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.
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.
Learn about our somewhat grim history as a whaling town at Discovery Bay, and see the gentle giants up close on a whale tour in our magnificent King George Sound. Head slightly further afield (less than an hour’s drive), and our beautiful neighbours Denmark, Porongurup and Mt Barker offer stunning scenery, yet more top-notch restaurants and wineries, and a wealth of activities and attractions. Why not take a day trip and climb Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Range National Park, the highest peak in WA and one of the only places in the state which experiences snowfall.
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.
Top TEN THINGS TO DO IN AMAZING ALBANy
1. Drive along the beautiful Princess Royal Drive for a truly spectacular view.
2. Take a detour along the way up Apex Drive to visit the National Anzac Centre to experience the legend of the Anzacs during the First World War. Afterwards, head up to the Mt Clarence Desert Corps Memorial and Padre White Lookout for amazing million-dollar views of Albany. Visit Western Australia’s first line of defence set up on Mt Adelaide, the Princess Royal Fortress.
3. Visit Little Beach, recently named one of the best beaches in Australia.
4. Stake a patch of white sand at Middleton Beach. Swim in the shelter of Ellen Cove, or walk towards Emu Point until the surf beckons. Embark on the Middleton Beach boardwalk, a must see for all visitors to our city.
5. Taste our award-winning wines, spirits, locally made beer, farm fresh yabbies and trout, olive and sandalwood products. Try the freshly shucked Albany oysters, boutique goats cheese and much more!
6. Witness the elegance of giant windmills at the Albany Wind Farm, and the miraculous 360-degree views afforded by the surrounding walk trails.
7. Drop into some of our famous wineries for a wine tasting, or taste W.A.’s first single malt whiskey.
8. 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.
9. Visit the new universally accessible lookout at the Gap and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park.
10. 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.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN THE GREAT SOUTHERN REGION
1. Walk the southern end of the Bibbulmun Track, a 1000 km scenic bush trail between Kalamunda and Albany, then put an oar in the water of the tranquil Kalgan River.
2. Hiking and rock climbing in the Porongurup and Stirling Range National Parks are just a short drive away. Walk trails and climbs abound!
3. Take in the highlights of William Bay National Park and the delightfully clear waters of Green’s Pool.
4. Climb Bluff Knoll, or if the 1096m climb is too much, simply take in the great view from the car park.
5. Visit the world-renowned wineries in the Great Southern region. Award-winning Singlefile Winery, Forest Hill Vineyard, and Plantagenet Wines are just some of many on offer in this acclaimed wine region.
6. Watch hang gliders and visit WA’s most southerly point at Shelley Beach in West Cape Howe National Park.
7. Commune with tingle trees on the 600m long Tree Top Walk, and explore the Valley of the Giants through a grove of veteran trees at ground level.
8. Visit galleries, cheese and chocolate factories and wineries along the picturesque Scotsdale Tourist Drive near Denmark.
9. Swim, sail, fish and snorkel at the picturesque Wilson Inlet.
10. Don’t miss a thing – embark on one of the region’s many wine and forest tours!