Denmark / Albany
Denmark to Albany | Distance: 85km
The Bibbulmun Track reaches the Wilson Inlet at the Denmark Rivermouth, and resumes on the southern side of the inlet (the Nullaki Peninsula). There are three options to cross the inlet. Before undertaking this section, please contact the DPaW office in Albany or Walpole for the latest conditions on the Wilson Inlet, and the alternative routes.
Cross the Nullaki Inlet by boat with Madfish Charters. Call John on (08) 9848 2055 to check availability. If you can't get through, contact the Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park on (08) 9848 1262 for advice.
It is advisable to try and book your trip well in advance.
Some tour operators will transport you around the inlet by road to the Track crossing on the Nullaki Peninsula. Check our Affiliated Organisations in Denmark for their contact details. Denmark Cab Co. 08) 9848 2295.
The above are the preferred and safest options for walkers.
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 alternate route should only be undertaken if the above options are for whatever reason unavailable.
There used to be another alternative which relied upon crossing the Wilson Inlet Sandbar but this does not form part of the Bibbulmun Track and is not marked or maintained. Walkers should be very wary of snakes in the long grass as well as the fact that parts of this route may well be under water up to 600mm deep depending on recent rainfall and the time since the last sandbar breach. If you use this route, you do so at your own risk. Please stay on the old vehicle track if it is visible and respect the rights of private property owners. Check the tides and local weather conditions before you attempt to cross the sandbar. Do not attempt to cross if the inlet is flowing.
Opening of Wilson Inlet - map 8a
The Water Corporation is planning to open the sandbar across the Wilson Inlet on Thursday 24 August 2017, from 12.30pm.
This will leave the crossing impassable in the first few days after the opening at least. Walkers are reminded that if, on inspection, the water appears to be flowing too swiftly you will need to seek an alternative crossing point or wait for low tide. If you have any doubts at all about the depth of the water and wading across then you should take the alternative route along South Coast Highway marked in light green on the map, arrange the boat or taxi service.
For more information contact the Water Corporation on 0476 841 785 or Parks and Wildlife Albany on (08) 9842 4500.
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.
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 DPaW district office for information about inlet conditions just before you plan to make the crossing.
Check the tides and local weather conditions before you attempt to cross the sandbar.
The Water Corporation breached the sandbar across Torbay Inlet on Wednesday July 5, 2017. Discharge to the ocean will continue for some days depending on further rainfall.
Walkers are reminded that if, on inspection, the water appears to be flowing too swiftly, you will need to seek an alternative crossing. If you have any doubts at all about the depth of the water and wading across, then you should take the alternative route that is marked in light green on Map 8b.
Walkers are always advised to exercise caution and use their judgement in deciding whether the inlet is safe to cross if the water is flowing.
For more information contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife Albany on (08) 9842 4500 or the Water Corporation on 13 13 85.