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Bald Head Walk Trail, Torndirrup NP

  • Full day
  • 12.5 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 4

Located in the spectacular Torndirrup National Park, the Bald Head Walk Trail is a challenging 12.5 kilometre return traverse of the Flinders Peninsula providing stunning views of the Southern Ocean and King George Sound.  This rewarding hike won’t leave you wanting for more and has a number of great photographic opportunities.

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Off Murray Rd, Torndirrup National Park - 400km (5 hours) south of Perth

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While the Torndirrup National Park, located a short 10 minute drive from Albany, is more famous for tourist attractions such as the Blowholes, Natural Bridge and The Gap, it hides one of the best hikes in the South West. The trail climbs and descends along the narrow ridge line of the Flinders Peninsula, a granite formation that juts out from the landscape into the vastness of the Southern Ocean.

Hard core bushwalkers will enjoy this 12.5km return, 6-8 hour hike over Isthmus Hill to Flinders Peninsula and on to Limestone Head and Bald Head.  Terrain is steep and difficult in sections.  (Apparently the sign at the Trailhead says 16km - reviewers of this trail state that this is incorrect)

The walk ends at Bald Head, a round headland of domed granite sloping down into the ocean and can be seen from many places along the Torndirrup Coast.

Taking in a combination of boardwalk, packed limestone paths and hard granite sections, there is a great variety of things to see and photograph on the trail. Along with the spectacular views of the granite cliffs, the views back to Albany and King George Sound are breathtaking. If you are visiting Albany and have the time then put the Bald Head Walk Trail on your list of things to do. A high degree of fitness is required.

Albany Parks and Wildlife Office

(08) 9842 4500

Albany Visitor Centre

(08) 6820 3700

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  • Torndirrup

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Time / Duration

5 - 7 hours

Length

12.5km return

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Off Murray Rd, Torndirrup National Park - 400km (5 hours) south of Perth

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Trail End

Bald Head

Bush Walk

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Difficulty Notes

Terrain is steep and difficult in sections. Do not attempt to return via the beaches due to unseen hazards.

Hazards & Warnings

Be careful on the granite sections and around the edges as the cliffs are quite steep.

Facilities

  • Car Park

Best time of year

All Year Round

Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No pets or bikes
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10 trail goers have rated Bald Head Walk Trail, Torndirrup NP as 4.6 out of 5!

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Chelle Fisher

Reviewed 1 Jun 2022, 7:48pm

Without a doubt the best trail in the region. A 12.5 return hike that provides spectacular views of coastal scenery off the Flinders Peninsula in Torndirrup National Park. Walkers are rewarded with breathtaking views of the coastline along the trail and at the end of the track
Ben Morse

Reviewed 14 May 2021, 4:13pm

Best trail I've walked..
It offers everything from rock, sand, man made, views, weather and challenge.

I was approximately 5.5hrs on the trail did it solo and stopped for small lunch on the head and few pics on the way back.

Signage is only done by rocks built up in areas were coming off, or through granent sections. Be sure to keep an eye out for these pyramid style placed rocks.

Pack well, its nice to have some essentials on the way and be comfortable.

Car park has spaces for bout 6 cars.
Happy hiking
Bob Peters

Reviewed 12 Feb 2020, 12:36pm

Outstanding walk. The best in Western Australia. World class.
Leanne Storer

Reviewed 10 Dec 2019, 7:05am

This is an amazing trail with spectacular views. I managed it solo in 4.5hrs (was on a bucket-list mission) with a low-medium fitness level however some parts were pretty tough going as they were steep, sandy and had plenty of trip hazards (plant roots, rocks etc). It was a great adventure having to locate the next wooden post or rock pile so as to navigate the path in places and passage through the overgrown sections bought back childhood memories. I highly recommend bug spray as the March flies were quite relentless in early December. Next time I'll SLOW DOWN and take my kids for sure! The hardest part I think was the steep downhill metal boardwalk on the return right at the end.. makes your legs burn and turn to jelly!! Highly recommended... just go prepared with water, snacks, first aid kit.. phone reception was pretty good the whole way.
Naomi O'Shea

Reviewed 17 Jan 2019, 7:28pm

You don't have to do the whole trail if you don't have time. An hour is plenty of time to walk to the ridge with the water either side. It is only 1 km to that part and it is spectacular. Sneakers and a bottle of water will suffice.
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Marco Zecca

Reviewed 26 Sep 2018, 1:55pm

Trail completed on the Easter long weekend. Long but not too challenging. The scenery is truly spectacular and the surrounding surprisingly changes along the way. Highly recommended!
Gerard Cameron

Reviewed 16 Apr 2018, 4:30am

We did the trail yesterday in a group of 8 friends. First of all 4 participants had Garmin watches. All came up with a total of 13.2 kms total. return. Interesting to note that the trail is quite overgrown now in some parts. Still well and truly passable though. It took us 5 hours return. We stopped for lunch and snacks and walked at a leisurely rate. Last time we did it in 4 hours without pushing too hard. Certainly a few difficult steep sections. The view is simply stunning all the way through. Every new corner gives you views of King George Sound and the Southern Ocean that are simply stunning. Can't recommend this trail enough.
Alan Boyd

Reviewed 14 Jun 2016, 11:38am

I was down in Albany last weekend for the WA Day long weekend and had been planning to walk this trail and I was not disappointed, it was an amazing hike with brilliant views in any direction. The trail does seem a bit degraded in a few loctions, on the return leg I had to scramble/climb up at two or three locations. I also tracked the return leg of the hike on my Garmin and it came in at 6.55km (that was to the carpark) so I'm not sure whether the 16km return figure is accurate, I did it in about 4 and a half hours but having said that the terrain is difficult at times so do not go unprepared! Will check this hike out the next time I'm down in Albany.
Margaret Owens

Reviewed 18 Dec 2015, 8:55pm

Obviously the details for this walk should read 16kms not 6kms. The walk is amazing but is very degraded in parts where the down slopes have broken away. Stunning views over the whole of Pricess Royal Harbour. Take plenty of water and don't underestimate the terrain. I have walked this trail over 20 yrs and am surprised how parts are needing repair but there has been some work along the way.
Brad Mills

Reviewed 10 Dec 2015, 9:16am

This trail is amazing from start to finish, spectacular views in every direction, make sure to take camera.
This site says it is a 12km return walk though at the signage at start of walk it says 16km return walk.... I believe it is 16km but want to follow that up.
This walk is quite steep and strenuous in certain spots but well worth it.
Be aware of tiger snakes... I was lucky enough not to confront any, though I did see alot of fresh snake trails.
I did the walk alone so I had some snake proof gaitors and snake first aid kit, in all honesty it would have been more comforting to have done the walk with someone else for safety reasons such as snake bite or injury.
Phone signal drops in and out in certain places and it is quite a secluded remote walk, so on your own you may not get any help if needed quickly.
This is an epic walk I loved every moment.....but still sore a couple days later

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