Denmark / Albany

Denmark to Albany | Distance: 85km

Inlet Crossings

  • Wilson Inlet

    The Bibbulmun Track reaches the Wilson Inlet at the Denmark Rivermouth, and resumes on the southern side of the inlet, on the boat jetty on the Nullaki Peninsula. There are three options to cross the inlet. Before you reach the inlet crossing, check the current Track conditions in the Section By Section guide. Alternatively contact the Parks and Wildlife Service in Albany (08 9842 4500) or Walpole (08 9840 0400) for the latest conditions on the Wilson Inlet, and the alternative routes.

    1. Boat

    Crossing the Wilson Inlet by boat is no longer a reliable option due to sporadic service. 

    2. Vehicle

    Some of our Walker Friendly Businesses will transport you around the inlet by road to the Track crossing on the Nullaki Peninsula. Check our Walker Friendly Businesses in Denmark on the Bibbulmun Track website for further contact details. 

    Windrose B & B (guests only): 9848 3502 / 0447 682 400
    Blue Wren Travelers Rest (guests only): 9848 3300

    3. Walking

    An alternative route is marked in green on the Bibbulmun Track maps but this does involve a long walk from Denmark along the Denmark-Nornalup Heritage Trail and then onto bitumen roads to the Eden Rd crossing. This route should only be undertaken if the above options are for whatever reason unavailable.

    There used to be an option of walking between the Nullaki foreshore and Ocean Beach Road via the sandbar when it is in place. THIS IS NO LONGER AN OPTION AND WALKERS SHOULD NOT USE THE SANDBAR WHATSOEVER. This is no longer part of the official Bibbulmun Track, is not marked and is now closed. The northern shoreline near the end of the peninsula is covered by a Priority 3 Threatened Ecological Community (coastal saltmarsh). In trying to find an informal path along the shoreline, walkers risk damaging the TEC. Skirting the TEC to the north by wading for an extended period is obviously not a preferred option. Until an alignment south of the TEC can be approved and formalised, walkers are asked to avoid this area.

    Any other route using the sandbar is prohibited, including crossing the sandbar, heading along the ocean side of the peninsula and onto private property. Please observe the request of local landowners who do not wish to have walkers on their property. Trespassers will be captured on camera and referred to the police leading to prosecution.

    DBCA is working on an alternative alignment to suit all stakeholders.

  • Torbay Inlet sandbar opening

    The Water Corporation last opened the sandbar across Torbay Inlet on Wednesday 23 November 2022.  

    When the sandbar opens the water is likely to be flowing swiftly initially through a deep channel. Large volumes of water, high tide and wind may combine to create large waves and dangerous surges. Conditions may improve with low tide and it may be worthwhile to wait it out or try crossing further upstream. 

    For more information, please contact the Parks and Wildlife Service Albany office on (08) 9842 4500 or the Water Corporation on 13 13 85.

    Tide information is available from the Bureau of Meteorology. Check the tides and local weather conditions before you attempt to cross the sandbar.

    An alternative alignment is shown on map 8b via Lower Denmark Road.

    The Torbay Inlet channel is rarely more than ankle deep, but it can be well over one metre deep during peak flows. For many months of the year, it is easily traversed, as a sand bar is well formed.

    When the inlet is flowing, usually during winter and spring, the crossing can be waded using extreme caution. If the water appears to be flowing swiftly upstream, walk across at the sea end of the inlet. This is usually fairly shallow.

    Conditions may improve with low tide and it may be worthwhile to wait it out. Do not cross if you have any doubt at all about the depth of water and wading across.

    When wading through any body of water, which is more than shin deep, make sure that you unfasten the waistband and sternum straps of your pack. This precaution allows for easy and immediate removal of your backpack if you fall over in the water.

    If you are in doubt about the safety of the crossing or if the water is greater than thigh deep, take the alternative route (approx 19km) marked in green on Bibbulmun Track Map 8.

    You are advised to contact the Albany Parks and Wildlife Service district office for information about inlet conditions just before you plan to make the crossing.

    For more information, please contact the Parks and Wildlife Service Albany office on (08) 9842 4500 or the Water Corporation on 13 13 85.