Albany was the first town in Western Australia to be settled by Europeans, and to this day, this port town retains its ties with history. The sixth biggest city in the state, it’s 408km from Perth and a popular destination for those looking for uncrowded beaches and local heritage. Once you’re here it’s the perfect starting point for you to explore the rest of the Great Southern region, so save by booking your Albany accommodation with us!
The central business area is a great place to begin your stay. York Street is a hub of activity featuring fashion boutiques, book stores, gift shops and much more. Grab a steak, a slice of pizza or a coffee in one of the nearby restaurants and cafes. For a touch of history right in the heart of town, The Albany Old Convict Gaol Museum is only a short walk away. Pay a visit to the eerie empty cells where prisoners once slept. Also close to the city is Brig Amity, a life-size replica of the ship that carried the first convicts to Albany. You can catch a glimpse into Albany’s whaling history 20 minutes outside the city at Whale World, a former whaling station turned audio-visual experience with exhibits such as the Giants of the Sea whale skeleton display.
There are also plenty of opportunities to discover Albany’s local artistic culture. The Vancouver Arts Centre, housed in the former Albany Cottage Hospital, is dedicated to showcasing all forms of art within the community and is always hosting a unique exhibition or workshop. When you feel like a night out, Albany Entertainment Centre is an extravagant 618-seat venue on the shore of Princess Royal Harbour that hosts concerts, live comedy, theatre and more.
Interested in getting back to nature? Torndirrup National Park, between Albany and the Torndirrup Peninsula, features some of the most striking sights in the Rainbow Coast region. On the coastline you can witness just how ferocious The Great Southern Ocean can be, with features like the giant boulder that was tossed up on Cable Beach by the waves and the naturally carved granite channel of The Gap. Walk to the Albany Wind Farm, one of the country’s biggest wind farms, to see 12 towering eco-friendly turbines up close. The Great Southern Region is a large and exciting place to explore, so book your Albany hotel with us to begin your journey through this unique part of Western Australia!
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