What To Do In Albany and Accommodation In Albany
Albany is most definitely a worthy holiday destination, take your time and spend at least 4 days exploring the area. This lovely port side city has so much to offer, it will be difficult to know what to do in Albany first! Rest assured, the accommodation in Albany ranges from the seaside to the National Parks.
Where is Albany?
Albany is located approximately 400km south of Perth, in the Great Southern Region, Western Australia. Albany is a port city and is the oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia.
Perth to Albany, Albany to Perth
You can fly to Perth, hire a car and drive to Albany directly in approximately 5 hours, depending on the number of stops you need. The scenic route, however, is to drive along the Great Southern Highway, through Margaret River and the Karri Forests.
You can also fly directly into Albany from Perth or get a bus. Car hire in Albany is also an option if you choose to arrive by plane or bus. It is good to have a car when you are holidaying in Albany as there are so many great things to do in Albany’s surrounds.
What to do in Albany
Albany Visitor Centre
Visit the Albany Visitor Centre early on to pick up all of your essential maps and guides.
The Best Things To Do In Albany
There are lots of great Albany tourist attractions and you may not be able to get to them all. As a start, here are a list of things you should not miss when you are in Albany:
Whale Spotting Tour
During whale season (mid-May to mid-October), you MUST go on a whale spotting tour. If you’ve not seen whales in the wild, this is an absolute must – you will not be disappointed. The great thing is, you will spot more than just whales, you’ll see seals and dolphins too if you’re lucky!
Make sure you book in your tour so you don’t miss out on a spot. You can book the King George Sound Whale Watching Tour online.
The Gap, the Blowholes and Natural Bridge – Torndirrup National Park
If you have access to a car, take the scenic drive to The Gap and Natural Bridge. The Gap is a natural channel, created by the crashing waves of the Great Southern Ocean up against the rugged granite rock.
The Blowholes are very impressive (and can be noisy), especially if you’re there on a ‘stormy’ day – you may just need a waterproof outer layer and some ear muffs! The Natural Bridge if also a formation, as a result of the waters of the Great Southern Ocean.
You can do this for free yourself by car, or join a tour.
Walk the Esplanade from Middleton Beach to Albany
The Esplanade has a well maintained walking and cycling track which is frequently used by locals to keep up their fitness. For visitors, it is a must-do walk, if you are physically able. The views along the Esplanade are remarkable and the port town is beautifully highlighted as you walk towards Albany.
Be sure to step off the main track and explore the ruins of Point King Lighthouse.
Middleton Beach and Middleton Bay
Located just 4km from Albany City Centre, Middleton Beach and Middleton Bay are the most popular beach in Albany. It is easily accessible, complete with amenities, playground, a cafe and restaurant – Three Anchors.
Visit the WA Museum (Albany), the Princess Royal Forts and the Brig Amity.
The Best Beaches In Albany
The Region is bursting with great beaches, it is often hard to choose which ones you should and shouldn’t go to! Here are the Top 5:
- Goode Beach
- Little Beach
- Emu Point
- Middleton Beach
- Frenchman Bay
Albany Tourist Attractions and Tours from Albany
There are a great range of tours available from Albany. You will need to plan your stay carefully to ensure you can see and do all of the great things that the Region has to offer!
- Food and Wine Tour on the Amazing South Coast
- Albany’s Whale Story
- Albany History + Highlights
- Mount Barker Wine Tasting Day Tour
- Amazing South Coast 3-Day Short Break
- Historic Albany 3-Day Short Break
Albany Caravan Parks and Holiday Parks
- Big 4 Emu Beach Holiday Park
- Big 4 Middleton Beach Holiday Park
- Albany Holiday Park
- Albany Gardens Tourist Park
- Spencer Cottage Holiday Accommodation
- Albany Home with Harbour View
- Historic Cottage in Central Albany
- Stablebase Robinson, Albany
- Golf and Beach Resort
- City Sanctuary
Middleton Beach Accommodation
Albany to Denmark
Just fifty-three kilometres west of Albany, is the most gorgeous little town and region of Denmark. Denmark is an absolute must when holidaying in Albany.
What to do in Denmark
If you only have a day, you will have to explore quickly or simply choose a few things to do and do them well. Here is a list of the top things to do in Denmark:
Denmark Brewery, Meadery and Denmark Cidery
- Bartholomews Meadery – visit and experience award winning and internationally renowned mead and honey.
