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Torndirrup National Park and Bay Highlights

Torndirrup National Park and Bay Highlights

Explore the beauty of our rugged coast from Torndirrup National Park out to Frenchman Bay. Admire the giant wind turbines at the Albany Wind Farm, Be awed by the fierce ocean at The Gap and Natural Bridge, Step back into history at Mistaken Island (the old Quarantine Camp), Explore an intact whale processing factory and whale chasing ship at  Albany Whaling Station, Visit Australian Native Animals and Wildflowers at the Australian Wildlife Park and Regional Wildflower Garden, and admire the views of the Salmon Holes, Jimmy Newells Harbour and Stony Hill.

From AUD $135.00 per person

Departs: Thursdays

Duration: 6hrs approx.

Location: Ex Albany - Heading through Torndirrup National Park, Vancouver Peninsula out to Frenchman Bay.

Group Size: There is a minimum of 4 people required for this tour to run. Maximum 12 people per tour.

Pick-up / Drop-off Locations and Times:
Pick-up at 217 York St, Albany (outside Albany Visitors Centre) 9.00am
Drop-off at your hotel or 217 York St at approximately 3.00pm

Pricing:
Adult: $165pp (15 and over)
Child: $135pp (4-14 years)
Family: $550.00 (2A+2C)

Highlights of the Experience

Albany Wind Farm
Be amazed by 12 of the largest wind turbines in the southern hemisphere as we explore the Albany Wind Farm, which provides around 75 per cent of clean, green electricity for Albany. Standing in an elevated position approximately 80m above the Southern Ocean and in close proximity to the coastline makes this an exceptional wind farm site rewarding visitors with sweeping views across Torbay to West Cape Howe National Park and the city of Albany to the east as they stand beneath feeling dwarfed by the massive size of the turbines.

Mistaken Island
Enjoy a quick pitstop to Mistaken Island which was in fact the first Quarantine camp until the complaints about basic living conditions saw it moved. In 1971, the island was declared as a class 1A Nature Reserve with a total area of 12 hectares. The area adjacent to the island is used to cultivate mussels on long lines. There is evidence that shore-based bay whaling activities were conducted on the island in the 19th century.

Jimmy Newells Harbour
A trip along the coast is not complete without stopping at Jimmy Newell’s Harbour, a beautiful natural inlet in Torndirrup National Park. The harbour is a 500m deep cleft in the 150m high limestone capped-granite, with boulders dominating the more protected inner shoreline, with waves that average less than 1m high. The harbour is named after local fisherman Jimmy Newhill or Newell, an ex convict from NSW, who was caught in an unexpected storm and luckily driven to the shelter of the harbour.

Salmon Holes
Visit the famous Salmon Holes, a notorious fishing spot in Albany which sees fisherman from all over the world flock to in hope claiming bragging rights at catching Australian Salmon during their annual migration. This beach is a favourite for locals and tourists who enjoy the white sandy beach that sweeps around the small cove to the spectacular granite headland of Bald Head however this section of coast is also notorious for unpredictable king waves which make it quite a sight to witness.

Albany Whaling Station
Explore the worlds only complete whaling station and experience a fascinating insight into Albany's colourful past. We join a guided tour through the restored whale processing factory and hear stories of the men and women whose livelihoods depended on Australia's whaling industry of yesteryear. Explore the last whalechaser in Australia, or stand underneath the skeleton of the last sperm whale harpooned in Albany. There is no other whaling display in the world as accessible as this! It is not always a pleasant story, but we believe it is an important story to share.

Whalers Galley Cafe
Enjoy the view from the lovely alfresco dining deck as we sit back and relax for lunch at the Whalers Galley Cafe where you can choose from a selection of light lunches, cooked seafood, coffee and homemade cakes.

Australian Wildlife Park
Discover and meet the friendly native wildlife of the Australian Wildlife Park as we walk through the enclosures of this small park. Wombats, bandicoots and possums you may have heard of, but have you met a quoll, bettong, pademelon or woylie before? The park is also home to rare white kangaroos, flying foxes and Frank, the resident koala. Their friendly wildlife are waiting to meet you.

Regional Wildlife Garden
Wander along the wooden boardwalks of the Regional Wildlife Garden enjoying the natural beauty while you search for birds and frogs which have made happy homes there. Viewing stations along the way allow you to sit and take in the stunning coastline and offer perfect whale watching spots in the winter months. It is a nature photographer’s paradise featuring dozens of wildflower specimens, all endemic to the South West region of W.A.

Stony Hill
Enjoy an easy 500m loop walk which offers spectacular 360 degree views of Torndirrup National Park, Princess Royal Harbour, King George Sound and the town of Albany. Stony Hill is one of the highest points overlooking the sea, so it seemed fitting that it would become a Naval Observation Post and Signal Station. During WWI, the station consisted of a tent camp with a 70 foot flag pole which was used for communicating with ships and the Forts in Albany. All sea-going transport passed along the south coast of WA when travelling between the United Kingdom and the Eastern States of Australia so it was crucial to protect this small but strategically placed port, as landing in enemy hands would be disastrous.

The Gap & Natural Bridge
We finish off our tour at the popular rugged coastline of The Gap and Natural Bridge. The iconic viewing platform at The Gap allows visitors to stand 40 metres above the surging seas, allowing you to see first hand the true power of mother nature. Raised pathways provide safe access to awe inspiring views as well as providing protection to vulnerable plants and lichens on the rock surface.

The pathway out to the Natural Bridge provides the perfect view of the bridge, an amazing span of granite demonstrating the awesome power of the sea when a heavy swell is running. Situated on the Torndirrup Peninsula which shelters Albany from the Great Southern Ocean, the sealed paths and lookouts with guard rails are a fantastic way to see this powerful coastline in all it's glory and equates to a top way to end a day sightseeing.

Please contact Chelle on 0439463285 or via email chelle@downunderdiscoveries.com for all bookings and enquiries.

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We had a wonderful morning on the recent Zig Zag Flora, Fauna & History Tour. There was an abundance of wildflowers to discover, learn about and photograph. Learning the history of the Zig Zag and early settlers was very interesting and gave us a new appreciation of the area. Our guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and provided a great morning tea. Thank you for an excellent event.

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Inclusions

What’s Included

  • Fully commentated tour on a comfortable bus with coach style reclining seats
  • Free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports for tech devices
  • Entry fee to Torndirrup National Park
  • Bushtucker inspired morning tea
  • Water for refilling your own bottle
  • Alfresco style lunch at Whalers Galley Cafe
  • Entry fee to Albany Whaling Station
  • Entry fee to Australian Wildlife Park
  • Entry fee to Regional Wildflower Garden
  • Photos posted on our Facebook Page
  • Drop-off at city hotels

What to Bring

  • Water bottle (we provide water refills throughout day)
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Spending money for souvenirs
  • Travel insurance*
  • Most importantly a great sense of adventure
* Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellations, lost property, medical evacuation, personal liability, lost deposits, etc.

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