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Things to do in Albany

Albany is the first European settlement and the oldest port in WA. Vivid green hills give way to breathtaking, rugged coast, and an elegant heritage town with a plethora of food and wine, and a vibrant arts hub. Just over four hours from Perth, there is no ‘busy’ time here, making it perfect for lovers of nature and adventure.

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A little extra driving through the scenic southwest brings you to the stylish seaside town of Albany. WA’s oldest port is now held in high regard as one of the state’s most breathtaking and versatile holiday hubs. Boasting some of the state’s premier attractions, you’ll want more than just a few days to explore national parks and beautiful beaches around the bustling port.

The journey south towards WA’s first European settlement gives you a glimpse of things to come, as you pass picturesque forests, farms, vineyards and fields. Visit one of the five local wineries to sample superb wines and some tasty treats – you’ll be treated like royalty.

With around 35,000 residents, the city sprawls, but there’s an abundance of excellent attractions in its CBD. Get your bearings by walking or cycling the 3km path that runs from the city harbour along iconic York Street, its historic buildings now playing home to bustling bars, boutiques and cafes.

Experience the legend that shaped a nation at the acclaimed National ANZAC Centre, a museum that commemorates Albany’s special place in the history of the First World War, giving visitors a deeply personal connection with the spirit of our brave soldiers. Away from the CBD, Albany is a city surrounded by truly stunning nature. Get the wind in your hair and sun on your back on dramatic peaks and rugged coastlines. The land here is a vast, untouched panorama of beauty that feels like it’s your own to personally peruse.

Splash about swimming, surfing or fishing one of the many beautiful breaks along the rugged coastline, or watch humpback whales, dolphins and seals frolic at their favourite breeding spots.

There’s a plethora of national parks to admire in every direction, a dazzling display of diverse flora, and a bevy of bird-watching sites among beautiful natural coves, ranges and rivers.

Step it up a gear and get off the beaten track for 4WD adventures, bike paths past breathtaking beaches and bush land, or mountain biking and hiking along the Bibbulmun Track, Munda Biddi trail and other specialty tracks.

Deep-sea enthusiasts can also sink beneath the waves on the HMAS Perth wreck, or snorkel at Whaler’s Beach at Frenchman Bay. Alternatively, just relax at one of the city’s historic venues, artisanal stores, Indigenous art galleries or two renowned farmers markets. It’s a lot to take in, so plan ahead, and give yourself plenty of time.

Place to stay

There is a range of low-to-high priced accommodation in Albany, from seaside resorts and luxury coastal homes to rugged cottages and B&Bs among nature.

Getting there

Albany is a four-and-a-half hour, 415km drive southeast of Perth on Albany Highway, with the pretty wine region of Mt Barker on the way. TransWA operates daily bus services via Williams, Gnowangerup and Bunbury.

TIP The weather changes like the landscape in Albany; if travelling in winter, pack warm.

About Albany

What’s on in Albany

What’s on in Albany

Car classics, PIAF, flower shows and gourmet food festivals
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Eating & drinking in Albany

Eating & drinking in Albany

Superb wine, local whisky, famous oysters, dhufish and more
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Things to do in Albany

Things to do in Albany

Enjoy national parks, whale watching, fishing, diving, walking & wine trails.
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Guides


Albany Entertainment Centre

The Albany Entertainment Centre is a state of the art performing arts and convention centre with a stunning waterfront location like no other in regional Western Australia.

  • Activity:Entertainment Centre
  • Type:Entertainment Venues

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    Description

    The Albany Entertainment Centre is a state of the art performing arts and convention centre with a stunning waterfront location like no other in regional Western Australia.

    The centrepiece of the Albany Entertainment Centre is the Princess Royal Theatre, a magnificent 620 seat proscenium arch theatre. The stalls seat 480, and the circle 140. With a proscenium arch opening of 12m, flying facilities, orchestra pit, and cutting edge theatre lighting and audio systems, this venue is capable of presenting a broad range of events.

    The Kalyenup Studio is a flexible space accommodating up to 200 people, capable of hosting intimate classical concerts to corporate dinners. With a floor area of 14m x 14m and a 7m high ceiling this versatile area can be divided into two acoustically separate rooms for breakout meetings or to simply create a more intimate conference space.

    The Hanover Room is an elegant function space with spectacular views of Princess Royal Harbour. The room is ideal for board meetings or conferences seating up to 20 people or cocktail functions for up to 60. 

    Albany Farmers Markets

    The Markets' philosophy is to provide producers in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia with a regular weekly direct outlet for their product.