- Boston Brewing Co.
- The Denmark Heritage Cider Company.
- The Lake House Cellar Door – a lovely destination for lunch in a natural setting and boasts rustic charm. Browse the store, taste local produce and purchase wine.
- Rising Star Wines – one of the original vineyards in the area and just 4km from town.
- Rockcliffe Wines – 5 red star winery set amongst the Karri trees, in the Scotsdale Valley just 3km from town.
- Rickety Gate Wines – boutique producer of ultra-premium cool climate wines.
- Poacher’s Ridge Winery and Cafe – spectacular views with a cafe, cellar door and gamekeepers cottage. It is located between Denmark and Mt Barker.
- Moombaki Wines – Halliday 5 star rated and a hidden gem in the region and a little bit off the regular route.
- Gilberts Wines, Cellar Door & Cafe – with regional cuisine being their speciality.
- Freehand Natural Wine – they produce organic/biodynamic, small batch, hand crafted, premium quality wine without chemical additives both in the vineyard and winery.
- Castelli Estate – one of the more eye catching wineries in Western Australia – opening hours are by appointment only.
- Somerset Hill Wines – the most elevated vineyard in the region with views of the Southern Ocean and Stirling Ranges. The Cellar Door, however, is at the bottom of the hill.
Denmark Cheese Factory
Duckett’s Mill Wines is also home to Denmark Farmhouse Cheese; cheeses are handmade on site in their cheese factory. They have a range of soft and hard cheeses, you can order online or visit as it is open everyday. You can eat in and enjoy a cheese platter, their handmade fudge and taste their wine.
Enjoy tasting a range of unique flavoured handmade chocolates – the blue vein and mascarpone is truly divine!
Denmark can boast some of the best beaches in Western Australia. Many of Denmark’s beaches are relatively short and end in granite cliffs, dune cliffs and long stretches of ocean.
West of Denmark, towards Walpole, is William Bay National Park and East is West Cape Howe National Park. You will not regret visiting any of these Denmark beaches.
- Ocean Beach
- Greens Pool
- Elephant Cove
- Lights Beach
There are a number of great options for accommodation in Denmark. Top hotels in Denmark:
- The Tree House Denmark
- Wrens Nest, Your Sanctuary in Denmark!
- Amberley Cottage
- Christina’s @ Denmark
- Bush haven, wood fire, secluded and pet friendly
- Denmark Dreamland
Camping in Denmark
Visit the Porongurup National Park
The Porongurup National Park is part of the Great Southern Region and just 40km from Albany. The Porongurup National Park protects the Porongurup Range, an ancient and mostly levelled mountain range which was formed in the Precambrian over 1200 million years ago. The granite peaked range, measures just 15km from east to west and it’s highest point is at the Devil’s Slide at 670m.
Albany to the Porongurups
From Albany to the Porongurups, it is just a short and pleasurable drive. Pack your bag with a picnic, water and snacks to keep you going throughout the day. Take a jacket to keep you warm through the cooler months, as the higher points can be a little chilly.
You will pay an entry fee to the park, then decide which track you are going to walk. There is an information shelter, BBQ area and toilets at the main car park.
Granite Skywalk, Castle Rock
The main walk from the car park at Castle Rock, up to Granite Skywalk is on a recognisable track, however, it can be slippery when it is wet. There are lots of great spots to stop along the way and enjoy the views and take in the bush land of the Porongurup National Park.
Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, particularly if you plan to walk out onto Granite Skywalk at Castle Rock. This is not for the fainthearted, but well worth the climb if you are physically able.
Take care when climbing the rocks and ladder, those with littler legs, may find it challenging. The ladder up to Granite Skywalk requires a certain level of fitness and nerve, especially on a windy day.
If you would prefer, you can book yourself into a guided tour to Granite Skywalk and Castle Rock.
If you are looking for accommodation in the Porongurup area, you must find somewhere to enjoy the outlook. Have a look at these great highly recommended properties:
- Mountain View Cottage at Thorn’s Mountain Retreats
- Historic Bolganup Homestead
- Maleeya’s Spa Studio
- Karribank and the Karri On Bar Fig Tree Cottage
- Woodlands Retreat
- The Pioneer Cottage. An icon of the Porongurups
- Jilba Cottage – self-contained
- Cloud Nine Spa Chalets – EDEN