Porongurup National Park
Just around the headland, east of the town centre, these beautiful beaches facing King George Sound share one long stretch of family-friendly sand. In winter, you'll often see pods of mother whales and their calves here. Head around Emu Point to Oyster Harbour for swimming pontoons and even calmer waters.
There are more fine views over the coast and inland from the twin peaks, Mt Clarence and Mt Melville, which overlook the town. On top of Mt Clarence is the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial , originally erected in Port Said as a WWI memorial. It was irreparably damaged during the Suez crisis in 1956, when colonial reminders were less than popular in Egypt.
Near the foreshore is Albany's historic precinct. Take a stroll down Stirling Tce – noted for its Victorian shopfronts, Courthouse and Old Post Office – and up York St to St John's Anglican Church and Albany's Town Hall . A guided walking-tour brochure is available from the visitor centre.