Albany is located 418km from Perth in the South West of Western Australia. Albany is the oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia, founded in 1826. There is many places to visit in Albany from beaches, to Foreshore trails and Beautiful hiking trail’s in the National park. I have put together the Best Places to visit when in Albany.
Porongurup National Park
Devil’s Peak is the highest mountain in the Porungurup National park it is 670m above sea level. It is a moderate two hour walk and has amazing views from the summit. Looking out to the South over the Indian Ocean on a clear day and Stirling Ranges to the North. It is a 5km 2.5 hour return hike. There also is the longer circuit up Nancy Peak first then out to Devil’s Slide, The Loop which is 6.3km 3 hour return hike.
It is a 4.7 km circuit out to Castle Rock. The trail begins at Castle Rock picnic area and climbs through jarrah, marri and karri forest. Just before castle rock you will see the Balancing Rock. From there you can eitehr scramble up to the upper level or the lower lookout. It is a challenging climb and scramble over the rocks and climbing a 6m ladder which takes you up to the Granite Skywalk. It is an amazing steel structure that winds its way around the massive granite dome, providing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Two People’s Bay Nature Reserve
You can either park at the visitor information centre and walk the 5km hertiage walk out to little beach. The walk provides beautiful views across the conservation park. You can also drive up to Little beach. No Dogs are allowed in the park and there it’s $12 a day to enter the park.
The Ellen Cove Boardwalk starts from one side of Middleton Beach and wraps around the headland where Mt Clarence drops into the ocean. Along the boardwalk to Albany Port is a 6.1km one way walk or ride.
Emu Point to Middleton Beach
The trail begins at Emu point and ends at Middleton Beach it’s a 7.6km return walk or ride. You can continue along Ellen Cove boardwalk to Albany town centre.
Mount Adelaide and Mount Clarence
Mount Adelaide nature trail is a 2.5km circuit around Mount Adelaide, along the way there is beautiful views looking out over Albany, King George Sound, Princess Royal Harbor and out to the Stirling Range. You can also visit the Anzac centre and the Convoy walk and lookout.
Torindup National Park
Bald Hill Hike
The Hike is a 12.8km 5-7 hour return hike. The hike is along the Flinders Peninsula providing stunning views of the Southern Ocean and King George Sound. Click Here for more information.
The Gap and The Natural Bridge
These amazing natural formations are a located 20 minute drive from the town center, in Torndirrup National Park. The Gap is a huge gap in the high rock walls facing the ocean, with a viewing platform perched out over the edge. Heading here on a rough sea day is best as the ocean waves are bigger. The bridge spans a similar but wider gap, formed by wave action eroding the rock below. There is a viewing platform to get the best perspective on the bridge and it is accessed by the same pathway that runs from the carpark to the gap.
Cable Beach Lighthouse and Lookout
Access is at the end of Cable Beach road near the cable beach lookout. it is a 1.3km 20 minute return walk out to the lighthouse and back.
Sharp point Lookout Loop
A short little loop that provides stunning coastal views from the various lookouts perched at the top of the impressive cliffs that plunge into the waters of the Great Australian Bight. The walk is 500m 10 minute loop.
Stony Hill Peak Head
Moderately challenging hike, it’s a 4.8km 1 h 45 min up and back to complete. The track is quite over grown at the start and a scramble at the top of the track beautiful views of the surrounding area. There is the first summit, but the track does continue to the top of the granite boulders giving beautiful views over the ocean and the cliff’s.
A small secluded and sheltered beach in the National Park.
Salmon Holes Beach
Vancouver Lookout and Hertiage Trail
A 1-3 hour 1.8km loop, providing beautiful coastal views overlooking Frenchman Bay. The trail is quite rocky and sandy and moderately challenging hike.
Uredale Point Heritage Trail
A 5km 1-3 hour loop. The walk has some great views of the Albany Port, King George Sound and Vancouver Peninsula, and will take you along the cliffs above Whalers Cove and on to the beaches of Vancouver Peninsula. It has some amazing views of Albany and its surrounds.
Elleker to Torbay Rail Trail
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