Albany, the thriving cultural and administrative hub of the Great Southern region of Western Australia, is less than an hour away by air from WA’s capital city Perth, and a mere 4.5 hours by road.
Albany sits on the south coast of WA, widely regarded as one of the most incredibly beautiful and diverse coastlines in the world – in equal turns stunningly gorgeous and fearsomely rugged. The region boasts beaches which are routinely named among the best in Australia, such as the incredible Little Beach, the aptly-named Elephant Rocks in Denmark and of course our iconic Middleton Beach, just minutes from Albany’s CBD.
There truly is something for everyone in Albany, from gourmet wine-lovers, to intrepid 4WD explorers, to backpackers – and everyone in between. World-class wine, food, fishing, surfing, swimming, diving, hiking, mountain biking, four-wheel-driving, camping and myriad other activities are all on offer within minutes of town.
Experience the legend that shaped a nation at the National Anzac Centre, a state-of-the-art interpretive museum overlooking King George Sound. Walk with the ANZACs and experience the Great War through their personal stories. Follow them from Albany in 1914, to the Middle East, to Gallipoli and across the Western Front, and, for too few, home to Australia and New Zealand.
Witness one of the most fearsome and formidable rock formations on the south coast – The Gap – just minutes from town in the Torndirrup National Park. Check out our striking 18 turbine wind farm overlooking the spectacular Sandpatch beach – a testament to Albany’s aspiration to be a green city. Learn about our somewhat grim history as a whaling town at Discovery Bay, and see the gentle giants up close on a whale tour in our magnificent King George Sound.
Head slightly further afield (less than an hour’s drive), and our beautiful neighbours Denmark, Porongurup and Mt Barker offer stunning scenery, yet more top-notch restaurants and wineries, and a wealth of activities and attractions. Why not take a day trip and climb Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Range National Park, the highest peak in WA and one of the only places in the state which experiences snowfall.