Backpacking Albany

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    PLENTY OF BEAUTIFUL BEACHES TO HEAD TO, SUCH AS WATERFALL BEACH AT TWO PEOPLES BAY: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    SEE SOME SPECTACULAR VIEWS FROM BLUFF KNOLL, THE HIGHEST PEAK IN THE STIRLING RANGE NATIONAL PARK: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    LEARN ABOUT THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S FIRST COLONIAL SETTLEMENT: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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Albany Highlights

  • Beautiful unspoilt beaches good for surfing, swimming and chillin out.

  • There are two great wrecks to dive at Albany, the 133 metre long ex-destroyer - the HMAS Perth and the Cheynes III, which was the first 'prepared' dive wreck in the southern hemisphere.

  • See great numbers of Southern Right and Humpback Whales in and around Albany's sheltered coves from June to October.

  • Visit Torndirrup National Park to see where the Southern Ocean has sculpted a Natural Bridge in the coastal granites and formed 'The Gap', where the waves rush in and out with tremendous ferocity.

  • Visit Porongurup National Park to see the many unusual rock formations, which make the Porongurup Ranges.

  • Explore Stirling Range National Park's stunning mountain landscape, unique wildflowers and challenge yourself by climbing Bluff Knoll.

  • Learn about the fascinating history of Albany, which was the first colonial settlement in Western Australia, at one of the museums.

  • The Albany and Denmark region has over 50 wineries and these produce some of the finest wines in Australia.

About Albany

Population 30,000

Albany is a thriving seaside city and is the administrative and commercial hub for the region. Albany has one of the most attractive coastline settings, a fascinating history and an abundance of attractions and activities.

Albany was established in 1826 and was the first colonial settlement in what is now Western Australia. The city has around 50 colonial buildings that show the history of the town and many are now used to house museums, art and craft galleries and restaurants. You can also explore convict jails, old taverns, whaling ships and grand National Trust homes with beautifully landscaped grounds.

The dramatic granite coastline around Albany boasts some of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches in Western Australia and some spectacular scenery.

West Cape Howe National Park is nearby, where you can go rock climbing and bushwalking. At Torndirrup National Park there are two major attractions, the Gap, a 24 metre drop to the water, and the Natural Bridge, a rock formation in the shape of a bridge.

Also, during the months of June to October, Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales arrive in King George Sound near Albany, where you can watch these amazing creatures frolic and play.

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Albany Visitor Information Centre

Old Railway Station, Proudlove Parade
Albany, Western Australia
Phone (08) 9841 9290
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