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 Skywalk
The Granite Skywalk 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 wonderous.
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
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.
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.
- Head to the Albany Farmers Market on a Saturday morning. …
- Spend the day at Middleton Beach and Ellen Cove. …
History of Albany
The City of Albany is situated in the Great Southern, a historically significant region of Western Australia. The beautiful Princess Royal Harbour 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.
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; www.museum.wa.gov.au/maritime-archaeology-db/wrecks/perth-ii-hmas
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.
For more information on this beach, please visit; www.westernaustralia.com/en/Attraction/Emu_Point
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; www.rainbowcoast.com.au/areas/albany/albanywindfarm.htm
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 bushwalking trail.
For more information on this nature reserve, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/two-peoples-bay
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.
For more information on this national park, please visit; parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/torndirrup
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; historicalbany.com.au/attractions/albany-convict-gaol-museum/
8. Restaurants in Albany
Good food good home cooking good Indian beers and perfect service.
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Phone (08) 9841 3978 / 9842 3978
179 York Street, Albany
Monday – Sunday 4:30 pm till Late