Welcome to Albany
Established shortly before Perth in 1826, the oldest European settlement in the state is now the bustling commercial centre of the southern region. Albany is a mixed bag comprising a stately and genteel decaying colonial quarter, a waterfront in the midst of sophisticated redevelopment and a hectic sprawl of malls and fast-food joints. Less ambivalent is its spectacular coastline, from Torndirrup National Park's... Read More
Top experiences in Albany
Full Day Tasting Tour with Lunch in Denmark from Albany
Enjoy courtesy pick-up from your accommodation before the tour starts at 9:30am. Your driver/guide will take care of the driving as you relax on the approximately 45 minute ride to Denmark from Albany. Learn about the South Coast food and wine scene as you pass by beautiful landscape. Once in Denmark, taste hand-made, award winning cheese, fudge, toffee, chocolate, ice cream, cider and wines. At The Lake House, you'll enjoy an memorable lunch platter that may include cured meats, chicken, cheese, salads, fruit and condiments. Be sure to save room for a sweet treat before you venture to the award winning Limeburners Great Southern Distillery for a tasting. Finally, your driver/guide will return you to your accommodations in Albany around 6pm.
Half-Day Tour of Discovery Bay in Albany
Enjoy hotel pickup from your accommodations prior to the departure time. Your guide will bring to life Albany's role in Australia's whaling story as you curve around Princess Royal Harbor, King George Sound and the Southern Ocean in the distance.At Albany’s Historic Whaling Station at Discover Bay, the history of whaling along the southern coastline of Western Australia is presented in animation, image and relic as you are guided through this educational and historic site. Climb aboard the Cheynes IV and imagine you are on the prow of the whale chaser, wind whipping through your hair and salty spray in your face as you scan for the tell-tale spume. Complete your journey and exploration of the impressive coastline as you journey through Torndirrup National Park. As you head back towards Albany, see the magnificent splendor at the Gap and the Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park. You will be returned to your pick-up point in Albany.
Half-Day Albany History and Highlights Tour
Enjoy courtesy pick-up from your accommodation before your 3.5-hour guided tour begins at the Princess Royal Fortress historic precinct. At the National ANZAC Centre interactive displays will take you on an intimate journey of a participant of the war. Under the shade of trees planted to remember fallen soldiers, the Avenue of Honour leads to the Memorial of the Desert Mounted Corps. The dawn service is Padre White’s story. See the view that the departing ANZAC Troops had before they sailed onward to war; for some of them, the last vision of homeland. Curving around Mount Adelaide, Breaksea Island comes into view and stories of the construction of the lighthouse and its connection to the ANZAC narrative are revealed. At Middleton Beach we pause a moment to absorb the vista of the ocean and perhaps, if lucky, a glimpse of sheltering whales and calves. Journeying into the city centre, we stop along the way to visit Patrick Taylor Cottage and Albany's Convict Gaol and learn of the contribution it made to the social life and nourishment of the early community. Your driver will be happy to return you to your accommodation.
Bus Tour Through Porongurup National Park from Albany
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Albany prior to 9:30am to begin your tour. Head to Porongurup National Park where you will see boulders balancing and teetering on weather-worn pedestals. Continue on to Castle Rock, which requires a 4.2-kilometer walk that does require moderate fitness. To reach the spectacular views from the summit will require you to make a short scramble over rocks and climb an enclosed ladder to the Granite Skywalk. From the newly opened Skywalk, you will have exhilarating views to the Southern Ocean.Leave the park and head to Plantagenet Winery to savor the flavors of the Great Southern of Western Australia. Here, enjoy cellar tastings and delicious foods, using locally grown, seasonal produce.Next, head to the Mt Romance Sandalwood Factory, for a signature gong experience. Relax here and enjoy the unique aromas of sandalwood.After your stop at the factory, you will be returned to your accommodation at approximately 4pm.
Full-Day Killer Whale Expedition from Albany
Your day starts at 5.45am when the Busy Blue Bus picks you up from your Albany accommodation, or the Albany Visitors Center, for the 180 kilometer journey to the Bremer Bay Marina departure point. During the drive to Bremer Bay, your Busy Blue Bus Tour Guide driver provides an informative and factual commentary on the pioneering history and riches of the amazing South Coast. The day's program is outlined, to ensure you feel relaxed, informed and comfortable about the upcoming day's events.At the Bremer Bay Marina you are transferred into the care of Naturaliste Charters’ crew. Once on board, the crew are introduced and a vessel safety brief is given. After that, your marine adventure begins.Morning tea is provided and anticipation builds as you head to the edge of the shelf and the Bremer Canyon. After you arrive, and during the whale watch, a delicious fresh lunch is served buffet style. Later, as you return to the Marina, there will also be afternoon tea and refreshments.The Busy Blue Bus will be at the Bremer Bay Marina when the boat pulls in. Your guides will go over the experience and bring you back to your accommodation, arriving around 7pm.
Bremer Discovery Day Trip from Albany
Begin your day with pickup from your Albany hotel before 5:45am (exact time will be advised on reconfirmation). Once aboard your vehicle, you'll take a leisurely journey for 111 mi/180km to reach Bremer Bay. During the drive, your driver/guide will provide an informative and factual commentary on the pioneering history and riches of the amazing South Coast. The day's program is outlined, to ensure you feel relaxed, informed and comfortable about the upcoming day's events.Upon arrival to the Bremer Bay Marina and Fisheries Beach, view the departure of the Naturaliste Charters’ vessel on its way to the Bremer Canyon. Afterwards, you'll head back to town and driven to the wind turbines set atop the hill to take in amazing panoramic views of the town, estuary, beach and bushland to the Barron Ranges. Morning tea is available for purchase at The Old Telegraph Station where you make a selection from the delicious, freshly baked goods. Don't forget to ask, Harry about the history and native flora and fauna. Refreshed, you are ready for an included wine tasting at Gnornbup Winery. You may want to pickup some wine to accompany your lunch. Then, you are off for a beach hop on the peninsula beaches including the famous Blossoms Beach and Little Boat Harbour. At Tooreburrup Lookout a magnificent 360-degree view of the region is possible and makes a great photo opportunity.Next, your driver/guide will deliver you to the Wellstead Heritage Museum for lunch and private guided tour with Max Wellstead. Settle into a delicious, shared platter of local produce for lunch at the Wellstead Heritage Museum Cafe. Savor the tastes while feasting on seasonal local produce on a shared lunch platter which includes local fresh seafood, salad, fresh baked bread, cheese and condiments.After lunch, take some time to enjoy the extensive collection of memorabilia at the Wellstead Heritage Museum, where ‘there’s something for everyone’ according to Max. Exhausted? You can relax in the lounge in the Wellstead Heritage Museum Café before your driver/guide picks you up. Your driver/guide will pick you up at the Bremer Bay Marina when the boat pulls in and you can nurture your memories on your return to Albany arriving back around 7pm, awash with this extraordinary experience. For customers choosing to depart from Bremer Bay Visitor Centre at 8:45am, your return will be at approximately 4pm.