Albany, WA: Destination Guide

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Discover WA's picturesque south with a visit to the heritage steeped town of Albany.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Albany or find and book accommodation in Albany today.

About Albany

‘It’s a pretty town, but vague’, was how Australian poet Henry Lawson described the charming city of Albany. Located on the south coast of Western Australia the town is a five hour’s drive from Perth and was the first European settlement in Western Australia. The towns of Perth and Albany are also connected by the colossal Bibbulum Track, a 1000km walk trail which passes through the idyllic south west region.

Things to do in Albany

Albany is renowned for its breathtaking natural landscapes so time spent outdoors is not only free but is the best way to become acquainted with all the town has to offer. For the whitest of sands head to Little Beach at Two Peoples Bay and take a dip in the crystal clear waters. Serious hikers should head to the summit at Bluff Knoll while for a surprisingly beautiful view head to Albany Wind Farm at sunset and cast your eye over the spectacular coastline dotted with wind turbines. The historic colonial buildings from a bygone era now house a range of galleries, museums and restaurants, and are all well worth discovering. The Patrick Taylor Cottage Museum in particular is worth seeing, as it is the oldest surviving abode in Western Australia and is a must-see attraction for any history buffs.

Attractions in Albany

Amity Trail

The Amity Trail is a 30 minute self-guided walking tour of the city which helps you uncover the steep history of Albany.

Whale World

Whale World is a favourite with all ages. Housed in a former whaling station, whale sightings are common from the museum café.

The Gap and Natural Bridge

Be sure to visit The Gap & Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park which is most spectacular in rough weather when the waves crash violently against the iconic granite formation. 

National ANZAC Centre

The newly opened National Anzac Centre is Australia’s foremost museum dedicated solely to honouring the Anzacs of World War I. Set within Albany's Heritage Park, the Centre offers visitors a deeply personal connection with the Anzac legend revealed through interactive multimedia displays, unique artefacts, rare images and film, and audio commentary.

Replica of the Brig Amity

The full-size replica of the Brig Amity, which was used in many sea expeditions during the settlement period, is much loved by kids who can climb down three levels of the ship and get a taste of life on the high seas.

Getting to Albany

Located at the southern tip of WA, Albany is about 417km south east from Perth.

By car

Driving from Perth to Albany will require around four and a half hours, and will take you via the Albany Highway and State Route 30.

By air

Virgin Australia operate numerous flights daily from Perth to Albany, lasting about an hour and ten minutes.

When to visit Albany

Albany is located in the Great Southern region of Western Australia and temperatures are much milder than what is experienced elsewhere in the country. The summer months are particularly dry and sunny making it a favoured time for visitors who want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. May - August is much cooler and rain is more likely.

Where to stay in Albany

Albany offers various clean and comfortable accommodation options suitable for the whole family. For more accommodation options in and around Albany, click here.

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