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 center 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 harbor 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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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.
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.
There is good mobile phone coverage in and around Albany.
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