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Location off Frenchman Bay road, 13 kilometres from Albany, Torndirrup National Park covers an area of 3,868 hectares with bitumen road access to and throughout the park.
Best known for its spectacular coastal features as it covers 3,906 hectares across the southern section of Princess Royal Harbour, is one of the busiest National Parks in the state, with nearly a quarter of a million visitors a year.
The Heathlands put on good displays of wildflowers in spring, a woodland of peppermints occurs throughout the park, and south of Vancouver Peninsula, Karri forms a forest of medium height in combination with swamp yate. The rare flowering-plant the Albany Woollybush has been found in the park.
Habitats for wildlife in the area range from low heath and shrub on the infertile sand near the coast to low Banksia forest, swampy areas, and tall Karri and Jarrah-Marri forest.
The Western Grey Kangaroo frequents the area as does the Short Nosed Bandicoot (rarely seen). Bird life consists of mainly Honeyeaters and various kinds of sea birds. Button quail and occasionally Western Rosettas.
Camping is not permitted in the park. Supplies and accommodation can be obtained in Albany, Frenchman Bay and Little Grove. Picnic tables are set up in 'The Gap' parking area. Fires are not permitted.
Torndirrup features several short walks to coastal attractions. A return walk of one and a half kilometres takes you to the blowholes and back. Short trails lead from the car parks to the Gap, and Natural Bridge. A six hour return walk leads over Isthmus Hill to Flinders Peninsula, Limestone Head, and Bald Head. If you intend to bushwalk in the wilder areas contact the Ranger before you set out and let him know your route and expected time of return.
Help stop the rot. Bushwalking can spread dieback, so please clean your boots before entering a National Park.
Swimming can be done at Salmon Holes or Goode beach (not in park) also at Misery beach.
Normal fisheries regulations apply. Fishing is popular at all coastal parks and species caught include Australian Salmon, Mulloway, Whiting and Herring.
Rock climbing is a popular sport in this area for experienced rock-climbers with proper equipment. Please notify the ranger.
Anytime of the year is a good time to visit this park. October to December is the wildflower season
Take care on the coast. Even on calm days unpredictable surges rising from the Southern Ocean hundreds of kilometres away may sweep over the shore. Because the edge of the Continental Shelf is so close to the coast the energy of these waves is not broken up before they reach the shoreline. Don't risk being the next victim. Always watch the ocean, and stay well clear of the sea level.
Strong suitable footwear is required for bushwalking or climbing and wet weather gear for most times during winter months.
For further information contact:
Department of Conservation & Land Management (CALM)
50 Hayman Road, Como WA 6152
Telephone: 08 9367 0333.
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