but a very easy one to follow however I will upload it to the Trails WA website shortly to that the information is there for others who wish to visit.
The 4km drive in ends at a culdesac with parking available on the left. There is a paved path leading walkers to the start of the loop trail. A sign with 'motorbikes prohibited' is visible, with evidence there has been another trail marker above. The choice is to take the trail straight on on turn right, I chose to proceed straight ahead as I could already see some amazing views to the south-east which appeared to be The Gap, Cave Point Lighthouse & Natural Bridge, and you could see Peak Head a little further on in the distance.
A thin concrete trail ascends up to the point.
Pausing briefly to take in the views from this point, behind to the north-east I could see the inland waters of Princess Royal Harbour, Vancouver Peninsula, King George Sound and then out to Gull National Park. To the south-east it was those magical views out to The Gap and the coastline leading to. To the south, Green Island emerges into view as I walk across a fractured section of path, that has clearly had an attempt to be maintained with pieces of wood bolted down to prevent any more damage.
Not to be mistaken for the Green Island in Oyster Harbour, this Green Island sits just offshore and gives a stunning backdrop to this ancient coastline.
As the trail continues to ascend looping around and up, the point is marked with a nice wooden lookout, overlooking Green Island. An information panel talks about 'Powerful forces at work' and how the cliffs are built of shells.
Loop around to the south-west the trail continues on, and now the Albany Wind Farm with it's rugged coastline comes in to view. A fork in the trail is a shortcut through to the trail that continues on back to the carpark, but you can see another lookout ahead so a little bit pointless to provide this option if you ask me but each to their own.
I continue on to the second lookout which focuses on this section of amazing coastline as well as views out to Stony Island.
Nothing short of spectacular. The kind of coastline I could waste many hours looking at.
The last bit of the loop is quite straight forward. At the v, take the left hand trail and continue on to the carpark.
More awe inspiring views. I'll have to come back and visit Torndirrup National Park in Spring as a large array of floral species can be found within the park. Actually I'll have to visit it soon as the Whales have arrived and I wreckon it it a great vantage point to see them in action.
Soak up the last views out to The Gap again and then before you know it your loop is complete. It is a short trail, packed with breathtaking views. Totally worth a short diversion too.
Hopefully this post inspires you to visit and if so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the trail. Please feel free to tag us in your adventures.
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we walk, the traditional lands of the first nations people & wish to acknowledge them as traditional owners paying respects to their Elders, past & present, and Elders from other communities who may be here today.