The old convict built gaol, located in the central business area, serves as a museum and is a useful starting point for those interested in the history of the region. The restorations to the gaol have left the period features carefully preserved. Night Tours that are both informative and "spooky" offer a unique view of Western Australia's oldest gaol. The Gap, situated in the Torndirrup National Park, is a daunting and spectacular, natural rock formation at the ocean's edge. It is located 15 minutes from the city and is a wonder of nature; created through the centuries by pounding seas. The roar and crash of the waves are an overwhelming experience.
York Street which is one of the main shopping precincts and includes a number historic buildings.
There are many clothing boutiques, gift stores, arts and crafts, newsagencies, book shops and sports, surf and outdoors specialty stores for the shopping enthusiast and a diverse selection of dining options to refuel and rest your legs in between shops.
Regular art exhibitions are held in central locations and local as well as travelling theatre and performances fill up the cultural calendar. Check out the events guide to see what is on while you’re visiting the regional city- you’ll be surprised.
The Albany region has a bountiful supply of fresh produce and you will find local farmers and the community at the Albany Farmers Market every Saturday morning in Collie Street. Many farmers open their doors to visitors and you can meet the producers and sample their produce on the rural outskirts of the city on the Go Taste Albany Trail. Albany’s position on a beautiful part of Western Australia’s southern coastline means seafood is fresh plucked from the ocean!
Whale World serves as a wonderful reminder of our grim past. It is located about 20 minutes from the City on the site of the once operational Cheynes Beach Whaling Station. The old whaling station has been transformed into a museum, and a state of the art entertaining information centre, complete with one of the original whaling vessels which you can climb all over, should you so desire. The site has been authentically preserved, capturing the atmosphere and whaling experiences of yester year, definitely a must see.