Sometimes it is just easier to leave the decision making up to someone else. We have done the hard work and designed these day trip itineraries to cater to every kind of visitor. Whether you’re interested in Minang and Noongar history, the legend of the Anzacs, adventure, hiking and bike riding, food and wine or the arts. We have you covered.
Pack your walking gear, water, snacks, sun protection and a weather proof jacket. Start your day with a beachside breakfast at Emu Point Café. Take your time to enjoy the beautiful view across the ocean towards the King River.
After fuelling up, jump in the car and head to Albany Heritage Park. The National Anzac Centre opens at 9am, start your tour here. Give yourself an hour or two to experience the Anzac legend and immerse yourself in the lives of those who served in First World War.
Pop into Garrison for a coffee before exploring the barracks and gun emplacements at Princess Royal Fortress. Take a moment to enjoy the view from the Apex Lookout. If you would like to join a tour, simply ask the staff at the National Anzac Centre when the next will be held.
A quick drive to the other side of the Albany Heritage Park will take you to the Padre White and Desert Corps Memorials. The birthplace of the Anzac Dawn Service. Sweeping 360-degree-views of Albany and it surrounds will take your breath away.
It must be time for lunch? Follow Marine Drive around to Middleton Beach and enjoy another beach front meal at Three Anchors. After lunch, wander up the Ellen Cove Boardwalk, if you’re visiting between June and September, keep your eyes peeled for whales!
The second part of your historical tour is going to be based in Albany’s CBD. Begin at the Western Australia Museum, the range of exhibits explore a variety of topics that are bound to interest all.
Purchase a ticket from the Museum for a tour of the Brig Amity Replica. The Amity was the first European ship to sail into Albany waters. When you visit this full-size replica, try to imagine more than 50 men, together with stores, sheep and pigs, sharing this small vessel in a difficult journey taking over six weeks.
Whilst at the Museum explore the Yurlmun: Morkare Mia Boodja exhibit that features 14 rare, significant objects that originated from the Menang Noongar people, the traditional inhabitants of the Albany are. Learn more about encounters between Menang people and the British colonists.
Next on the list is the Vancouver Arts Centre. The arts centre is housed in the former Albany Cottage Hospital. Pick up a program to discover the self-guided heritage trail and current art exhibitions.
Finish your historical tour with a classic cocktail at the first licensed premises in Western Australia, Liberte at the London Hotel. They also have wine, beer and delicious meals if you’re feeling a little peckish. Before heading home wander up York Street to see the historical Albany Town Hall which looks particularly special in evening.
Grab some breakfast in town, pack your surfboard, wetsuit, bathers, towel and sunscreen and head towards Lower Denmark Rd. Keep your eyes peeled for Elleker Grasmere Rd and follow signs towards the beautiful Mutton Bird Beach. Enjoy some time at the beach.
When you start to feel like you need some lunch, head to Cosy Corner Café on Cosy Corner Rd.
Once you’ve fuelled up, take a moment to explore a wide range of glass work, from large architectural panels to sculptural pieces and exquisite jewellery at Torbay Glass Studio. Next stop is Meleah Farrell’ Photography Studio on Forsyth Glade, showcasing Meleah’s stunning imagery of the region.
Head West and turn left at Shelly Beach Rd, taking you into West Cape Howe National Park and towards some epic views from Shelley Beach lookout, a prime launching site for hang-gliders. 4WDers can continue out to the most southern point of WA, West Cape Howe.
Head back towards town, stopping along the way at one of many farm gate sales, cutting across from Lower Denmark Rd to South Coast Hwy via George St. Taking you in the direction of food and wine at Oranje Tractor Wines on Link Rd. Enjoy a tasting of Great Southern wines.
Explore the Amazing Albany Dining Out Guide to find somewhere for dinner and check out the events page at www.amazingalbany.com.au to find out about any shows that might be on during the evening.
Start you day with a delicious breakfast and coffee at one of our many cafes (head to the Albany Visitor Centre to grab an Amazing Albany Dining Out Guide).
After you’ve filled you bellies, head out towards Frenchman Bay Rd and into Torndirrup National Park. Enjoy a scenic drive to the end of the peninsular and begin your adventure at Discovery Bay.
Explore the world’s only Historic Whaling Station. Join a 40 minute guided tour of the station, operating hourly from 10am to 3pm each day. Spend some additional time marvelling at giant whale skeletons, galleries and 3D feature presentations.
