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Albany
Travel Guide

Untouched beaches, picturesque national parks, colonial heritage and fantastic local wines await at this historic city on Western Australia’s scenic southern coastline.

Albany is a historic seaside city in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, surrounded by magnificent national parks, beautiful beaches and rugged granite cliffs. Experience the area’s diverse heritage, including the indigenous Minang Noongar people, the state’s first European settlement, convict colonies and the budding town’s important role in World War I.

Trace Albany’s intriguing history on a Heritage Walk Trail, beginning at the Old Gaol on Stirling Terrace. Get your free map from the city’s tourist information centre. Visit Albany Heritage Park to learn about the area’s colonial and wartime history. At the ANZAC Interpretive Centre you’ll discover Albany’s role as the last port of call for troopships embarking for World War I. Stop by the late 19th-century federal defence fort, Princess Royal Fortress.

Get out into the stunning national parks that surround Albany. Stirling Range National Park is located approximately 80 kilometres (49.7 miles) north of the city. Drive through the mountains or hike through the dense native bush. Sightsee the area’s magnificent coastline in Torndirrup National Park, with its intriguing rock formations, including the Natural Bridge and the Gap.

Two stunning beaches are just a few minutes’ drive from inner Albany. Relax on soft, white sand and go for a swim in the clear ocean at Middleton Beach or sheltered Emu Point. Join a guided snorkel or scuba dive at Seal Island, Breaksea Coves and the HMAS Perth shipwreck.

Albany has a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and cool, wet winters. This climate is ideal for vineyards and the Great Southern region is widely known for its winemaking. Try a local variety at the Taste Great Southern food and wine festival in March.

Reach Albany via a 4-hour drive directly from Perth or by a longer scenic route. Flights from Perth arrive daily to Albany Airport, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) from the city. Bus tours operate in the area and a scenic waterfront cycle path connects the historic city centre to the shopping precinct and beaches.

Where to stay in Albany

BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park
BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park
4 out of 5
8 Medcalf Parade, Emu Point, WA
The price is ¥12,714 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Emu Point, this beach campground is within 1 mi (2 km) of Emu Beach and Middleton Beach. Emu Point Beach and Lake Seppings are also within 3 mi (5 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (295 reviews)

"Well appointed and clean , good proximity to emu point and Middleton beach"…"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2020

BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park
ibis Styles Albany
ibis Styles Albany
3.5 out of 5
369 Albany Highway, Orana, WA
The price is ¥11,276 per night from Mar 13 to Mar 14

Located in Orana, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mount Melville Lookout, Mount Melville Circuit Trail Trailhead, and Old Gaol Museum. Albany Convict Gaol ...

3.9/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"Plenty free parking available, friendly reception staff."…"

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2020

ibis Styles Albany
Best Western Albany Motel & Apartments
Best Western Albany Motel & Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Cnr Frederick Street and Spencer Street, Albany, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥12,941 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in the heart of Albany, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Albany Entertainment Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Anzac Centre and Middleton ...

4.3/5Excellent! (417 reviews)

"Nice, clean place and walking distance to main street, cafes and pubs. Room price is expensive for motel accommodation. Parking bays are tight if you have large vehicle"…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Best Western Albany Motel & Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park
BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park
4 out of 5
8 Medcalf Parade, Emu Point, WA
The price is ¥12,714 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Emu Point, this beach campground is within 1 mi (2 km) of Emu Beach and Middleton Beach. Emu Point Beach and Lake Seppings are also within 3 mi (5 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (295 reviews)

"Well appointed and clean , good proximity to emu point and Middleton beach"…"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2020

BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park
Dolphin Lodge
Dolphin Lodge
4.5 out of 5
32 Adelaide Crescent, Middleton Beach, WA
The price is ¥10,913 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Middleton Beach, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Middleton Beach and National Anzac Centre. Albany Visitor Centre and Albany ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (673 reviews)

"Close to the beach and few cafes. Bbq was good quality"…"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Dolphin Lodge
Pelicans Albany
Pelicans Albany
4 out of 5
3 Golf Links Road, Middleton Beach, WA
The price is ¥12,604 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Middleton Beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum and Middleton Beach. National Anzac Centre ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (426 reviews)

"Property was very clean and well maintained, location was great being close to the beach with a cafe, chip shop and a small bar around the corner. Short drive into town and lots of scenic walkways all around if you want to sight see or just go for a walk."…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

Pelicans Albany
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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