City in Western Australia


Albany is a city at the southern tip of Western Australia. It’s known for its beaches, such as popular Middleton Beach. East of the city, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve is home to secluded Little Beach. Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, a former whale processing plant, now houses a museum. Migrating whales pass off the coast at Torndirrup National Park, where steep cliffs give way to dramatic rock formations. 

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Albany is steeped in stories of its Aboriginal custodians, convicts, sailors and whalers.

The breathtaking beauty of Albany’s rugged coastline creates a fitting backdrop to dramatic whaling, convict and settler history and a sensational south coast adventure. This charming city marks the spot where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia, and much of their legacy remains today with colonial buildings standing proudly as museums, galleries and restaurants. The whaling station museum tells fascinating tales of Albany’s whaling industry and you can take a cruise to meet whales up close. World-class wine, food, fishing, surfing, swimming, diving, hiking, four-wheel-driving, camping and other activities are all within minutes of town.

Don’t miss

  • Take a dip at Western Australia’s best beaches
  • Visit the National Anzac Centre to learn about Australia’s war history
  • Go whale watching and visit a former whaling station

How to get there

Located on Western Australia’s southern coast, Albany is approximately a five-hour drive from Perth or six hours by bus. Regional Express Airlines (Rex) flies daily between Albany and Perth.

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Shelley Beach, West Cape Howe National Park, Albany, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Shelley Beach, West Cape Howe National Park, Albany, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia

Dip into Western Australia’s best beaches

Laze your day away and stake out a patch of sand at one of Albany’s pristine beaches. Middleton Beach is popular with families, with soft white sand and gentle waves; while Emu Point Beach is perfect for kayaking. Little Beach at Two People’s Bay Nature Reserve is regularly voted one of Western Australia’s best beaches.

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Bibbulmun Track, Quarrum-Owingup Nature Reserve, WA © Tourism Australia

Bibbulmun Track, Quarrum-Owingup Nature Reserve, Western Australia © Tourism Australia

Hike the Bibbulmun Track

The Bibbulmun Track stretches almost 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) between Albany and Kalamunda near Perth, and is one of the world’s great long-distance walking trails. It passes through towering forests, tranquil farmland and wild beaches, and is signposted with yellow markers symbolising Waugal, a snake-like Aboriginal Dreamtime creature.

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The National Anzac Centre, Albany, WA © National Anzac Centre

The National Anzac Centre, Albany, Western Australia © National Anzac Centre

Visit the National Anzac Centre

Experience the World War I legend that shaped a nation at the National Anzac Centre, a state-of-the-art museum that uses multimedia, interactive exhibits and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, and pay tribute to the Australian and New Zealand forces who served in World War I.

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