City of Albany

Thriving southern destination

The City of Albany is set among the peaks of Mount Melville, Mount Clarence and Mount Adelaide, 450km south-east of Perth.

Albany is also nestled between the waterways of the Princess Royal Harbour to the south, the King George Sound to the south and west, and the Kalgan River and Oyster Harbour in the north west.

Albany is surrounded by National Parks including Torndirrup National Park (home of The Gap and Natural Bridge formations), West Cape Howe (the southern most point of WA and the westernmost end of the Great Australian Bight), and Albany's newest National Park, Gull Rock National Park.

Albany Town Hall. Albany, Western Australia

The Albany Town Hall (photo above) is located on York Street, the main street in town which gently slopes toward the Princess Royal Harbour.

Visitors to Albany

Today the City of Albany is a wonderful and much visited tourist destination and base from which to explore the south west of the state. It is well regarded for its natural beauty and preservation of heritage as the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia, before Perth and Fremantle.  The city is alive with the arts, including the state of the art Albany Entertainment Centre.  This University Town is home to over 30,000 and has a good shopping scene, cafe and food options galore, outdoor adventures by the dozens, all set in the peaceful and beautiful surrounding cliffs, rocks, beaches, oceans, forests and bushland. 

The Old Post Office, Albany, Western Australia

Old Albany Post Office Tower

The Old Gaol and Museum, Albany

Albany Old Gaol & Museum

View of Albany City, Western Australia

Albany is a beautiful city

Historic Albany Precinct, Albany Western Australia

Albany Historical Precinct

Rich with History

Many of the original colonial buildings are now museums, restaurants and galleries which add to its uniqueness. Albany is Western Australia's first European settlement (1826).

Popular Destinations:

Albany Australia is a very popular destination for Western Australians during school holidays, long weekends and getaways.

Albany's First Settlement

Albany has a great deal of historical significance to Australia as this was the first official settlement of Western Australia and also the departure point from which the ANZACs left for Gallipoli.

It also has a number of historic sites including the National ANZAC Centre in Princess Royal Fortress (commonly known as The Forts, Patrick Taylor Cottage, ("the oldest dwelling in Western Australia, c1832"), a replica of the Brig Amity ship and more! Read more about Albany's History.

There is a memorial to the ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps on top of Mount Clarence. The memorial consists of a statue of an Australian mounted soldier assisting a New Zealand soldier whose horse has been wounded and a wall bearing the words "Lest We Forget".

The first commemorative dawn service was held atop Mount Clarence on Anzac Day, 25 April 1923. A dawn service has been held ever since and currently around several thousand people participate each year. [wikipedia] Learn more about the Albany Heritage Park.

Albany is truly a harbour city filled with character and charm! View the Albany History Page for photos of Albany pre 1918.


Albany & the ANZACs

Albany Town Hall. Albany, Western Australia

Visit the National ANZAC Centre or Desert Mounted Corps Memorial.

Albany Town Hall. Albany, Western Australia

Albany City and Surrounds:

Brig Amity Replica Brig Amity Replica
Experience the first settlers arrival in Albany, the first settlement in Western Australia, from onboard a replica of the Amity. Visit Brig Amity Replica
Mount Clarence Mount Clarence
Visit the ANZAC Desert Corps Memorial and view the coast from Padre White Lookout or Apex Lookout at the summit. Visit Mount Clarence
Emu Point Emu Point
The northern end of Middleton Beach, on the shores of Oyster Harbour at the channel to King George Sound. Visit Emu Point
Middleton Beach Middleton Beach
The most popular beach in Albany. Swim or relax under the trees. Cafes and amenities. Visit Middleton Beach
City of Albany City of Albany
Located between the hills of Mount Melville and Mount Clarence, the Nestled along the Princess Royal Harbour & King George Sound. Visit City of Albany
Albany Farmers Market Albany Farmers Market
Saturday mornings. Fresh fruit and veggies from local growers. Organic produce available. Visit Albany Farmers Market
Albany Heritage Park Albany Heritage Park
The heritage park consists of the parklands and monuments of Mount Clarence and Mount Adelaide including the National ANZAC Centre. Visit Albany Heritage Park
Albany Pier (Cruises & Whale Watching) Albany Pier (Cruises & Whale Watching)
Albany Pier for embarking on a whale watching tour. Visit Albany Pier (Cruises & Whale Watching)
Albany Wind Farm Albany Wind Farm
Beautiful and productive green energy from the wind of the Torndirrup, just outside Albany City towards Frenchman Bay. Visit Albany Wind Farm
ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial
ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial sits atop Mount Clarence. Visit ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial
Ellen Cove Ellen Cove
Ellen Cove, Ellen Cove Boardwalk and Ellen Cove Pier are at the far southern end of Middleton Beach, Albany. Visit Ellen Cove
Frenchman Bay Frenchman Bay
Located on the southern side of the King George Sound this is a beautiful setting with picnic area and barbecues and a boat launch. Ideal for relaxing, eating, and having quiet day out. Visit Frenchman Bay
Oyster Harbour Oyster Harbour
Oyster Harbour, on the north eastern side of Albany flows into the King George Sound past Emu Point. Visit Oyster Harbour
Princess Royal Fortress Princess Royal Fortress
One of the best outdoor military museums in Australia. The Fortress is within the Albany Heritage Park, atop Mount Adelaide. Visit Princess Royal Fortress
WA Museum Albany WA Museum Albany
The Western Australian Museum Albany has exhibitions and information on the natural and social history of the region. Visit WA Museum Albany

