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The southern coastal region of WA is where the towering karri forests endemic to this region meet the pristine, untouched coastline. Referred to as the Rainbow Coast, this region incorporates the southern fringe of the karri forest region. The countryside in general is very lush and verdant bushland, farming country and coastal sand dunes. The coast, forged by the powerful Southern Ocean, is at times wild and rugged, and yet also stunningly beautiful and serene. While Albany offers modern facilities and an historic past, the town of Denmark provides a bohemian lifestyle amid some of the most scenic countryside in WA.
  • Albany

    Albany is Western Australia’s third largest city and is steeped in history and beauty.
  • Denmark

    A quaint coastal town with a creative arts industry, surrounded by award-winning food and wine producers.

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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.

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    Valley of the Giants - Tree Top Walk

    About 15km east of Walpole along the Southwest Highway towards Denmark you come across a turn into the Valley of the Giants, home of some of the oldest and tallest tingle trees in the region. Here you can wander around a grove of old trees in the Ancient Empire, or view the forest from above […]