Established in 1826, Albany boasts a rich history as port city and gateway to the Eastern Goldfields during Australia’s legendary gold rush era. Atmospheric 19th-century buildings sit alongside fascinating museums and art galleries, while Western Australia’s rugged coastline delivers whale watching opportunities, white-sand beaches and epic hiking excursions.
Things to do in Albany
Don’t miss out on experiencing some of Australia’s best beaches while visiting Albany, especially the soft white sand and azure water at Middleton Beach. If you prefer to kayak, head to Emu Point near the Oyster Harbour estuary, which also has a grassy terrace and charming beachfront cafes. The 35-kilometre drive to Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve is worth seeing Little Beach, where turquoise water meets giant boulders in a secluded bay.
Wander around the centre of Albany to discover a wealth of heritage sites, many of which are clustered around the waterfront Peace Park. Tick off Amity, a 19th-century 148-ton brig beside a tranquil lake, before visiting Old Gaol Museum to learn about prison conditions in Albany during the 1800s.
Love a drop of wine or whisky? Head over to the Great Southern Distilling Company, where you can take a guided tour and taste award-winning whisky made from local ingredients. Drive about 45 minutes along the Southern Coast Highway and stop in at Forest Hill Vineyard, renowned for its seasonal wines, such as Shiraz, Riesling, Malbec and Chardonnay.
If you’ve got time for a day trip, head to Torndirrup National Park, where you can witness spectacular rock formations, blowholes and pristine beaches. Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife, such as whales, seals, kangaroos, bandicoots and pygmy possums.
Getting around Albany
You can easily reach Albany from Perth by either using the Transwa coach services or flying with Regional Express Airlines. The centre of Albany is compact and walkable, while Love’s Bus Service provides an alternative. Hire a car to explore attractions outside of town.