Albany is a charming coastal town and Western Australia’s oldest European settlement.

Albany was created in 1826 as the first settlement for new arrivals from across the seas in Europe. The town went from strength to strength, originally due to a gold rush and these days thanks to mining and tourism. Dotted throughout the town centre you’ll find beautifully restored historic buildings, with many having their own captivating story of Albany’s early settlement. Taking pride of place along the harbour front is the Brig ‘Amity’, a replica of the ship which brought the first convicts and settlers to Albany. There are plenty of other things to do in Albany as well, with experiences ranging from rediscovering the past at the National Anzac Centre to browsing Albany’s markets, tasting epicurean delights on an Albany day tour, or visiting the Natural Bridge and The Gap at Torndirrup National Park.

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The Gap at Albany

Visit Torndirrup National Park

The southern coast of Western Australia near Albany has plenty of natural beauty and a stunning yet unforgiving rocky coastline which has claimed many ships. Visit Torndirrup National Park with your guide and discover the spectacular rugged coastal features known as The Gap and Natural Bridge.

Whiskey in a glass

Great Southern Distillery Company

Don’t miss the sampling session available at the tasting room at the Great Southern Distillery Company, on the edge of Princess Royal Harbour. There is also a distillery tour that takes you through the delicate process of producing highly refined spirits in traditional copper pot stills.

Whale breaching

Whale watching in Albany

Get up close and personal with one of the world’s most gentle sea creatures when you join a whale watching cruise in Albany from late May to early October. Seeing these incredible animals slapping their tails and leaping out of the water is a memorable wildlife experience.

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Chill out and relax

Visit a local wellness centre with your guide for a special Gong Relaxation Session. The next hour is meditative bliss – connect to your inner self as vibrational tones of the gong, calming sandalwood oil and meditation combine for a peaceful and relaxing experience.

Middleton Beach

Visit Middleton Beach

Explore Middleton Beach in Albany which is sheltered from large waves by the islands and headlands of King George Sound, making it the perfect spot for both swimming and snorkelling. If you want a perfect picture-postcard beach photo, Middleton Beach is where you’ll find it.

National Anzac Centre

Visit the National Anzac Centre

The National Anzac Centre is dedicated to the men and women of the ANZAC force. Allow half a day to explore the engaging multimedia and interactive technology exhibits and visit Albany Park and the restored gun emplacements, and Princess Royal Fortress Military museum.

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Trips on or before 31 December 2022

If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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Albany Regional Airport is located 11 kilometres from downtown Albany. If you would prefer to travel by road, the bus trip from Perth to Albany takes just under 7 hours. Driving from Perth is slightly quicker and takes between four and five hours depending on traffic and how many times you stop along the way. 

A hire car is your best option for getting around Albany. However, a public bus service and taxis are also available.

Any time of year is a good time to visit Albany as you'll find pleasant weather throughout most of the year. Summer is hot and perfect for swimming. Spring and Autumn are cooler and the winter months are perfect for walking in the National Park. 

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Albany is a laid back destination so pack casual clothes such as active wear for enjoying the national park, casual dresses, jeans, shorts and t-shirts. A pair of swimmers plus sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must in summer. A jacket or sweater is always a good idea, just in case. A few smart casual outfits are all you need if you're planning on dining out at one of the restaurants in town. 

Albany is a laid back destination so people tend to wear casual clothes during the day. In the evening, smart casual clothes are your best choice for dining out at one of the restaurants in town. 

There is good WiFi coverage in and around Albany. 

The Minang/Menang Noongar peoples were recognised as the traditional owners of Albany as part of an Aboriginal Accord (signed in 2003) that committed to reconciling the Indigenous community with the non-Indigenous community. This accord promises to educate around the loss and devastation suffered by the Aboriginal community at the hands of the first European settlers to the area, as well as recognise the spiritual and cultural connection the Minang/Menang Noongar peoples have to both land and sea. 

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There is good mobile phone coverage in and around Albany. 

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