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Point Possession Heritage Trail, Albany

  • 1-3 hours
  • 5 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

The Point Possession Heritage Trail is a spectacular 5km loop that provides some great views of the Albany Port, King George Sound and Vancouver Peninsula. The walk takes you along the cliffs above Whalers Cove and on to the beaches of Vancouver Peninsula, providing some breathtaking views of Albany and its surrounds.

Rock Cairn on Point Possession
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Trail Start

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Whalers Cove Car Park, Quaranup Rd, 450km (5 hours) south of Perth

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Built in 1988 as one of the heritage trails created to mark Australia's Bicentennial, the Point Possession HT takes you out on the Vancouver Peninsula, along two stunning beaches and towards the rock cairn marking the spot where Captain George Vancouver claimed this area for the British in 1791. 

Starting along the beautiful cliffs above Whalers Cove, the walk takes you through wildflower filled woodlands and on towards the loop section that lets you walk along the pristine Brambles Beach. The climb up to Point Possession provides some of the best views of King George Sound before you head down to the picture perfect Barker Bay Beach. Be sure to bring your swimming gear in summer as there is a good chance you will have the beach all to yourself. 

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Time / Duration

1-2 hours

Length

5km loop

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Whalers Cove Car Park, Quaranup Rd, 450km (5 hours) south of Perth

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Trail End

Bush Walk

Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Difficulty Notes

Some rocky sections that may be slippery when wet.

Hazards & Warnings

Granite dome at Point Possession can be slippery when wet

Facilities

Public toilets located in the Whalers Cove car park
  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

All year round

Trail Access

Road 2WD

Prohibited Items

No bikes
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3 trail goers have rated Point Possession Heritage Trail, Albany as 4.67 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Gaelia Hunt

Reviewed 6 Jan 2022, 2:11pm

Beautiful scenery.
5km return is accurate & took us 2 hrs at a very relaxed pace.
Tony Simpkins

Reviewed 20 Dec 2020, 10:33pm

Beautiful walk, especially in Spring - lots of wildflowers.
Linda Daniels

Reviewed 22 May 2017, 8:39pm

Lovely hike with mix of terrain and great views. Go at low tide to ensure there's some beach on the inlet side. Took us 1.5 hours at fairly relaxed pace.

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