Mount Martin Regional Botanic Park - The spectacular Albany Banksia can be found here during your hike. There are various walks around the botanic park where numerous varieties of wildflowers can be found including common donkey orchid, little kangaroo paw and late flowering pink bunny orchid.
Mt Martin Botanical Reserve provides a beautiful coastal setting for recreation and enjoyment of natural beauty. High vista points in the landscape offer outstanding views of Breaksea and Michaelmas islands, Albany’s harbours and Torndirrup Peninsula.
The diverse landforms and soils found within this protected area support an exceptional botanical richness. The largest known stand of Albany’s floral symbol, Banksia, exists within the park which unfortunately is threatened by dieback.
A complex patchwork of forest, woodlands, wetlands, sedges, granite shrub lands and coastal heath covers the landscape.
This is a beautiful hike especially in Spring when the wildflowers are blooming. Good whale watching opportunities as you walk along or from the whale watching platform during the season
A side track to Johnson's Cave is well worth the effort.
The walk has several short steep hills with steps. At its furthest point Voyager Park directly opposite Emu Point provides a good picnic spot.
1. Commence the walk across from the picnic area at the interpretive sign. Clean your footwear at the boot cleaning station, as this area has high conservation values and is susceptible to Dieback (Phytophthora cinnamomi).
2. Walk uphill, on the track.
3. At the first seat a track goes to the right, ignore this, it is the return point. Veer left continuing uphill. A seat at 1.30km has views of the islands. This is Mt Eileen. Follow the cairns over the rocks and up the track.
4. At the marked junction turn left and wander down to Coal Basket Bay. Return to the same way and continue straight on.
5. At the next junction bear left, ignoring the maintenance track. Continue walking uphill over pine pole steps. At the next junction go straight ahead. Turning right goes back to the car park.
6. Continue uphill on the now gravel track. Turn left at the next junction for a short walk down to a whale watching platform.
7. Return to the track and continue walking to the sign up to Mt Martin. Turn right to ascend up the track, over a maintenance track and a rocky outcrop to the summit of Mt Martin (152m), and a memorial seat. Return the same way to the main track.
8. Continue on the track. Ignore the turn off to Dick Redshaw’s track. Continue on the open sandy track with fantastic views.
9. Arrive at a T-junction and turn left to Voyager Park, which is another 120m. This is opposite Emu Point.
10. Leave the park following the Voyager Trail sign. Follow this track for about 500m and veer left into Johnson Bay.
11. To return to the start, follow the trail past a bench on a stone plinth. Walk up the track that leads to the Dick Redshaw Lookout. Turn left at the junction and continue up over a rocky outcrop. Follow the markers to the top with another bench
12. Return to the junction but continue straight on, down to the main track and turn left.
13. Continue along past the Mt Martin turnoff.
14. Turn left at the next marker; do not go back to the whaleviewing platform.
15. Turn left at the marker to Ledge Beach. Keep on this track, to meet the main track, turn left and walk downhill 300m to the car park. Source: Amazing Albany