    • Activity:Food & Drink,Farmer's Markets
    • Open days/Times:Sat 8am-12pm

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      Description

       

      This area is rich in its diversity of farming, but, prior to the market, the majority of product was marketed through Perth (409kms away to the North). Local customers were unable to source direct much of the produce produced in the area.

      The establishment of the market on a weekly basis provides producers with a direct outlet for the product and the customer has the choice of fresh, local, seasonal product. This has brought about immense benefits for the producer and customer. No longer is product trucked great distances at great expense, as well as incurring environmental pollution and packaging expenses. Product does not have to have to be picked early to ensure an extended shelf life. For example, tomatoes and strawberries are left longer to "vine-ripen" and are picked and sold at their peak of condition to the consumer. This applies to all product in the market and this has been a key factor in the enthusiasm that the community has embraced the market.

      The weekly market is now a colourful and vibrant occasion attracting a wide range of customers from the region.. Its benefits have been to re-energise and focus producers on the quality and variety of their product. The customers not only now enjoy a huge range of vegetables, fruits, farmed meats, seafood and much more each week. They know its provenance and have returned to the seasonality of farming. Genuine excitement fills the market when the first of a new season product appears such as Asparagus, Avocados, Raspberries or Cherries.

      Every week the market creates its own synergy between producers and customers. It buzzes with laden shoppers, bags and shopping trolleys rescued from the back of the shed and now put into service again. It is a social event for many, the catching up, the chatter and genuine good nature is evident all morning. It is an uplifting community experience, brought about by the simple sharing of being able to choose first class fresh food. Customers now talk with pride and ownership about "their market" and promote its value to friends and visitors. The ultimate accolade!

      We hope that one day you will visit the Albany Farmers Market and experience it for yourself

       

      Albany Silo Art

      In Albany, acclaimed Brooklyn-based street art duo Yok & Sheryo created the fourth mural in FORM’s PUBLIC Silo Trail over 17 days of painting and after 180 litres of paint.

      • Activity:Art & Craft

      Details

      • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:FORM

      Description

      Taking inspiration from two species of seahorse found in the coastal waters of South-Western Australia, the Ruby Seadragon and its leafy cousin, the 35 metre high and 50 metre wide mural now sits proudly across the giant silos at CBH group’s Albany Grain Terminal.

      The project was created in March 2018.

      Albany Walking Holidays

      The Ultimate Albany Experience. Self-guided walking packages along our stunning coast and through diverse unique landscapes. Wildflowers, history, wineries, whales and much more.

      • Suited For:Families
      • Type:Tours
      • Activity:Bush Walking
      • Course Duration:Varied

      Details

      • Tour Capacity:Varied

      Description

      Be immersed in Albany's unique South Coast environment and revel in all that the region has to offer with its rugged coastline, spectacular panoramas of oceans, islands and mountains, the gentle meandering Kalgan River and the giant Karris of the Porongurups. Be amazed with Albany's rich history as WA's first settlement and the birthplace of the ANZAC tradition.

      Our 10-16km walks will have you encountering our diverse and rich natural environment along with our history, great cafes and wineries, whales and wildflowers. You will experience a wide variety of terrains from rugged bush tracks and coastal trails, sandy beaches to paved walkways. Inclines vary but all can be done with a moderate degree of fitness and agility. 

      We do all the work for you - book your B&B accommodation, tailor a 3 - 7day walking package that suits your interests and transport you to and from your walks as required. Our easy to follow self-guided notes allow you to take the day at your own pace with your friends and family. (Min 2 people). Stay at the same accommodation for your entire stay so unpack and settle in.

      Albany Whale Tours

      Spectacular, adventurous, exciting. Sail-A-Way, a motor/sailing catamaran, friendly knowledgeable skipper and crew, complimentary cream teas. Best value on the south coast. Not to be missed.

      • Tour Duration:3 hours
      • Tour Price:Starting at $90.
      • Suited For:Families
      • Type:Tours
      • Activity:Whale Watching

      Details

        Description

        Albany Whale Tours offers whale watching tours in winter - June to early October, and Summer Splash scenic tours and Twilight cruises in summer - January to April, as well as making Sail-A-Way available for private functions and charter.  Delicious food is complimentary on all public tours and we cater for special dietary needs such as gluten free, vegetarian and halal. 

        Bald Head Walk

        The bush walk provides views of the stunning coastal lines of Flinders Peninsula and you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the seaside at the end of the track.

