The Noongar name for Albany is Kinjarling, which means Place of plenty.
Enjoy a 45 minute scenic drive to neighboring Albany, via South Coast Highway and Lower Denmark Road.
The beautiful Princess Royal Harbour and its approaches through King George Sound are overlooked by Mount Adelaide, which offers stunning views, and there are good vantage points also from lookouts on Mount Melville and Mount Clarence.
Albany was the site of the first European settlement in Western Australia, dating back to 1826, three years prior to the founding of the Swan River Colony.
Early buildings which give character to Albany
- The Albany Residency (early 1850s), now a fine museum, the Old Gaol, built in 1851 as a convict hiring depot and from 1872 used as the district gaol,
- Patrick Taylor Cottage, built around 1832 and one of the oldest buildings still standing in Albany, The Old Farm Strawberry Hill, the first farm established in Western Australia which boasts a two storey stone house, built in 1836 as the private home of the Government Resident at Albany, The Old Post Office, opened in 1870, now immaculately restored and one of Albany’s undoubted treasures.
- The Forts, a fascinating reminder of the strategic value of Albany’s harbour, with hidden gun batteries and nearby barracks plus the famous National Anzac Centre.
- The Old Farm Strawberry Hill, the first farm established in Western Australia which boasts a two story stone house, built in 1836 as the private home of the Government Resident at Albany
- The Old Post Office, opened in 1870, now immaculately restored and one of Albany’s undoubted treasure
The National Anzac Centre
The precinct surrounding the National Anzac Centre is home to a number of interpretive and commemorative experiences, all developed to immerse visitors in the Anzac legend, whilst creating an intimate connection to this special place. Find more information here
Torndirrup National Park
This are offers some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Australia, including the renowned Natural Bridge, the Gap, the Blow Holes and Jimmy Newell’s Harbour.
Albany Whale World
Cheynes Beach Whaling Company ceased operating in 1978 and you can now visit Albany Whale World on that site – the only whaling museum created from a working whaling station.
Attractions include the whalechaser, Cheynes IV, photographic and art collections featuring marine mammals, an aircraft museum, whale skeletons and memorabilia.
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