Albany sits perched on a placid harbour bordered by a national park, 418 kilometres, southeast of Perth in Western Australia. Considered to have one of the most diverse and stunning coastlines in the world with rugged, sculpted rocks, quiet sandy beaches, and nature trails through the fragrant bush. Albany is a haven for swimming, surfing, and diving as well as hiking, mountain biking, four-wheel-driving, and camping, all within minutes of town.
Albany is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia and the thriving cultural and administrative hub of the Great Southern region. Known for preserving its heritage, many of the colonial buildings are home to museums, restaurants, and art galleries. The cooler climate of Albany is a great place for visitors to escape the heat and cool off in its natural playground or enjoy the wineries, restaurants, and gourmet eateries.
Head way out West and discover the beauty of WA’s wildflowers, natural formations and historic attractions. Flights take you in to Perth for 2 night stay with coach touring which includes visits to Geraldton, Dalwallinu, Hyden, Albany, Pemberton, Margaret River and Busselton. Cruise the Donnelly River, marvel at The Pinnacles and Wave Rock, enjoy the delights of Rottnest Island and be mesmerised by dreamtime legends in the Ngilgi Caves.
The region boasts beaches known to be among the best in Australia. Just minutes from the centre of town is the iconic Binalup /Middleton Beach and beautiful Little Beach. A short drive away is Elephant Rocks, where huge granite boulders resemble a herd of elephants lazing in the sea.
In Torndirrup National Park, is The Gap and Natural Bridge, two of the most impressive rock formations on the south coast. The Gap is a spectacular channel in the 40-metre-high coastal granite while Natural Bridge, a large granite rock eroded to form an archway, provides a window to one of Australia’s most exposed coasts.
Come see the natural beauty of Albany on one of our Western Australia tours.
A visit to Discovery Bay reveals Albany’s gruesome history as a whaling town. Albany is one of the few places in the world where evidence exists of the pelagic, bay and shore-based whaling practices, dating back to 1836. History was made in November 1978 when the Cheyne Beach Whaling Company became the last whaling station to close in Australia.
While in Albany, it’s worth a trip to the award-winning National ANZAC Centre, a state-of-the-art interpretive museum. On a tour of the centre, you assume the identity of a service person and follow their experience of the Great War. From recruitment, through training, to embarking on their journey through the conflicts of WWI, from Albany in 1914, to the Middle East, Gallipoli and across the Western Front, and for the fortunate ones, back home to Australia and New Zealand.
The best time to visit Albany is during the months of March to May (autumn) or September to November (spring). During these months, the weather is mild with comfortable temperatures, and there is generally less rainfall compared to the winter months.
Albany is less crowded in Autumn after the summer holidays and you can enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage. In spring, the wildflowers bloom and create a stunning display of colours throughout the region.
Visitors can embark on Albany whale tours in one of Western Australia’s most magnificent harbours, Mammang- Koort/King George Sound. From May to early October every year, this area is a resting place for the southern migration of the Humpback Whale and the calving grounds of the Southern Right Whale. The deep, sheltered waters also provide a safe, natural harbour for the much-loved Western Australian Whales.
Albany has a rich Aboriginal history; before European settlement, Albany was called Kinjarling meaning ‘place of rain’ and was inhabited primarily by the Menang of the larger Noongar Aboriginal group. The Noongar people have a strong cultural and spiritual connection to the land, and their history in the area extends back over 35,000 years.
During the colonial period, the Noongar people were dispossessed of their land, and their traditional way of life was disrupted. Many Noongar people were forced to live on missions or reserves, and their cultural practices and language were suppressed. However, today there is a growing recognition of the importance of Noongar culture and history, and efforts are being made to preserve and promote this heritage.
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