Attaturk Channel or Attaturk Entrance is a wide, deep water channel connecting King George Sound to Princess Royal Harbour, allowing large ships access to the heart of Albany.
The channel itself is navigable year round thanks to Point King Lighthouse. King George Sound is occasionally used as an anchorage for large ships awaiting pickup at the port.
The port, located in Princess Royal Harbour is completely sheltered and is commonly visited by cruise ships from the eastern states or from the west, by ships likely arriving from Fremantle.
In 1985 the channel was renamed in a reciprocal agreement with Turkey, who named the landing place of the ANZAC Troops, Anzac Cove. Scroll below for the Ataturk Memorial.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Memorial
The first president of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's legacy is incredible. (read more on Wikipedia.)
His statue overlooks the channel above Point King.
Covered lookout overlooking Ataturk Channel just below the memorial.
Battery bunker above Ataturk Memorial in the Parklands.
The video pans from King George Sound to Princess Royal Harbour overlooking Ataturk Chanel towards Flinders Peninsula and Point Posession.
Plantagenet Battery, Mount Adelaide, Mount Clarence Parklands, Albany
Along the Albany-Middleton Beach Walking and Biking Trail, just above Point King Lighthouse, is Ataturk Memorial. The words below, on the base of the memorial, say it all. "Peace at Home, Peace in the World." (Read more about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his legacy on Wikipedia.)
Ataturk Memorial stands above Point King overlooking the channel.
Ataturk Memorial from the biking and walking trail.
Ataturk Memorial from above, or walk below for a view from the Lookout.
Before the Pantagenet Battery was built within the ocean side of Mount Adelaide stretching through the Mount Clarence Parklands down to King Point, the most important guardian of the Channel was the Lighthouse.
From the lighthouse the view of King George Sound is breathtaking. Michaelmas Island, Breaksea Island, Seal Island are all features of the uniqueness of the sound.
The views north across King George Sound towards Manypeaks and Two Peoples Bay are incredible. It is an important location for a lighthouse as the Point is rocky and unforgiving. We recognise it as the light that kept Albany safe and thriving in its early days.
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