Things to do in Albany
National Anzac Centre
Opened by the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand and the Premier of Western Australia on 1 November 2014 - the centenary of the first Australian and New Zealand convoy’s departure for war from Albany’s King George Sound. The Centre offers visitors a deeply personal connection with the Anzac legend revealed through interactive multimedia displays, unique artefacts, rare images and film, and audio commentary.
Mt Clarence and Mt Adelaide - Albany Heritage Park
Overlooking the waters where the fleets of Anzac troops departed to Gallipoli, the Albany Heritage Park is home to significant pre- and post-European cultural and historical attractions – many with military connections – including Princess Royal Fortress, the Desert Mounted Corp Memorial, Padre White Lookout, and the Avenue of Honour.
Princess Royal Fortress War Museum, Light Horse War Memorial
In 1791, Captain George Vancouver claimed the southern part of Western Australia for the British Crown. This strategic position led to the Princess Royal Fortress being built on Mt Adelaide in 1893 as the first Federal defence in Australia. The Princess Royal Fortress boasts restored shore batteries, armories, barracks, the 10th Light Horse display, trails and a collection of naval guns and torpedoes. The fortess is also home to the SE Asia Memorial, US Submariners Memorial and Merchant Navy Memorial.
Western Australian Museum – Albany
The Museum provides exhibitions and programs to share 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.
The Brig Amity
A full-scale replica of The Amity which sailed from Sydney on 9th November 1826, carrying a party under the command of Major Edmund Lockyer, who had orders to form a settlement at King George Sound. After a difficult voyage lasting over 6 weeks, the brig reached Princess Royal Harbour on Christmas Day.
The Old Gaol
Convict gaol built in 1852, restored as a museum. See the displays, read the history… and perhaps feel a the presence of a ghost or two. Self-guided tours and night tours available.
Patrick Taylor Cottage
The oldest surviving dwelling in Western Australia built in 1832, the 11-room cottage displays many beautiful artefacts, covering several eras, and is surrounded by a neat English cottage garden.
Strawberry Hill Farm
The oldest farm in Western Australia, conserved by the National Trust.
The Penny Post
The oldest post office in Western Australia, noted for its architectural and historical significance.
Vancouver Arts Centre
Built in 1887 to the design of the then Colonial Architect, George Temple Poole, it originally served as the Albany Cottage Hospital.
The Fish Traps
Ancient stone fish traps built by the Noongar people in Oyster Harbour, thought to be at least 7,500 years old.
Whale World / Discovery Bay
Historic whaling station closed in 1978, it is now an interactive museum of Albany's whaling history with a whale themed playground, souvenir shop, plus Australian native wildlife and botanic garden attractions.