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Albany Boat Shed

Whether you are a local resident or a visitor to the region, the Albany Boatshed has something for everyone.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

The building now known as the Albany Boat Shed was originally used in Fremantle to house the construction of a replica of the Dutch explorer Duyfken. At the completion of this project the facility was gifted to the City of Albany, in due recognition of the area's rich maritime history, and relocated to the foreshore of picturesque Princess Royal Harbour.

It has since been managed by the Albany Maritime Foundation, which has driven a number of successful wooden boat construction and restoration projects within its walls. Plus, Shed space has been leased to private individuals, for their own wooden boat activities, the building has been home to schools delivering maritime-based educational programs and is now the Foundation is developing the Shed into a tourist destination. 

Every Sunday, the shed turns into a bustling market, featuring local growers and producers of fresh and gourmet foods and Great Southern wines. In addition to the wonderful seasonal produce grown in the Great Southern, talented local artisans showcase their beautiful and distinctive products. There will be local live music to keep your toes tapping, cooking demos and plenty of parking. 

Albany Co-Operative Store Museum

The museum has a friendly, personal touch and gives visitors an opportunity to view rare and interesting pieces of provenance to Albany and the Great Southern.

  • Museums:Local History

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  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

In 2009, Albany Historical Society's fulfilled a long held ambition to open the old P&O Cooperative Store in Frederick Street as a museum. For several years the society had been using the building as a repository for around 30,000 artefacts not on display in its other museums.

The building was opened as the P&O Cooperative store in 1870 to provide heavily subsidised goods to its employees. It has also been used as a shop, guest house, private residence and barracks for the Western Australian Railways. Although the building looks unattractive from the outside, underneath its 1960s brick façade is the perfectly intact original granite structure – a unique example of this type of architecture in Albany.

Albany Convict Gaol

The Albany Convict Gaol (1851) is a museum designed to to tell the story of Albany's convict past. It contains displays relevant to the convict era.

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Description

Fully restored, the Gaol is a complex of men’s cell blocks and some warders' quarters, built in 1852 for Imperial convicts shipped to WA as artisans and skilled labourers.
 
Women’s cells, the Great Hall and more warders' quarters were constructed of brick between 1872 and 1875. At this time the complex was also used as a colonial prison.
 
The Gaol was last used as a police lockup in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Extensive restoration from 1989 to 1996 returned the Gaol's condition to its original state. Cells, warders' quarters and the Great Hall contain displays pertinent to the times and usage of these stark quarters.
 
Facilities
 
    Tours (self-guided, unless by prior arrangement)
    Night tours and venue hire
    Partial wheelchair access to most areas
    Postcards and souvenirs
    Books of historical interest for sale

Albany Historical Society

Historic Albany - Come and Visit our Past!

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings,Prisons

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  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday

Description

The Albany Historical Society administers three of Albany’s premier tourist attractions; the Albany Convict Gaol, Patrick Taylor Cottage the oldest dwelling in WA and the Brig Amity. No visit to Albany can be complete without visiting these three wonderful venues that tell the story of Albany and it’s history.

Open 7 days per week, closed Christmas day.

Albany's Historic Whaling Station

Visit the only complete whaling station tourism attraction in the world!

  • Museums:Maritime,Local History

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

Description

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station was the last operating station in Australia and provides a fascinating insight into Albany’s colourful past. Recognised as a heritage site, the whaling station is an engaging and educational tourism attraction for all ages to enjoy.

Find yourself immersed in the sights and sounds of the whaling industry. Enjoy short films within the converted whale oil tanks. Climb aboard the Cheynes IV, the world’s only preserved Whalechaser ship; see our giant blue whale skeleton; enjoy our world-renowned marine animal art collection and view our precious scrimshaw art. Visit our museum exhibits filled with authentic, whaling artefacts and memorabilia or relax in our café overlooking one of Albany’s most picturesque bays.

