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here is so much to see
and do in the Great
Southern. It’s best to
start with the main
centre, Albany, and work your
way out from there. Due to the
mild climate, outdoor activities
such as walking and cycling are
enjoyable year round, just be sure
to dodge the cold fronts. During
spring, get out and enjoy the many
waterways around town, including
the King and Kalgan rivers, with
a canoe or kayak that can be
hired from many local businesses.
Being in the southernmost part
of the State means wildflowers
often don’t reach their peak until
October. It’s often the case of
‘better late than never’, because
the region puts on some eye-
popping displays of orchids and
other coastal wildflowers. Best
wildflower viewing is from August
to November. Take a spin along
Princess Royal Drive because, on a
winter’s day with a slight mist on
the harbour, you’re likely to have
stunning views of the wind farm.
At the end of the year, Albany’s
calendar is packed, including a
vintage motorcycle weekend, an
agricultural show and a family-
friendly Christmas pageant.
Founded in 1826, Albany has
evolved along historical trade
routes and laneways ensuring a
less-than-conventional town plan.
The main centre along York Street
is now home to a great selection of
retail and food outlets you’ll want
to spend a full day discovering.
After a hard day of retail therapy,
park yourself in front of a roaring
fire at any one of the town’s
eateries and enjoy a meal prepared
from fresh, in-season produce.
The town is accessible by foot,
has limited public transport and
if you want to access the region’s
national parks you’ll need a car.
Wi ld flower walks include the Mt
Adelaide Trail, Mt Clarence Granite
Trail and the Ellen Cove boardwalk
at Middleton Beach. Trails further
out include the Mt Martin Regional
Botanical Park, Gull Rock Beach
and the Mutton Bird Beach area.
Locals suggest Torndirrup National
Park for the excellent displays
of wildflowers on the Stony Hill
Heritage Trail, and from Sharp
Point. Other suggestions include
the well-established paths
and boardwalks at the Albany
Windfarm, Shelley Beach in West
Cape Howe National Park and
Two Peoples Bay. Numerous tour
companies operate from Perth,
travelling the length of the coast
searching for wildflowers, taking
in the highlights of the Stirling
Range and Porongurup national
parks. Check with any of the local
operators where the wildflowers
are, the locations change from
season to season.
Within a short distance of Albany
you’ll find a veritable picnic
hamper of fresh food. And what
better time to indulge than spring,
“One of the most popular beaches
on the south coast, Albany’s Emu
Point has been declared Western
Australia’s cleanest beach at the 2011
Clean Beaches Awards”
A misty-morning view of Albany from Mount
Clarence (Photography Dave Code).
Albany’s Sandpatch Windfarm
(Photography Bibbulmun Track Foundation).
Middleton Beach attracts the local birdlife
(Photography Abigail Workman).
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