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Bibbulmun Track Day Walk - Albany Wind Farm to Mutton Bird Island

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 8.202 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  This is one of a series of eight day walks on the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia. The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's... more »

Tips:  To access Sandpatch, drive along Frenchman Bay Rd from Albany to Princess Avenue and turn right. Follow this road for 6km to the wind ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Wind Farm interpretive information bay

Provides information about the wind turbines, the electricity produced and why this location was chosen.

2. Public toilets

3. Aboriginal seasons

The information board explain the 6 seasons of the year.

4. Lookout spur trail

There are two viewing points, one to the east and the other to the west. From the upper viewing point, on a clear day, you can see the Porongorup Range to the north and even perhaps the Stirling Range further north and slightly east well beyond the town of Albany. Mt Manypeaks is also visible to the east.

5. Viewing platform

This lookout has a distance plaque showing the distances and directions of places around Australia.

6. Wind turbine

The Albany wind farm has 12 wind turbine generators situated on site, which were commissioned in 2000. The turbines, each with three 35m long blades, are fitted to 65m towers. The nose cone to which the blades are attached weighs around 14 tonnes. These turbines are the largest that have been installed in the southern hemisphere. Each turbine has ... More

7. Viewing platform

This lookout is ideal for whale watching from July through to October. You may spot the distinctive cloud that is formed as a whale exhales from the blowhole on top of its head.

Southern right whales calve and suckle their young in sheltered bays along the south coast. About the size of a bus, these large stocky creatures weigh up to 80 tonnes... More

8. Wildlife and wildflowers

The osprey (or fish hawk) is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. This large raptor grows to more than 60cm long with a wing span up to 180cm. It is brown on the upper wings and body, and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts, with black eye patches and wings.

Carpet pythons reach about 2m long, though individuals have been reported to... More

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9. Wind Turbine No. 10 (Option 1 turn-around point)

If you are walking option 1 (8km return walk) then this is your turn-around point. If you wish to get up close to the turbine there is a spur trail (look for the sign marking wind turbine number 10). Note: the sign mentions a car park but it is not accessible to the public.

10. Muttonbird campsite spur trail

Turn right to go to the campsite.

11. Mutton Bird campsite (option 2 turn around point)

Named after Mutton Bird Island, this is one of two newly built campsites and shelters. It is designed to sleep 12 to 15 people.

From here, it is approximately 4km to the Mutton Bird Island viewing platform and car park, where you can be picked up (or return via a shuttle car that you left there previously).

Alternatively, you can walk the 9km... More

12. Mutton Bird Island Viewing Platform

This is the finish point of this walk. The viewing platform provides fabulous views over Torbay. Steps down to the beach lead to a sheltered swimming area.