The Albany Region is a land of natural beauty

Visit Albany Beaches - Photograph of Albany Australia

National Parks near Albany

Torndirrup National Park Torndirrup National Park
Including The Gap, Natural Bridge, The Blowholes, Jimmy Newells Harbour, Stony Hill, Cable Beach & Stony Hill. Visit Torndirrup National Park
Two Peoples Bay NP Two Peoples Bay NP
Located approximately 25 kilometres north-east of Albany. Rediscovery of the presumed extinct noisy scrub-bird. Visit Two Peoples Bay NP
West Cape Howe National Park West Cape Howe National Park
Containing the southernmost point of Western Australia this national park is astounding. Visit West Cape Howe National Park
Gull Rock National Park Gull Rock National Park
25k east of Albany, Gull Rock National Park is a reserve for many endangered animals, trees and birds. Visit Gull Rock National Park

Beaches in and around Albany

There are many beaches surrounding the City of Albany, with Middleton Beach being the most popular, and the closest to the town centre!

View the Albany WA Beaches Map for all the Albany Beaches.

Middleton Beach Diving Pontoon, Albany WA

Middleton Beach, Albany, Western Australia

Whales visit Albany yearly

Albany is one of the best places in WA to venture out for day trips to see whales in the Great Southern Ocean. Despite Albany's whaling past, the Humpback and the Southern Right Whales use the sheltered southern bays for mating and raising their calves. Whales are frequently spotted from the lookouts between May and October.

Middleton Beach Diving Pontoon, Albany WA

Bibbulmun Track Begins & Ends

Albany is the southern terminus of the Bibbulmun Track walking trail which ends close to Perth. Find out more about the Bibbulmun Track as it traverses the Rainbow Coast.

Wind Power

You can oftentimes see whales from the Albany Wind Farm lookout which winds along the Bibbulmun Track.

You can also see 18 spectacular eco-friendly turbines which produce 80% of Albany's electricity needs.

This peaceful modern city with traditional values is surrounded by nature and beauty at its best and it is wonderful place to visit anytime of year.

