About the area

History

Albany is situated on the southern coast of Western Australia and is a five-hour drive from Perth. Discovered by Captain Vancouver in 1791 it was settled in 1826 with the intention of becoming Western Australia's first penal colony. The town was officially named 'Fredericks Town' in honour of Frederick, Duke of York and Albany. Albany never became a penal colony; instead it remained a military outpost for New South Wales and by the early 1830s, everyone was calling the settlement 'Albany'. Around 50 colonial buildings have survived – now housing museums, art and craft galleries and restaurants.

Attractions

Top Tourism Town winner in 2006. This is hardly surprising given its geographical beauty and the abundance of activities that can be indulged. Albany is surrounded by excellent views, from the spectacular coastal scenery and rugged cliff-top beauty of Torndirrup National Park to the calm and beautiful island strewn swimming bays. The waters of Albany, which are now and again the annual nursery grounds for pods of whales provide enjoyment for those who witness them, along with seeing the wildflowers, wineries, arts and crafts, the spectacular distant mountain peaks that are sometimes snow capped, the elegant restaurants, the world class Whaling Museum and the historic military barracks.

Albany has a host of activities for the locals and visitors to enjoy. These include; Abseiling, Art and Craft making, Barbecuing, Mountain Biking, Bird watching, Bushwalking, Camping, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Cycling, Scuba-Diving, Driving, Fishing - Beach, Fishing - Estuary, Fishing - Deep Sea, Exercising, Golfing, Horse riding, Sea kayaking, Enjoying lunch on a cruise, Photography, Animal Riding, Sailing, Shopping, Sightseeing, Snorkelling, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Animal Viewing, Marine Animal watching, Walking and Whale Watching.

80 kilometres north of Albany lies the Stirling Range National Park. The jagged peaks of the Stirling Range National Park rise abruptly, more than 1,000 metres above sea level and stretch east west for over 65km. The sea winds and low-lying cloud create humid conditions within Stirling Range National Park, making it one of the most important botanic environments in the world. Western Australia's isolation from the rest of the world ensures that many of the species in the Stirling Ranges are unique.

Known predominantly for its wildflowers that spring to life between August and November, the Stirling Ranges are home to at least 1,500 species of plants, 90 of which are found nowhere else. Whether it's on the slopes, flat paddocks or higher up in the ranges themselves, beautiful and delicate species can be found in abundance. The Stirling Range National park also contains Bluff Knoll, Western Australia's highest peak that rises to 1,095m above sea level and makes for an excellent vantage point for those skilled enough to climb it.

Nearest Towns

  • Mt Barker is approximately 50 kilometres to the North West.
  • Denmark is approximately 50 kilometres to the West.

Weather

Albany is cooled by breezes from the south and has a summer climate reaching approximately 27C during the day; in winter around 18C. The 'Albany Doctor' is the colloquial name for the cold wind that chops up the Southern Ocean and lashes the rugged coastal areas surrounding Albany. However, Albany itself is sheltered by King George Sound and visitors can enjoy its cool, temperate climate and clear blue skies for most of the year.