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WA’s first European settlement is
the jewel of the Great Southern coast
ounded in 1826, this
beachside town has a
of around 36,000. The
town evolved along historical trade
routes and laneways and has an
unconventional town plan. The city
centre and historic York Street are
at the northern edge of Princess
Royal Harbour, part of King George
Sound. The CBD is bounded by
Mount Clarence to the east and
Mount Melville to the west.
Air | Skywest offers eight daily return flights from Perth to Albany,
taking just over an hour. The Albany airport is located about 10km
from town so, be prepared to hire a car or call a taxi.
Bus | TransWA offers two return trips from Perth to Albany daily,
with more on weekends. The trip takes about six hours along Albany
Highway with several stops along the way.
Drive | The most direct route from Perth is approximately 418km
along the Albany Highway. If you’re after a more leisurely or scenic
route, take the Mitchell Freeway towards Bunbury and then the South
Coast Highway from Walpole through to Albany. It will add 120km to
the route but it’s worth it.
Heritage | Head for the Amity Heritage Precinct situated between the
lower half of York Street and Parade Street. Patrick Taylor Cottage,
the oldest surviving intact dwelling in WA, is on Duke Street;
the convict gaol is on Stirling Terrace (before it turns onto Parade
Street), and the Brig Amity – along with Albany’s division of the WA
Museum – is located on Residency Road.
Cultural | On York Street, between Grey Street West and Serpentine
Roads, the Albany Town Hall regularly hosts art exhibitions, and the
library offers internet access. At the end of Vancouver Street is the
Vancouver Arts Centre, with regular exhibitions.
Food | There are five major supermarkets. The two Woolworths outlets
are located on Chester Pass Road and Lockyer Avenue, and the Coles
store within the Albany Plaza. All open six days a week. The two IGA
outlets on North Road and Proudlove Parade are open seven days a
week. For the freshest produce, head to Albany’s Farmers Market on
Collie Street any Saturday from 8am to 12 noon, or on Sunday visit the
Boatshed Markets on Princess Royal Drive from 10am to 1pm to taste-
test local seafood. For the freshest bread, head to Cockburn Road, and
the locals’ favourite coffee shop can be found on Sanford Road.
Shopping | York Street is well known for cool international labels with
stores dotted all down the road. Parking is plentiful on the main drag
or off one of the many side streets, and exploring on foot is the way
to go in this ‘label’ hotspot. If you’re searching for the bigger retail
names, trek up towards Albany Highway.
Nightlife | Get down to Stirling Terrace for the after-dark
happenings. Well-known for its nightlife and home to the town’s
nightclub that often plays host to bands from Perth, the street is
also home to Albany’s only brewery and many well-known pubs,
coffee shops and a cocktail bar.
STIRLING TERRACE | The only
complete street to be listed on the
State Heritage Register, its buildings
dating from around 1867 to 1915
DOG ROCK | This prominent
landmark gets its name for fairly
obvious reasons. Find it near the
Public facilities include a
large, centrally located sporting
complex along North Road, a
fully equipped leisure centre
on Barker Road, an active arts
centre on Vancouver Street,
Albany Town Hall, and the
historically significant forts
precinct on Mount Clarence.
Wineries, gourmet food
producers, world-class hiking
and cycling trails surround the
township – great for day trips.
Visit Australia’s last operating
whaling station, now a museum
Skate down the historic snake
run on Hare Street
Climb the cannons at Princess
Admire the view from the wind
farm, Natural Bridge and the Gap
Walk through squeaky white sand
on Middleton Beach
Try the strawberries and
blueberries in season
Learn to surf with a local
Picnic at the Old Farm on
Strawberry Hill, Middleton Road
• Taste Great Southern
March 1-31 Albany
• Festival of the Sea
April 7-8 Albany
• Harbour Swim April 7 Albany
• Albany Cup April 8 Albany
April 20-22, Albany
• Albany Classic Motor Event
June 2-3 Albany
• The Big Trill Singing Weekend
June 22-24 Albany
Photography Tourism WA.
Photography Tourism WA.
An aerial view of Albany
(Photography Tourism WA).
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