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Albany’s reputation as
a gourmet destination may be
growing, but don’t think for a
second it’s gone corporate. Cellar
doors are still manned by winemakers
themselves, the weekly farmers market
still operates out of a car park, and some
of the best meals are served in homely,
EAT AND DRINK
Albany is home to some of the state’s most delicious produce. From the sea come
dhufish and the famed Western Rock Oyster. Inland, Albany’s rich coastal soil
produces fantastic asparagus, berries, avocados, apples, olives and persimmons.
Albany is equally well known for its dairy, honey, venison, yabbies, marron and eggs.
Fasten your seatbelt, pack an appetite and hit the Go Taste Albany Trail. The 75km
route brings you to the doorstep of some of the region’s best local producers,
where you can sample local wine, beer, cheese, olive oil, fruit and vegetables, all
while soaking up the region’s stunning landscape. For outdoorsy-types, bicycle-
friendly routes and venues are marked out on the map provided by the Albany
visitor centre, or available for download at www.transport.wa.gov.au.
Every Saturday morning from 8am till noon, the award-winning Albany Farmers
Market attracts throngs of local shoppers to Collie Street. Neighbours mingle over
a cuppa from the excellent Coffee to Go espresso cart, and buskers get the kids
dancing while customers chat with the farmers about the produce. Sunday is Albany
Boatshed Market day. Located on the Albany waterfront, it’s where to find fresh
local seafood. In summer, the venue’s popular Summer Shed Sundowners combines
live music, food and drinks.
The cooler weather in Albany makes it a prime location for producing pinot noir,
chardonnay and riesling. The wineries are a little spread out, so a wine tour can
be a good way of getting around them (contact the visitor centre for details),
or you can cycle them on the Go Taste trail. For something a touch stronger, there’s
the distillery for internationally awarded whisky, vodka, grappa, gin and brandy.
Better yet, sample them all in some of the trendy bars in town.
PIAF GREAT SOUTHERN
FESTIVAL | Each year a curated
program from the wider Perth International
Arts Festival trove of performing arts,
literature and film events is brought to
TASTE GREAT SOUTHERN |
A celebration of local taste sensations,
with home-grown and visiting chefs
and producers hosting events across
ALBANY PORT AUTHORITY
HARBOUR SWIM | Brave the waters
at Princess Royal Harbour for a cash prize, or
cheer along entrants in the 4km swim. Apr.
ALBANY CAR CLASSIC | Watch
a variety of cars in the Albany CBD, from
vintage wire-wheels to post-vintage and
big muscle cars, all taking part in this
motor-enthusiasts’ event. Jun.
ALBANY URBAN DOWNHILL |
This epic mountain-bike race winds through
Albany’s historic settings in the CBD. The
course is fantastic for spectators, and draws
thousands from across the state. Highlights
include plenty of obstacles and a jump off
the pedestrian overpass. May.
LUKE PEN WALK | This 9km easy trail
along the pretty Kalgan River and through
farmland takes four hours to complete.
The start is on East Bank Road, 16km out
of town (turn left from Nanarup Road).
STONY HILL | This 500m heritage-listed
walk to a rocky outcrop in Torndirrup
National Park has plaques along the
way inscribed with the thoughts of the
original settlers, and has great views. Take
Frenchman Bay Road and turn right about
1km south of Salmon Hole Road.
LAKE SEPPINGS BIRD WALK | This easy
2.7km return walk around Lake Seppings
is popular with birdwatchers – it’s home
to over 100 species, including white ibis,
yellow-billed spoonbill and the white-
faced heron. There are plenty of lookouts,
seating areas and even a camouflaged
bird hide. The gravel trail surface and
boardwalks are wheelchair accessible.
BALD HEAD WALK | Hardcore
bushwalkers will enjoy this strenuous
16km return walk over Isthmus Hill and
Limestone Head, finishing at Bald Head in
the Torndirrup National Park (fees apply).
The terrain is steep and difficult in parts,
but the coastal views are excellent.
RETURN HIKE TO SANDPATCH HUT |
This 5.7km return through heathland
starts at the Albany Windfarm car park (at
the end of Sandpatch Road). Follow the
moderate trail under the turbines, then
turn left when you get to the Bibbulmun
Track and loop back. There is a viewing
platform at Sandpatches Hut, 2.7 km from
the first viewing platform and down a path
to the right that is easily missed.
BIBBULMUN TRACK | The 1000km track
that finishes in Albany can make a nice
day walk from the southern terminus at
the Albany visitor centre. The 13.4km trip
is best tackled by the fit and agile. Head
east along the track to see the Amity
replica, continue out of town to The Gap
and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National
Park, and take the boardwalks to Mutton
Bird Island and the wind farm.
Bibbulmun Track walkers
(photography City of Albany).
A grocery store in Albany
town (photography Renee Bergere).
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