Natural Bridge

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Sensational South Coast
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Natural Bridge

The Nat­ural Bridge is a spect­acular nat­ural rock form­ation carved from solid granite by the power of the South­ern Ocean.

Torndirrup National Park, about 10 km south of Albany, is the most often visi­ted park in West­ern Australia, draw­ing approxim­ately 250,000 visitors each year. Home to many im­pre­ss­ive nat­ural features, the park features rugged coastl­ine, roll­ing heathlands, stunn­ing and secluded beaches, anci­ent rock formations, and majestic granite sculptures carved by the waves.

The Nat­ural Bridge and nearby Gap are ex­cell­ent ex­amples of these water-carved nat­ural wonders.

Over eons, since the con­tinents of Australia and Antarctica collided 1160 million years ago, the nat­ural gneiss and granite rocks have been stead­ily eroded by the might of the South­ern Ocean.

The Nat­ural Bridge and nearby Gap are ex­cell­ent ex­amples of these water-carved nat­ural wonders.

On calm days, the water is mesmeris­ing, with startl­ing and un­pre­dict­able crash­ing king waves. Dur­ing a heavy swell, the water booms un­­der the bridge, send­ing spray over the look­out area, drench­ing the un­w­ary.

A re­c­ent upgrade of the facili­ties has im­pro­ved the access and safety of the site, with new pathways, im­pro­ved lookouts and in­terpret­ive signage de­scrib­ing the history and un­iqueness of the area.

To access the Nat­ural Bridge look­out, travel down French­man Bay Road and turn right at Gap Road and follow to the end. Con­veni­ent park­ing is pro­vided.

Please take care as the South Coast can be danger­ous and un­pre­dict­able. Aways stay on pathways and behind guard rails, and watch children close­ly.

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Article updated 12/09/2017.