Natural Bridge is a granite formation resembling a giant rock bridge. Located in Torndirrup National Park, Albany on the Rainbow Coast of Western Australia, Natural Bridge has a lookout offering spectacular views of the Southern Ocean and one of Australia’s most exposed coasts from Bald Head to West Cape Howe.
Located near The Gap, Natural Bridge was formed by the steady wearing away of the rock by the force of the waves over millions of years. Visitors can walk along safe pathways to the impressive viewing platforms sitting 40 metres directly above the ocean to catch a view of these incredible, natural formations.
Head way out West and discover the beauty of WA’s wildflowers, natural formations and historic attractions. Flights take you in to Perth for 2 night stay with coach touring which includes visits to Geraldton, Dalwallinu, Hyden, Albany, Pemberton, Margaret River and Busselton. Cruise the Donnelly River, marvel at The Pinnacles and Wave Rock, enjoy the delights of Rottnest Island and be mesmerised by dreamtime legends in the Ngilgi Caves.
The Natural Bridge is a reminder of the incredible power of the ocean. Standing on the viewing platforms, watching the constant waves crash into the granite cliff, pushing their way under the bridge, you can appreciate the forces of nature that created this magnificent structure.
These rock formations were once part of the Gondwana continent, which separated to form Antarctica and Australia around about 45 million years ago. Pressure and friction at the base of the continents caused the rocks to melt, then rise, cool, and become granite laying 20 kilometres under the surface.
Due to wind and water, the soft surface rocks eroded, and the granite slowly rose above the surface, expanded, and cracked. The wind and water wore away at the cracks, creating block-like sections. The continual pounding forced a path through the granite to make the amazing structures we now know as Natural Bridge and The Gap.
The viewing platforms at Natural Bridge and The Gap are structurally quite amazing. They were designed to match the natural features of the area and create a safe yet striking way to capture the magnificent views.
The platform at The Gap features five cantilevered beams that follow the shape of the rock surface, reaching a further 10 metres out over the ocean. The beams are securely anchored up to nine metres deep into stable rock away from natural faults and joints of the cliff.
From Natural Bridge and The Gap, the view changes every day. On calm days the Southern Ocean waters are gentle and hypnotic and during heavy swells, the seas pound against the rocks bringing dramatic ocean sprays shooting high into the air.
Natural Bridge and The Gap with their exciting viewing platforms enable visitors to get up close to these natural wonders in a safe yet thrilling way.
Natural Bridge and The Gap are located in Torndirrup National Park on Western Australia’s Rainbow Coast. The structures are found on the Torndirrup Peninsula which shelters Albany from the Great Southern Ocean.
No. There are plenty of warning signs at Natural Arch, and for good reason. Freak waves have been known to catch tourists by surprise, sweeping them off the rocks into the waters. Few have survived so, tempting as it might be, it’s not worth the risk.
The traditional owners of this area are the Mirnang people, known for their deep spiritual connection to land and sea. A Dreamtime story tells of two brothers who were fighting over a young woman.
The elders sent them to a place near The Gap, making them stand on each side. One brother threw a boomerang, the other threw his spear. Each struck the other and they fell into the sea. The brother who was struck in the back by the boomerang turned into a shark, the boomerang becoming a fin. The brother hit by the spear turned into a stingray.
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