Torndirrup National Park Rugged Coast Tour

Full Day Eco Tour exploring the rugged coastline of Torndirrup National Park, one of the most impressive and diverse national parks in The Amazing South Coast. Challenge yourself traversing the Flinders Peninsula via the Bald Head Trail, Witness the sheer magnitude of an angry ocean as we walk the rugged coastline from the iconic attraction that is 'The Gap', rock hopping over ancient granite rocks to a very important lighthouse and Albany's very own Cable Beach, Admire giant wind turbines as we walk a world class long distance trail, the Bibbulmun Track, and marvel at the famous Blowholes, created some 1800 million years ago as part of the super continent Gondwana.

Adventure Awaits!

From AUD $145.00 per person

Departs: Tuesdays on demand (Other days available on request with minimum numbers)

Duration: 9hrs approx.

Location: Ex Albany - Heading through the ancient Torndirrup National Park

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:
Albany Pickups
Pick-up at 217 York St, Albany (outside Albany Visitors Centre) 8.00am
Drop-off at your hotel or 217 York St at approximately 5.00pm

Pricing:
Adult: $185pp (15 and over)
Child: $145pp (4-14 years)
Family: $620.00 (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 family run business we simply are not able to absorb all costings and fees. Direct bookings via email do not attract this fee.

Please contact chelle@downunderdiscoveries.com if you wish to take up this option.

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

Bald Head Walk Trail
Challenge yourself as we traverse the ridge-line of the Flinders Peninsula, walking what is said to be one of the most spectacular walks in Western Australia. With a combination of packed limestone paths, wooden boardwalks, sandy walk ways and hard granite sections, the Bald Head Trail is a photographers delight with the spectacular views of the granite cliffs, views back to Albany and King George Sound which are absolutely breathtaking. This particular experience will see walkers ascend over Isthmus Hill to Flinders Peninsula and on to Limestone Head, where we then turn around for the return section of the walk.

Blowholes
Only a short drive on from the Bald Head Walk Trail is where we find the Blowholes, created some 1800 million years ago as part of the super continent Gondwana. The Blowholes are the result of water being forced up into a crackline in the granite, producing spray and loud eerie sounds when a big swell is running. This pleasant walk is one of the most popular in Torndirrup National Park because it does provide amazing views of Peak Head to the south-east and Eclipse Island to the south-west. It is an 1.6km walk descending down steps and traversing open granite area. The Blowholes do only blow in certain weather conditions, but just the fact that these ancient blowholes are 1800 million years old is good enough to explore them at any given time.

The Gap, Natural Bridge
The Gap is one of the most visited places in Albany. The surging power of the Southern Ocean is evident with a spectacular channel in the 40m high coastal granites of Torndirrup National Park.  A viewing platform at 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.

Cave Point Lighthouse
Departing the Gap, we follow a packed limestone trail, rock hopping as we traverse ancient granite outcrops, skirting along the rugged clifftops of Torndirrup National Park. Witness this powerful coastline in all it's glory, marvelling at impressive rock formations as we walk to Cave Point Lighthouse, the first navigational light for the Port of Albany and the second lighthouse to be built on the West Australian coastline. The cylindrical 12m high concrete tower, whilst no longer in use, retains its importance as the site of a satellite ground receiver station that forms part of the International Satellite-aided Search and Rescue System that detects emergency beacon activated distress signals or automatic detection when a vessel sinks or a plane crashes.

Cable Beach
Departing the Lighthouse the walk continues on to Albany's very own Cable Beach, a curving 600 m long high tide beach, fronted by a continuous 40 m wide beach rock reef, which forms a small lagoon in the east, while rocks are piled to the rear in the west. Marvel at the sheer power of the southern ocean as we descend down a wooden staircase and then begin another rock hopping adventure, this time traversing a small narrow trail up, over and around large granite boulders down to 'Balancing Boulder', a rounded granite boulder that lies in the middle of Cable Beach, tossed on shore by a wave. This unique natural attraction weighs about 100 tonne, as much as a diesel-powered locomotive. Known to be a rough and treacherous section of coastline with frequent killer waves, further exploration to the beach will be dependant on weather conditions.

Bibbulmun Track, Albany Wind Farm
The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's great long distance walk trails, stretching nearly 1000km from Kalamunda to Albany. If the wow factor for coastal vistas is what your after then your in for a real treat as we walk an iconic section of the trail, providing some of the best uninterrupted scenery along the south coast. Be amazed by 18 of the largest wind turbines in the southern hemisphere as we depart the Albany Wind Farm and walk the clifftops to Turbine 10 in the Grassmere Wind Farm. 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 you stand beneath feeling dwarfed by the massive size of the turbines.

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

Important Information

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.

Fitness Level:

Due to the grading of the Bald Head Trail especially, this particularly, this experience requires a good level of fitness with no injuries. It is important that you are 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.

Toilet Facilities:

There are toilet facilities provided throughout the experience, however whilst on the trail business would need to be done in the 'bush toilet' so please have toilet paper/tissues and hand antiseptic with you just in case you cannot wait to reach the main toilets at the start/finish of trails.

Unfavourable Weather:

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.

COVID-19 Measures:

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.

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Mothers day Hike was for my daughter and I our first venture on to the Bibbulmun Track. From the start Chelle and her family crew made us feel very welcome. The Hike was relaxed and at a speed suitable for all ages .Chelle very informative about the trail and the surrounding plants and trees. Midway homemade scones and tea was a welcome break in the midst of beautiful tranquil surroundings. The mothers day flowers and chocolates at the end was also lovely surprise. We will definately be booking more hikes with Down Under Discoveries.

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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 all National Parks
  • Guided hikes on some of the best trails in The Great Southern
  • Complimentary use of Hiking Poles (to be returned at end of tour)
  • Bush-tucker inspired morning tea
  • Ploughmans Picnic Style Lunch
  • Water for refilling your own bottle
  • $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)
  • Backpack for hiking
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes
  • Hiking Poles (optional)
  • Camera or Go pro
  • 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 Cancellation Policy.

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* Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellations, lost property, medical evacuation, personal liability, lost deposits, etc.

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