        • Activity:Bush Walking
        • Type:Sites & Trails
        • Suited For:Families

        Details

        • Open Days:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday

        Description

        Hardcore bushwalkers will enjoy this strenuous 16km return walk over Isthmus Hill and Limestone Head, finishing at Bald Head in the Torndirrup National Park (fees apply). The terrain is steep and difficult in parts, but the coastal views are excellent. Fishing is permitted at Bald Head, the eastern extremity of the park. The bush walk provides views of the stunning coastal lines of Flinders Peninsula and you are also rewarded with a breathtaking view of the seaside at the end of the track.

         

         

        Bushfood Factory and Cafe

        Activate your taste buds and learn about Australian natural food sensations. The Bushfood Factory and Café, a tourist attraction “par excellence”

        • Type:Tours
        • Suited For:Families,Seniors,Wheelchairs
        • Activity:Food & Drink

        Details

        • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

        Description

        This is without doubt the most exciting food experience in Western Australia and will be remembered as the attraction not to be missed. This unique jewel encompasses all aspects of Australian native food herbs and fruits, from the plantation to the table.
         
        As a visitor, you will be overwhelmed by the extensive product range created with these bushfoods. All your senses will be put to contribution whilst participating in a guided tour or enjoying an innovative modern cuisine featuring these amazing Australian food marvels.

        Busy Blue Bus

        Busy Blue Bus operates a fleet of over 50 buses in Albany and Esperance.

        • Type:Tours

        Details

        • Tour Locations:Albany and Esperance

        Description

        We provide quality transport services to locals, visitors and school students across Western Australia, with a strong focus on the Amazing South Coast.  We offer a variety of transport and tourism services for any size group and are committed to making the journey as enjoyable as the final destination. All of our services can be tailored to the specific requirements of your group.

        Diving at HMAS Perth Wreck

        The former HMAS Perth guided missile destroyer was scuttled in 35m of water in King George Sound in November 2001.

        • Activity:Diving
        • Type:Sites & Trails

        Details

          Description

          Serving in the Royal Australian Navy, the HMAS Perth sailed more than a million nautical miles in deployments around the world. The vessel was damaged by enemy fire in the Vietnam conflict. Thankfully, no one was injured as the shell punctured the vessel but failed to explode.

          The 133m destroyer now provides divers with a wonderful opportunity to explore its underwater interiors.

          Fishing At Frenchman Bay Beach

          Enjoy stunning ocean views with white sand and blue water while you relax, swim, snorkel and fish.

          • Activity:Fishing
          • Type:Sites & Trails

          Details

          • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,Monday,School holidays

          Description

          The main species to be caught here include Herring, Skippy, Whiting, Squid, Garfish, Pike and Silver Bream.

          Fishing At Goode Beach

          Crystal clear waters and white sand make Goode Beach feel like paradise.

          • Activity:Fishing
          • Type:Sites & Trails

          Details

          • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays

          Description

          Catch Herring, Whiting, Garfish, Salmon Trout, Silver Bream, rock species, Squid, and Pike, plus Salmon April till July.

          Fishing At Gull Rock Beach

          Gull Rock Beach is right on the nature reserve, so you can expect to hear the calls of birds as you walk, swim, relax and fish along the beach.

          • Activity:Fishing
          • Type:Sites & Trails

          Details

          • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

          Description

          Fish either off the rocks or the beach to catch Leatherjackets, Herring, Whiting, Skippy Squid, Silver Bream, rock species, Salmon and Shark.

          Fishing at Middleton Beach

          Middleton beach, just 6 minutes from York Street, is great for swimming with a floating raft just offshore near the Jetty, with great fishing.

          • Type:Sites & Trails
          • Activity:Fishing

          Details

          • Open Days:School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

          Description

          Squid, Herring, Travelley, Flathead, and Whiting just to mention a few are caught here on a regular basis.

          Grove Park, Albany

          Grove Park offers a unique layout and challenge to both the serious and casual golfer.

          • Activity:Golf

          Details

          • Open Days:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday

          Description

          The front nine consists of all par threes varying lenghts, and you'll have to work hard to make par on a few of these holes.

          Orana Cinemas Albany

          Bringing you the latest in cinema entertainment, Orana Cinemas have five locations across Western Australia all open 7 days.

          • Open days/Times:7 days
          • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+),Wheelchairs,Seniors
          • Activity:Cinemas
          • Type:Entertainment Venues

          Details

          • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,School holidays

          Description

          Bringing you the latest in cinema entertainment, Orana Cinemas have five locations across Western Australia all open 7 days.

          BOGARTS experience = VIP luxury seating, hot food service and licensed area.

          Ticket Prices
          ADULT - $17
          CHILD - $11
          CONCESSION - $15
          SENIOR - $11
          STUDENT - $15
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