Middleton Beach Diving Pontoon, Albany WA

Albany Australia Attractions

The Gap The Gap
An impressive rugged granite channel carved by the waves of the Great Southern Ocean crashing against the granite coastline forming a spectacular sheer drop of almost twenty five metres. Visit The Gap
Natural Bridge Natural Bridge
The Natural Bridge is a granite formation caused by the gradual wearing away of the rock by the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Natural Bridge
Brig Amity Replica Brig Amity Replica
Experience the first settlers arrival in Albany, the first settlement in Western Australia, from onboard a replica of the Amity. Visit Brig Amity Replica
Albany Agricultural Show Albany Agricultural Show
The Albany Show (Albany Agricultural Show) happens at the Albany Showgrounds, corner of Lockyer & Cockburn Rds in November each year. Visit Albany Agricultural Show
Albany Farmers Market Albany Farmers Market
Saturday mornings. Fresh fruit and veggies from local growers. Organic produce available. Visit Albany Farmers Market
Albany Heritage Park Albany Heritage Park
The heritage park consists of the parklands and monuments of Mount Clarence and Mount Adelaide including the National ANZAC Centre. Visit Albany Heritage Park
Albany Wind Farm Albany Wind Farm
Beautiful and productive green energy from the wind of the Torndirrup, just outside Albany City towards Frenchman Bay. Visit Albany Wind Farm
ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial
ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial sits atop Mount Clarence. Visit ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial
Ellen Cove Ellen Cove
Ellen Cove, Ellen Cove Boardwalk and Ellen Cove Pier are at the far southern end of Middleton Beach, Albany. Visit Ellen Cove
Former HMS Perth Dive Wreck Former HMS Perth Dive Wreck
The Location of the Former HMS Perth Dive Wreck for scuba divers. Visit Former HMS Perth Dive Wreck
Princess Royal Fortress Princess Royal Fortress
One of the best outdoor military museums in Australia. The Fortress is within the Albany Heritage Park, atop Mount Adelaide. Visit Princess Royal Fortress
WA Museum Albany WA Museum Albany
The Western Australian Museum Albany has exhibitions and information on the natural and social history of the region. Visit WA Museum Albany

Stay in historic Albany:

Dog Rock Motel

Dog Rock Motel

Albany

Family owned with friendly service situated right in the heart of the city, close to all the action and local attractions.

Your home away from home situated 400 metres from Albany’s main street. 80 freshly renovated Standard, Deluxe & Executive Rooms offer 5 levels of accommodation. Suitable for a lavish special occasion or as a base for a budget conscious tour of the south coast! Each room includes Room service, complimentary in-house movies, tea & coffee facilities, remote TV, ensuite, refrigerator, hair dryer, in-house guest laundry, view of city lights at night from deluxe rooms and convenient parking at your door. Complimented by Lime 303, a fully licensed restaurant with superb ambiance. This local icon now offers a fresh new taste and style in the dining scene. The team at Lime 303 Restaurant has achieved finalist & winner status in some of the states most prestigious catering awards.

Telephone: (08) 9845 7200
Address: 303 Middleton Rd, Albany, 6330 Western Australia
Angus Street Views

Angus Street Views

Albany

Centrally located luxury accommodation set high on Mt Melville. Amazing views over Albany, the Porongurup and Stirling ranges.

Newly refurbished luxury house with 3 bedrooms, all with queen beds and electric blankets. There has been a new kitchen fitted with dish washer and all the creature comforts one would expect from a luxury accommodation property. There is 1 bathroom with a huge separate bath and heated towel rales, 2 toilets, one situated in the laundry. Angus Street Views is a quiet, relaxing and peaceful street with no through traffic, which adds to its attraction. The property is set high on Mt Melville with amazing views over Albany, Middleton Beach in the distance, the Porongurup and Stirling ranges. The decked area, leading off the kitchen through french doors, gives you the perfect place to have breakfast or a BBQ. Your home away from home to enjoy what Albany and surrounds has to offer.

Telephone: Margaret on 08 9841 8662 or 0408 418 662
Address: 8 Angus Street, Albany, 6330 Western Australia
Dunmoylen House

Dunmoylen House

Albany Central

A delightful blend of old fashioned charm with the convenience and comfort of modern living and views of the Harbour.

Built circa 1890 Dunmoylen House was home to a number of prominent citizens of the day and now offers luxuriously appointed guest rooms that make your stay incredibly comfortable and relaxing. Dunmoylen House offers 3 luxuriously appointed bedrooms, a guest lounge and dining room along with a handy kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities. Each bedroom contains a flat screen TV and DVD, wireless internet connection and private ensuite bathroom. Off street parking is available for your convenience along with a separate guest entrance. There is plenty to do and see in Albany so why not relax at the end of a busy day with a drink on the verandah enjoying the views across Lawley Park to Princess Royal Harbour. Dunmoylen House Bed and Breakfast is centrally located, only a short walk to Albany’s city centre. A delightful blend of old fashioned charm with the convenience of modern living.

