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Albany, a picturesque city on Western Australia's south coast, is the site of the state's first European settlement. On Boxing Day 1826, Major Edmund Lockyer, with a party of soldiers and convicts from New South Wales, came ashore to establish a military and penal outpost. Ninety years later, Albany was the embarkation point for Australian troops during World War I and, for many, their last view of the continent. A whaling industry, which began in the 1940s, defined the town until the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company closed in 1978. Nowadays, whale-watching has taken its place. Lying within the protected shelter of the Princess Royal Harbour on the edge of King George Sound, Albany is one of the state's most popular tourist destinations.

Visitor Information

Old Railway Station, Proudlove Pde; (08) 9841 9290

Nearby national parks

  • Torndirrup National Park

    Torndirrup National Park near Albany fronts the wild Southern Ocean and protects breathtaking coastal scenery. The Gap is a chasm with a...more

  • West Cape Howe National Park

    The 20-kilometre coastline protected by this national park includes rugged headlands, dramatic granite and dolerite cliffs, isolated beaches...more

  • Porongurup National Park

    The Porongurup Range, a 40-minute drive north of Albany, is renowned for its stark granite domes and unusual rock formations that rise up...more

Nearby towns

  • Mount Barker

    Mount Barker lies in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, with the Stirling Range to the north and the Porongurups to the east....more

  • Denmark WA

    Denmark lies at the foot of Mt Shadforth, overlooking the tranquil Denmark River and Wilson Inlet. It is surrounded by forests of towering...more

  • Cranbrook

    The small town of Cranbrook greets travellers with a large sign announcing that it is the 'Gateway to the Stirlings'. A mere 10 kilometres...more

In Town

Historic buildings As WA's oldest town, Albany boasts more than 50 buildings of historical significance dating back to the early years of the settlement. Two of the oldest were built in the 1830s: Patrick Taylor Cottage on Duke St, which houses an extensive collection of period costumes and household goods, and the Old Farm at Strawberry Hill on Middleton Rd, site of the first government farm in WA. Other heritage buildings include the Old Gaol (1851), with its collection of social history artefacts, and the Residency Museum (1850s), a showcase of historical and environmental exhibits, both in Residency Rd. There are self-guide walks available, including the Colonial Buildings Historical Walk; contact visitor centre for brochures.

The Amity: full-scale replica of the brig that brought Albany's first settlers from Sydney in 1826; Princess Royal Dr.

St. John's Church: 1848 Anglican church is the oldest in the state; York St.

Albany Entertainment Centre: architecturally stunning new performing arts centre on foreshore with breathtaking harbour views; Toll Pl.

Vancouver Arts Centre: gallery, craft shop, studio and workshop complex, originally the Albany Cottage Hospital (1887); Vancouver St.

House of Gems: extensive range of gemstones and jewellery; Cnr York St and Stirling Tce.

Dog Rock: granite outcrop resembling the head of an enormous labrador is a photo opportunity not to be missed; Middleton Rd.

Princess Royal Fortress: Albany’s first federal fortress, commissioned in 1893 and fully operational until the 1950s, now houses military museums and war memorials; off Forts Rd.

The White Star Hotel: charming historic hotel with microbrewery; Stirling Tce.

Spectacular views: lookouts at the peaks of Mt Clarence and Mt Melville have 360-degree views. Near the top of Mt Clarence is the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial statue, a recast of the original statue erected at Suez in 1932; Apex Dr. John Barnesby Memorial Lookout at the top of Mt Melville is 23 m high, with observation decks; Melville Dr.

Mt Clarence Downhill: new downhill mountain bike trail adjacent to the peak; Apex Dr.

Bibbulmun Track: 963 km walking track to Perth begins at Albany's Old Railway Station in Proudlove Pde; see below.

Whale-watching: cruises daily from town jetty to see southern right whales; June–Oct.


Bibbulmun Track At 963 km, this is WA’s only long-distance walking trail and one of the longest continuously marked trails in Australia. It stretches from Kalamunda, a suburb on the outskirts of Perth, to Albany. On the way it passes through some of the state’s most picturesque southern towns including Dwellingup, Collie, Balingup, Pemberton, Northcliffe, Walpole and Denmark. Named after a local Aboriginal language group, the track is marked by a stylised image of the ‘Waugal’ (rainbow serpent), a spirit being from the Aboriginal Dreaming. Whether taking a short walk or a 5-day hike, easy access points enable walkers of all ages and fitness levels to experience the Bibbulmun Track. Walk the track in springtime and see the bush at its best with WA’s amazing array of wildflowers. Near Walpole you’ll encounter the massive red tingle trees of the Valley of the Giants. Other well-known natural attractions on the track include Mt Cook, the highest point in the Darling Range, Beedelup Falls and the Gloucester Tree lookout. For maps and more information contact the Bibbulmun Track Office of DEC on (08) 9334 0265 or visit

Torndirrup National Park Torndirrup is one of the most visited parks in the state, featuring abundant wildflowers, wildlife and bushwalking trails. Granite outcrops and cliffs alternate with dunes, and sandy heath supports peppermint, banksia and karri. The park is renowned for its rugged coastal scenery, including such features as the Gap, a chasm with a 24 m drop to the sea, and the Natural Bridge, a span of granite eroded by huge seas to form a giant arch. Exercise extreme caution on this dangerous coastline; king waves can rush in unexpectedly. 17 km S.

