Discover Amazing Albany

There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city.

Amazing Albany, the thriving cultural and administrative hub of the Great Southern region of Western Australia, is less than an hour away by air from WA’s capital city Perth, and a mere 4.5 hours by road.

 

About Albany

Albany sits on the south coast of WA, widely regarded as one of the most incredibly beautiful and diverse coastlines in the world – in equal turns stunningly gorgeous and fearsomely rugged. The region boasts beaches which are routinely named among the best in Australia, such as the incredible Little Beach, the aptly-named Elephant Rocks in Denmark and of course our iconic Middleton Beach, just minutes from Albany’s CBD.

There truly is something for everyone in Albany, from gourmet wine-lovers, to intrepid 4WD explorers, to backpackers – and everyone in between. World-class wine, food, fishing, surfing, swimming, diving, hiking, mountain biking, four-wheel-driving, camping and myriad other activities are all on offer within minutes of town.

Experience the legend that shaped a nation at the National Anzac Centre, a state-of-the-art interpretive museum overlooking King George Sound. Walk with the ANZACs and experience the Great War through their personal stories. Follow them from Albany in 1914, to the Middle East, to Gallipoli and across the Western Front, and, for too few, home to Australia and New Zealand.

Witness one of the most fearsome and formidable rock formations on the south coast – The Gap – just minutes from town in the Torndirrup National Park. Check out our striking 18 turbine wind farm overlooking the spectacular Sandpatch beach – a testament to Albany’s aspiration to be a green city.

Amazing Albany is the jewel of the Great Southern. We hope you enjoy your stay in one of Australia’s most sought after tourism destinations.

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Albany Attractions

 
 

Princess Royal Harbour

Princess Royal Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Drive along or jump onboard one of the local cruises to explore the huge stretch of waters in this picturesque harbour. Keep an eye out for the humpback whales in the harbour and neighbouring King George Sound.

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National ANZAC Centre

The award winning National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, the centre overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and woman departed Australia for the Great War. Immerse yourself in the Anzac Legend and follow personal stories through state of the art technology, multimedia and historic artefacts. Prepare to remember, learn and explore.

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Little Beach

Recently named one of the best beaches in Australia. Beautiful turquoise waters, white sand and large waves make Little Beach a must-see for travellers to the region.

The stairs or ramp from the car park lead directly on to the northern side of the beach.

It is a beautiful walk along the beach to where a giant stone stands alone against the sea. Little Beach is somewhat sheltered by the headland and, as we said, is blessed with bright turquoise waters.

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Middleton Beach Board Walk

The Middleton Beach Board walk commences from Ellen Cove and winds around the coast with stunning views to join up with Stirling Terrace in the city. There are a number of pathways from the track that lead to the waters edge. The total distance from the beach back to the city along the path is approximately 5 kilometres. This is a dual pathway for walkers and cyclists. A must see for all visitors to our city.

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Wine and Dine

There’s a reason Albany’s gourmet providores, organic food producers, farmers’ markets and dining outlets are stacking up all the food awards’ silverware. Produce so fresh you can count the minutes since it was harvested, devotion to sustainable agricultural methods, commitment to time-honoured cooking techniques passed down through generations and a strictly seasonal approach to dining room menus.

Taste our award-winning wines, spirits, locally made beer, farm fresh yabbies and trout and olive products. Try the freshly shucked Albany oysters, boutique goats cheese and much more!

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Albany Wind Farm

The Albany Wind Farm is approximately 12km south-west of the city centre. It is in an elevated position approximately 80m above the Southern Ocean. This height, proximity to the coastline and small distance to the main electricity transmission system make this an exceptional wind farm site.

The wind farm is open to the general public every day of the year and you are free to visit. At the wind farm there is a large car-parking area, extensive network of boardwalks, artwork and information panels, plus a connection walk to the Bibbulmum track.

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Wineries and Distilleries

Albany Region is home to one of the largest of Australia's wine regions. Our wine region is set in some of the most picturesque and unspoilt countryside in WA. Enjoy wandering the vineyards and 26 cellar doors of famous Riesling, Shiraz and Chardonnay.

Great Southern Distilling Company, home to Limeburners whisky, sits on the edge of the Princess Royal Harbour in Albany on the South West coast, the cellar door is a relaxing way to taste through their portfolio.

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Albany’s Historic Whaling Station

Discover the richness of Albany’s whaling history at the only museum of its kind in the world to be housed in a formerly fully-operational whaling station. Spot migrating humpbacks and blue whales from the shore, or see them up close on board a whale watching cruise.

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The Gap and Natural Bridge

A new universally accessible viewing platform at the Gap allows visitors to stand 40 metres directly above the surging seas, allowing those brave enough to view the true power of mother nature. The new raised pathways gives safe access to the stunning views and provide protection to vulnerable plants and lichens on the rock surface.

The pathway out to the Natural Bridge provide a stunning view of the bridge, a monumental span of granite demonstrating the awesome power of the sea when a heavy swell is running. Enjoy epic views of the Southern Ocean and the coast from Bald Head to West Cape Howe.

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Albany Markets

Saturday or Sunday morning, Albany hosts bustling farmers markets (Albany Farmers Market and Albany Boatshed Markets) offering the freshest local produce and seafood, live entertainment and arts and crafts.

On offer is a huge range of the very freshest seasonally available fruits, vegetables, farmed meat, dairy, cheese, fish, seafood and much more all from the Great Southern Region of Western Australia brought to market each week by the person who grew it.

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