West Cape Howe National Park
Jutting boldly into the Southern Ocean, West Cape Howe is the most southern promontory of Western Australia.
The park’s exceptionally scenic landscape includes dramatic cliffs of granite and black dolerite, isolated golden beaches, rock islands, rugged limestone outcrops and complex patterns of vegetation including patches of karri forest, peppermint thickets and windswept heathlands. Nearly 500 species of plants are found in the park including banksias, trigger plants and more than 50 species of orchids.
Swampy areas form a habitat for the carnivorous Albany pitcher plant and many bird species. Few facilities are provided in this wild area that lies about 30 kilometres west of Albany, yet it attracts campers, bushwalkers, fishermen plus fans of adventure activities.
Shelley Beach lookout is a prime launching site for hang-gliders. Two-wheel drive vehicles can reach Shelley Beach and the nearby lookout, but other sites within the park require fourwheel drive. Park features can also be reached by bushwalking along the sandy four-wheel-drive tracks. Dolphins, seals and sealions may be spotted from the coastal cliffs of either park. Humpback and southern right whales travel along the coastline during winter and early spring.