Discover Australian Wildlife in the native animal enclosure. Get up close and personal with wombats, bandicoots, possums, kangaroos and many more enchanting creatures.
You’re probably getting hungry by now? Head to the Whaler’s Galley Café for lunch with a view. If you’re really prepared, bring your own lunch and enjoy the view from the free bbq & picnic area in the beautiful native Botanic Garden.
Time to get back on the road, head back towards town and turn left for the Gap and Natural Bridge. The Gap is a 24-metre drop to the sea. Feeling brave? The new universally accessible viewing platform allows you to stand right above the powerful crashing waves. The Natural Bridge, a monumental span of granite demonstrate the awesome power of the sea when a heavy swell is running.
Keep heading towards town, turning off for the Windfarm. The farm consists of twelve 1800kW wind turbines connected to the Albany electrical system and control network. A network of boardwalks and trails leads you right beneath the giant turbines. Don’t miss the awesome views of Albany’s epic coastline.
You deserve a drink now, it’s been a long day! Pop into the Great Southern Distilling Company. For a guided tour of the distillery call ahead, otherwise enjoy a tasting of award winning single malt whisky, tiger snake sour mash, gin, vodka and a variety of other spirits.
Head back to town for dinner. There’s a variety of restaurants, pubs and bars on offer as well as takeaway options. maybe you could head to Due South for dinner with a view or pick up some fish and chips and enjoy them at the Middleton Beach foreshore.
Fill your tummies with a big breakfast at a local café and fuel up for a big day of exploring. Pack your walking gear, bathers, towel, water, a snack and if you’ve got it, fishing gear.
Follow Lower King Rd and pull into the car park just after the Lower King River Bridge. Follow the bush track along the river to the Fish Traps. The traps were constructed by the Menang peoples and are over 7,500 years old, information signs provide insight into how the traps work.
Follow the bush track back to your car, and head out to Two People’s Bay Nature Reserve following signs to Little Beach. Be prepared to be blown away by the bright turquoise water and white sandy beach. A perfect spot to relax for a little while.
Heading away from Little Beach, on foot, you may like to follow the Two Peoples Bay Heritage Trail. The trail provides spectacular views across the waters to North Point – the northern point of Two People’s Bay. Time permitting, follow the track through to Two Peoples Bay, otherwise head back to your car.
You must be hungry by now? It must be lunch time. Heading back along Two Peoples Bay Rd, stop off at The Old Marron Farm for some farm fresh local produce. After eating visit the bird and animal farm, or book in advance and take a one hour Segway Tour of their farm land.
If you are visiting in summer, make sure you stop off at Nicklup Orchard just near the Kalgan River and pick up some delicious local, seasonal stone fruit.
Treat yourself to a well-deserved glass of wine or pint at Three Anchors. Stay for dinner or check out the Amazing Albany Dining Out Guide for other options.
Fuel up with a big breakfast at one of Albany’s many cafés. Pack your hiking gear, lots of water, snacks, sun protection and a weather proof jacket (just incase!). Pile into the car and head out to the Porongurup National Park.
Turn off for Castle Rock and the Granite Skywalk, and prepare yourself for an hour to two hour hike. Immerse yourselves in the wonder of Mother Nature. Check out the views along the way and the fascinating Balancing Rock. You will have to scramble to get to the tippy-top, but the views from the Granite Skywalk are well worth it. Take your time to enjoy.
After hiking back down, you’re going to be a bit thirsty and probably quite hungry! Stop in at Castle Rock Wines and Duke’s cellar doors to quench your thirst with beautiful Porongurup Riesling and Pinot Noir. After wine tasting, head to Maleeya’s Thai Café for a truly unique food experience, home-style Thai food right here in the Great Southern. Also take some time to explore Maleeya’s bamboo garden and nursery.
It’s been a big day, you’ll probably be craving some down time. Refresh, recharge and replenish at Mt Romance Sandalwood Factory. The Cone, The Gong and the Bowl is an original experience of combining Gongs and Sandalwood. Book ahead, daily sessions run at 2pm.
Once you come back into reality, head back to town and relax with a tea at the lovely Kate’s Place. When you start to feel a little peckish in the evening check out the Amazing Albany Dining Out Guide. You will be sure to find exactly what you feel like!