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Use your car hire to explore the Top attractions in Albany

Albany is a port city situated in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia, 409 km south of Perth. It is about an hour's plane ride from the capital or just over four hours' drive by car. This historic city was founded on December 26, 1826 and is considered to be the first European settlement town in W.A., even predating Perth by three years. 

The city has a rich maritime heritage as it was a part of the whaling industry in the 19th and 20th centuries. Albany also has a rich connection with the ANZAC legend, as it was the place of assembly and departure of about 30,000 troops serving in the First World War.

If you plan on visiting Albany and having an adventure there, here are a couple of interesting and highly recommended places and establishments that you may want to check out with your hire car. 


Discovery Bay Tourism Experience

01_location.pngAddress: Frenchman Bay Rd, Albany, Western Australia

Experience Albany's rich history as well as its natural beauty with the Discovery Bay Tourism Experience. The place offers a guided tour of Australia's last operating Whaling Station, with over 20 amazing exhibits including an actual whaling ship -- the Cheynes IV Whalechaser. Aside from the Historic Whaling Station, Discovery Bay also has a stunning Botanic Garden that features thousands of native plants, an enhanced wetland environment, and various birds and frogs that have made the garden their habitat. You can walk around the garden via a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk while enjoying the natural view. There are also viewing stations along the path which provides a scenic view of the coastline, and an ideal spot for whale watching during the winter months. Lastly, Discovery Bay has an animal enclosure that offers an amazing close-up encounter with friendly Australian wildlife such as koalas, southern hairy nose wombats, brush tail possums, grey headed flying foxes, and southern brown bandicoots.

The Discovery Bay Tourism Experience is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.


Alkoomi Cellar Door

01_location.pngAddress: 225 Stirling Terrace, Albany, Western Australia

Alkoomi Wines is one of Western Australia's biggest family-owned wine producers and they have been making highly acclaimed wines for over 30 years already. If you want to try out some of the best wines produced in the Great Southern, you can do so in Albany at their cellar door located near the harbour side. Alkoomi's vineyards in Franklands were said to have climatic conditions and deep, well-drained soils that are very similar to those of Bordeaux in France, and that is why the wines they produce are only of the finest quality. Aside from premium wines, they also offer fresh extra virgin olive oil produced from their premium estate-grown olives.

The Alkoomi Cellar Door is open from Monday to Saturday from 11:00AM to 5:00PM. They are closed on Sundays, Good Friday, the morning of ANZAC Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.


Bibbulmun Track 

01_location.pngAddress: Level 1, Mountain Designs Building, 862 Hay Street, Perth, WA

Albany is the Southern Terminus of Western Australia's world-class long distance walking trail. It stretches over 1000 km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast. Visit the Albany Windfarm and venture onto this spectacular section of the Track, with virtually continuous views of the rugged coastline and down to the surf, crashing 100 metres below. With 49 campsites and numerous car access points, the Track caters to everyone and offers every experience from a relaxing stroll in the bush to an 8 week end-to-end hike.
The Bibbulmun Track Foundation specialises in providing memorable experiences on the Track on their all-inclusive, fully guided 'Best of the Bibbulmun' Tours (departing May and September) or you can book any time on their self-guided Bibbulmun Walking Breaks, available in 8 locations along the Track. The Foundation also provides expert advice, maps and guidebooks, and end-to-ender and gear workshops for the DIY walker. 

The Bibbulmun Track Foundation is open from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.


Hideaway Haven

01_location.pngAddress: 21 Yokanup Rd, Bayonet Head, Albany, Western Australia

HideAway Haven is a luxury hosted accommodation located just 10 minutes away from the central business district. It has won various awards including the Gold Medal 2014 WA Tourism Award and WA Regional Small Business Awards. This B&B is aptly named as it is concealed at the end of a suburban cul de sac, among trees and bushes. Those who are looking to connect with nature may find this place perfect as it is overlooking a scenic bushland where you can wake up to the relaxing sounds of gentle breeze and birds. Each room also has their own private deck where guests can enjoy the surrounding natural scenery while eating the inclusive gourmet breakfast. HideAway Haven also features a beautiful garden with lots of trees and flowers, which in turn attract a lot of native birds in the area.  


