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Albany

 

Albany

With a spectacular rocky coastline edged with turquoise seas, the town of Albany in the South West region of Western Australia has plenty for visitors to explore.

Some five hours drive from Perth in the country of the Menang Noongar people, the port city of Albany is the site of the first European settlement in Western Australia and as a consequence this attractive town is home to many outstanding colonial buildings that today house some of Albany’s attractions. Visit museums and galleries or enjoy a self-guided heritage trail that takes in sites such as the convict prison, colonial homes – both grand residences and small cottages. The highlight is a replica of the Brig Amity, the ship that sailed from Sydney bringing the first European settlers to Western Australia to set up a military outpost in 1826.

More recent history is evident at the outstanding National Anzac Centre, looking out over King George Sound. It was from here during World War I, that the first convoy of ANZACs set forth to Europe. The centre houses interactive displays, historical artefacts, and tells the personal stories of ANZACs.

Whales are also a big part of Albany’s past and present, with magnificent humpbacks and southern right whales visiting these waters during their winter migration. Once rare due to the town’s whaling industry that ceased in 1978, whale numbers have thankfully increased. At Discovery Bay there is a museum housed in the old whaling station. Join a winter whale watch tour for a close encounter, or head to the local lookouts. Torndirrup National Park is known for spectacular coastal walks, breathtaking views of the pounding Southern Ocean and is another favourite site for spotting whales.

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Enjoy the Food and Wine hidden gems in Albany with the Albany Picnic Trail Map provided by Tourism WA: 

Albany Picnic Food and Wine Trail

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