Natural Bridge

Natural BridgeNeil McKnight
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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 22/11/2020.