Home to some spectacular beaches, this part of Australia combines the beauty of history with the marvelous coastlines and fun filled activities it has to offer, making a complete package for the visitors. The thriving port city of Albany has something or the other to suit your interests, no matter what. Moreover, the city eventually grows on you, making it hard to leave. Read on to learn about the best things to do in Albany, Australia!
Every year, between January and March, the Bremer Bay which is a beautiful, remote habitat becomes a buzzing hub of life as the killer whales appear on the surface. Every journey out to the sea on an expedition has some spectacular sightings to offer and is a unique experience in itself with a variety of other marine species also being spotted. Visitors are advised to dress according to the climate and encouraged to bring cameras. Refreshments are also provided as a part of the trip. In the rare event of there being no sighting, the visitors are also provided a partial refund.
Venture on the Killer Whale Expedition
Price: from 385.45 USD
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
2. Marvel at the beauty of the King George Sound
The King George Sound is one of Australia’s most spectacular natural harbors. The large water body with its inlets and small islands offers majestic views of its surroundings to the visitors on a cruise. The harbor generally hosts ships that arrive for trade as well as local fishing charters which have plenty of opportunities to catch fish.
The King George Sound
Visit: The King George Sound
3. Spend a day among nature at the Torndirrup National Park
Located on the west end, the park is a buzz of activities from walking, fishing to rock climbing. It has numerous lookouts and walking trails with some amazing views and a secluded yet stunning beach. There are also barbecues, shops, caravans and a recreation camp nearby at Quaranup. Visitors can either join a guided tour or walk around by themselves and enjoy some amazing sights such as The Gap and Natural Bridge, the blowholes and sparkling beaches where they can spot whales.
Torndirrup National Park
Address: Frenchman Bay Rd, 6330 Albany WA, Australia
Contact: +61 8 9844 4090
Visit: Torndirrup National Park
4. Gain insight into history at the Albany National Anzac Centre
The center opened for the centenary of the first Australian and New Zealand convoys with over 40 thousand soldiers, set in the Albany Heritage Park. It uses state-of-the-art interactive multi-media displays to provide visitors with an abundance of information about historical artifacts and events. The carefully selected location of the center across from The King George Sound and the dramatic architecture further enhances this audiovisual experience.
Albany National Anzac Centre
Address: 67 Forts Road, 6331 Albany, Western Australia
Timing: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact: 08 6820 3500
Website: Albany National Anzac Centre
5. Visit the Gap and the Natural Bridge
From the quiet of the peaceful seas to the powerful surging of the ocean, you can experience it all at the Gap. Visitors to the site can enjoy spectacular views of the ocean, standing on a grated see-through platform designed to match the natural features of the location. It is placed nearly 40 meters (133 feet) above the ocean and extending for 10 meters (33 feet) out from the cliff.
The entire area between the Gap and the bridge is covered with boulders that form a rocky landscape and a boardwalk that offers great lookouts and whale watching spots. A raised pathway also gives visitors access to the car park and the picnic area. While on the way, you can see some rare plants and lichens on the rocky surface.
The Gap and the Natural Bridge
Address: Via Frenchman Bay Road, Torrndirrup National Park, Great Southern Region, Albany
Contact: +61 8 9841 9290
Fee: 12 USD for both attractions
Website: The Gap and the Natural Bridge
Located on the Middleton Beach, Albany’s most popular beach, the place offers family-friendly cabin accommodations, caravan sites, and camping sites in Albany. The place offers free WiFi, a solar-heated swimming pool and hot tub for shared use by all visitors, along with a fully equipped kitchen and a patio/balcony with each accommodation. You could choose from villas, bungalows, and chalets depending on your interest and budget.
Each has on offer a dining setting, outdoor furniture and a lounge area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, and a DVD player. Some accommodations offer sea views and spa baths as well. A games room with table tennis and a billiards table is also present on-site and there is a kids’ club for the tiny tots. Free parking is available on site.
Big 4 Holiday Park
Address: 28 Flinders Parade, 6330 Middleton Beach, WA, Australia
Website: Big 4 Holiday Park
7. Breathe in the waves at Little Beach and Waterfall Beach
True to its name, while the place is small, the Little Beach is a true marvel with some of the most powdery white sand you could see and sparkling turquoise water. Also if you follow the beach around to its very end, you would encounter a little track that leads through the bushes past the boulders. Should you follow it, you’ll arrive at what is a hidden gem, the Waterfall Beach. And thanks to the fact that not many people know of it, you could likely find yourself with little to no company to appreciate the beauty of it just by yourself.
Little Beach and Waterfall Beach
Address: Two Peoples Bay Rd, 6330 Albany, WA, Australia
Contact : +61 8 9842 4500
8. Take a short trip to the Albany Wind Farm
Only 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) southwest of the city center, visiting the wind farm will be worth your while with its beautiful landscapes, several boardwalks, and lookouts in the area. A stroll around the farm also reveals towering turbines and spectacular coastal views. The farm, elevated at 80 meters (262 feet) above the Southern Ocean with 65-meter (213-foot) high turbines, is the perfect place to catch the blowing wind and harness it, thus providing for roughly 80 percent of the power needs at Albany.
Albany Wind Farm
Address: LOT 8141 Sand Patch Rd, 6330 Sandpatch, WA, Australia
Website: Albany Wind Farm
The tour, available at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, offers a fascinating insight into Albany’s past through stories of men and women whose livelihood depended on whaling industry. Besides this, visitors can also enjoy a helicopter ride to witness a spectacular view of the Albany coastline and the Breaksea Island, a class A natural reserve for the protection of plants and animals. The Whaling Station also has a gift shop with an extensive range of local art and craft items.
Albany's Whale Story
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
There's plenty more to do!
For a great night out, you could go and catch a show at the Albany Entertainment Centre. The place has a spectacular waterfront location and plays host to various events all throughout the year. Moreover, Albany is also the ideal place for bike riders with various trails taking you to explore untouched and unspoiled beaches, native bushland and reserves.
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