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’s safe anchorages attracted many sailing ships in the early years of exploration of the Australian coastline. European settlement began in 1826 (at the location then known as King George Sound) and Albany grew into a thriving port during the 19th and 20th centuries. It served as a gateway to the Eastern Goldfields and, for many years, it was the colony’s only deepwater port, and a place of importance for shipping services between Britain and its Australian colonies.
Albany 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. Albany was the last place in Australia that the ANZACs saw (and in most cases, ever saw) and is therefore a prominent memorial.
Places of interest in and around Albany include:
– the Anzac Peace Park
– the Albany whaling station and museum (Discovery Bay)
– Dog Rock
– Middleton Beach
– The Natural Bridge and The Gap
– Former HMAS Perth dive wreck
– Little Beach
– Breaksea Island
City of Albany
102 North Road, Yakamia, Albany
Tel: (+61 8) 9841 9333
Albany Visitor Centre
Proudlove Parade, Albany
Tel: (+61 8) 9841 9290