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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.

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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.

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

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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 Wacky Golf

Albany Wacky Golf is unique themed indoor mini golf venue located in Albany, Western Australia.

  • Open days/Times:7 days a week
  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Type:Attractions
  • Activity:Arcade,Minigolf
  • Suited For:Families,Teens (13 - 17),Wheelchairs

Details

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

Description

Egyptian mummies, a crazy cat lady and Mario Bros all find a home at this indoor, themed, mini golf course featuring 27 holes of Wacky fun!

Dress up in hats and costumes while you play.

The centre also includes a pool table, air hockey, retro arcade games and lots of board games to enjoy while you sit and relax in the cafe.

Now with a new RC car course!

Fun for the whole family! Available for party bookings.

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.

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

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.

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

Details

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

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”

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

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

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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.

Grove Park, Albany

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

  • Activity:Golf

Details

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

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.

Kurrah Mia

Unique cultural tours in Kinjarling (Albany) and the Great Southern Region, Western Australia

  • Course Duration:https://www.kurrahmia.com.au/our-tours/
  • Open days/Times:Monday-Saturday
  • Type:Tours
  • Activity:Bush Walking,Aboriginal Owned & Operated,Aboriginal Traditional Fishing,Aboriginal Bushfoods

Details

  • Tour Locations:Albany and Great Southern Area
  • Open Days:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

Kurrah Mia has a passionate team dedicated to keeping traditions alive through education and unique experiences. We believe in the passing down and sharing of knowledge from our elders, so all may experience the wonder and beauty of our precious land.

The Old Marron Farm

Try fresh marron, yabbies, trout and other dishes at Albany's own marron farm, set on a scenic property in the Great Southern.

  • Activity:Seafood Experiences
  • Suited For:Families

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Located amongst some of Albany’s best beaches, rivers and national parks, The Old Marron Farm offers fine Great Southern dining and activities for the whole family. Enjoy a feast or tasting plate showcasing a selection of marron, yabbies and trout at the Nippers Cafe, explore the scenic surrounds with a ride on a guided Segway adventure tour or meet their friendly animals and hand feed native and exotic parrots.

Their farm fresh produce is available at the cafe's alfresco or indoor seating area, where you can admire the picturesque views of the great southern.

Marron and yabbies are also seasonally available by the kilo. 

Open 7 days per week during the school holidays. 

Walk into Luxury on the Bibbulmun Track

Walk into Luxury offers ultra-luxe 3, 4 and 6 night walk packages on the Bibbulmun Track in the Albany and Denmark region that showcase the best food, wine and accommodation the region has to offer.

  • Tour Duration:1 - 6 Days
  • Tour Price:From $550
  • Activity:Bush Walking
  • Type:Tours

Details

  • Tour Locations:Margaret River, Albany

Description

Walk into Luxury offers the chance to combine the best sections of the Bibbulmun Track with some of the best food and wine experiences that the Albany and Denmark region has to offer. Add to this...post walk massages, luxury accommodation, daily in-villa canapes and wines and stunning surrounds of Albany, Denmark, Cape Howe National Park to name a few, and you are in for a luxury walk like no other.  

The Bibbulmun walk comes with an unparalleled list of inclusions. Gourmet food on and off the track, fine wines and boutique beers, and transfers are included, as is a custom day-pack and stainless steel water bottle.  

4 Day Bibbulmun Walk

The 4 day Bibbulmun Walk covers 43 kilometres of wild cliff-top coastline, pristine bays and native bushalnd between Albany and Denmark in Western Australia's Great Southern region. Not only does it cover the best sections of the Bibbulmun Track, it also allows guests to experience three National Parks - Torndirrup, West Cape Howe and Williams Bay - plus the must-see sights of Greens Pool, King George Sound, the Gap, the award-winning Denmark wine region, and the National Anzac Centre in Albany.

Guests retire each night to award-winning accommodation and gourmet food and wine, with the private in-villa chef dinner and celebration winery lunch highlights. This walk includes an exclusive four course lunch with matched wines at award-winning Pepper and Salt restaurant overlooking Forest Hill vineyard.

Extend your stay (4 day / 4 night option) - After lunch on day 4, be transferred back to Cape Howe Cottages for a relaxing afternoon and enjoy a casual dinner with wine in your villa tonight. Sleep in the next day and enjoy breakfast on your balcony before being transferred to Albany airport (if required).

6 Day Best of the Bibbulmun Walk

The 6 Day Best of the Bibbulmun Walk showcases our favourite sections of the Bibbulmun Track from Albany to Walpole, including West Cape Howe National Park, Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks, Conspicuous Cliffs and the giant karri and tingle trees of the Valley of the Giants Tree-top Walk (to name but a few of the highlights on this spectacular hike). Your luxurious base for 5 nights is Parry Beach Breaks, which is known for it's stunning natural setting and panoramic coean views. Everything is included on this self-guided private walk, right down to the in-villa cheese and wine. We provide daily transfers to/from the track as required plus return Albany airport transfers (if required), and pre-walk briefing, maps, backpack, personal locator safety device and all gear to complete your walk. A celebration lunch with matched wines overlooking the region's oldest vineyard is a fitting way to end this amazing South Coast adventure.

 

 

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