Albany is a historical part of Western Australia. It is home of the legend of ANZAC, the departure point for the first fleet of ships from Australia at the start of WWI. Albany is the oldest settled site in WA, with just over 30,000 residents, and has been called home by many for decades. Much of the site’s history is still present and beckoning to be explored. It is a unique town with a rich, interesting history, beaches with gorgeous blue waters and squeaky white sand, and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. No wonder it’s a popular destination for travellers and holiday goers from around the world. Read more about ANZAC Albany here.
Albany’s great history of whaling is a catch with the old whaling station being converted into a public museum. A few of the all-time number one natural attractions would be The Gap, Natural Bridge and Blow Holes which display the beauty and power of mother nature. The sheer cliffs and coastal region of Albany are so spectacular they have to be seen to be believed. But it’s not all just about history and rock formations, Albany has shopping galore with big-name outlets, art galleries, as well as quaint boutiques. There is also an abundance of quality restaurants and cafes.
Albany is a place where there is something for all ages to enjoy. Just have a look at some of the activities in Albany and the diverse Albany attractions and tours available.
National ANZAC Centre
The National Anzac Centre honours the Anzac story. Set within Albany Heritage Park, and using multi-media and interactive technologies, the Centre offers visitors a deeply personal connection with the Anzac experience. With content developed by the Western Australian Museum and Australian War Memorial, the key phases and events of the First World War are told through the voices of the Anzacs themselves. Commemorating the ‘NZ’ in Anzac, it is both an Australian and New Zealand story.
Albany Wind Farm
75% of Albany’s electricity is generated by the 18 wind turbines located on the coastal stretch called Sandpatch, west of Albany. There are beautiful walking tracks around these areas leading up to the foot of some of the turbines. The information bays enable visitors to learn about the turbines, as well as the plants and animals in the area.
Albany’s Historic Whale station – Discovery
Whale World was the last operating whaling station in Australia situated on the site of the old Cheynes Beach Whaling Company. The station has undergone dramatic changes to convert it into an interesting interactive museum for the whole family to learn something from. It is open from 9am to 5pm daily. Allow at least 2 to 3 hours to view everything.
The Gap & Natural Bridge
The surging power of the Southern Ocean is evident at The Gap, a spectacular channel in the 40m high coastal granites of Torndirrup National Park.
Old Farm Strawberry Hill
Strawberry Hill was the first farm in WA, established in 1827 within a few months of military settlement of King George Sound. Livestock was kept there as well as vegetables grown for soldiers’ survival. The farm extended over 52 Ha but now only 1.2 Ha remains with the main house and a cottage. It has been converted for public viewing, with stunning green lawns and beautiful gardens to enjoy.
HMAS Perth Destroyer
The former HMAS Perth guided-missile destroyer was scuttled in 35m of water in King George Sound in November 2001. 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. The 133m destroyer now provides divers with a wonderful opportunity to explore its interiors underwater.
The Blowholes are crevasses in the granite stretching down to sea level far below. With each wave the ‘holes’ blow air and water up the channel and out the top creating a burst of spray and a loud droning whoosh.