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Family Activities in Albany

With a variety of wildlife and natural experiences available, Albany is a good year-round destination for families wanting to get away.

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Planning a holiday with the kids can send many parents into a panic. With the constant cries of “Are we there yet”,  “I’m bored”, and “I’m hungry”, mums and dads are often left tearing their hair out and searching for something suitable the whole family can enjoy. Fortunately, this is not a problem when you visit Albany, which has all the ingredients for a perfect family getaway.
Albany has many attractions and activities on offer including harbours, rivers and estuaries that provide excellent fishing and sailing, spectacular scenery, national parks and alluring white sandy beaches to provide the family with endless hours of fun.
In the heart of town, take the family to the WA Museum, a collection of buildings in Residency Road. You’ll be fascinated by the diverse displays and activities on offer, including a hands-on marine discovery centre, one-teacher school, artisan gallery and leathercraft shop and the museum’s showpiece – the magnificent Eclipse Island lighthouse optic. The museum offers excellent school holiday activities for a small cost that will occupy the kids for hours and give you a break, but book ahead as the program is extremely popular. Entry is by coin donation.
Overlooking the harbour foreshore is the impressive life-size replica of the Brig Amity – the ship that brought the first settlers and convicts to Albany. Climb aboard for a fascinating insight into the conditions endured by passengers and crew. Again, entry is by coin donation.
Also worth a look is the Old Gaol. Located on the corner of Stirling Terrace and Parade Street, the gaol was built by convicts and is now an interesting folk museum. For older children, night tours are available. Wear suitable footwear and warm clothing, although it won’t prevent the spine-tingling chills frequently felt while on the tour.
Heading 8km north of Albany on Link Road is Deer-O-Dome and Guinea Pig World, where youngsters can feed and cuddle the animals. A showcase of the Australian deer industry, the farm has guided tours and free-roaming guinea pigs, as well as ducks, geese, horses and rabbits to keep the kids entertained for hours. If you’re hungry, grab a light lunch in the kiosk or bring your own to enjoy in the gardens.
For great family dining visit Nippers Cafe at Albany Marron Farm, 23km east of Albany with its delectable menu of farm fresh produce, relaxed alfresco dining, children’s swings and petting zoo with guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens and birds. For a small cost take an informative tour through the aquaculture production tanks.
A drive down Frenchman Bay Road will lead you to many of Albany’s greatest attractions. Popular spots include the Albany Wind Farm, The Gap and Natural Bridge, Torndirrup National Park and Frenchman Bay.
On the way, feed the birds in the enormous undercover walk-through aviary at Albany Bird Park, home to some 400 birds of Australian and exotic species. There are also rabbits and guinea pigs, a cafe and fine woodcraft gallery.
Towards the end of Frenchman Bay Road is the internationally recognised Whale World, an old whaling station transformed into a fascinating museum and information centre.
Easily a half or full day outing for the family, climb aboard the Cheynes IV Whale Chaser, where you can watch the world’s first 3D animated whale movie in an old whale oil tank converted into a unique theatre.
You’ll also be amazed by the new “Giants of the Sea” exhibit that includes the skeletons of a sperm whale and a 22m-long Pygmy Blue Whale. Take the 30-minute guided tour, which runs on the hour and is included in your entry fee.
Dine in the Whalers Gallery or enjoy a picnic, with barbecue and gazebos available. The kids will love the playgrounds, specially designed for different age groups and children with special needs. For pre-schoolers there’s a giant squid-shaped sandpit with a parents’ room overlooking the area and a whale slide and whale tail swings for older children.

More information:
WA Museum Albany, Open 10am to 5pm daily, 2pm to 5pm Boxing Day and Anzac Day, Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. (08) 9841 4844
Brig Amity, Open 9am to 4pm (08) 9841 1088
Old Gaol, Open 10am to 4.15pm daily, Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Cost $4 Adults, $2.50 Pensioners/Children, $10 Family. (08) 9841 5403
Old Gaol History & Mystery Night Tours, (Minimum of 8 required) 7.30pm to 10pm Friday and Saturday nights. Cost $12.50 Adults, $10 Children. (08) 9841 8518
Deer-O-Dome and Guinea Pig World, Open 10am to 4pm Thursday-Monday (closed on Saturday), Sunday-Friday school holidays. Tour and feed times at 10.30am, 11.30am and 2pm. Cost $8 Adults, $6 Children, $7 Concession. (08) 9841 7436
Albany Marron Farm, Open 10am to 4pm Tuesday-Sunday, daily on school and public holidays. Farm tours cost $7 Adult; $5 Concession; $3 Children (under 7 free). (08) 9846 4239
Albany Bird Park, Open 9am to 5pm daily, Cost $8 Adults, $6 Seniors, $4 Children. (08) 9842 5363
Whale World, Open 9am to 5pm daily (closed Christmas Day). Cost $18 Adults, $9 Children under 12, $45 Family. (08) 9844 4021

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