Our unique, biodiverse location is also home to over a 100,000 species of native plants which are now displayed in our Regional Wildflower Garden. Families can enjoy free BBQ’s in the gardens and learn about our friendly collection of native animals at our Australian Wildlife Park. Join us for a memorable day on The Amazing South Coast.

Historic Whaling Station, open 9am to 5pm (last entry 4.15pm). 

Australian Wildlife Park & Regional Wildflower Garden, open 10am to 5pm

Café opening hours: 10am – 4pm (lunch meals 10am – 3pm)

Open every day excluding Christmas (25th Dec)

Brig Amity Replica

Walk up the gangplank and step back in time aboard the Brig Amity to find out what life was like aboard a convict ship in 1826.

  • Museums:Maritime,State Museums

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

Description

As you explore the ship, listen to the story of the Brig’s perilous 6 week journey from Sydney to King George Sound to establish the first European settlement on the west coast of Australia.
 
Discover the sights and sounds below deck that were encountered by those aboard as they headed for unknown lands, sharing space with the ship’s crew, 23 convicts, 21 soldiers and enough domestic animals, food crops and building materials to start the small, remote outpost.
 
The informative and helpful volunteer guides will assist you to navigate your visit and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. They can also tell you other interesting things to do in Albany.
 
And when the Brig is not being a convict ship it often transforms into a Pirate ship with many a small and not so small swashbuckler climbing the gangplank in hopes of raising the Jolly Roger and finding treasure stowed below decks.

Denmark Dinosaur World

  • (08) 9840 8335

Get up close and personal with the only T-Rex in Australia!

  • Museums:Natural History,Science

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

Description

Marvel at Protoceratops, the horned dinosaur… plus many more! Here you can see some of the tallest & smallest meat-eating dinosaurs, dinosaurs from the Jurassic & Cretaceous periods of time, and meet Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor made infamous in the movie “Jurassic Park”.

Meet and learn about conservation and breeding programmes of the critically endangered Red Tailed Black Cockatoo and the spectacularly coloured Giant Macaws from the Amazon rainforest of South America.

Discover the secret and intriguing world of Australia’s fascinating and unique reptiles, including rare Pythons, Dragon Lizards and Monitor Lizards. Experience the amazing Southern Forest and interact with nature. 

Denmark Historical Museum

An excellent display of photographs tells the story of Denmark from its beginning as a timber town, through its pioneer farming days and hardships of the Group Settlement scheme.

  • Museums:Local History

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  • Open Days:Tuesday,Thursday,Sunday

Description

Mount Barker Old Police Station Museum

Mount Barker has an incredibly rich historical heritage consolidated in our amazing old police station museum complex, making this a must see tourist attraction.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

History

The original Old Police Station built was by convict labour in 1868. The mid 1880s saw the horse stables divided off as a lockup and a Court House office was added in 1919. Surrounded by magnificent lawns and gardens, the Plantagenet Historical Society opened the Cottage as a museum in 1968, furnishing it with artefacts donated by residents of the Shire.

The Old Police Station was occupied until 1908 when a new police station was constructed next door.

In 1971 the Pioneer Room was built to display more artefacts, in 1985 and 1987 the cottage and stables were restored and in 1994 the Napier Creek one-teacher school was moved to the museum. In 1997 the second Police Station and Court Room were acquired.

Other buildings include a reconstructed 1870s house built of hand split wooden slabs and a complete apple picking shed has been assembled in honour of that industry's historical contribution and his and her "thunder boxes".

Policing

Police duties included having a change of horses ready for the mail coach which operated from Albany to Perth. They also patrolled as far as Esperance (more than 400 kilometres) on horseback and other duties included census, weather reporting and mail deliveries.

Visiting The Museum

Arriving at the museum complex, visitors will be greeted with a range of main and out buildings all nested in beautiful landscaped gardens, with structures festooned in gorgeous and colourful creepers with delicate and aromatic flowers in season, giving very much a yesteryear village like experience.

Anyone visiting the museum complex, especially those with an interest in historical heritage should set aside a few hours. There is an incredible range of historical artefacts, information and images spread through numerous buildings.

