Adventuring Around Albany – My Top 7 Things To Do in Albany

April 7, 2018

Albany is the oldest city in Western Australia, and one of the most beautiful coastal spots I’ve visited. This city is part of the amazing rainbow coast and is home to some of the best beaches I’ve ever seen.

But beaches aren’t the only things to do in Albany.

The city centre has some undesirable aspects, but the stunning national parks definitely make up for that and make it a place worth visiting. And there’s enough of them around. Although you’ll want to make sure you head there in the warmer months as the weather gets extremely cold in winter.

So what are the top things to do in Albany?

Albany Historic Tourist Drive

A great way to get your bearings and prepare for further adventures is to take the 6km historic tourist drive. This drive takes you through Middleton Beach, into the old city centre with museums and old buildings, war memorials including Princess Royal Fortress, and gorgeous views all along the way. There’s also many lookout points where you can stop to take in the scenery or check out the walking trails.

You can do the drive without getting out and just take in the scenery, or make a day of it and get out at each of the points along the way.

Torndirrup National Park

This is definitely one of my top things to do in Albany. I actually rang in the new year in Albany and we spent a day exploring the park. We loved it so much we decided to come back a few months later. Being in this park brought back fond memories from my childhood. But they’ve definitely made it a lot safer since we were kids (back then we were allowed to walk right onto the natural bridge).

Highlights of the park are The Gap and Natural Bridge, The Blowholes, Salmon Holes and Misery Beach. Think rugged coastlines, loads of rocks, turquoise waters, and white sandy beaches.

Travel time to get here – about 15 minutes out of the main city centre.

Want to learn more about everything this incredible park has to offer? Check out my detailed post.

Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve

If beaches are your thing then you can’t leave Albany without spending a day at this nature reserve. It’s actually home to one of the top rated beaches in Australia, Little Beach.

I was definitely wowed by the colours of the sea, never have I seen water that blue!

There’s other parts around the reserve where you can launch boats, camp, have a picnic or checkout the whale display at the visitor centre.

Travel time to get here – about 45 minutes out of the main city centre.

Porongurup National Park

If you’re not such a beach person, you’re in luck. There’s still plenty of things to do in Albany. Like this national park filled with gorgeous granite rock formations.

You can take a leisurely drive around the scenic routes, have a picnic, or if you’re more of an adventurer you can jump out of your car and do the Granite Skywalk. This can be quite strenuous so be prepared.

Travel time to get here – about 35 minutes out of the main city centre.

Stirling Ranges National Park

This national park is home to some of the highest peaks in the south west region of Australia, including the famous Bluff Knoll. This is the main reason my friends and I returned to Albany after just a few months. When we passed through at New Years we drove through the Stirling Ranges but sadly we didn’t have enough time to stop and climb the peak so we knew we had to come back.

If you’re planning to do the climb be sure to allow enough time and go prepared. Read my post on Bluff Knoll for more details.

Travel time to get here – about an hour out of the main city centre.

For more info on our experience climbing Bluff Knoll check out this post.

Visit Denmark

Denmark is another gorgeous town along the Rainbow Coast and is home to many more beautiful beaches, wineries and national parks. If you decide to use Albany as your base then a day trip to Denmark is a perfect way to see more of what the beautiful region has on offer. And it’s not that far to drive to at all.

If you do go, make sure you visit Williams Bay National Park and check out the gorgeous Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks.

Travel time to get here – about 45 minutes out of the main city centre.

Visit Walpole

You could either tie this in with a day trip to Denmark as it’s just a little further on from there, or break it up into a separate day trip so you can get the most out of both areas.

Walpole is home to the Treetop Walk where you will see some of the largest trees in the world including the Giant Tingle Tree. You can also visit Circular Pool and more beautiful beaches.

Travel time to get here – about 1.5 hours out of the main city centre.

So there you have it, that’s my top things to do in Albany. If you take my advice I would love to know what you think about each of these places. And if you have other recommendations please feel free to share.

As usual, thanks for reading my post and feel free to share it with your friends.

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