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.