Museum of the Great Southern

The Museum of the Great Southern provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History

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

Description

Refurbished in July 2010, the refitted the Museum of the Great Southern overlooks picturesque Princess Royal Harbour, on the site of first European settlement in Western Australia.

The Museum of the Great Southern provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region.

The Museum shares the stories of the indigenous Noongar people and the influence of Mokare, a young Noongar warrior, as well as the stories of the early settlers and convicts, and also explores the region's unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.

National Anzac Centre

The National Anzac Centre is an award-winning facility that creates a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served.

  • Museums:Military

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

Description

Opened on the 1st of November 2014 by the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand, the interpretive content that forms part of the interactive experience was developed by the Western Australian Museum and the Australian War Memorial and is delivered via a series of interactive visual and audible displays. The experience delivered at the NAC is known for commemorating the war through the stories of the Anzacs as opposed to telling its own story via pro-war or anti-war sentiments.

The symbolic location of the centre, selected for its strong sense of place as it looks out across King George Sound, forms an important part of the interpretation. The dramatic architecture, featuring spectacular vistas of the Sound, purposefully enhances the narrative and creates a contemplative space. The building design lends itself to a telescopic view overlooking the location from where the convoys gathered and then left.

Princess Royal Fortress

The award winning National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, overlooking the harbour.

  • Museums:Local History,Military

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

Description

Princess Royal Fortress is located on Mt Adelaide overlooking King George Sound in Albany. The fortress was established in 1893 to protect Albany and its harbour from the threat of invasion, acting as a deterrent until being decommissioned in 1956. Today the museum consists of restored original buildings, coastal gun emplacements and military displays and is open to the public from 9am to 5pm every day of the year, other than Christmas Day. Enjoy a family day out, learn more about Australia’s coastal defences and get up close and personal with the big guns.

 

The award winning National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages.

Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, and surrounded by stunning biodiversity, the centre overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and woman departed Australia for the Great War.

Immerse yourself in the Anzac Legend and follow the personal stories of the men and women who served through state of the art technology, multimedia and historic artefacts. Follow the personal stories of the service men and women who served in the First World War, and leave with a sense of pride, and reflection on their sacrifices. The National Anzac Centre is open to the public from 9am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm, every day of the year, other than Christmas Day.

 

The Kodja Place & Kojonup Visitor Centre

The effort of hundreds of local volunteers is evident in the design and construction of The Kodja Place. It demonstrates the significance of Noongar and Wadjela cultures in the district.

  • Museums:Aboriginal

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

Description

The Kodja Place is the result of the district’s cultures working in harmony with a single goal. An architecturally designed, purpose-built rammed earth building houses a multifaceted display of artefacts, stories, interactive displays, exhibits, pictures, and entertaining hands-on devices adjacent to a spectacular Rose Maze.

It tells in a vital, vivid, human and sometimes confronting manner the Kojonup story and the influences, cultural, economic and geographic, that formed the Kojonup of today.

Several areas make up The Kodja Place and its story:

The Kodj Gallery
Yoondi's Mia Mia
The Story Place
The Australian Rose Maze

The effort of hundreds of local volunteers is evident in the design and construction of The Kodja Place. It demonstrates the significance of Noongar and Wadjela cultures in the district, and exists as a graphic illustration of the evolution of a multitude of similar communities across Australia.

The impact of government policies and other cultures on the local Aboriginal way of life is acknowledged while at the same time a forceful demonstration of the reconciliation

process is clearly presented.

It provides a focal point for local cross-cultural harmony, and its existence, its activities and its success provide a source of community pride, a community meeting place and a pivotal expression of the cultural makeup of Kojonup.

It shows visitors this expression in an entertaining, colourful and fascinating manner, and invites you to share in the spirit of the people who have made it possible - the people of Kojonup.
 

