Things to See and Do
Near Albany, Western Australia, Australia
The Great Southern is the largest and most diverse region within Australia’s South West. It varies from unspoilt coastline, and idyllic seaside towns to sprawling agricultural lands and national parks harbouring some of the world’s rarest species. Along the south coast, the sheer force of the Southern Ocean has sculptured a raw, dramatic coastline, creating some remarkable coastal scenery. The…
The Great Southern is the largest and most diverse region within Australia’s South West. It varies from unspoilt coastline, and idyllic seaside towns to sprawling agricultural lands and national parks harbouring some of the world’s rarest species. Along the south coast, the sheer force of the Southern Ocean has sculptured a raw, dramatic coastline, creating some remarkable coastal scenery. The history of the region is equally as impressive, and for many reasons. King George Sound near Albany was the first European settlement in Western Australia, settled before the Swan River Colony in Perth. In addition, the area has significant ties to World War One, with Albany being the departure point for the majority of ANZAC troops leaving for Europe.
Featured Things to See and Do
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The Squid Shack
Best local fish & chips, located at the Emu Point Marina. Beautiful views and great seating if you wish to dine in.
The Old Marron Farm
Set in a great location, the Old Marron Farm & Nippers Cafe gives you the opportunity to sample farm fresh marron, yabbies and trout, home-made cakes and great coffee. Take a walk and say hello to and feed the friendly animals, wander through the huge flight aviary and hand-feed native and exotic birds. Looking for some real excitement? Take a Segway Adventure Tour. After some training, you can glide through the bush track, open fields and then down to the quarry to test out your new skills.
Albany Entertainment Centre
Albany Entertainment Centre is a state of the art performing arts centre with a stunning waterfront location. The centre piece is the 620 seat Princess Royal Theatre. With a proscenium arch opening of 12 metres, flying facilities, orchestra pit, and cutting edge theatre lighting and audio systems, this venue annually hosts local, national and international acts. The popular View Restaurant provides stunning views of the harbour and is open to the public from 10am until 3pm Tuesday to Sundays.
Albany Historical Museum and Old Gaol
A visit to the Albany Residency Museum will be sure to captivate anyone with an interest in the history of Western Australia. Trace the history of the picturesque town of Albany which was home to the first European settlers in Western Australia. Old Gaol offers a fascinating look back to the era of convicts in the mid 1800s. Wander through the cell blocks reading the plaques about the colourful history of the gaol and gain an understanding of the difficulties experienced by the early settlers.
National Anzac Centre
The National Anzac Centre is Australia's foremost museum honouring the Anzac legend. Set within Albany Heritage Park, the Centre offers visitors a deeply personal connection with the Anzac experience. Upon entering the National Anzac Centre, visitors assume the identity of one of 32 Anzac characters and walk with them as they experience the First World War: from recruitment; through training and embarkation; engagement in conflicts in the Indian Ocean prior to arrival in Egypt; and on to Gallipoli, the Palestine and Sinai; and across the Western front.
Torndirrup National Park
The Torndirrup National Park is home to a range of spectacular natural wonders, and is the most visited national park in Western Australia. The drive through Torndirrup is stunning and leads down to the rugged southern coastline. Take a short walk to the famous Gap and Natural Bridge. Both have been formed over hundreds of years by the ocean eroding a large gap in one rock face and a natural arch in another. A twenty minute walk will lead you to the blowholes, a split in the rock where the waves force air out the top. If you can time your visit on a rough day you will hear an impressive roar resulting from the massive force of the water. Watch out for the spray that usually follows! For the walking enthusiast, take one of the easily accessible bush walks through the park to see a plethora of stunning wildflowers in season. Alternatively for the more adventurous, take the medium grade coastal walk to Bald Head, the landmark that once guided explorers into King George Sound.
West Cape Howe National Park
Theres plenty of adventure on offer at West Cape Howe National Park near Albany. Go rock-climbing up rugged granite cliffs or hang gliding at Shelley Beach. During summer, easterly winds create good steady flying conditions. Take-off for hang gliders is from the lookout car park. There are also white sandy beaches offering idyllic swimming and fishing. Throw in a line from the beach and you could snare a catch of Australian salmon, mulloway, whiting and herring. Scenic bushwalking trails along the coast lead you through virgin bush and offer spectacular views. Some of the best and remote walk trails are in the Torbay area most are four or five hour return treks. Good sturdy footwear is recommended when hiking through this rugged wilderness area.
Albany Farmers Market
At the Albany Farmers Market, a car park in the heart of Albany is miraculously transformed every Saturday into a busy thriving market place - local producers bring their fresh, seasonal product and sell direct to locals and visitors. The quality and range of product every weeks is enormous - not only every imaginable type of fruit and vegetables, but also organic beef and lamb, venison, kangaroo, capretto, free range chicken, fish, seafood, honey, bread, yoghurt, cheese, milk, cream, ice-cream, oils, jams, preserves and fresh flowers and much more. The growers themselves sell their produce and delight in passing on the provenance of their product, together with helpful tips and recipes. Many locals now rely on the markets for their major weekly shop because of the comprehensive range and sustained quality of produce, enjoying the wonderful interaction with the producers, whilst at the same time enjoying catching up with old friends. Visitors enjoy an opportunity see, sample and buy produce that is truly local.
Named Dog Rock, this huge granite outcrop near the town centre of Albany has an unmistakable likeness to the head of a bloodhound sniffing the air. Dog Rock is a must-do stop on any trip to Albany and is a popular place for that great holiday photograph. There's even a dog collar painted around this iconic Albany tourism attraction. Dock Rock is located on Middleton Beach Road, and a two minute walk from the town centre.
Emu Point in Albany is the perfect place for families to go swimming and picnicking. Its an ideal spot for children thanks to clear, calm and shallow water, as well as grassy lawn and trees. Pack a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Emu Point is also popular for fishing and boating. When the wind is up wind surfers skim along the shallows at a fast pace. Emu Point is a long promontory which juts out into the ocean near Oyster Harbour, just a few minutes from Albany.
For the diving enthusiast a trip to King George Sound to explore the HMAS Perth is a must. Laid to rest off the coast of Albany in 2001, the shipwreck is already home to many species of fish and marine life. Recreational divers can follow the interpretive trail around the 133 metre long artificial dive reef to discover more about the ships historic past. See where the ship came under fire during the Vietnam War with remnant shellfire still visible. Plaques have been placed near habitats of plant and marine life so you can learn about the fascinating eco-system that has developed since the ships sinking. Divers will be provided with a map of the wreck and a suggested path to follow. However, it is up to you how you choose to investigate the HMAS Perth. Swimmers and snorkelers are also able to explore the wreck from the surface. King George Sound is often visited by the Humpback whales during their migration, so keep an eye out while diving, or snorkelling, for these fascinating mammals.
Discovery Bay Tourism Experience
Discovery Bay near Albany is a truly unique attraction, home to Australia's last operating whaling station, a stunning Botanic Garden of Australian plants and a display offering visitors a close up experience with friendly Australian Wildlife. You can choose to explore Australia's whaling history, or the gardens and wildlife, or the entire site to make a real day of it! Pack a picnic or barbecue lunch and spend a day discovering all you need to know about the Great Southern region. Situated at the tip of the Flinders Peninsula, the heritage-listed "Whale World" site has undergone dramatic change since 2004 to maximise its location and become a showcase for the region's amazing natural biodiversity while still remaining true to the original whaling history display. Whaling Station guided tours are included with admission, while informative displays are provided to enjoy the gardens and wildlife at your own pace. An absolute must-see attraction while in Albany!