Whale World Even before the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company closed in 1978, Albany’s oldest industry was a major tourist attraction.

Albany Bird Park: undercover walk-in aviary with over 250 native and exotic birds; Frenchman Bay Rd; 3.5 km SW.

Deer-O-Dome: showcases the Australian deer industry; 6 km N.

Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory: skincare products, perfumes, therapeutics and free guided tours; (08) 9845 6888; 12 km N.

Albany Wind Farm: 12 giant turbines, each 100 m high; 12 km SW.

Point Possession Heritage Trail: views and interpretive plaques; Vancouver Peninsula; 20 km SE.

Fishing: Emu Point (8 km NE), Oyster Harbour (15 km NE), Jimmy Newhill's Harbour (20 km S), Frenchman Bay (25 km SE).

Diving: former HMAS Perth was scuttled in 2001 as an artificial dive reef; Frenchman Bay; 25 km SE.

West Cape Howe National Park: walking, fishing, swimming and hang-gliding; 30 km W.

Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve: sanctuary for the noisy scrub bird, thought to be extinct but rediscovered in 1961; 40 km E

Tours: include sailing, wineries, eco-tours, 4WDriving, and national parks tours; contact visitor centre for more details.

Fishing spots near town

Albany 9 km

Albany, about five hours’ drive south of Perth, is most famous for being the home of the last Australian whaling station. But talk to tackle store owner Jim Allen and you soon realise there is more to Albany than... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wildflower tour - Mount Barker 45 km

The Banksia Farm at Mount Barker has the world’s only arboretum of all 77 banksia species and nearly all the dryandras as well. Join a tour around the farm to hear fascinating yarns about how banksias were used in... Find out more

Cycling tours 47 km

Denmark Bike Adventures hires bikes and recommends a couple of cycling tours, including a hike–bike combination in which you can walk a section of the Bibbulmun Track (see Hiking below), then hop on a bike to cycle... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Earl of Spencer Historic Inn

Established in 1874, the Earl of Spencer is one of the oldest taverns in the state. The open fireplaces, friendly beer garden and historic charm have made it a popular restaurant and watering hole for many years. The... Find out more

Lime 303

Situated in the heart of the township at the unassuming Dog Rock Motel, Lime 303 is a contemporary restaurant headed by celebrated local chef Greg Pepall, who brings his creative touch to the menu. Ingredients such as... Find out more

The Naked Bean Coffee Roasters

You’ll be drawn in off the street by the aroma of coffee if your caffeine addiction hasn’t already beckoned you to the Naked Bean. Thankfully, the owners of this smart hang-out haven’t left their beans... Find out more

Wild Duck Restaurant

Seductive lighting, filmy curtains and private nooks make for a romantic dining experience at the Wild Duck. Naturally, duck appears on the menu in duck liver parfait on pepper tuille, smoked breast salad and confit leg... Find out more

Breweries around town

Tanglehead Brewing Company 3 km

An historic hotel overlooking Albany’s Princess Royal Harbour is the location for this microbrewery, which first came on line in mid-2006. Tanglehead is both the name of the venture and their signature Pale Ale (an... Find out more

Campsites around town

Big4 Albany Gardens Holiday Resort 1 km

Albany Gardens Holiday Resort is located in Wellington Street Albany, 1 km north of the post office. It offers visitors a good range of facilities for campers and activities for families including swimming pool, tennis... Find out more

Bibbulmun Track camping areas – Southern Section 3 km

The Bibbulmun Track traverses some of the south west's most scenic and beautiful areas for some 963 kilometres from the Perth suburb of Kalamunda to Albany. The southern section begins at Donelly River Village, a private... Find out more

Torbay Inlet camping area 17 km

A very small camping area with basic facilities for self-sufficient campers, Torbay Inlet is surrounded by coastal scrub. The site is 28 km west of Albany via Lower Denmark, Perkins Beach and Torbay Inlet rds. A prime... Find out more

Cosy Corner (east) camping area 21 km

A secluded camping area near the foreshore, the cutely named Cosy Corner has 10 sites scattered around the trees in a coastal scrub environment. Off Cosy Corner Rd via Lower Denmark Rd, 30 km west of Albany, it is a good... Find out more

Torbay camping area 22 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Torbay camping area is 16.4 km from West Cape Howe camping area and 12 km from Muttonbird camping area. Bring a gas/fuel stove as no fires are permitted.... Find out more

Shelley Beach camping area 25 km

Shelley Beach camping area has basic facilities and limited space for trailers in a natural coastal environment where fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving are popular pastimes. The campsite is off Shelley Beach Rd, 38... Find out more