Telephone: (08) 9842 5235 OR Cheryl on 0427 414157
Address: 118 Brunswick Rd, Albany, 6330 Western Australia

Torndirrup National Park Attractions & Information:

Torndirrup National Park Torndirrup National Park
Including The Gap, Natural Bridge, The Blowholes, Jimmy Newells Harbour, Stony Hill, Cable Beach & Stony Hill. Visit Torndirrup National Park
The Gap The Gap
An impressive rugged granite channel carved by the waves of the Great Southern Ocean crashing against the granite coastline forming a spectacular sheer drop of almost twenty five metres. Visit The Gap
Natural Bridge Natural Bridge
The Natural Bridge is a granite formation caused by the gradual wearing away of the rock by the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Natural Bridge
Albany Wind Farm Albany Wind Farm
Beautiful and productive green energy from the wind of the Torndirrup, just outside Albany City towards Frenchman Bay. Visit Albany Wind Farm
Cable Beach Cable Beach
In the middle of the beach is a giant boulder which was lifted by the sea and placed onto the beach by the force of the waves. Visit Cable Beach
Former HMS Perth Dive Wreck Former HMS Perth Dive Wreck
The Location of the Former HMS Perth Dive Wreck for scuba divers. Visit Former HMS Perth Dive Wreck
Frenchman Bay Frenchman Bay
Located on the southern side of the King George Sound this is a beautiful setting with picnic area and barbecues and a boat launch. Ideal for relaxing, eating, and having quiet day out. Visit Frenchman Bay
Jimmy Newells Harbour Jimmy Newells Harbour
Jimmy Newells Lookout provides a breathtaking view of the harbour and great southern ocean. Visit Jimmy Newells Harbour
Salmon Holes Salmon Holes
Salmon Holes in Torndirrup NP offers incredible views from the lookout or descend to the white beach. Popular beach and rock fishing location. Visit Salmon Holes
Stony Hill Stony Hill
Stony Hill has a delightful 500mtr fairly level circular walk which offers spectacular 360 degree views. Visit Stony Hill
The Blowholes The Blowholes
The Blowholes are crevasses in the granite stretching down to sea level far below. With each wave the holes blow air and water up the channel. Visit The Blowholes

Attractions in Albany and surrounds:

Brig Amity Replica Brig Amity Replica
Experience the first settlers arrival in Albany, the first settlement in Western Australia, from onboard a replica of the Amity. Visit Brig Amity Replica
Mount Clarence Mount Clarence
Visit the ANZAC Desert Corps Memorial and view the coast from Padre White Lookout or Apex Lookout at the summit. Visit Mount Clarence
Emu Point Emu Point
The northern end of Middleton Beach, on the shores of Oyster Harbour at the channel to King George Sound. Visit Emu Point
Middleton Beach Middleton Beach
The most popular beach in Albany. Swim or relax under the trees. Cafes and amenities. Visit Middleton Beach
City of Albany City of Albany
Located between the hills of Mount Melville and Mount Clarence, the Nestled along the Princess Royal Harbour & King George Sound. Visit City of Albany
Albany Farmers Market Albany Farmers Market
Saturday mornings. Fresh fruit and veggies from local growers. Organic produce available. Visit Albany Farmers Market
Albany Heritage Park Albany Heritage Park
The heritage park consists of the parklands and monuments of Mount Clarence and Mount Adelaide including the National ANZAC Centre. Visit Albany Heritage Park
Albany Pier (Cruises & Whale Watching) Albany Pier (Cruises & Whale Watching)
Albany Pier for embarking on a whale watching tour. Visit Albany Pier (Cruises & Whale Watching)
Albany Wind Farm Albany Wind Farm
Beautiful and productive green energy from the wind of the Torndirrup, just outside Albany City towards Frenchman Bay. Visit Albany Wind Farm
ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial
ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial sits atop Mount Clarence. Visit ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial
Ellen Cove Ellen Cove
Ellen Cove, Ellen Cove Boardwalk and Ellen Cove Pier are at the far southern end of Middleton Beach, Albany. Visit Ellen Cove
Frenchman Bay Frenchman Bay
Located on the southern side of the King George Sound this is a beautiful setting with picnic area and barbecues and a boat launch. Ideal for relaxing, eating, and having quiet day out. Visit Frenchman Bay
Oyster Harbour Oyster Harbour
Oyster Harbour, on the north eastern side of Albany flows into the King George Sound past Emu Point. Visit Oyster Harbour
Princess Royal Fortress Princess Royal Fortress
One of the best outdoor military museums in Australia. The Fortress is within the Albany Heritage Park, atop Mount Adelaide. Visit Princess Royal Fortress
WA Museum Albany WA Museum Albany
The Western Australian Museum Albany has exhibitions and information on the natural and social history of the region. Visit WA Museum Albany

Accommodation in Albany?