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The Gap and Natural Bridge, Albany W.A. 27 February 2017

By Jody

Many of our guests had mentioned how impressed they were with their visit to The Gap which was reopened in 2016 and the National ANZAC Centre Albany which opened in 2015. We were very keen to see for ourselves and planned a trip to visit Albany as tourists; The Gap and Natural Bridge, Frenchman’s Bay and the National ANZAC Centre were on our hit list for the day.

Jeff and I had visited The Gap and Natural Bridge a few times over the last 20 years, prior to the multimillion dollar upgrade of the area in 2016, impressive pathways to preserve the vegetation and rocks and the new viewing platform that now overhangs the Gap, we found the whole experience just wonderful, the area is truly amazing!

We headed for The Gap and Natural Bridge, wow! What a wonderful area with truly stunning views to Bald Head and West Cape Howe. With wide and solid paths leading to the viewing platform over The Gap and Natural Bridge, we lingered longer than other visitors on the platform watching water crashing through the gigantic rock formation known as “The Gap”. It was mesmerising. The brilliant white caps of the waves combined with intense blues and turquoise of the Southern Ocean took my breath away.

When there is a large swell running, the Southern Ocean rushes in under the Natural Bridge, an impressive natural granite rock formation, the Natural Bridge looks like it is suspended in mid-air and almost defies gravity.

The Gap and Natural Bridge are in the Torndirrup Natural Park where wildflowers put on a colourful display over the heathlands during spring and the “banksia heath provide year-round banquet for the park’s smallest marsupial, the honey possum” according to Amazing Albany website information. (See link below)

After taking many videos and photos, we discovered the very beautiful Cable Beach only minutes from the Gap and Natural Bridge overlooking the Southern Ocean.

We then headed to Frenchman’s Bay, a fabulous place for picnics and swimming and where the first explorers to the area found fresh water. Whilst visiting Frenchman’s Bay, the natural spring is not far from the car park.

May I suggest that you allow a full day when planning a visit along Frenchman’s Bay Road, sights include: If you are keen on the walk trails you may need more than one day.

The Gap & Natural Bridge
https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/gap-natural-bridge
www.amazingalbany.com.au/torndirrup-national-park/

The Blowholes https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/site/blowholes

Walk trails include Sharp Point, Jimmy Newells, Stony Hill, Peak Head, Salmon Holes, Bald head and Misery Beach. Read more for these walks https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/torndirrup

Albany Historical Whaling Station, was a station for processing whales until 1978 We are planning another visit soon as we haven’t seen Discovery Bay within this area including an Australian native flora and fauna park. You can pack a picnic or have lunch at the Whaling Station Café. www.discoverybay.com.au

Frenchman’s Bay – to read more https://www.albanygateway.com.au/visitor/beaches-coastlines/frenchman-bay

Great Southern Distillery If you are partial to Whiskey or Gin is the place for you, they have won multiple awards for their Whiskey’s. Read more www.distillery.com.au/


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