The City of Albany is set on the rugged south coast and is the Southern Terminus of the Bibbulmun Track. Albany has one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world and a dramatic history. Step back in time and explore ANZAC history, convict jails, a whaling station and settlers’ cottages. Albany airport has regular direct flights to and from Perth.
Albany is the first European settlement in Western Australia and because of this, the area is bursting with history but also has unlimited natural attractions which draw many tourists to this diverse region.
Albany boasts some of the finest foods and premium wines in the area and if your stay falls over the weekend, you can sample some of the freshest produce at the weekly Farmers and Boatshed Markets. Fine selection of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meats, dairy products and seafood is available and this is where you will find the locals on a Saturday and Sunday morning.
Albany has plenty of interesting history, but one of the more significant, which is relativity unknown to the passing tourist, is the ANZAC connection.
In 1914, several convoys carrying ANZAC troops to Gallipoli and Western Front assembled in King George Sound. For many, Albany islands, rugged cliffs and brilliant white sandy beaches were their last sight of Australia. The Light Horse Memorial stands defiant on Mt Clarence and is well worth the visit for the views alone.