Fun Things to Do in Albany

Things to Do in Albany Today
HMAS Perth 2 Dive
Emu Point
Albany Wind Farm
Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve
Torndirrup National Park
Venice Restaurant Albany
Indian Food Albany
Albany Visitor Center
Your Whale Adventure
Kalgan Queen Scenic Cruises
Amazing South Coast Pass
Granite Skywalk Porongurups
2 Hour Summer Sea Safari (Nov – Apr) around King George Sound
Mt Barker Grape Escape
Albany Wildlife and Scenic Cruise
1.5 to 2 Hour Summit to Sea Adventure
The Gap + Natural Wonders
Killer Whale Expedition
Albany’s Whale Story
Tastes of the Great Southern
3 Hour Summer Sea Safari (Nov – Apr) around King George Sound
6 Hour Whale and Walk Safari
2 Hour Custom Safari – Build your own tour for up to 12 people
3 Hour Custom Safari – Build your own tour for up to 12 people
4 Hour Custom Safari – Build your own tour for up to 12 people
3 Hour Winter Whale Safari (May – Oct) around King George Sound
1 Hour (approx) Albany Heritage Park Explorer Ride
Tasting the Amazing South Coast 3-day Short Break
Historic Albany 3-day Short Break
Porongurup + Mt Barker 3-Day Short Break
Albany History + Highlights

Things to do in Albany

Captivating beaches, vibrant marine life and beautiful national parks, make Albany a place worth exploring. Here are our top picks.

Brave the Castle Rock Granite Sky walk

The Granite Sky walk offers one of a kind adventure. You will go on a 2 km walk through delightful forests to get to the lower lookout of Castle Rock. But, getting to the upper lookout involves scrambling across rocks and climbing a ladder. However, both lookouts offer stunning views across the park and farmland. The views are definitely worth working up a sweat.

Go on the Bald Head Walk Trail

This challenging 12.5 km walk will take you through the Torndirrup National Park. The walk will also feature turquoise hued views of the Southern Ocean and the King George Sound (on either side). And, where will you end up? Your walk will come to a stop near the ‘Bald Head’, a rounded granite headland. The views again will be wondrous.

Explore Two Peoples Bay

Arguably the most stunning beach in Albany, Two Peoples Bay is a magical cove. There is a lovely heritage trail that will take about two hours. And, this trail will gift you with magnificent lookout spots. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open to catch glimpses of Gilbert’s potoroo and noisy scrub-bird. Both species of birds are on the endangered list.

Check out the Kalgan River

Well, Kalgan River actually happens to be the oldest river in the world. It dates back over 4 billion incredible years. You could go on a boat tour or try your hand at fishing. A boat cruise will take you across rich forests, steep hillsides and farmlands. And, anglers can expect to catch whiting, black bream and skipper fish.

Where to Eat and Drink

Thnigs to do in Albany
Enjoy perfect food and drinks in Albany

If you are after craft beer; try the Wilson Brewing Company. Their brews are great and Wilson’s Food Van serves decent burgers. Gourmandise & Co on the other hand is très French, with their patisserie and organic coffee blends. Liberté is all about excellent wine, beer and French and Vietnamese food.

Places to eat & drink and entertainment Albany
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Albany is situated 4 ½ hour drive south of Perth.  The historic coastal town offers many attractions, historical sites, river cruises, and spectacular coastline to explore. Things to Do in Albany Today what to see and do.

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  • Head to the Albany Farmers Market on a Saturday morning. …
  • Spend the day at Middleton Beach and Ellen Cove. …

Albany Visitor Center

Best Beach Hostels in Albany

History of Albany

Albany the tale of our city

The City of Albany is situated in the Great Southern, a historically significant region of Western Australia.  The beautiful Princess Royal Harbor and King George Sound surround the city.  The King George Sound was the site of Western Australia’s first European settlement.  The settlement began in 1826 and Albany grew into a thriving port during the 19th and 20th centuries.

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The coastline of the Albany area was observed by Europeans for the first time in 1627 by the Dutchman Francois Thijssen, captain of the ship ‘t Gulden Zeepaert (The Golden Seahorse), who sailed to the east as far as Ceduna in South Australia and back. Captain Thijssen had discovered the south coast of Australia and charted about 1,768 kilometres (1,099 mi) of it between Cape Leeuwin and the Nuyts Archipelago.[1][2]

On 29 September 1791, explorer Captain George Vancouver while exploring the south coast on HMS Discovery, entered and named King George the Third’s Sound and Princess Royal Harbour, and took possession of New Holland for the British Crown. Vancouver went out of his way to establish good relationships with the local Aboriginal people.[3][4]

Old Forts Lighthouse. King Point, Albany.

In 1792, Frenchman Bruni d’Entrecasteaux, in charge of Recherche and L’Esperance, reached Cape Leeuwin on 5 December and explored eastward along the southern coast. The expedition did not enter King George Sound due to bad weather.

In 1801, Matthew Flinders entered King George Sound and stayed for about a month before charting the rest of the southern Australian coastline. By 1806 he had completed the first circumnavigation of Australia.

