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Albany, Australia

On December 26, 1826 - Boxing Day - Major Edmund Lockyer and his party of convicts and soldiers landed at Princess Royal Harbor to establish a penal colony. Originally named Frederickstown in honor of the Duke of York and Albany, the first European settlement in Western Australia was renamed Albany in 1832. Thanks to its superb harbor, the town quickly became a busy port. Albany served as a coaling station for steam ships, as a commercial outlet for the rich farms of the interior, and as a base for the highly profitable whaling industry. The whaling station at Frenchman Bay was the last whaling station in all Australia, closing in 1978. Today it is home to Whale World, one of the world's largest whaling museums.

This small city of some 25,000 souls is off the beaten track. Which makes exploring all the more fun, whether visiting Whale World Museum or touring one of the area's excellent wineries.

Points of Interest

  • Torndirrup National Park
  • Tree Top Walk
  • Discovery Bay (formerly Whale World)
  • King George Sound Cruise & Kalgan River Cruise
  • Bibbulmun Track
  • Albany Wind Farm
  • Mt. Romance - The Sandalwood Factory
  • Australian Wineries

More about Albany, Australia Points of Interest

  • Torndirrup National Park -

    This rugged coastal landscape covers nearly 10,000 acres and is home to dramatic granite formations.

  • Tree Top Walk -

    In Australia's Valley of the Giants national park, stroll a walkway that rises up nearly 125 feet above the forest canopy. View the grove of old growth tingle trees known as the Ancient Empire.

  • Discovery Bay (formerly Whale World) -

    Step back in time to Albany's historic whaling station, with interactive exhibits and three theaters, featuring a giant whale skeleton, a 3D whale movie and an audio re-enactment of a whale chase.

  • King George Sound Cruise & Kalgan River Cruise -

  • Bibbulmun Track -

    The Bibbulmun Track is a 600-mile walking trail which stretches from Kalamunda (Perth Hills) to Albany

  • Albany Wind Farm -

    Situated along the Torndirrup peninsula, this wind farm of 12 gigantic turbines features a pathway that boasts spectacular views of the rugged, windswept coast and a lookout for whale watching. (Seasonal)

  • Mt. Romance - The Sandalwood Factory -

    On Mt. Romance, discover the process of making sandalwood oil. Valued for centuries, its use ranges from perfume to medicinal purposes. Take a tour and then visit the cafe, spa and gift shop.

  • Australian Wineries -

    Before a plague wiped out many ancient plantings in Europe, several hundred vine cuttings were brought here. So today, Australia boasts some of the oldest vines, and award-winning wines, in the world.

7 Excursions

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Best of Albany: National ANZAC Centre & Torndirrup National Park

4 hours | Albany | ALH-200 A L H - 2 0 0

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From AUD$139.95

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Torndirrup National Park & Whale History

4 hours | Albany | ALH-205 A L H - 2 0 5

Moderate Activity

From AUD$169.95

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Easy Albany: Torndirrup National Park & Albany Wind Farm

3.5 hours | Albany | ALH-215 A L H - 2 1 5

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From AUD$159.95

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Oyster Harbour & Kalgan River Cruise

4.5 hours | Albany | ALH-240 A L H - 2 4 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From AUD$279.95

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Southern Wineries and sights

4 hours | Albany | ALH-320 A L H - 3 2 0

Moderate Activity

From AUD$229.95

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Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk

8 hours | Albany | ALH-470 A L H - 4 7 0

Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From AUD$329.95

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Best Of Albany: ANZAC Center & National Park - For Small Groups

4 hours | Albany | ALH-999 A L H - 9 9 9

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From AUD$219.95

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