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Albany

Albany

Where to stay

Take a look at these places to stay when planning your next visit to Australia’s South West.

Quality Apartments Banksia Albany

Award winning hotel Quality Apartments Banksia Albany has a reputation for providing an exceptional experience for visitors to Amazing Albany.

Acclaim Rose Gardens Beachside Holiday Park

Perfectly located on the bay at Emu Point, Albany.

Emu Beach Chalets

Self-contained chalets just a short walk to Emu Point in Albany.

BIG4 Middleton Beach Holiday Park

The Beach House at Bayside

Albany’s luxurious haven by the sea, with elegant hotel style rooms and suites.

Samphire Collection

Laidback luxury accommodation that embodies warmth, comfort and indulgence in the Great Southern

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The beautiful Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound surround the City of Albany in the Great Southern, a historically significant region of Western Australia.

The Menang Noongar people were the first inhabitants of the area known as Kinjarling or ‘place of plenty,’ often interpreted as ‘place of rain’ due to the high rainfall in the region.

The King George Sound was the site of Western Australia’s first European settlement, settled several years before the Swan River Colony in Perth. Albany’s safe anchorages attracted many sailing ships in the early years of exploration of the Australian coastline. European settlement began in 1826 and Albany grew into a thriving port during the 19th and 20th centuries. It served as a gateway to the Eastern Goldfields and, for many years, it was the colony’s only deep-water port and a place of importance for shipping services between Britain and its Australian colonies.

The waterways around Albany have continued to be significant to the town’s trade, with whaling being an important industry in the early 20th century, and Albany now being a prominent spot to watch migrating humpback and southern right whales along the dramatic coastline. Tours depart from the harbour between June and August.

Historic Albany Sights 

Near the mouth of the Kalgan River admire the ingenuity of the Oyster Harbour Fish Traps. Estimated to be over 7,500 years old, they were constructed by the Menang peoples to trap fish after high tide. Take a tour with Kurrah Mia to learn about the fish traps and other ancient stories of the land.

Albany plays a central role in the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) legend, being the last port of call for troopships departing Australia in the First World War. In many cases, it was the last time troops stepped on Australian soil and is, therefore, a prominent memorial. The first ever recorded Dawn Service was conducted by Anglican Chaplain Padre White (44th Battalion AIF) on 25 April 1923 atop Mount Clarence, and has been held ever since with several thousand people participating each year. November 1, 2014 marked 100 years since the largest detachment of ANZAC troops departed Australia, many never to return.

The impressive ship on the Albany foreshore is a full-scale replica of the Brig Amity, which brought the first settlers and convicts to Albany in 1826 on Christmas Day. Climb aboard and go below the decks to follow the story of the Amity’s journey from Sydney to King George Sound. 

The old whaling station at Discovery Bay is now a fascinating museum and is well worth a visit to discover the region’s recent history. Climb aboard the Cheynes IV whaling vessel or visit the Giants of the Sea exhibit. It is not uncommon to see the protected whales breaching and playing close to the station, where they once were hunted. While here, visit Misery Beach in Torndirrup National Park, named Tourism Australia’s Best Beach for 2022. Here you’ll find 200m of pristine white sandy beach with impressive ocean blues and stunning vistas of King George Sound. 

Events

Don’t miss out on these great events happening in the region.

Whale Season

01 May 2024 - 31 December 2024
May to early December is the best time for whale watching and tours in the South West.

Events

Don’t miss out on these great events happening in the region.

Albany Maritime Festival

30 June 2024 - 30 July 2024
Immerse yourself in the nautical soul of the Great Southern.

Events

Don’t miss out on these great events happening in the region.

NAIDOC Week – Albany

07 - 20 July 2024
Celebrate NAIDOC Week with a packed program in Albany (Kinjarling).

Events

Don’t miss out on these great events happening in the region.

Wildflower Season

01 August 2024 - 30 November 2024
Witness an explosion of colour during spring, set against the stunning natural scenery of the South West.

Events

Don’t miss out on these great events happening in the region.

Southern Art and Craft Trail

21 September 2024 - 06 October 2024
Discover over 70 exhibitions and open studios showcasing visual arts and crafts.

Events

Don’t miss out on these great events happening in the region.

Southern Peaks

23 - 24 September 2024
Weekend festival in Albany for mountain bike enthusiasts and adrenaline-seekers.

Things to Do

Looking for some inspiration on what to do in the South West? Here are some of our top picks!

Scenic Helicopters

Take a Scenic Helicopter flight for the best way to see WA!

Cheynes Beach

Discover this tranquil and protected cove just 45 minutes from Albany.

Kurrah Mia

Aboriginal cultural tours showcasing ancient culture near Albany.

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Looking for some inspiration on what to do in the South West? Read up on the different experiences and trips for the holiday of your dreams.

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Welcome to Australia’s South West!

Here you can easily enjoy natural beaches beautiful vineyards, forests, caves and more, all in a single day. More than 23,000km make up the south west corner of Western Australia, with 1000 of those kilometres consisting of awe-inspiring coastline just waiting to be explored.

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