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Acity of 36,000 people, Albany is an hour flight or five-hour drive south of Perth.
It has a temperate climate and over 160 accommodation options, 50 cafes,
restaurants and pubs, and 25 beaches. The public library and some cafes have
free wi-fi plus there are loads of easily accessible walking and cycling paths.
The town dates back to 1826, meaning there’s plenty in Albany to satisfy those with
an interest in days gone by. The replica of the Brig Amity, along with the old convict gaol,
is an attraction sure to please history buffs, while the Patrick Taylor Cottage lays claim to
the title of Western Australia’s oldest surviving dwelling.
The onset of the wildflower season provides a range of options for walkers,
including the Mt Adelaide Trail, Mt Clarence Granite trail and Middleton Beach’s
Ellen Cove boardwalk. But perhaps the region’s most famed locations are The Gap,
the Natural Bridge and the Blowholes. The ancient rock, carved into awe-inspiring
formations, is true testament to the power of the ocean, although the impressiveness of
the Blowholes is largely dependent on the weather – calm days make for a quieter, less
Birdwatchers should make for Lake Seppings to see the common water species, as
well as red-eared firetail finches, western rosellas and golden whistlers. The areas around
Cheynes Beach and Two Peoples Bay, meanwhile, can turn up glimpses of rare western
bristlebirds, western whipbirds and the noisy scrub-bird
And if you fancy simply taking it easy and indulging your tastebuds, Albany is famed
for its fresh food, from avocados to asparagus, blueberries to strawberries. Plus let’s not
forget WA’s only whisky distillery – just right for winter.
Areas of awe-inspiring coast and historical interest
are just the start of Albany’s attractions – no matter
what you’re looking for in a winter break, it’s here
“The ancient r ock for mations are
testament to the power of the ocean"
Air | Skywest offers 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.
Car | The most direct route from Perth is along the Albany
Highway. For a more leisurely route, take the Mitchell
Freeway towards Bunbury, then the South Coast Highway.
Wal k the Bibbulmun Track
Sur f Nanarup Beach
Ride the Munda Biddi Trail
Watch hang gliders fr om Shelley
Kitesur f Princess Royal Har bour
Eat fish and chips on the beach
Dive from the jetty
at Emu Point
After bulging your eyes to take in
the enormous blades, trek down
to the nearby Bibbulmun Track for
brilliant coastline views.
Home to a range of world-class
shows, from theatre to ballet.
Natural Bridge (Photography Ben Reynolds).
Albany wind farm (Photography
Albany Visitor Centre).
Albany Entertainment Centre
(Photography Geoff Bickford).
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