The Old Marron Farm

01_location.pngAddress: 304 Two Peoples Bay Road, Albany, Western Australia

People come from far and wide to sample The Old Marron Farm's famous marron at their Nippers Cafe. The place offers farm fresh local produce that can be enjoyed either indoors or alfresco. Aside from marron, they also offer yabbies, smoked trout, pizzas, sandwiches, homemade cakes and locally roasted Naked Bean coffee. You can also try out their homemade produce such as jams, chutneys, dukka and olive oil.

The Old Marron Farm also offers exciting recreational activities on their premises. Animal lovers will surely have fun in their large undercover bird park that lets you hand feed the native and local parrots within their in-flight home. Or perhaps you would rather be enjoying their beautiful koi and trout ponds below. They also have an animal park that features cute and adorable animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits, wallaroos, ponies, pigs, horses, donkeys, emus, and dingos. For the adventurous types, they offer a Segway PT Tour where you can glide within their very scenic bush track.

The Nippers Cafe is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. The bird and animal parks, as well as the Segway adventure tour, are open from from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.


Middleton Beach 

3 words starting with 'S' - Sun, Sand and Surf. Albany is located on the beautiful southern coastline of Western Australia. If you ever wanted a holiday by the beach, Albany is the perfect destination. Middleton Beach provides the perfect backdrop for a family day as the calm waters can be enjoyed by everyone. Visit the 'Cleanest Beach in 2011' which was awarded to 'Emu Point'. So if fishing, swimming or surfing is on the agenda, Albany will have a beach nearby to suit you.



Whale watching

With the abundant coastline at your fingertips, you can have a 'Whale' of a time. Literally! Albany is popular for whale watching enthusiasts and those that are just curious. During the cooler winter months May to October, you can sign up to take part in a Whale Watching Tour. You are sure to get up close and personal with one of nature's most beautiful creatures, and have an unbelievable experience that will blow your mind and leave you with amazing memories.



Number Three

Why not get back to nature. In most places, this would mean hiking or camping or something similar. In Albany, this simply means getting to one of the city's markets to purchase some local fresh produce. Straight from the farmer to your shopping bag. Albany hosts a market on Saturday - The Farmers Market, and Sunday - The Boatshed Markets. You can relax and visit both in the one weekend. Fresh produce will never mean the same to you.



Albany Convict Gaol Museum
is a fascinating construction in which convicts were imprisoned starting with the 1850s. In fact, this location was built in 1852 and all imperial convicts were jailed here. Visit Albany Convict Gaol Museum in a rental car that offers a clear understanding on how prisoners were treated, while part of the building is kept the exact same way it looked during those years, as the museum underwent a restoration process to its original appearance.

Goode Beach is an amazing location in Albany. Surrounded by numerous islands and with an amazing view, the Goode Beach is one of the few places in Australia in which tourists are able to see the sunrise over the ocean. The view is really spectacular.

Kalgan River is a popular place in Albany. The location is great for boat cruises, fishing and also bird watching. Park your rental car and experience the Kalgan River which is 140 km long and during a boat cruise planned here, tourists are amazed by the beauty of the natural sites surrounding the river.

Emu Point is the perfect place for swimming and planning a picnic, as the waters here are calm, with lawn and trees surrounding them. Emu Point is also a great place to go for fishing and boating, but also for enjoying a relaxing afternoon.

Albany Wind Farm is formed by 12 giant wind turbines, of 100 meters height, which generate more than 75 percent of all green electricity of Albany. Learn about The Albany Wind Farm by driving your rental car in the area which is open every day of the year, being one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. 

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