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Fitzgerald Biosphere

Fitzgerald Biosphere

Almost a fifth of all Western Australia's plant species thrive in the diverse landscapes of the Fitzgerald Biosphere, many of these are found nowhere else on Earth. Little wonder this flora hotspot is internationally recognised as one of the world's most botanically significant regions, with a listing in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Fitzgerald River National Park is the centre of the Biosphere, and covers more than 300,000 hectares on the south coast of Western Australia, between Bremer Bay and Hopetoun. Only 2-hours drive east of Albany, 4.5-hours drive west of Esperance, or 6.5-hours drive south east of…
Dog Rock

Dog Rock

Named Dog Rock, this huge granite outcrop near the town centre of Albany has an unmistakable likeness to the head of a bloodhound sniffing the air. Dog Rock is a must-do stop on any trip to Albany and is a popular place for that great holiday photograph. There’s even a dog collar painted around this iconic Albany tourism attraction. Dock Rock is located on Middleton Beach Road, and a two minute walk from the town centre. Albany is a four and a half hour drive from Perth or you can fly there in an hour and a half.
PUBLIC Silo Trail: Albany

PUBLIC Silo Trail: Albany

In 2018, the dynamic duo The Yok and Sheryo, took on the CBH Group grain silos and referenced Albany’s pristine environment and sea-life with one very happy looking marine creature (and local resident), the ruby sea dragon. The artwork is a playful representation of the real animal, in-keeping with the urban aesthetic of both artists, which has been honed across a number of high-profile commissions around the world and countless walls sprayed for street art’s sake. But the ruby sea dragon is one of many art stops in Western Australia’s southernmost port city. A cultural takeover began in April 2016…
The Albany Town Hall

The Albany Town Hall

The Albany Town Hall is one of Western Australia’s oldest and grandest historic buildings. Converted into a charming 310-seat regional theatre in 1983, it hosts a number of performances throughout the year. Located in the main street of Albany, four-and-a-half hours south east of Perth, the theatre is renowned as the best venue of its type in Western Australia. Be sure to check out the upcoming performances before arriving in Albany. The theatre offers an extremely enjoyable experience thanks to the comfortable plush velvet seating, state-of-the-art sound and the closeness to the stage. Watch out for the theatre’s resident ghost!…
Patrick Taylor Cottage Museum

Patrick Taylor Cottage Museum

Built prior to 1832, the Patrick Taylor Cottage Museum stands on the original Lot Two, of the first survey of the Albany town site and is shown on a map dated 1832. Now a museum, the cottage is one of the few examples of architecture of the military regime, two years prior to the establishment of the Swan River colony. One of the oldest buildings remaining in Albany, a section of the wattle and daub construction is exposed in one of the rooms and oak shingles are still visible under the corrugated iron roof. Over 2,000 items are on display,…
St John's Anglican Church

St John's Anglican Church

St John's Anglican Church was the first church consecrated in Western Australia. The consecration was performed by Bishop Short of Adelaide in 1848. In the aisle of the church are 22 centimetre thick blocks which were made in England. The church is surrounded by well kept lawns and gardens and holds regular services.
Albany Convict Gaol and Museum

Albany Convict Gaol and Museum

Albany Convict Gaol and Museum offers a fascinating look back to the era of convicts in the mid 1800s. Wander through the cell blocks reading the plaques about the colourful history of the gaol and gain an understanding of the difficulties experienced by the early settlers. Pay attention to the timber-lined cells which were used to house Aboriginal prisoners in the 1870s. They contain various carvings which are said to be Australia's oldest Aboriginal cell art. For the courageous, book yourself onto the night tour and keep an eye out for a ghost or two, who are said to haunt…
Replica of the Brig Amity

Replica of the Brig Amity

Walk up the gangplank and step back in time aboard Brig Amity to find out what life was like aboard a convict ship in 1826. As you explore the ship, listen to the story of Amity's perilous six week journey from Sydney to King George Sound to establish the first European settlement on the west coast of Australia. Discover the sights and sounds below deck that were encountered by those aboard as they headed for unknown lands, sharing space with the ship’s crew, 23 convicts, 21 soldiers and enough domestic animals, food crops and building materials to start the small,…
Albany Picnic Provisions Trail

Albany Picnic Provisions Trail

Albany Picnic Provisions Trail is a self-drive journey providing access to your choice of locally grown seasonal produce for your picnic basket. Along this trail, you will meet the growers of fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood as well as wine and beer producers. You can start filling your picnic basket by visiting the town centre-based markets and gourmet retail outlets and then add to your provisions from the growers you meet along the way. The trail can be experienced in half a day, a whole day or be enjoyed over several days - the choice is yours! Fancy a riverside…
Museum of the Great Southern

Museum of the Great Southern

Refurbished in July 2010, the refitted museum overlooks picturesque Princess Royal Harbour, on the site of first European settlement in Western Australia. The Museum of the Great Southern provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region. The Museum shares the stories of the Menang Noongar people and the influence of Mokare, a young Noongar warrior, as well as the stories of the early settlers and convicts, and also explores the region's unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.
Old Post Office

Old Post Office

The Old Post Office is a distinctive historic building in the centre of Albany. The restored 1869 building has a twenty five metre clock tower that is visible from the Princess Royal Harbour. Be sure to photograph the oldest post office in Western Australia and enjoy checking out the heritage character of this unique building. While the inside of the building is not open to the public, the outside offers a great view of an intriguing structure worthy of stopping past. Discover more about the appealing town of Albany by participating in the Town Walk Heritage Trail, which commences on…
Albany Courthouse

Albany Courthouse

The foundation stone of the Albany Courthouse was laid 29 December 1896. The Court House is a unique example of the work of that period, exhibiting masonry at its best. The two arched entrances and doorways are a lasting memorial to Mr Trott, who was responsible for their creation. The building continues to by the centre of justice within the Albany Region.
King George Sound

King George Sound

One of Western Australia’s most spectacular harbours, King George Sound protects the historic city of Albany. This large bay with sandy beaches, cliffs and granite outcrops offers excellent whale watching and diving. Between July and October Southern right and Humpback whales are often spotted. Take a whale watching cruise to get up close to these giants of the ocean, and you might also see dolphins and seals. King George Sound is a popular dive location. There are several interesting shipwrecks to explore including the former Australian navy warship HMAS Perth. The 133 metre long former guided missile destroyer was scuttled…
Strawberry Hill/Barmup

Strawberry Hill/Barmup

Long before European settlement, Barmup was a meeting place for Menang Aboriginal people. In 1826 a government farm was established near the water course which fed the fledgling settlement. It was later purchased by the Government Resident Sir Richard Spencer and in the 1890s by Francis and Maude Bird. Grand when it was built, Strawberry Hill has been home to many but the house itself has only had two owners. It was the first property managed by the National Trust in Western Australia.
Desert Corps Memorial

Desert Corps Memorial

The Desert Corps Memorial near the top of Mount Clarence is an impressive war memorial commemorating those who fought at Gallipoli during World War One. Pose for a photo in front of the horsemen and their horses and read about the colourful history of the memorial and understand the significance behind its position at Mount Clarence. Look out for the bullet marks on the stonework which were attained during the Suez Riots of 1956. Situated near the summit of Mount Clarence, the site provides spectacular panoramic views across Princess Royal Harbour, King George Sound and Middleton Bay. The harbour is…
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