West Cape Howe camping area 27 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, West Cape Howe is 16.5 km from Nullaki camping area and 16.4 km from Torbay camping area. Bring a gas/fuel stove as no fires are permitted.... Find out more

Two Peoples Bay camping area 32 km

This secluded camping area is 52 km north-east of Albany on Two Peoples Bay. Fish and swim on a beautiful section of coastline or simply relax and take in the magnificent views. On East Bay Rd, the site is off Bettys... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Albany Gardens Holiday Resort 1 km

The closest park to the centre of Albany, this is a good quality place with a well-stocked shop, a tennis court and a native animal enclosure. The park is in a quiet, off-the-main-road position, well protected from the... Find out more

Big 4 Middleton Beach Holiday Park 5 km

A great place for a holiday, this quality park has a fabulous position and fronts onto 500 metres of a popular swimming beach. Just 3 km from the Albany post office, it has good amenities and a range of facilities... Find out more

BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park 7 km

This quality, popular beachside park is 7 km from the centre of Albany. It has a wide range of facilities including minigolf. Bookings are necessary and minimum-stay periods apply at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Kalgan River Chalets and Caravan Park 12 km

Situated 11 km east of Albany on the Kalgan River, this park suits travellers looking for plenty of space. There are large sites and big rigs can be accommodated. Its features include canoes for hire, a nine-hole golf... Find out more

Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park 46 km

This popular park is located right on the water, a short 1-km walk from the town. This is a basic holiday park at a competitive price. The boat ramp adjoins the park. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more

Cheynes Beach Caravan Park 51 km

Cheynes Beach is an extremely picturesque coastal village. The large caravan park is a short walk to the beach and well protected from the elements. It is very popular and bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Foreshore Apartments

In Albany’s historic precinct and located on the first floor, the Foreshore Apartments enjoy lovely town and harbour views. Both one-bedroom apartments, Rembrandt and Vermeer, are fully self-contained and elegantly... Find out more

Middleton Beach Holiday Park

Adjacent to Middleton Beach and offering 500 metres of beach frontage, Middleton Beach Holiday Park is ideal for families. With the option of camping, caravan sites and one- or two-bedroom chalets and cabins, guests can... Find out more

Old Surrey

Built in 1841, this old-world manor is only a short stroll away from town or beach. With its original stone construction, exposed beams and open fire, The Old Surrey retains its cosy charm. The whole family will have... Find out more

The Priory

The 1876 Priory is appointed with antiques and artworks from the Victorian era. Each of the eight rooms includes private bathrooms and plush soft furnishings to complement the elegant fixtures and fittings. The boutique... Find out more

The Rocks Albany

Built in 1882 and overlooking Albany’s Princess Royal Harbour, The Rocks was once the governor’s residence before becoming a home for returning soldiers in 1915. Several years later it had a variety of uses,... Find out more

Cape Howe Cottages

Cape Howe Cottages are nestled in a private retreat that’s officially registered as Land for Wildlife by the Department of Conservation and Land Management. Spread over two adjacent 23-hectare bush properties,... Find out more

The Lily Dutch Windmill

For a unique stay, The Lily Dutch Windmill is the only operational flour-producing windmill in Australia. Approximately 94 kilometres north of Albany, and with views of the Stirling Range, the Lily is an ideal base to... Find out more

Stirling Range Retreat

Fresh mountain air and views of Bluff Knoll are just the beginning of the ecotourism experience at Stirling Range Retreat, 90 kilometres north of Albany and sharing a boundary with the Stirling Ranges. Year-round walks... Find out more

Rest areas around town

King River park area 8 km

11km NE of Albany (R) or 167km SW of Jerramungup (L)

Small area just off the highway among some large trees on the banks of the river.

Normans Beach camping area 33 km

T/O 38km NE of Albany (R) or 140km SW of Jerramungup (L)

Very small area on the foreshore, 11km (partly unsealed) east of the highway.

Denmark park area 47 km

At Denmark

Just off the highway on the banks of a river.

Sturdee Road rest area 57 km

11km SE of Kojonup (R) or 92km N of Mt Barker (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Greens Pool park area 58 km

T/O 52km E of Walpole (R) or 14km W of Denmark (L)

On the foreshore in William Bay National Park. Located 4km south of the highway via William Bay Rd.

Green Range rest area 63 km

73km NE of Albany (L) or 105km SW of Jerramungup (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Parry Beach camping area 65 km

T/O 43km E of Walpole (R) or 23km W of Denmark (L)

On the foreshore among dense coastal vegetation 6km south of the highway.

Rocky Gully park area 95 km

At Rocky Gully

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

What's on around town

Albany Farmers Market: Collie St; 8am–12pm Sat.

Albany Boatshed Markets: Princess Royal Dr; 10am–1pm Sun.

Vintage Blues Festival: Jan.

Taste Great Southern Food and Food and Wine Festival: Feb–Mar.

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