Albany is home to rugged landscapes, picturesque beaches, a stunning coastline and an incredibly diverse national park. A nature lovers haven. A quintessential Western Australia road trip destination.

 

Where is Albany?

Albany is situated on the Southwestern Coast. It is a 420km drive from Perth, or 300km from Margaret River. An ideal location for a self-drive discovery of one of the most gorgeous spots in Southwest Australia.

 

How to get to Albany.

While there are flights from Perth, they’re on the pricey side. You will have to rent a vehicle to explore the town and the surrounding area. Therefore, driving from Perth is probably your best solution with a 400km drive inland and 600km via the beautiful coast. Albany is a vast area, comprised of five national parks, three natural reserves and historical heritage sites. Travelling from one end (Tondirrup National Park) on the east, to (Two People’s Bay) takes nearly an hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top things to see and do in Albany:

 

The Gap and Natural Bridge.

Two iconic natural attractions in Albany. They provide some of the most epic views in the state. The platform at the Gap is 40 metres above sea level and is anchored to a huge stable rock. The Natural Bridge offers a picturesque window to the exposed coastline. Both lookouts are next to each other within the Tondirrup National Park. Prepare yourself for stellar views of the Southern Ocean, Bald Head and West Cape Howe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the blowholes in action. Situated within Tondirrup National Park, the blowholes can be reached on a 1.6km return walk along the coastline. As the name suggests, this natural attraction occurs when water is forced into a crack within the granite stones against the waves ‘blow’ the water and a big spray is produced.

 

Tackle the Bald Head Walking Trail.

This 12.5km trail provides spectacular views of the Southern Ocean and King George Sound. The trail follows the narrow ridge line of the Flinders Peninsula and ends at Bald Head. It is quite a challenging long walk, the first 4km it the most impressive. Be sure to wear good shoes and bring adequate water if you’re going to take on the full walk.

 

Go Whale Watching.

Albany is home to mammoth sized pods of humpback and southern right whales. To get up close to these majestic creatures it’s best to hop on a cruise from Albany Port or head to a vantage point at the Old Whaling Station. The best time of the year to spot whales is from May to October. The Whaling Station is a must visit. The site of the last whaling company to cease operations in Australia. Home to creative exhibits and even a fully restored whale chasing ship to explore. It is the only experience of its kind in the world.

 

Go Beach Hopping.

Renowned for its turquoise waters and pure white sand there is no shortage of stunning beaches to explore. Middleton Beach is a beautiful spot if you’re looking for somewhere secluded. Emu Point is popular for families with clear, calm waters, but our favourite was Two People’s Bay, Little Beach. The most stunning beach we have ever seen. With lush greenery, squeaky white sand, beautiful big boulders and gentle crashing waves, what more could you ask for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Albany Wind Farm.

Located just outside Albany on Frenchman Bay Road. We visited on an extremely windy day and it did not disappoint. The perfect viewpoint for not only the turbines, but sunset and whales. The wind farm is open to the public every day of the year. The farm consists of 12 stand alone 1800KW wind turbines. The turbines have a 65m tower and three 35m long blades making them the largest to be installed in the southern hemisphere. There are many seats and lookouts along the track towards the Sand patch Shelter.

 

Castle Rock Granite Skywalk.

The Granite Skywalk is a suspended walkway on the huge granite outcrop of Castle Rock. A4.7km steep return walk. A moderate to good level of fitness is required. The walk starts at the Castle Rock picnic area and climbs through jarrah, marri and karri forest, past the balancing rock and to the base of Castle rock. A further steep and challenging climb leads to scrambling over rocks and climbing a 6m ladder. You’ll finally come to the Granite Skywalk, an amazing steel structure that winds its way around the massive granite dome, providing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climb Bluff Knoll.

The highest peak of the Stirling Ranges. This is a 6.8km return hike, grade 4. A stunning hike to do for sunrise. It is the most popular trail in the Stirling Ranges with outstanding 360 degree views from the summit. The first section of the trail is sealed and easy going, before the ascent begins. It follows a creek before crossing the mountainside with a gentle climb to the saddle leading to the ridge to the summit. It’s worth a visit even if you’re not up to walking the trail to the summit.

 

Where to camp in Albany.

There’s many free beach camps in and around Albany. About 50km outside Albany you’ll find Torbay, Cosy Corner and Shelley Beach at West Cape Howe between Denmark and Albany. Further than 50km out you’ll find Bettys Beach, Normans Beach, East Bay Road Campground near Two People’s Bay and Waychinicup National Park.

 

Albany is a fabulous getaway, especially for those living in Perth. Placed on the southern tip of Western Australia, this city was the furthest European Settlement in Western Australia. Steeped in history and home to some great, fun and adventurous activities why not pack your bags and make the trip yourself?

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