Jimmy Newells Harbour

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Jimmy Newells Harbour

Jimmy Newell's Harbour is a pictur­esque rocky in­let in Torndirrup National Park near The Gap, the Nat­ural Bridge and Stony Hill.

The beautiful turquo­ise waters of the in­let look spect­acular when viewed from the look­out near the car park. The con­trast of the green hills and coastal granite boulders can be breathtak­ing. While this nat­ural harbour looks in­vit­ing, there is no official track to the shorel­ine and the de­sc­ent can be very steep.

The beautiful turquo­ise waters of the in­let look spect­acular when viewed from the look­out near the car park.

There is some con­troversy the nam­ing of this in­let. One story con­cerns Jimmy Newhill, an American whaler who de­ser­ted ship, hid on the Torndirrup Peninsula and was eventu­ally captured near the in­let. As punish­ment, he served time on a cha­in gang build­ing roads, and later married and settled in Albany.

The second possibil­ity re­l­ates to James Newell, a con­vict transpor­ted from Tasmania on the Brig Amity in 1826, who, after serv­ing his time brought his fam­ily to Albany. He worked as a lime burner and sailed the coast hunt­ing mut­ton birds and seals. James died in 1855.

While both stories have many similari­ties, the official name for the in­let is Jimmy Newell's Harbour.

Loca­ted just off French­man Bay Road, a look­out is pro­vided to give the best views of the in­let. Take care in the area and stick to marked trails as the rugged coast can be danger­ous.

Article updated 02/09/2015.