About this place
Windy Harbour offers a safe harbour on this wild coastline, rewarding fishing opportunities and stunning views of the Southern Ocean.
Windy Harbour is a small settlement surrounded by D'Entrecasteaux National Park. Around 230 cottages have been built here since the 1900's, most after the Great Depression, when inexpensive camping holidays on the south coast were favoured by many local timber workers. It was during these times that the strong community spirit which typifies Windy Harbour was established. Fishing has always been a major part of life at Windy Harbour and one of the principal reasons of its establishment. The relatively sheltered aspect of the harbour means it remains popular with fishers today. You can also view Sandy Island from the cliffs at Windy Harbour, an important nesting site for flesh-footed shearwaters. Up to 300,000 breeding pairs of these birds descend on Sandy Island each year, a large proportion of the global population.
One of the best ways to experience Windy Harbour’s stunning setting is to take a walk.
Learn about the coastal plants and animals and their adaptations to this most demanding of environments on the Coastal Survivors Walk. This coastal walk takes you along the dunes and cliff tops and links Point D’Entrecasteaux and Windy Harbour via Cathedral Rock.
- Distance: 2.8km one way
- Class: 3 – moderate
- Time: Allow 1.5 hours
As Windy Harbour is accessible through a sealed road, it is the only place in D’Entrecasteaux National Park with facilities for caravans. The nature based camping and caravan ground is small but well set out, and contains a campers’ kitchen, drinking water, hot showers, toilet and laundry and is managed by the Shire of Manjimup.
Plan when to visit. Consider travelling with a personal location beacon (PLB). In the event you need to be rescued it could save your life!
As Windy Harbour is accessible via sealed road, it is the only place in D’Entrecasteaux National Park with facilities for caravans. The nature-based camping and caravan ground is small but well set out, and contains a campers’ kitchen, drinking water, hot showers, toilet and laundry. It is managed by the Shire of Manjimup.
Windy Harbour has always been renowned for its excellent fishing. Keen anglers can expect to catch herring, whiting and skippy year round, along with salmon and tailor when they are running.
The harbour’s protected nature means that it is one of the few places along this coastline to offer a sheltered area to swim, although care should still be taken.
Plants, wildlife and fungi
Visit the Atlas of Living Australia for a list of species recorded within a 5km radius of Windy Harbour.
We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of D'Entrecasteaux National Park.