At Torndirrup National Park, windswept coastal heaths give way to massive granite outcrops, sheer cliffs and steep sandy slopes and dunes. The Southern Ocean has sculpted a Natural Bridge in the coastal granites and formed The Gap, where the waves rush in and out with tremendous ferocity. The Blowholes, a crackline in the granite, 'blows' air and occasionally spray. The noise is quite impressive.
Trails and lookouts
State-of-the-art viewing structures at The Gap and the Natural Bridge provide safe and accessible views of the beautiful and dramatic coastal environment.
There are a number of stunning lookouts and walktrails in the park, including Sharp Point, Jimmy Newells, Stony Hill, Peak Head, Salmon Holes, and Bald Head or you can visit secluded Misery Beach.
Whales and other wonders
Walking, sightseeing, photography, fishing off the beach and rock climbing are the most popular activities. Whales are frequently seen from the cliffs, particularly during winter. A nearby whaling museum at the old whaling station makes a fascinating visit.
There are barbecues, tables, a shop, toilets and caravan parks nearby and a recreation camp at Quaranup, that provides accommodation and recreation opportunities for groups. Contact Camp Quaranup or the Department of Sport and Recreation for more information and bookings.
- The Torndirrup coast has a notorious record for accidents and deaths due to people slipping or being washed into the ocean by large waves, gusting winds or extra large swells. Please exercise extreme caution and don't risk being the next victim.
- If you are going fishing you are advised to wear a Personal Flotation Device or life vest. Rock fishing is extremely dangerous on this coastline and is not recommended.
- Always be aware of your surroundings and heed visitor risk warning signs. Hazard warning signs are placed there for your protection and safety.