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  • Writer's pictureKarina Wright

Discovering our Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Charms of Albany, WA

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

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Located on the southern coast of Western Australia, (our hometown!) Albany is a hidden gem that offers an abundance of natural beauty, fascinating history, and a relaxed coastal charm. With its pristine beaches, rugged coastline, lush forests, and rich heritage, Albany is a destination that captivates visitors from all over the world. In this blog, we will take you on a virtual tour of Albany, uncovering its highlights and must-visit attractions.

1. Rich History and Heritage:

Albany holds a significant place in Australia's history. As the first European settlement in Western Australia, it witnessed the arrival of the first European settlers in 1826. The historic district of Albany, characterized by its quaint stone buildings and colonial architecture, is a treasure trove of history. Explore the Albany Convict Gaol, the National Anzac Centre, and the Princess Royal Fortress to gain insight into the town's past and its involvement in World War I.

Whaling was also a huge part of the town's industry for many years but in 1978 Albany’s whaling station ceased its operations. Albany is now a proud safe haven for many whale species that migrate to our waters between the months of May to September. You can view our celebrated Humpback whales, and Southern Right whales from many vantage points throughout the town, or you can take a beautiful drive out to The Historical Whaling Station for a much more detailed view of life back in the day - it's well worth the visit. They have a great cafe for lunch too.

2. Stunning Coastal Landscapes:

The picturesque coastline of Albany is a sight to behold. With its turquoise waters, towering granite cliffs, and pristine white sand "squeaky" beaches, it offers a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Head to Middleton Beach for a refreshing swim or stroll along the stunning Ellen Cove Boardwalk, which leads you into Town. Don't miss the breathtaking views from the historic Gap and Natural Bridge formations, where the power of the Southern Ocean is evident.

3. Dramatic Natural Wonders:

For those seeking even more natural wonders, Albany does not disappoint. Just a short drive away, Porongurup National Park is home to some of Australia's most awe-inspiring landscapes. Witness the beauty and the thrill of the Granite Skywalk. Bluff Knoll, the highest peak in the region, offers a challenging hike and rewards with breathtaking panoramic views at its summit.

4. Pristine Wilderness and National Parks:

Albany is blessed with abundant national parks and mesmerizing wilderness areas. Explore the stunning wildflowers during the spring season. The Stirling Range National Park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with its diverse range of flora and fauna and numerous hiking trails. We are the proud home to the spectacular Queen of Sheba Orchid too!

5. Gastronomic Delights and Local Produce:

Albany's food scene is an emerging treat for food lovers, with a focus on locally sourced produce and a thriving farm-to-table culture. Sample fresh seafood at one of the award-winning fish & ship shops, savor locally brewed craft beers (Etties @ The White Star, and Wilson's), or discover the delights of award-winning wines produced in the nearby Great Southern wine region. Don't miss the Albany Farmers Market, where you can find an array of fresh produce and gourmet treats.

Albany, Western Australia, is a destination that effortlessly blends history, natural beauty, and a relaxed coastal lifestyle. Whether you're a history buff, an adventure seeker, or simply looking for a tranquil escape, Albany has something for everyone. With its stunning coastal landscapes, rich heritage, and natural wonders, Albany promises a memorable experience that will leave a lasting impression. So, pack your bags and set off on an unforgettable journey to this hidden gem on Australia's southern coast!

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