From Denmark, drive down to West Cape Howe National Park
before heading to the town of Albany and the rock formations of Torndirrup
National Park. Everything mentioned in the article is mapped at the end.
West Cape Howe National Park is the southern most point of
Western Australia. It also marks the beginning of the Great Australian Bight.
West Cape Howe National Park. Photo: camillekft via IG
Camping at Shelly Beach. Photo: chrisparkerone via IG
STOP 2: Albany
There is a lot to do here so if time is no object, give your
self two or three days to really enjoy it without feeling rushed.
ALBANY HERITAGE PARK and LOOKOUTS
- Mount Clarence Memorial has a short walk up to the
summit of Mount Clarence
- ANZAC memorial remembers the ANZACS (Australian and
New Zealand Army Corps). From here you have stunning views over the Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound.
- Apex Lookout straddles the granite bolder on the
summit of Mount Clarence for 360 degree views.
- The Princess Royal Fortress is one of the best outdoor
military museums in Australia with underground bunkers and weaponry to explore.
- Convoy Lookout
- Whale Observatory Platform (off Marine Drive)
- Point King Lighthouse (off Marine Drive) is the weathered remains of a lighthouse.
- Marine Drive Lookout.
MOUNT MELVILLE LOOKOUT TOWER
- Climb the stairs for an eagle eye views of the surrounding region. The stairs are safe.
View from Mount Clarence. Photo: chloedimaria via IG
The Princess Royal Fortress, Albany. Photo: are_we_where_yet via IG
Mount Melville, Albany. Photo: ________me.and.reverie via IG
- Ellen Cove at the south end of Middleton Beach
is a calm little nook. It is safe for swimming for three reasons: it is
patrolled by surf life savers during summer, it is protected by a headland from
the waves, and it has a shark net so you can swim right out to the pontoon
- Ellen Cove has a pier at the southern end and a
boardwalk that will take you to the Whale Observation Deck, the Ataturk
Memorial, Marine Drive Lookout and the
Point King Lighthouse.
- At the northern end of Ellen Cove near the
Middleton Beach Carpark a tiered grass area is sheltered by tress giving you a
shaded place for a picnic with views.
- Facilities include toilets, showers, picnic
benches, and a children’s playground.
Ellen Cove pier, Albany. Photo: renaymc via IG
Ellen Cove pier. photo: jolienicole via IGMiddleton Beach, Albany. Photo: janine.tinley_photography via IG
ALBANY MUSEUMS and MORE
- Albany Convict Gaol Museum is a fully restored
gaol haunted by the ghosts of its former inmates (apparently).
ENTRY: $4 adults. $2.50 kids (includes the Patrick Taylor Cottage)
- Patrick Taylor Cottage Museum is a 11 room
wattle and daub house furnished as it would have been in its day. It is the
oldest surviving dwelling in Western Australia.
ENTRY: $4 adults. $2.50 kids (includes the Convict Gaol Museum)
- The Museum of the
Great Southern shares the stories of the Menang Noongar people and the
influence of Mokare, a young Noongar warrior, as well as the stories of the
early settlers and convicts. It also informs about the region's unique natural
landscape, and its plants and animals.
ENTRY: By donation ($5 suggested)
- Take a boat tour
out to see the migrating whales (winter) or the coastal wildlife (summer) with
Albany Whale Tours. From $58.
- The Alkaline Café
has free wifi so you can catch up on emails and social media while powering up
on their wholesome and nutrient dense food and beverages.
Museum of the Great Southern, Albany
STOP 3: Torndirrup National Park
Torndirrup is famous for its wild rugged coast and its ancient
rock formations. Entry is $13 per vehicle or $6 for concession. The key
attractions can be accessed by standard two-wheel drive campervan.
- The Gap – a raised pathway leads from the
parking and picnic area over exposed granite to the viewing platform, which
juts directly above the surging seas below.
- The Bridge – is a natural granite rock formation
that forms a bridge. Access is reached via the same parking area as the Gap.
- Blowholes are the result of water being forced
up through cracks in the granite, producing a spray and eerie sounds when the
ocean swell is up. When they are blowing, they are a sight not to be missed.
Stay well back from the ocean, though. Several lives have been lost.
- There are several great walks in the national
park. They’ll give you a map when you pay your entry fee.
- Salmon Holes is the most photographed cove in
Tornidirrup National Park. Take the easy walk to the lookout, or take the
stairs down to the beach.
- Misery Beach is a sheltered north facing beach
which is good for swimming.
- Stony Hill is the highest point in Torndirrup
National Park and has great views. You can climb to its summit on the 4.3 km
return path. Allow 2 hours.
The Gap. Photo: kedubesaustralia via IG
Bald Hill walk. Photo: eilidhgordongraham via IG
The Gap. Photo: soupstony via IG
Salmon Holes. Photo: rachelsfoley via IG
STOP 4: Gull Rock National Park
Gull Rock is the newest national park in Western Australia
and lies 25 km north of Albany.
- Locals like to swim at Gull Rock Beach on the
east side of Ledge Beach which is protected from prevailing southwesterly
Gull Rock National Park. Photo: kaylarowe via IG
Gull Rock National Park. Photo: road_to_wander via IG
Albany Caravan Parks
- BIG 4
Middleton Beach Holiday Park is right in town on Middleton Beach. It’s a
great location. As is usual with BIG 4 caravan parks, they have good facilities
– free WiFi, heated swimming pool, camp kitchens, BBQs, kids playground,
jumping pillows, showers, laundry. Book exchange, lounge, recreation room,
billiard tables, mini movie theatre, tourist information.
RATES: $43/night for two. $7 additional
adults for an unpowered site. $10 powered.
- BIG 4 Emu
Beach Holiday Park is also right on the beach. Facilities include camp
kitchens, BBQs, kids playground, jumping pillows, showers, laundry. lounge,
recreation room, billiard tables, mini movie theatre, tourist information,
jumping pillow, mini golf.
RATES: $30/night for two. $10 additional
Caravan Park on Shoal Bay has views across the water to Albany. They don’t
have a website, so either call
or turn up.
RATES: Prices are said to be reasonable.
Albany Free Camping
Beach Car Park is right on the beach of West Cape Howe National Park and
has pit toilets but no showers.
Corner Camp Ground, just north of West Cape Howe National Park, has picnic
tables, BBQs, pit toilets and many campsites by the pristine white sands of Cosy Corner Beach.
Shelly beach camping. Photo: chrisparkerone via IG
Shelly beach camping. Photo: 2101josh via IG
Map of the Perth to Adelaide Drive
Look for the purple tags to locate the highlights mentioned in this article.
Western Australia Road Trips