Albany – The Australian Traveller Guide
A place rich with convict history, rugged coastlines and perfect beaches, Albany will teach you the horrific past of the Australian whaling industry. Thankfully, the only whale shooting that is done today is through the a camera!
WHERE TO STAY
Albany has places for everyone when it comes to accommodation. One place in particular that is simple but comfortable is the Norfolk Sands. It falls somewhere within the mid-range budget category, but the price is not to be sneezed at. The hotel is within walking distance of Middleton Beach and there is a café next door, open for breakfast.
WHAT TO DO
For those who love scenery and pretty views, Albany is the perfect holiday destination. There are historic buildings, the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial and dozens of walking trails with priceless scenery along the way. Go on a whale watching or diving tour or hop on board the Kalgan Queen, a glass bottomed boat. Take a tour of the old whaling station at Whale World, but be warned is can be a bit unnerving.
For days where you just want to stretch out with a towel and a good book, take a trip to Misery Beach. Quite unlike its name, Misery Beach is beautiful and never crowded, so it’s perfect as a secluded sun-baking spot.
Or for something more physical, a walk through Torndirrup National Park to the Blowholes is well worth the effort.
WHEN TO GO
Albany has four very distinct seasons that change the area considerably. In summer, visitors can take advantage of the pristine beaches and relaxing atmosphere, making it a real holiday hotspot. Autumn is renowned for being ‘feast season’ and as the leaves change colour, walking tracks come alive. Although Albany is sheltered from the wind, winter can still get very cold, especially at night. From May to October, Humpback and Southern Right Whales migrate to the area, taking shelter close to the coastline. Then as the weather warms up again with spring, the whales disappear but an abundance of flowers in the area go into bloom.
Located 409km from Perth (five hour drive), your best bet is to fly. Skywest flies between Albany and Perth daily. Love’s buses are available in town during weekdays and Saturday mornings. If you’re looking for a rental car, they are available from the airport and locally from Rainbow Coast Car Rentals.
For more information about Albany, go to: westernaustralia.com