What's on in Albany, Western Australia

The delightful tourist town of Albany, Western Australia, is located on the rugged southern coast of Western Australia, about 5 hours drive south of Perth. Albany has a dramatic heritage linked to convicts and whaling and features many historic buildings set against a backdrop of a rugged granite coastline, wild green seas and secluded beaches. You can journey back in time and learn about the whaling days, the early settlers and the convict jails. There are also many old taverns and settlers' cottages to see with their lovely landscaped grounds. There are about 50 historic colonial buildings that have been preserved in Albany that now house museums, craft and art galleries and restaurants.The best way to discover the local heritage is to take the Amity Trail, which is a 30 minute self-guided walk. You can tour the old whaling station, explore a whaling boat and see the Brig Amity - which is a replica of the ship that brought the first settlers and convicts to Albany. The area is also known for its many coastal attractions including the Torndirrup National Park, rock features such as the Gap, Natural Bridge and Dog Rock. You can walk along the 3km long Middleton Beach boardwalk trail that offers wonderful views of King George Sound. Visitors can also enjoy a whale watching cruise to see magnificent Humpback and Southern Right whales up closeup. Divers will love the wreck dive on the remains of HMAS Perth that was sunk off Albany. Albany also offers fabulous fishing, sailing, bush walking and boating. Some of the local Pubs with live entertainment and events include: Earl of Spencer Historic Inn, Royal George Hotel Motel, Royal Hotel White Star Hotel Motel.

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