Princess Royal Fortress, Mount Adelaide, Albany

The Princess Royal Fortress is one of Australia's best outdoor military museums and site of the National ANZAC Centre.

Located in the Albany Heritage Park which includes both Mount Clarence and Mount Adelaide, the fort encompases the entire summit of Mt Adelaide and is a beautiful way to spend a day immersed in history while surrounded by the natural beauty of Albany Australia.

The Princess Royal Fortress on the top of Mount Adelaide was built as a result of all the Australian states contributing money and the Imperial British Government providing guns. It was the first federal defense of Australia and it opened in 1893.

The National ANZAC Centre is the most recent addition to the Fortress complex and Heritage Park opening in 2014 during the Centenary Celebrations.

What's at Princess Royal Fortress?

It houses the National ANZAC Centre, the Albany Barracks & The Princess Royal Battery, the Military Heritage Centre, the Ellam-Innes Collection (extensive collection of War memorabilia of the 11th Battalion and 10th Light Horse regiments).

Explore the Underground Magazine, Repository Store and Caretaker's Cottage, Artillery Display, Torpedoes, HMAS Perth trail, Convoy Lookout, BBQ & Picnic Area, Children's Playpark, Function Centre, and more...

Visiting Princess Royal Fortress with children always proves to be a delight. Children should be supervised at all times.

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What to see at the Fort?

The best part of the Fortress is that you can go any way you want... stroll up the hill to the Convoy Lookout, explore the underground magazine, walk to the top and see the Flag Pole and Signal Mast, down the bushwalk to the Commanding Officer's House, take a break at the picnic benches and have a play with the big guns.

Of course, be sure to check out the National ANZAC Centre!

You can even have a good look at anti-submarine missiles up close. The parkland adjoining the ANZAC Centre has benches and grassed area between the trees.

Details

Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum
Forts Road, Albany WA 6330
OPEN: 9am - 5pm, 7 days
Closed Christmas Day

Entry to the Fortress is FREE

Fees apply to the National ANZAC Centre

Big guns facing Michaelmas Island in King George Sound
Picnic Benches at Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA
Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA
Convoy Lookout, Mount Adeliaide, Albany

Ataturk Channel

From just outside the National ANZAC Centre you get an amazing view of Ataturk Channel, the channel leading into Princess Royal Harbour. The Turkish Government reciprocally named the beach at Gallipoli where the Australian and New Zealand troops landed as “ANZAC Cove”. An appropriate reminder of the wartime tie with the Turks. Have a look at Ataturk Channel from the Fortress in the video:

Centenary Upgrades

The Albany Heritage Park was considerably improved prior to the ANZAC Centenary on November 1st 2014.

There is a beautiful new Convoy Lookout atop Mount Adelaide with stunning views over King George Sound, and the marine guns have a new gravel filled area making them easier to explore.

Convoy Lookout, Mount Adeliaide, Albany

The location of the ANZAC Centre is ideal, and open access to the Forts is fantastic. Highly Recommended.

Military Weapon Display at Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA The Big Guns at Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA The Masts, Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA The Masts, Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA

Underground Bunker

From 1893 to 1956 the guns of King George III Sound maintained their role as a deterrent. They were never fired in military defence though they played their role well as it would have been extremely hard to 'take' Albany's deep-water harbour with the guns guarding King George Sound and Ataturk Channel.

The underground bunker is built into the mountainside which is open for the public to stroll through. The bunker leads to two big guns via stone walled trenches. It's amazing to see how a real bunker-fortress is constructed. This is one of the only examples of a still-standing fortified outpost in Australia. As the Historic Engineering Marker states, "...its design and durability are good examples of the military engineering techniques of the period."

Undergound Magazine, Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA
Historic Engineering Marker, Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA
Historic Engineering Marker, Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA
Princess Royal Fortress Underground Bunker, Albany, WA

National ANZAC Centre

The National ANZAC Centre was opened on November 1st 2014 at the commeration of the ANZAC Centenary celebrations in Albany. The National ANZAC Centre is a commeration of the ANZAC involvement in the First World War when the first Australian and New Zealand convoy departed from Albany on November 1st, 1914.

Undergound Magazine, Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA
Princess Royal Fortress Underground Bunker, Albany, WA

Convoy Lookout

Convoy Walk up to Convoy Lookout is amazing. The views over King George Sound and Vancouver Peninsula and outlying island is incredible. This is where the ships filled with Australian and New Zealand soldiers waited to depart.

Convoy Lookout, Mount Adeliaide, Albany

Set onto the granite peak of Mt Adelaide, the Convoy Lookout's elevated view over the sound is breathtaking.

Convoy Lookout, Mount Adeliaide, Albany
Undergound Magazine, Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA

Great views and Information.

Undergound Magazine, Princess Royal Fortress, Albany, WA

HMAS Perth Museum and Interpretive Centre

Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum has a special display called the "HMAS Perth Museum and Interpretive Centre" which has information and displays relating to the HMAS Perth which was scuttled in the King George Sound towards Frenchman Bay. It is now a popular dive wreck.

HMAS Perth Museum and Interpretive Centre

A replica sits in the museum.

HMAS Perth Museum and Interpretive Centre - Replica of the HMAS Perth
HMAS Perth Museum and Interpretive Centre - Replica of the HMAS Perth
HMAS Perth Museum and Interpretive Centre - Replica of the HMAS Perth

Albany Region Attractions & Information:

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

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

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