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Holiday Homes in Albany - Come to the edge of the world.

Spectacular cliffs, the roaring ocean and the immense power of nature’s wild beauty will leave you in awe.

On the south coast of Western Australia, the city of Albany is a great base for adventure lovers and anyone wanting an out-of-the-ordinary experience to fire up the senses. This area is great for bushwalking, snorkelling, diving, surfing, visiting one of four national parks and reserves, whale-watching and exploring a large number of other local attractions.

Albany also has lovely heritage buildings, a strong art and culture scene, a fantastic line-up of gourmet producers and a great range of holiday accommodation. There is a range of fantastic accommodation in Albany.

Albany Fact File

  • Albany is 408km South/SE from Perth
  • Driving time from Perth: 5 hours
  • Flying time from Perth: Approximately 1 hour
  • Tourist information: Amazing Albany
Things To Do in Albany
  • Natural attractions and lookouts

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    Get your heart racing with a visit to Torndirrup National Park, a 15-minute drive from Albany. It is best known for its thrilling Blowholes, The Natural Bridge (a bridge-shaped rock formation) and The Gap, a 24-metre drop to the sea where the ocean roars up into a large cavern in the rocks.

    It’s amazing to think that this ancient land mass was once connected to Antarctica.

    Make your way to Stony Hill Lookout for 360-degree views of the Southern Ocean and back to the city of Albany. During spring, coastal wildflowers form a colourful blanket along the cliffs and seals can be seen playing in the waters below.

  • Whale watching

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    Whale-watching is a popular activity in Albany, with the chance to see humpback and southern right whales as they migrate south.

    The Middleton Beach boardwalk meanders around the coast from Ellen Cove, and whales can be spotted from here between June and October. Higher vantage points along the coast can also be found for viewing these magnificent creatures

  • Wind farm

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    Just six kilometres from the town centre is the Albany Wind Farm, where you can walk underneath 18 of the largest wind turbines in the Southern Hemisphere (35m-long blades rotating on top of 65m-high towers). The compacted earth walkways are sign-posted with interesting information about the design and purpose of these engineering masterpieces.

  • Quiet beaches

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    Albany also has long stretches of white sandy beaches, with plenty of space to find a quiet spot all to yourself to relax and unwind. A visit to the pretty and pristine Little Beach (pictured) with a picnic basket of local gourmet goodies is highly recommended.

    Middleton Beach and Ellen Cove are Albany’s closest swimming beaches with picnic, BBQ and playground facilities.

    Emu Point and Oyster Harbour are great for boat owners, sailboarders and swimmers. The calm, shallow waters of Emu Point are ideal for children and popular for fishing. River cruises and deep sea fishing charters depart the Emu Point Marina.

  • Nature walks

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    Two Peoples Bay is famous for its small colony of noisy scrub birds which were thought to be extinct until they were rediscovered in 1961. The nature reserve features a new Interpretive Centre with a great deal of information for the avid nature lover. There are some beautiful walks at the breathtaking Little Beach and Waterfall Beach.

  • Whaling history

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    Albany is also renowned for its whaling history. The old whaling station at Whale World has been transformed into a fascinating museum and information centre the whole family would enjoy. You could easily spend a whole day there.

  • Ship replicas and dive wrecks

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    The Albany harbour foreshore features a full-scale replica of the Brig Amity (picured), the ship that brought the first settlers and convicts to Albany in 1826. Get on board, go below decks and follow the story of the Brig Amity’s journey from Sydney to Albany’s King George Sound.

    King George Sound is also home to the spectacular dive wreck, the former HMAS Perth.

  • Quirky shopping and food sensations

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    Quirky cafes, amazing restaurants and avant-garde boutiques are dotted throughout old buildings and up and down the steep streetscapes of Albany’s main centre.

    Sample your own taste of Albany at The Albany Farmers Market every Saturday. This is a thriving hub where local producers sell every imaginable type of fruit and vegetable together with organic meat, locally farmed ostrich and venison, yoghurt, cheeses, olive oils and bread. Buskers add to the lively atmosphere.

    Take time out to visit the Boatshed markets every Sunday morning for fresh fish and more local produce.

  • Art, culture and fine wine

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    Art and culture is such an important part of the visitor experience and there are a number of festivals, exhibitions and fairs to celebrate occasions and lifestyles, such as the onset of the wildflower season, fine local wine, music, art and literature.

    Local art galleries are a must-visit (such as the Vancouver Arts Centre, pictured) as well as the wineries of the Great Southern Wine Region.

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