Albany

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Albany is Western Australia’s third largest city after Perth and Bunbury and as such it provides all the facilities necessary to conduct business easily. While it is further from Perth than Bunbury, it does have regular flights from Perth which also alleviates some accessibility issues other areas may have. The King George Sound at Albany was the site of Western Australia’s first European settlement, settled several years before the Swan River Colony in Perth. Albany also plays a central role in the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) legend, being the last port of call for troopships departing Australia in the First World War.

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    Old sailing boats on Albany harbour

    Albany township is set on the Princess Royal Harbour, a large and quite picturesque waterway. Due to the whaling and fishing industries, there are a number of older sailing vessels still actively out on the water, setting the scene for years gone by.

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    The Gap

    Albany’s coastline is subject to huge swells and strong winds and this combined with tectonic forces has formed The Gap. This inlet between rocks is 24m high and when the huge swells roll in the crash against the rocks is wild.

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    The Natural Bridge

    Albany’s coastline is subject to huge swells and strong winds and it has created a number of unusual rock formations, one of which is The Natural Bridge. This natural bridge has been formed by wind and water erosion and makes an amazing backdrop. See also “The Gap”.

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    Discovery Bay - wildlife and botanical garden

    Besides whale history, Discovery Bay at Cheyne’s beach, Albany, also exhibits a wide variety of Australian native animals including wombats, bandicoots, possums, bettongs, pademelons and woylies. Discovery Bay is also home to rare white kangaroos, flying foxes and two entertaining characters – Bruce and Frank – the resident koalas.

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    Discovery Bay - old whaling station

    Albany was once the centre of whaling in Western Australia, up until the late 1970’s. Discovery Bay is located on the site of the last whaling station at Cheyne’s Beach and provides an in-depth look at the industry and its history in Albany. There is also a Botanical Garden and wildlife centre on site.