Peak Head Track is in the spectacular Torndirrup National Park near Albany. The almost five kilometre return walk follows a sandy track that winds through thick coastal scrub and granite walls. Some rock scrambling is required to reach the peak’s summit, but you are rewarded for your efforts by spectacular views of the Southern Ocean. Well worth the effort and achievable by all fitness levels.
Sharp Point has the most amazing views along the Albany coastline. Views from The Gap and the Natural Bridge and as far up as the Albany wind farm. Don't forget to take your camera and enjoy the amazing views. Short walk from the carpark to the lookout platform along good paths. Great place to watch the whales and the amazing sunsets.
Turn right from Frenchman Bay Rd onto Eclipse Island Rd, right where the National Park beginsand follow the gravel road all the way up to the end, where you'll find a parking area. It's a long winding road, but the views at the top are worth it.
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
The Bald Head Walking Track in the Albany Region provides spectacular views of the striking coastal scenery of the Flinders Peninsula in the spectacular Torndirrup National Park near Albany, and provides walkers with a rewarding and breathtaking view of the coastline at the end of the track. The trail starts about one-hundred metres to the left of the car park in the Tondirrup National Park, at the Salmon Holes and winds over many miles of dunes until it reaches Bald Head.
The walk through the thriving bushland provides an awesome collection of native plants, and if you visit in spring you will be rewarded with a spectacular display of wildflowers. You may even see whales in and around the bays during their annual migration.
One of the exceptional attractions of this walk is the sheer magic of discovering the coastal scenery with King George Sound on one side and the Southern Ocean on the other.
Whilst it's a reasonably strenuous 16 kilometre return walk over Isthmus Hill and Limestone Head, finishing at Bald Head, the most eastern point of the park, it is well worth the effort. Once you've done it you will want to do it again....the reward and satisfaction is enormous.
The walk is about 25 min drive out of Albany and is only one of many other fantastic walks within easy read of the town.
Walkers are recommended to be reasonable fit to tackle the trail and are advised to wear suitable footwear and clothing - enclosed shoes and long shirts and trousers for protection against the many prickly bushes along way. Don't Forget to be aware of snakes; after all this is Australia.
Shelter Island is approximately 20 kilometres due west of Albany, Western Australia.
It is often mistakenly referred to as Muttonbird Island. The island is approximately 130 metres off-shore from Muttonbird Beach separated by a channel that has an average depth of 8 metres it is regarded as a suitable open-water divesite
The island consists of a mass of granite but has sufficient soil for plant growth and is well vegetated on top. The island supports breeding populations of Flesh-footed Shearwaters and Little Penguins as well as small populations of feral cats and black rats
The total area of the island is 10 hectares (25 acres) and was declared a Class 1A Nature Reserve in 1973.
There is a Bibbulmun Track day walk from the Albany wind farm to Mutton Bird car park. 13.5km one way or 27 km return. This route offers different options to experience breathtaking coastal views, spectacular carpets of wildflower heathlands and the majestic site of the Albany wind farm
The western brush wallaby (Macropus irma), also known as the black-gloved wallaby, is a species of wallaby found in the southwest coastal region of Western Australia. The wallaby's main threat is predation by the introduced red fox (Vulpes vulpes). The IUCN lists the western brush wallaby as Least Concern, as it remains fairly widespread and the population is believed to be stable or increasing, as a result of fox control programs.
The western brush wallaby has a grey colour with distinctive white colouring around the face, arms and legs (although it does have black gloves as its alternative common name implies). It is an unusually diurnal macropod that eats mainly grass.
Although quite small, the western brush wallaby's coloring resembles the larger kangaroos of the region. The western brush wallaby's head and body length usually falls around 1.2 m. Their tail length, which ranges from 54–97 cm, is proportionally long to their smaller body size. The adult western brush wallaby weighs anywhere from 7.0-9.0 kg. Their coloring consists of a pale to mid gray coat with a distinct white facial stripe. Other distinct features include black and white ears, black hands and feet, and crest of black hairs on the tail. The size of the male and female are quite similar.
The western brush wallaby is a herbivore, although there is disagreement on whether it is a browser, eating mainly leaves, or a grazer, eating mainly grass, as there has not been extensive research done. It is a diurnal animal, which is somewhat unusual for macropods, and is active during dawn and dusk.
Like all others in the family Macropodidae, the western brush wallabies are characterized by powerful hind limbs and long hind feet. It runs by weaving or sidestepping, utilizing its powerful hind-limbs, while keeping its head low and its tail extended straight, making it very speedy.
Although decades of research have been done in regards to the reproductive behavior of the western brush wallaby, their habits are relatively unknown. The young are usually born during April and May. Females, like all marsupials, have a well-developed forwardly opening pouch containing four teats.The female gives birth to one young a time, with two rarely occurring. Gestation lasts from three to five weeks. After birth, the young enter the lactation period for seven months, until October or November. After vacating the pouch the young wallaby goes through a weaning period during which it will stick its head in the pouch temporarily attach itself to a teat.
Built in 1838 in Victoria, Bermuda the vessel was constructed from wood and copper sheathed. It had a square stern, single deck, no galleries and a billet head. The vessel was acquired by R. Brown in 1847 and was registered in London. It was then acquired in 1848 by William Younghusband and Company of Adelaide and registered there.
The vessel was in command of James C. Coke and was transporting cargo from Adelaide to Shanghai via Albany and Singapore. The brig left Adelaide 5 June 1848 loaded mostly with flour and was en route to Albany to load a shipment of sandalwood.
The vessel was anchored at Cheyne Bay near Cape Riche when it was blown ashore by a heavy gale. The Champion and Arpenteur were dispatched from King George Sound to assist. The Champion managed to pull the Wave offshore but Wave was leaking badly and foundered then sunk.
Champion then salvaged some of the cargo and then transported the crew, minus the Captain, back to Albany. Captain Coke sailed to Adelaide aboard the HMS Acheron, commanded by Captain John Lort Stokes.
The owners of the Arpenteur acquired the wreck of the Wave and that cargo not already salvaged for £330. The Arpenteur sailed for Fremantle with 27 tons of flour, 1,000 bushels of wheat, the rigging and sails that the crew had salvaged from the Wave