The southern coastline of Western Australia is picturesque, pristine and very unhurried. Known as the Albany or Great Southern Region it covers around 40,000 square kilometres incorporating almost every kind of dramatic natural landscape you could imagine. Magic beaches hidden in quiet coves reveal themselves and give you the feeling of being the only person in the world. Rugged towering peaks, the Stirling Ranges, forests and acres of vineyards all provide dramatic contrasts at every turn.
The charming coastal city of Albany is a centre for fresh, quality produce, spectacular wine and overall passionate and dedicated food lovers.
Western Australian tourism sites describe Albany by the seasons; all four of them show a side of the region so fervently authentic and colourful, representing each with its dazzling beauty. As the first European settlement in Western Australia, Albany has an old convict gaol (now a museum) right in its central business district, and many other heritage buildings line the streets as a reminder of its origins.
Albany loves festivals and cultural endeavours so there’s never a shortage of art exhibitions, travelling theatre, markets, fairs and more. The annual Southern Art & Craft Trail stretches over 70 venues in the region and is usually held in early October.
Have your cameras ready for the Torndirrup National Park just south of Albany for some of the most spectacular coastal sights in Australia. Visit the only museum in the world created from an old working whaling station at the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company. Thankfully today you can see these incredible creatures with a more gentle approach through one of the many tour operators. Best times for whale watching are between June and October and both humpback and southern right whales approach the shore for calving.
The region has made the most of its beautiful natural elements and an abundance of nature trails make it easy to enjoy either cycling or walking. Diving enthusiasts will be happy with the huge choice of underwater sites, some touted as the best in the world, including the artificial dive reef created when HMAS Perth was scuttled in King George Sound.
Albany is a slice of natural heaven - an incredibly special piece of Australia you’ll absolutely fall in love with.