Imagine spending a calm holiday at a coastal city, relaxing at the calm sandy beaches, staring at the green sea, walking across the tall forests and amazing national park, fishing, diving in the deep sea, meeting the marine animals; mesmerized? Want to head to some coastal place? What could be better than Albany, a coastal town in Western Australia. This is one of the most picturesque towns in Australia.
Albany has a great association with nature, adventure and history, making it a must visit town of Australia. This town is a perfect travel destination where you have a lot on your platter, to explore and experience.
Location of Albany
Albany is situated in the Great Southern region of the Western Australia. It is about 418 km south- east of Perth.
History of Albany
Albany was inhabited by Menang Noongar people for many years. In the year 1627, François Thijssen, a Dutchman, for the first time spotted the coastline of Albany.
This town was founded in the year 1826 on December 26th, as New South Wales’ military outpost as a part of French settlement. Earlier, this area was named as Frederick Town, in honor of Prince Frederick, the Duke of York and Albany. In the year 1831, when the settlement went under Swan River Colony’s control and Lieutenant-Governor James Stirling renamed is as Albany.
It is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia.
Things To Do in Albany
Visit the Torndirrup National Park, and enjoy the ocean vistas. The jagged granite coastline here is very beautiful.
Stirling Range National Park is a must visit. This place houses a phenomenal natural wind- weathered rock formation, Natural Bridge and the Gap, which is above 24 m ocean drop.
Climb the Mount Clarence and Mount Melville for the most striking view of the city.
Visit the Middleton beach for breathtaking views. Snorkel, swim or walk; this is one of the most pristine beaches of Australia.
If you want to feed pelicans, visit Emu Point. This is also an ideal place for picnicking.
Whale- watching is something you should not miss. The months between late May and October, are ideal for spotting southern right and humpback whales. Visit the one of its kinds interactive whale museum to get up close and personal with whales. You can also try fishing and scuba diving.
Visit the replica of Brig Amity, the ship which carried the first settlers to Western Australia. Vist the Amity Trail and walk past settlers’ cottages, old convict jails and taverns and whaling ships.
Hike on the Bibbulmun Track past beaches, farmlands and forests.
Even outside the town, there are many amazing destinations to visit like West Cape Howe National Park , Shelly Beach, West Gull National Park, People Bay National Park et al.
Albany is a beautiful coastal town. If you have already been to Albany and have soaked in the beauty, we would love to hear your experiences. Please share with us, your photographs and experiences, here. We are waiting to hear your story.