Outback Towns

Albany

Albany is a port city in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, well regarded for its natural beauty and preservation of heritage.

About Albany

Albany has a great deal of historical significance. It is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia, predating Perth and Fremantle by some two years. Albany has a number of historic tourist sites including the Museum, Albany Convict Gaol, The Princess Royal Fortress commonly known as The Forts, and Patrick Taylor Cottage - the oldest dwelling in Western Australia.

The town also has an important, though controversial role in the Anzac legend, being the last port of call for troopships departing Australia in the First World War. It was here that some 30,000 Australian troops departed for Gallipoli.

Until the opening of the Port of Fremantle in 1900, the Princess Royal Harbour was the only deep-water port in Western Australia. This is the largest natural harbour in Western Australia and also on the entire south coast of the Australian mainland, outside of Melbourne. Home to HMAS Albany and the adopted home port of the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Anzac, Albany is frequently visited by other warships. The destroyer HMAS Perth was sunk here in 2001 as a dive wreck.

The region features some of the most rugged and awe-inspiring scenery. The town centre which is located between the hills of Mount Melville and Mount Clarence, overlooks the Princess Royal Harbour. Natural sights are numerous, especially the rugged coastline, which includes the Natural Bridge and the Gap. Many beaches with pristine white sand surround Albany, with Middleton Beach being the closest to the town centre. Other popular beaches include Frenchman Bay and Muttonbird Island. The rolling hills and the towering peaks of the nearby Porongurups and Stirling ranges will capture your imagination and heart forever.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs