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 Frenchman Bay, 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 Jimmy Newells Harbour.
From AUD $135.00 per person
Departs: On cruise days only or on demand
This Eco Tour is perfect for passengers visiting Albany on Cruiseship days as it fits in well with the disembarking/embarking of the ship. Please email to enquire about availability
Duration: 7hrs approx.
Location: Ex Albany - Heading through Torndirrup National Park, Vancouver Peninsula out to Frenchman Bay.
Group Size: There is a minimum of 2 people required for this tour to run. Maximum 12 people per tour.
Pick-up / Drop-off Locations and Times:
Pick-up and drop-off is from cruise terminal 9.00am - 4pm
Cruise passengers will be picked up/dropped off from the terminal
Adult: $165pp (15 and over)
Child: $135pp (4-14 years)
Family: $550.00 (2A+2C)
Please note that prices exclude a booking fee which is added at time of checkout. We hope you understand that as a small business we simply are not able to absorb all costings and fees.
A $2 contribution to Greenfleet is made on behalf of each of our guests as part of our Carbon Offset Program, contributing to the restoration of our Australian forests. See here for more details.
Highlights of the Experience
Albany Wind Farm
Be amazed by 18 of the largest wind turbines in the southern hemisphere as we explore the Albany Wind Farm, which provides around 80 per cent of clean, green electricity for Albany. Standing in an elevated position approximately 100m 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.
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.
Enjoy morning tea at Frenchman Bay and take a step back in time as you hear about the French and British Explorers including Captain George Vancouver & Major Edmund Lockyer's expeditions. Explore The Ruins of the Norwegian Whaling Station, The Wreck of the Elvie and Vancouver Springs. Learn about Mistaken Island which was in fact the first Quarantine camp in Albany 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 and is home to a colony of Penguins. The area adjacent to the island is used to cultivate mussels on long lines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Call 0439 463 285 or email email@example.com for all booking enquiries.
Exploring the outdoors does pose certain hazards even if participants do not recklessly place themselves in harm's way. Risks such as falling, slipping on loose gravel, sprains and insect/snakes bites are possible. Our guides are qualified and experienced, conducting our tours with those risks and others in mind, and whilst the risk will always remain, we do exercise a high level of caution throughout the experience with safety of our clients being our highest priority. Our guides are also fully qualified in Wilderness First Aid should the need arise.
We do highly recommend travel insurance for any tour experiences.
Most of our experiences are suitable for those with a good level of fitness. We do encourage you to be fit and well enough to make the most of the experiences we have on offer. Note, for the safety of all passengers, we reserve the right to prevent passengers from participating in some activities. Those with injuries should contact us directly before making a booking.
There are toilet facilities provided throughout the experience.
Please note that unless a severe weather warning is forecast, this experience will go ahead. A little rain won't hurt anyone and we just ask that you dress accordingly.
Down Under Discoveries has procedures in place for Healthy Hygience and Physical Distancing, having completed a Covid-19 Safety Plan, the COVID-19 hygiene training and has also received accreditation as a COVID-19 Clean Practising Business.
I joined two tours - the Walpole Wilderness and Torndirrup eco tours. I booked a few days before the tour but made a mistake in the date ! I was very worried but Chelle was very helpful and immediately made the changes that eased my mind I was travelling. The eco tours were great experiences. I was very impressed with the tour arrangements (the sightseeing, the bush tucker ...) and Chelle's passion of the nature. It's the most beautiful and inspiring encounter with nature.
Went on an amazing adventure 4 x 4 off-roading as part of the She Seeks Adventure Social Series. Had a fabulous day learning new skills in a safe and encouraging environment. Stepped out of my comfort zone in beautiful setting surrounded by like minded women which made this an unforgettable experience.
Hi Chelle, I just wanted to write a quick msg to let you know how awesome it has been going on your group hikes. I have always wanted to do something in the outdoors which involved both weight loss and mental healing. I have slowly found something that has helped me establish who i am as a person as it has given me the clarity i been looking for, to find myself as a person. And I love myself for it! Thank you for creating such a great team environment for all fitness level, people that love to be one with nature, and for people that just need that time to find what they need. You rock!
In Dec 2019, I was lucky enough to be part of a Women’s Adventure Weekend with Chelle, it was one of the best experiences of my life, I went into the weekend to push myself out of my comfort zone and do something just for me. I would go again in a heartbeat, I came out of the weekend with a new found confidence, feeling refreshed, renewed and accomplished, plus the added bonus of making great new friends.
I attempted challenges I never thought I would and push through many emotional boundaries, I can’t thank Chelle and her team enough, the opportunities and support provided was perfect.
I urge everyone to give this a go, you may well surprise yourself!!!
- Mandy -
Along with 2 of my dear friends, I did the Summer Sunset Yoga Hike at the Peak Head Trail in Torndirrup National Park, Albany. We are experienced hikers and found Chelle’s care, knowledge and obvious passion for the Aussie outdoors so impressive. The Nature Immersion was particularly delightful - after all that’s why we are there! Our hike was followed by a Yoga Session with Ainslie from Envisage Yoga & Wellness - if you haven’t practiced Yoga on a rock face with a view of the wonderful Albany coastline as the sun sets well.... book it in! Followed by the most delicious picnic of cake, biscuits and tea made from bush tucker.
Then home with such a sense of peacefulness and relaxation. Just beautiful.
- Suzy W -
We really loved our tour of Albany with Chelle. Despite the wet weather, Chelle managed to keep our children engaged, shared enlightening facts about plants and Albany’s history. She also took lovely photos and prepared tea with some bush herbs that were completely new to us. The sites were breath-taking but Chelle pieced everything so well together. I was tempted to cancel due to wet weather but was really glad we went ahead. Highly recommended when in Albany.
- CTB -
Fantastic hike, no pressure to rush. I absolutely loved the meditative forest immersion moment. Yummo handmade bushtucker morning tea was a real treat. The morning started off quite crisp and cool but brightened to a warm, clear day. Chelle, our guide is really knowledgeable but warm, approachable and has great people skills. When I can afford another hike, hopefully a night one, will definitely be choosing this lovely family run business.
- Sandie -
Thanks Chelle at Down Under Discoveries, I had a really great time, learnt lots and didn't feel rushed or unsafe at any point! even with the snake trails. I couldn't do something like that on my own so it's great you've created something that gets people outside. Lovely group of people and I look forward to my next adventure!
- Tamara -
I have joined Chelle on some amazing hikes around the Perth area. She is a fantastic guide with a depth of knowledge and a passion for the environment and for bringing it to people who might never get to enjoy the countryside. Albany Region, you are lucky to have her!!!
- Andrea, Perth -
- 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
- $2 donation made to Greenfleet as part of our Carbon Offset Program
- 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
- Spending money for souvenirs
- Travel insurance*
- Most importantly a great sense of adventure
As part of our commitment to conducting our nature based tourism experiences in an environmentally sustainable manner we do ask that you consider using an Eco friendly reusable water bottle (not plastic) and that any extra snack items you bring be in reusable containers. We do offer to take all rubbish at the end of the day to make sure it is recycled correctly.
Terms and Conditions
Please go to the following link to read our Terms and Conditions before making a booking. This includes information about our Assumption of Risk/Waiver & Cancellation Policy.