The Blowholes are crevasses in the granite stretching down to sea level far below. With each wave the 'holes' blow air and water up the channel and out the top creating a burst of spray and a loud droning whoosh! Watch the video below.
The rocks of this coastline were once connected to Antarctica when Australia was part of the supercontinent Gondawana. The rocks around the blowholes were created some 1800 million years ago. The blowholes are due to gradual erosion by the southern ocean.
The carpark is quite a distance from the Blowholes. To reach them you need to walk a few hundred metres to the top of a long flight of stairs. From there you can walk along a wide, sealed paved pathway to the rocks. Stroll across the rocks and look towards the ocean and you will certainly here and see the blowholes at work. There is a sign at the beginning of the walk for you to tell whether the blowholes are 'blowing' on the day you visit.
Only a short drive on from The Gap and Natural Bridge, The Blowholes is a very pleasant walk with amazing views of Bald Head and the Great Southern Ocean.
This video takes you straight into the Blowholes and gives you an idea of the sound that comes from this crevasse in the granite coastline...
Albany is the nearest town located 15km to the north of Torndirrup via Frenchman Bay Road. The drive takes you around the western edge of Princess Royal Harbour and along the tree-lined peninsula towards all of the natural attractions of Torndirrup National Park. It is a beautiful and easy drive from Albany.
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