Albany (Western Australia)

Albany is a port city on south coast of Western Australia, 400 km south of Perth, the state capital.

Understand

Albany is situated on Princess Royal Harbour, a natural inlet of the Southern Ocean, 5 km east west and 3 km north south. Exports from the Albany port are grains, and woodchips. Imports are mainly raw materials for the production of fertilizers.

Albany is the oldest continuous settlement in Western Australia, and was founded in 1826, three years before Perth. Until the construction of Fremantle Port in 1897, Albany was the only deepwater port in Western Australia.

Unlike nearly all of Western Australia, Albany is cool and wet, with a Mediterranean climate. It receives an average of 942 mm of rainfall per annum and its average summer temperature is only 22.4°C. Information is available from the City of Albany web site .

Get in

By car

The direct route on the Albany Highway from Perth is around 4 hours drive, on single carriageway road with 110 km/hr speed limit. There are overtaking lanes every 5–10 km or so. There tourist attractions along this road tend to be off the route, and slightly more scenic routes add significant additional kilometres and time to the trip.

By coach

TransWA offers daily services to Albany. Coaches arrive and depart from the Albany Visitor Centre, which also makes bookings and sells tickets. These coach services replaced the passenger rail service, which closed many years ago, and no longer runs to Albany.

By plane

Albany Airport is 10 km North of Albany on Albany Hwy. There are daily flights from Perth with Skywest. Tel: +61-8-9841-9208.

By ship

Some cruise ships include Albany on their itinerary, however they are very rare.

Get around

By car

All areas of Albany are accessible by road. To get to Whaleworld and the surrounding national parks and other features, you will need have a car, or take a bus tour. Local taxi services are also available.

By bus

A limited inner-city bus service, operated by Love's Bus Service, runs two routes, collectively servicing residential areas of Albany, as well as Middleton Beach, Emu Point and Little Grove. Timetables can be found at the Public Transport Authority's Regional Town Bus Services website.

By foot

Central Albany, including the historical precinct, shopping area, and port are within walking distance of each other. The Middleton beach area is a few kilometres away from this area.

By bicycle

There is a practical cycleway network connecting the areas of Albany, and several bicycle hire places in town. In particular the historical area, shopping precinct, Middleton Beach and Emu Point are all linked by a waterfront off-road cycleway.

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Free Internet access is available at the Albany Public Library. Some cafés may also offer WiFi services.

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