Situated 405km south-east of Perth, Albany is one of the state’s thriving centres, servicing a large agricultural area. It is a delightful year-round holiday destination and offers a variety of nature-based attractions such as rugged coastlines, secluded beaches, national parks, ancient ranges, forests, wineries, rivers, art and craft shops, wildflowers and whale watching.
Albany is recognised as WA’s first European settlement; museums are numerous and showcase an interesting history. Many historical buildings around the town have been carefully restored and are attractions in themselves. Cafes, accommodation, museums and art centres are now housed in some of Albany’s most ornate sites. The National Anzac Centre is set above Princess Royal Harbour within the Albany Heritage Park on Mount Clarence. The centre honours the Anzacs of the First World War. Local memorabilia can be seen at the Residency Museum, the convict era can be explored by visiting the Old Gaol Museum and relics of Albany’s whaling industry are displayed at Discovery Bay.