Nature & beaches
Don’t miss The Gap and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park where you can step onto a viewing platform 40 metres above surging seas. Also in the national park are the Blowholes, reached by a 1.6-kilometre-return walk. Beach-wise, consider Emu Point Beach at Oyster Harbour for kids; Milddeton Beach for soft, white sand; and Little Beach in Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve for a hidden gem.
History & architecture
To learn about Albany’s ANZAC connection, wander along York Street and Stirling Terrace where the troops marched daily. Check out photos of scenes from back then at the Museum of the Great Southern, which overlooks the Princess Royal Harbour. In addition to sharing stories of the early settlers and convicts, the museum also tells those of the traditional owners of the land, the Menang Noongar people.
At Albany Heritage Park, visit the National ANZAC Centre to hear about what life was like for the Australians and New Zealanders on board the first two convoys.
Also worth seeing are the three lighthouses in the region. You’ll find Cave Point Lighthouse in Torndirrup National Park, a five-minute walk from The Gap. Point King Lighthouse is located off Marine Drive. And Breaksea Island Lighthouse is reached by a two-hour high-speed boat trip.
Attractions & activities
Apart from the Museum of the Great Southern, another great museum to check out is the Albany Convict Gaol & Museum where you can get a good idea about what life was like for the Imperial convicts transported to Albany to be skilled labourers.
For culture from the car, drive slowly along the Chainsaw Sculpture Drive, lined with local art. And head to Albany Wind Farm to see how the city is doing its part to help the environment, as well as to be treated to sweeping views of the city and West Cape Howe National Park.
To get an overview of the area and see the Vancouver Peninsula, the King George Sound and The Gap from above, book a scenic flight. To see sights on land, book a tour with Kalgan Queen Scenic Cruises, King George Sound Safari or Albany Ocean Adventures.
Keen for a game of golf? Tee up at Albany Golf Club, an 18-hole course that’ll have you feeling like you’re in Scotland.