The National Anzac Centre is situated within Albany Heritage Park on Mount Adelaide. This beautifully designed centre offers visitors the opportunity to explore the Anzac story in a unique and personal way. The centre is Australia’s foremost Anzac Museum, honouring the more than 40,000 Australian and New Zealand men and women who left Albany in 1914 headed for the First World War.
At the National Anzac Centre, visitors experience the feeling of assuming the identity of one of 32 Anzacs, following their journey from recruitment, training, and departure to conflicts in Gallipoli, Palestine, Sinai, and the Western Front and for some, the return home. Their stories are shared through interactive, multimedia displays and audio commentary, and can be a deeply moving experience.
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.
It’s not surprising The National Anzac Centre has won a string of awards including gold in the WA Tourism Awards, A Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award, and multiple Certificates of Excellence.
Located within the grounds of the heritage-listed Princess Royal Fortress, both properties are stunning monuments to the memory of those who have fought to protect Australia, and New Zealand as well as intercontinental trade routes.
The National Anzac Centre features dramatic architecture and is situated in a symbolic location overlooking the place from where the military convoys gathered and departed.
Visitors can walk through the grounds of Princess Royal Fortress, exploring heritage-listed buildings, original gun batteries, large coastal gun defences and the officers’ barracks and gain an insight into what it was like to protect Australia’s shores in times of war.
The property, with its magnificent views across King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour, offers the perfect place to take time to relax and reflect.
Once inside the National Anzac Centre, there is much to discover, learn and explore. Opened on the 1st of November 2014 by the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand, the centre cleverly and sensitively uses multimedia, interactive technology, and historical artefacts to pay tribute to those who served while helping visitors form a connection through their stories.
One particularly touching exhibit is The Pool of Reflection. Reflected in the waters are the names of the 41,265 Australians and New Zealanders who left on the First and Second convoys. Visitors can search for a person on the list and find out when they’re scheduled to appear in the pool.
The Forts Store located in the former Military Institute at the Princess Royal Fortress carries military-themed toys, a great range of memorabilia and gift lines and claims to have the best collection of military fiction and non-fiction books in Western Australia.
The National Anzac Centre was opened on November 1st, 2014, by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. The opening of the award-winning, state-of-the-art centre marked the centenary of the departure of Anzac troops from Albany's King George Sound to the First World War.
The construction and fit-out of the National Anzac Centre in Albany cost $10.6 million and was fully funded by the Federal and Western Australian Governments. Operated by the City of Albany, the centre runs in conjunction with the heritage-listed Princess Royal Fortress and receives no ongoing funding. Revenue from entry fees contributes to the operation and maintenance of the centre and other properties situated within the Albany Heritage Park.
Albany (Kinjarling) is a port city located 418 kilometres southeast of Perth in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. Albany is the tourism hub for the region and is renowned for both its natural attractions and heritage preservation.
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