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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.

Cape Howe Cottages

Private cottages nestled in pristine bushland midway between Albany and Denmark.

Kalgan Retreat

Comfortable family-friendly chalet with the Kalgan River nearby and a short drive to Albany.

Emu Point Motel and Apartments

Stay close to Middleton Beach and Emu Point in Albany.

Quality Apartments Banksia Albany

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

BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park

A short walk from pristine Emu Beach, there’s plenty of activities for the whole family.

Acclaim Albany Holiday Park

Large grassy caravan sites and quality ensuite chalets with a rural outlook.

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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 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 

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.

Orca Season

01 January 2024 - 21 April 2024
January to early April is the best time of year to join an orca tour.

Events

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

CinefestOZ Albany

18 - 21 April 2024
Lights, Camera and Action!

Events

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

Albany Anzac Day

25 April 2024
Honour Australian service men and women at commemorative services in Albany – the last port of call for many troops during the First World War.

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.

Taste Great Southern

02 - 12 May 2024
The heart of Western Australian food and wine – taste the amazing flavours of the Great Southern.

Events

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

Albany Classic ‘Around the Houses’

01 - 02 June 2024
More than 150 vintage cars turn heads in a race around the city streets of Albany.

Things to Do

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

Busy Blue Bus Tours

Quality tour experiences in and around Albany - we'll show you more!

Great Southern Distilling Company

Watch premium craft spirit masters take grain to glass in their Albany distillery.

Cheynes Beach

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

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