French explorer Nicolas Baudin visited King George Sound from 18 February – 1 March 1803, in Géographe and Casuarina. He surveyed Princess Royal Harbour, Oyster Harbour and the coast as far as Bald Island, to the east. During this visit, Casuarina was beached in Princess Royal Harbour for repairs.[5]

Australian-born explorer Phillip Parker King visited King George Sound in 1822 on Bathurst.

Things to Do in Albany Today

Here are some suggestions for you to engage in while you are at Albany;  

1. HMAS Perth 2 Dive

HMAS Perth is an awe-inspiring ‘must dive’ during your visit to Albany.  The vessel lies 500 m southwest of Seal Island in King George Sound, with its mast protruding 4m above the surface.  Much of the ship’s equipment and machinery is still in place, adding to the divers’ interest.  The wreck has extensive coral and sponge growth and is rapidly maturing as an artificial reef. This is definitely in the list of Things to Do in Albany Today

For more information on this shipwreck, please visit;

2. Emu Point

Relax with a picnic and a swim in the shallow, clear waters of the Emu Point, located north-east of Albany city.  Admire the awesome views over King George Sound and Middleton Beach from the northern end.  Enjoy your coffee & snack or lunch, sunbathe on a grassed terrace, or the white sandy beach.  Picnic tables, restaurants, and plenty of parking make this beach most enjoyable.

This is a versatile walk with many possible options which can be done in either direction.

The sealed path between Emu Point and Ellen Cove (4.6km) follows Middleton Beach with several access points to the beach and car parks and is relatively flat.

From Ellen Cove to Albany Port (3.5km), the path and boardwalk wind around the coast with stunning views. This section has rolling hills, while there are pathways leading down to rocky vantage points or up to lookouts.

This whole walk is on shared paths with cyclists, so please keep left.

Grade – Two (2)
Distance – 8km one way
Gradient – Gentle hills
Quality of path – Well-formed path
Time – 2 to 3 hours one-way 

For more information on this beach, please visit;

3. Albany Wind Farm

Standing high on the coast and generating around 75% of clean, green electricity for Albany are the 12 giant wind turbines.  At 100 meters high, these massive wind turbines make you feel like a dwarf standing next to them!  Awe at the sweeping views across Torbay to West Cape Howe National Park and the city of Albany to the east.

For more information on the wind farm, please visit;

4. Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve

Soak in the unspoiled coastal scenery and the beautiful beach, perfect for swimming at the stunning Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve.  Observe the noisy scrub birds believed to have become extinct until they were rediscovered at this location.  Stroll along the clean white sand of Little Beach to enjoy scenic views of rolling hills and granite outcrops.  Or simply follow a bush walking trail.

For more information on this nature reserve, please visit; 

5. Torndirrup National Park

Explore the rugged coastal beauty of the Torndirrup National Park, with caution!  The windswept coast, granite outcrops, sheer cliffs, blow-holes, walk-trails, steep sandy slopes, and dunes will make you awe and wonder.  The stunning lookouts will transport you to another world of dramatic, rugged beauty.  Spot the whales from the cliffs, especially during winter.

The Bald Head Walking trail provides spectacular views of the striking coastal scenery of the Flinders Peninsula in Torndirrup National Park.

Walkers are rewarded with breathtaking views of the coastline along the trail and at the end of the track.

In several spots, the Southern Ocean to the south and King George Sound to the north can be seen from the same location as the trail follows the ridgeline providing spectacular photographic opportunities.

The trail winds over 8km through low heath until it reaches the cairn at Bald Head before walkers return along the same trail.

Grade – Four (4)
Distance – 16km return
Gradient – Short, steep hills
Quality of path – Rough track, many obstacles
Time – 6 to 7 hours 

For more information on this national park, please visit;

6. Riverboat Scenic Cruises

Take the path of the first settlers as they discovered the awesome natural beauty of the first settlement of Western Australia.  Cruise the sheltered waters of Oyster Harbour and the ancient Kalgan River.  Observe Pelicans, Sea Eagles and other wildlife close to the boat.  Admire the Giant Rays gliding in the water below through the glass bottom of the boat.  

7. Old Gaol Museum

Go on a fascinating journey back to the era of convicts in the mid-1800s.  Wander through the cell blocks, learning about the history and the difficulties of the early settlers.  Admire some of Australia’s oldest Aboriginal cell art exhibited on the timber-lined cells that housed the Aboriginal prisoners.  The jail is now home to artifacts from the original settlers and Aboriginal people.

For more information on the old jail and museum, please visit;

8. Restaurants in Albany

Tandoori Indian Albany

Address: 75 Frederick St, Albany WA 6330 

Phone0488 781 088

Good food good home cooking good Indian beers and perfect service.

Indian Food Albany

Venice Restaurant Albany

Good food good times

Phone (08) 9841 3978 / 9842 3978
179 York Street, Albany

Monday – Sunday 4:30 pm till Late

BYO only