Albany Travel Guide

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Western Australia’s oldest town, Albany is cradled in spectacular nature, a renowned food and wine scene and exceptional heritage.

Albany, WA

Spend the day exploring one of Australia’s most scenic whale spotting points, near spectacular rock formations. You’ll also find soft white sand beaches close to delicious restaurants, award-winning breweries and wineries.

Relax in beautiful nature

Albany is surrounded by breathtaking natural attractions. Roll out a towel at one of many stunning beaches. Only four minutes from the centre of town, Middleton Beach is a popular family spot with views of the surrounding islands and King George Sound. Two People’s Bay Nature Reserve is home to Little Beach, a local favourite surrounded by turquoise waters. The sheltered cove of Cheynes Beach, only 45 minutes from Albany, is another gorgeous gem. 

  For a breathtaking taste of coastal splendour, Torndirrup National Park is a must-do. Twenty minutes from Albany, this slice of wonder is home to wave-sculpted granite formations, such as The Gap and Natural Bridge, as well as walking trails and whale spotting lookouts. Take some time to visit the secluded and beautiful Misery Beach. You can also enjoy a whale spotting tour to get closer to the action. The famous 1000 km Bibbulmun Track also runs between Albany and Kalamunda, near Perth.  

Savour local food and wine

A rising culinary star, Albany has attracted a thriving renaissance of innovative chefs, brewers and distillers. In the heart of Albany, you’ll find a diverse range of tastes and influences, from Thai and Vietnamese to steakhouses and classic pub fare at historic hotels such as the Earl of Spencer Historic Inn. The Albany Farmers Market, held every Saturday, also showcases the rich abundance of local produce.    

  Firmly on the barrel-maker’s map, Albany is a fine source of spirits, wines and beers. Sample an award-winning whiskey at Limeburners. Some of the well-established wineries around Albany include Montgomery’s Hill Wine, Oranje Tractor Wines and the Alkoomi Cellar. With a cool climate and protected vineyards, you’ll sample renowned specialities including Riesling, Sparkling Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. For a hand-crafted beer, don’t miss Wilsons Brewery.  

Explore fascinating history and heritage

Albany is also well known for its remarkable history. The first ANZACs left Australias for WW1 from the shores of King George Sound. You can step back in time and discover their stories at the National Anzac Centre. Explore the interactive exhibits and displays of artefacts. You’ll also find local history at the Historic Whaling Station at Discovery Bay. Traditional land of  the Minang/Menang Noongar people, you can also explore the ancient history and culture of the region on a local indigenous tour.

How do I get to Albany?

The southernmost seaport of Western Australia, Albany is just 400km and five hours from Perth along the Albany Highway. A number of different air services offer daily flights between Albany and Perth Airport. For an adventure, you can also catch the Indian Pacific Railway from Adelaide to Perth, and then hire a car or catch a flight to Albany.

Top things to do in Albany

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