Wellstead Historical Museum

Located at Peppermint Grove Farm The Wellstead Heritage Museum is home to thousands of pieces of Australian history. Here you can wonder through time and experience Australia past or stop for a bite to eat at the Wellstead Restaurant

  • Museums:Local History

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

Description

Located at Peppermint Grove Farm The Wellstead Heritage Museum is home to thousands of pieces of Australian history. Here you can wonder through time and experience Australia past or stop for a bite to eat at the Wellstead Restaurant., take stroll around the property with some spectacular views Bremer Bay has on offer, observe natural habitat grazing peacefully and native flora and fauna or visit some of the beaches on the peninsula for a spot of fishing or a leisurely stroll. Accommodation is also available for a minimum of 2 nights stay.

Albany Town Hall

Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. Inside the grand old stone building, with its four-faced clock tower, is a comfortable 310-seat conference theatre.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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Description

The Town Hall is now available for community use.  The building is available for hire for exhibitions, seminars, workshops or meetings. The venue is no longer available as a performance venue.
Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. Inside the grand old stone building, with its four-faced clock tower, is a comfortable 310-seat conference theatre.
The Town Hall has two smaller rooms suitable for exhibitions and conferences (please see 'Resources' page for details.)
Over the decades, the Town Hall has been the scene of council meetings, WA's first regional meeting of State Parliament, thrilling theatre, exquisite music performances, risque comedy and the community's annual astonishment at the abilities of young performers in the Music Eisteddfod and school stage shows.

Old Farm Strawberry Hill

The Old Farm, Strawberry Hill was considered old more than 100 years ago. As far back as 1890 it was given the name ‘The Old Farm’, in recognition of being the oldest farm in Western Australia.

  • Historical Sites:Farmhouses

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

Description

A Government Farm was established at Strawberry Hill in 1827 as part of the first European settlement at King George Sound. In 1833, Sir Richard Spencer was appointed Government Resident at Albany. He purchased the Government Farm and resided there with his wife Ann, seven sons and three daughters. They lived in a pise cottage until, in 1836, the current two-storey stone house was built adjoining the older home. Even “old” farms change with the seasons. Come and see what is growing.
By 1836 the well established gardens were producing blood oranges, grapes, raspberries, gooseberries, asparagus, figs and almonds. The new house was the centre of the district’s social life.
After a period of neglect it was purchased in 1889 by Francis and Augusta Maude Bird who restored the house and farmed the land. In 1956 the property was purchased by the Government as an historic monument but fell into another cycle of neglect. Transferred to the National Trust in 1964, the property is being conserved to appropriately reflect its significance.

Patrick Taylor Cottage

The cottage is the pride and joy of the Albany Historical Society and a must-see attraction. This eleven room wattle and daub home is the oldest surviving dwelling in Western Australia.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

Description

Built in 1832 by the Morley Brothers and purchased by Patrick Taylor in 1835, the cottage consists of an entry, box room, parlour, nursery, bedroom, dining room, family room, sewing room, kitchen, laundry and side verandah. Many beautiful artefacts, covering several eras, are displayed in the various rooms. The cottage is surrounded by a neat English cottage garden.

St Werburgh's Chapel

St Werburgh’s Church forms part of the Mount Barker Heritage Trail, a 30 kilometre drive around the picturesque Mount Barker and surrounding area

  • Historical Sites:Churches

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

Description

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations Landmarks and Buildings
St Werburgh’s Chapel in Mount Barker was built as a place of worship for the original settlers of the area. Examine the excellent craftsmanship and study the history of the church. If your visit falls on a day of worship, attend one of the chapel’s regular services which are still held by candlelight as the chapel has never had electricity.
 
St Werburgh’s Church forms part of the Mount Barker Heritage Trail, a 30 kilometre drive around the picturesque Mount Barker and surrounding area. Stop en-route to see the magnificent views from the Mount Barker lookout and visit the many sites of historical interest.
 
Mount Barker is just over four hours drive south of Perth and the region offers a multitude of attractions to suit all tastes and budgets. A trip to the Porongurup Ranges, the oldest volcanic range in the world, will not disappoint. Wine lovers will love the large selection of first rate wineries. In close proximity to Albany and Denmark, Mount Barker is an excellent base to discover the southeast region.

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