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TWO PEOPLES BAY
This stunning reserve, 35km east of
Albany, boasts idyllic swimming, fishing
and beach-walking experiences, not
to mention the noisy scrubbird, whose
calls are particularly poignant during
mating season (May to September).
It is also home to Little Beach –
along with Waterfall Beach, it boasts
sheltered, shiny waters that are a must-
visit during the warmer months.
With massive granite outcrops,
sheer cliffs and the famous rock
formations of The Gap, The
Blowholes and Natural Bridge, this
rugged national park 10km south of
Albany draws visitors to its wave-
carved spectacles. There are lookouts
and walking trails, and you can even
spot whales from the cliffs.
View The Gap and Natural Bridge
from the spectacular (and safe) new
lookout platform, while new site
information for visitors and wheelchair-
accessible path networks enhance the
WEST CAPE HOWE
West Cape Howe is one of the
most extreme, yet totally serene
pieces of coastline you’ll see. This
landscape, 30km west of Albany,
is the most southern point in WA,
with dramatic sheer cliffs of granite
and black dolerite battered by the
Southern Ocean, rugged limestone
outcrops, isolated golden beaches,
and rock islands. Some 500 species
of plants and 50 species of orchids
are found here, including a few
carnivorous plants, yet it attracts
campers, bushwalkers, fishermen and
adventure-seekers alike. Some sites
require a 4WD, while 2WD vehicles
can access the park via Shelley Beach
Road, a prime launching site for
hang-gliders. The beautiful Shelley
Beach area is great for fishing
and camping, with the nearby
lookout offering super views.
Bushwalking along sandy tracks,
you’ll see dolphins, seals and
sea lions from the cliffs, along with
humpback and southern right whales
during winter and spring.
TIP If driving a high-clearance
4WD sounds too difficult, let
someone else sort it out, and jump
on the 4WD eco tour. Apart from
seeing things you’d probably never
find yourself, it’s also lots of fun.
Home to Australia’s last operating
whaling station, Discovery Bay is
a truly unique tourism destination,
its history now captured in Albany’s
award-winning whale museum.
The facility also features a stunning
Botanic Garden of Australian plants,
and Australian wildlife exhibits, not to
mention one of the best views in town
from the restaurant. Guided tours are
included with admission, or go at your
own pace, following the informative
displays past the plants and animals.
There are plenty of trails further out
from the city centre or close to town.
• The Go Taste trail is a 75km loop
through food-and-wine country.
• The trail to Middleton Beach is
a 6km gem, littered with lookouts
to wonderful shorelines.
• For wildlife lovers, a four-hour trail
leads around Oyster Harbour
to Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve.
• The Munda Biddi Trail is a 1000km off-
road trail from Mundaring to Albany.
It has free huts, campsites and toilets,
and is best in autumn and spring
(www.mundabiddi.org.au). Bikes can
be hired from Albany Bicycle Hire
and delivered free of charge to your
accommodation. Call (08) 9842 2468.
In Albany, the fish are biting all year
round – talk to the local tackle shop
to gauge when to cast a line, and how
best to reel them in.
Natural Bridge (photography
Albany Visitor Centre).
Deep sea fishing, Albany.
• Nanarup Beach has a sheltered pool
for the kids, while you chase herring,
skippy and whiting off the beach.
• Fish for salmon and mulloway from
the rocks at Cosy Corner, but be
careful of dangerous king waves
during high-yielding winter.
• Oyster Harbour is a permanently
open estuary, where rock species are
abundant, as are squid and flathead.
• The Kalgan River is home to some
of WA’s largest bream, King George
whiting, mulloway, and small sharks.
Albany is the traditional home of the
Minang Noongar people. When the
settlement at King George Sound
was established in 1826, the Minang
people established a relationship
with European settlers in a period of
harmonious co-existence. Albany’s
emerging Indigenous art scene offers
real insight into an ancient culture,
with galleries open around town.
Australia’s foremost museum
honouring the ANZAC legend
opened with a stellar ceremony
late last year (100 years after
the first convoy of soldiers left
Albany), and it's been pulling
crowds ever since.
Set within Albany Heritage
Park, the $10.6 million centre
allows visitors to assume the
identity of one of 30 ANZAC
characters, and to walk in their
shoes. Experience World War I,
from recruitment through
training and embarkation, to
engagement in conflicts in the
Indian Ocean, arrival in Egypt
and then on to Gallipoli, the
Palestine and Sinai, and across
the Western Front. The stories
are told through interactive
multimedia displays, poignant
artefacts, rare images, and film-
and audio-commentary, before
concluding with a remembrance
gallery where you can discover
each ANZAC's fate. Visitors can
document their feelings about
the stories through a special
Inside the ANZAC Centre.
The National ANZAC Centre.
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