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.