Albany Visitor Information
Albany, located close to the northern boundaries of Princess Royal Harbour some 418 kilometres south-east of Perth, is a port city in the Great Southern region of the state of Western Australia. Its estimated population of about 35,500 makes it the sixth-largest city in the state. While the city, founded in January 1827, was first named Frederickstown (in honour of Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany), it was later renamed Albany in 1831 by Sir James Stirling (former Admiral of the British Royal Navy, colonial administrator, and first Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Western Australia). First established as a military outpost, Albany later served as a gateway to the Eastern Goldfields from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries. It is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia.
Part of the local government area of the City of Albany, this port city's suburbs and localities include Albany, Bayonet Head, Big Grove, Centennial Park, Collingwood Heights, Collingwood Park, Elleker, Emu Point, Frenchman Bay, Gledhow, Goode Beach, Grasmere, Kalgan, King River, Lange, Little Grove, Lockyer, Lower King, McKail, Middleton Beach, Milpara, Mira Mar, Mount Clarence, Mount Elphinstone, Mount Melville, Nanarup, Orana, Port Albany, Redmond, Robinson, Rocky Crossing, Spencer Park, Seppings, Torbay, Torndirrup, Vancouver Peninsula, Walmsley, Warrenup, Willyung, and Yakamia.
Residents and tourists alike will certainly find much to appreciate in Albany thanks to its natural beauty, picturesque landscapes, and inviting beaches. The town's notable national parks include Bald Head, Bluff Knoll, Jimmy Newells Harbour, Natural Bridge, Porongurup National Park, Salmon Holes, Stirling Range National Park, Stoney Hill Lookout, The Blow Holes, The Gap, Torndirrup National Park, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, Waychinicup National Park, and West Cape Howe National Park. Albany's coastline is also studded with fine beaches including Bettys Beach, Boiler Beach, Cosy Corner, Emu Beach, Emu Point, Frenchman Bay Beach, Gull Rock, Little Beach, Middleton Beach, Muttonbird Beach, Nanarup, Shelley Beach, and Waterfall Beach.
Whale watchers also have much to look forward to between the months of June and October, which is Albany's whale watching season. The two species particularly visible during this season are the Humpback and Southern Right Whales.