Things to do in Albany
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the myriad offerings in Albany. Here are ten things to get you started. For more, flip through your Albany Holiday Planner or visit the Albany Visitor Centre.
1. Drive along the beautiful Princess Royal Drive for a truly spectacular view.
2. Take a detour along the way up Apex Drive to visit the Mt Clarence Desert Corps Memorial and Padre White Lookout for amazing million-dollar views of Albany. Visit Western Australia’s first line of defence set up on Mt Adelaide, the Princess Royal Fortress.
3. Visit Little Beach, recently named one of the best beaches in Australia.
4. Stake a patch of white sand at Middleton Beach. Swim in the shelter of Ellen Cove, or walk towards Emu Point until the surf beckons. Embark on the Middleton Beach boardwalk, a must see for all visitors to our city.
5. Taste our award-winning wines, spirits, locally made beer, farm fresh yabbies and trout, olive and sandalwood products. Try the freshly shucked Albany oysters, boutique goats cheese and much more!
6. Witness the elegance of giant windmills at the Albany Wind Farm, and the miraculous 360-degree views afforded by the surrounding walk trails.
7. Drop into some of our famous wineries for a wine tasting, or taste W.A.’s first single malt whiskey.
8. Discover the richness of Albany’s whaling history at the only museum of its kind in the world to be housed in a formerly fully-operational whaling station. Spot migrating humpbacks and blue whales from the shore, or see them up close on board a whale watching cruise.
9. Get your photograph taken with our iconic ‘Dog Rock’ on Middleton Road – a granite rock that looks just like the profile of a dog.
10. Saturday or Sunday morning, Albany hosts bustling farmers markets (Albany Farmers Market and Albany Boatshed Markets) offering the freshest local produce and seafood, live entertainment and arts and crafts.
1. Walk the southern end of the Bibbulmun Track, a 1000km scenic bush trail between Kalamunda and Albany, then put an oar in the water of the tranquil Kalgan River.
2. Hiking and rock climbing in the Porongurup and Stirling Range National Parks are just a short drive away. Walk trails and climbs abound!
3. Take in the highlights of William Bay National Park and the delightfully clear waters of Green’s Pool.
4. Climb Bluff Knoll, or if the 1096m climb is too much, simply take in the great view from the car park.
5. Visit the world-renowned wineries in the Great Southern region. Award-winning Singlefile Winery, Forest Hill Vineyard, and Plantagenet Wines are just some of many on offer in this acclaimed wine region.
6. Watch hang gliders and visit WA’s most southerly point at Shelley Beach in West Cape Howe National Park.
7. Commune with tingle trees on the 600m long Tree Top Walk, and explore the Valley of the Giants through a grove of veteran trees at ground level.
8. Visit galleries, cheese and chocolate factories and wineries along the picturesque Scotsdale Tourist Drive near Denmark.
9. Swim, sail, fish and snorkel at the picturesque Wilson Inlet.
10. Don’t miss a thing – embark on one of the region’s many wine and forest tours!