Whale Watching Albany
Seeing a whale up close is an experience many say they will never forget. The Southern Right and Humpback Whales are most prevalent in Australia’s South West and migrate in large numbers. Humpback sightings start in June and the best time to see them around Albany is from June to August, The Southern Right Whales are most commonly sighted in Albany later in the year from August to October. Blue Whales are occasionally sighted in the Albany area from May to June. There is the opportunity to get up close and personal to these gigantic mammals on a whale watching tour. These tours operate from June to October.
Torndirrup National Park
Home to the “Amazing Gap” and “Natural Bridge”, wonders Torndirrup National Park is located on the Torndirrup peninsula which features beautiful rugged coastline and steep cliffs plunging down into the Great Southern Ocean.
Mount Melville Lookout
The lookout at Mt Melville is the place to start your tour of Albany. 360° views are to be enjoyed from one of the tallest mountains in the area. The lookout is 23m high with 3 levels for observation.
A steep winding road reaches almost the top of Mt Clarence, from which the views are breathtaking. It is an appropriate place for the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, a recast of the original statue erected at Suez in 1932.
Middleton Beach is the main swimming beach for Albany in the cove of King George Sound, with usually protected waters, a jetty and pontoon to enjoy in the summer months. The beach hosts a brand new restaurant, bar and café, serving local fish and chips. The Middleton Beach boardwalk is also a treasure – taking you all the way around the coastline to the port in Princess Royal Harbour.
The whale watching season begins in May and ends in December, whilst whales swim along the continental shelf, hugging the coastline. In some areas, these playful giants come very close to shore. They migrate from the cool food-rich southern ocean northward to the warm tropics for breeding.
Emu Point is the perfect beach for families with lovely grassed areas shaded by peppermint trees, an extensive playground, perfectly flat, calm waters and a ‘u’ shaped jetty with lap lanes in-between. Emu Point also has a restaurant and shop for visitors to enjoy.
Boiler Bay is only 25k east of Albany in the Gull Rock National Park. It gives unparalleled views across the King George Sound. There are two ends to the bay with Ledge Beach at one end and Gull Rock or Boiler Beach at the other. Gull Rock Beach is stunning with clear aquamarine waters and an old boiler from the shipwreck Awhina. It is easy to swim out to, and one can climb up and jump off it as well.
Frenchman’s Bay has a beautiful picnic area with barbecues as well as a boat launch – ideal for a relaxing, lunching, and having a relaxing day out. This beach is located on the south side of Princess Royal Harbour. There are freshwater springs running down the hill to the ocean with pristine water for refreshment.
When in Albany, make sure you visit lovely Goode Beach. Nestled in the King George Sound it is surrounded by numerous islands and enjoys views out to Mount Manypeaks.
MUTTON BIRD BEACH
Mutton Bird Beach is located approximately 17km west of the Albany suburb of Little Grove on the Lower Denmark Road and is popular for fishing with 4WD access. It is a good open water dive spot and surfing location.
LITTLE BEACH AND WATERFALL BEACH
You can find Little Beach and Waterfall Beach beneath Mount Gardner on Two People’s Bay Northern Headland. Little Beach Albany has been voted number 5 in Australia’s top-secret spots.
Misery Beach has beautiful views of King George Sound with its rugged coast and islands. It is only about 200 metres long with pristine squeaky white sand. On a clear day the tops of the Stirling Range are visible. It is uncertain where the name comes from but as the whaling station is just a few hundred metres away, maybe it from the time it was still operating, when whale blood would wash ashore here. Today it is a beach to enjoy and contemplate life as you listen to the soothing sounds of the waves.
JIMMY NEWELLS HARBOUR
Jimmy Newells Harbour is a beautiful natural harbour close to Torndirrup National Park. This small inlet provides a protected, calm body of water which is ideal for swimming and paddling, as its namesake discovered when he was caught in a storm. It is also a wonderful spot to try out beach fishing.
Shelley Beach in West Cape Howe is a beautiful beach along the waters of Torbay. The turquoise waters, verdant surrounds and ocean breezes make this remote beach a popular destination.
Cosy Corner is north of the West Cape Howe National Park and boasts a beautiful white sand beach and excellent camping and picnic facilities. It has around 10 camping sites scattered among the trees in coastal scrub environment, making it perfect for self-sufficient campers who enjoy fishing and swimming in a beautiful beach setting.