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.
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
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.
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.
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Walking the Bibbulmun Track
4 hours | Albany | ALH-380
Torndirrup National Park
The Bibbulmun Track is a 600-mile walking trail which stretches from Kalamunda (Perth Hills) to Albany, across some of the most beautiful and peaceful areas in Western Australia. The track is named after an Aboriginal group from the vicinity of Albany. Although its route does not follow their traditional pathways, as you walk on the track you may well become attuned to the spirit of the Bibbulmun people who journeyed on foot over long distances to care for and bond with their land.
Take a narrated drive that visits Albany's most significant highlights on this half-day excursion. Your first stop will be Torndirrup National Park. Here you can walk to a lookout for glorious views of dramatic land formations called "The Gap" and "Natural Bridge." The Gap drops 78 feet to the raging sea while the Natural Bridge resembles a huge granite suspension bridge spanning the torrent. Next, you're off on a city drive which ends at Mt. Clarence Lookout. Here you'll have more spectacular views which include Princess Royal Harbour, King George Sound and the Albany Wind Farm. The highlight of the tour will be the National ANZAC Centre. The National ANZAC Centre is a newly built, multimillion dollar museum which recognises the ANZAC legend. Your time here will be self-guided to explore independently.
Discover Albany's natural wonders on this half-day excursion. Visit Torndirrup National Park before heading to a museum dedicated to whales. Discovery Bay (formally Whale World) is an award-winning interactive museum housed at the former Cheynes Beach Whaling Company. In its heyday, the Station's chasers took up to 850 whales a year. The museum features over 20 exhibits, three state-of-the-art multimedia theatres, and a restored Cheynes IV whale chaser. You will have time to visit the gift shop before re-boarding your motorcoach for the return route back to your cruise ship.
Travel along Stirling Terrace, through downtown Albany, to enjoy the mixture of renovated historic buildings and the contrasting newer shops and central business district. Pass the Courthouse, rotunda and the old Post Office, which now houses the Albany Branch of the University of Western Australia. Drive past Middleton Beach and Dog Rock--a large granite rock in the shape of a dog's head. Oranje Tractor Farm for a tasting of five distinctive wines paired with organic cheeses and other tasty treats grown on the farm. Visit Wignall's Winery, set among manicured lawns and outstanding gardens. Wignall's winery is the perfect setting to enjoy a wine tasting and listen to the winemakers tell you about their passion.
Explore the natural resources of the coastline on this small group tour. On this half-day excursion, visit the dramatic land formations call "The Gap" and"Natural Bridge" located in the Torndirrup National Park. Next, visit Albany Wind Farm. Situated on the edge of a cliff overlooking the coast, this eco-friendly farm consists of twelve 1,800-kilowatt wind turbines, each 213 feet tall with enormous 115-foot-long blades. The wind turbines are some of the biggest in the world and the largest to be installed in the southern hemisphere. Take the pathway along the cliff that leads to an outlook. Take in the breathtaking scenic views of the coastline before re-boarding your motorcoach for the transfer back to the port and your cruise ship.
Cruise from Emu Point Landing to the sheltered waters of Oyster Harbour and on to the ancient Kalgan River. Hear stories of Albany's history and colorful commentary on topics ranging from local birdlife to wildflowers and poetry. This river's estuary is home to a large population of birds, and some of the state's largest bream have been caught here. You may even get a chance to catch a sighting of the giant eagle ray, a cousin of the manta ray. The striking, spotted black-and-white ray has been known to grow up to 17 feet in length and weigh upwards of 500 pounds. They are known to leap out of the water on occasion, but are not aggressive. While cruising, enjoy Billy tea and damper bread, two traditional foods of the land down under.
National ANZAC Centre & Torndirrup National Park for Small Groups
4 hours | Albany | ALH-999
Torndirrup National Park
Take a narrated drive that visits Albany's most significant highlights on this half-day excursion. Your first stop will be Torndirrup National Park. Here you where you can walk to a lookout for glorious views of dramatic land formations called "The Gap" and "Natural Bridge." The Gap drops 78 feet to the raging sea while the Natural Bridge resembles a huge granite suspension bridge spanning the torrent. Next, you're off on a city drive which ends at Mt. Clarence Lookout. Here you'll have more spectacular views which include Princess Royal Harbour, King George Sound and the Albany Wind Farm. The highlight of the tour will be the National ANZAC. The National ANZAC Centre is a newly built, multimillion dollar museum which recognises the ANZAC legend. Your time here will be self-guided to explore independently.
Take a half-day excursion on a catamaran along scenic Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound where the coastal landscape boasts sandy beaches, verdant green hillsides and a steady horizon of sparkling blue. Keep watch for seals, dolphins and seabirds. Your knowledgeable and friendly crew will be on hand to point out sightings of an abundance of marine life. Your "Sail-A-Way" vessel is a motorized catamaran that features a 360-degree walk-around deck along with a comfortable cabin equipped with DVD screens. Relax, sit back and take in the scenery while enjoying tea with homemade scones, jam and cream. After your sailing adventure, enjoy a short city sights to see some of landmarks of Albany before your return back to pier.
Travel the South Coast Highway to Denmark where you'll walk among the tree tops through the "Valley of the Giants" at Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Take a walk some 120 feet above the forest floor for a bird's-eye view of the ancient, old-growth trees on the Treetop Walk. Afterwards, enjoy a lunch buffet at a local reatrauant with panoramic views. Next, you will be treated to a wine tasting session at one of the local wineries. Finally, travel along the coast of William Bay National Park. The spectacular scenery includes a group of gray rocks that resemble elephants resting peacefully in the water. Look for the Green Pool, a sea pool with brilliant blue-green water.