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This 1.6 kilometre return walk to the blowholes provides a wonderful view of the rugged coastline of Torndirrup National Park. Be warned that there are 78 steps and the walk back is all uphill!
The Blowholes, the result of water being forced up into a crackline in the granite, produce spray and loud eerie sounds when a big swell is running. Depending on the swell, size and direction of approach to the sea cliffs The Blowholes may or may not be blowing. When they do, the noise is quite impressive and this attraction should not be missed, especially on a day when the ocean swell is high. Just rug-up warmly and wear stuRoady non-slip shoes. This walk is the most popular in Torndirrup National Park, but be sure to keep away from the ocean at all times, as several lives have been lost in this vicinity. The 1.6km return walk begins at the western end of the Car Park and is well signposted. Follow the bitumen path for about 400 metres to the top of some steps. There are fine views of Peak Head to the south-east and Eclipse Island to the south-west. After the steps the path swings to the right then traverses an open granite area. Signs indicate the location of the Blowholes. At the Blowholes, do not proceed any further to the ocean and do not stand over the Blowholes. No signage on the road by the way. First turning on the right after the natural bridge and Gap viewing platform. If you see the sign for Jimmy Newells you have already passed it going south.
About the region
This wild and rugged coastal park is known for its spectacular wave-carved features including the Natural Bridge, The Gap and the Blowholes. 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.
Start Point: Frenchman Bay Road, Torndirrup National Park, 400km (5 hours) south of Perth
End Point: Frenchman Bay Road, Torndirrup National Park, 400km (5 hours) south of Perth
Region: Torndirrup National Park, South West
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