The breathtaking beauty of Albany's rugged coastline creates a fitting backdrop to the rich and often tumultuous history of this charming coastal town.


Albany & Surrounds

For tens of thousands of years Albany was known as Kinjarling, the ‘Place of Rain’, home to the Menang Noongar peoples. Albany also marks the spot where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia, and much of their legacy remains today, with over fifty colonial buildings standing proudly as museums, galleries and restaurants. From convict prisons, whaling ships and taverns, to quaint cottages and grand National Trust residences, you can take in almost two centuries of history on a 30-minute self-guided walk, following the Amity Trail.

Albany’s natural beauty abounds with the surrounding region proudly boasting a number of reserves and national parks from which to spot the abundant wildlife and take in the stunningly ragged granite coastline that over time has been carved and sculptured by the wild Southern Ocean. Today the striking natural attractions of The Gap and Natural Bridge, both located in Torndirrup National Park, are a must visit for any traveler. At certain times of year, whale watching draws thousands of visitors to Albany as these majestic creatures frolic along Albany’s coastline.

Albany's King George Sound marks the spot where the first convoy of Anzacs departed for the battlegrounds of the First World War. Today, you can follow their extraordinary stories through the National Anzac Centre's state-of-the-art interactive displays, as well as commemorate their sacrifices at the world class and immersive installation by Bruce Munro, the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour.

Spring is Albany’s main flowering period for wildflowers, and between late August and December the surrounding hinterland becomes awash with the bright hues of pinks, purples, oranges and yellows. Being one of the world’s 25 biodiversity hotspots, naturally over half of Western Australia’s 13 000 plant species grow in the South West and Great Southern regions, and some cannot be found anywhere else in the world! Plus there are literally hundreds of trails to choose from in the region meaning you are never far from experiencing nature’s spectacular colour palate.

Albany also provides the perfect base to view equally stunning art attractions like Albany’s PUBLIC silo and the rest of the PUBLIC SILO TRAIL found in Western Australia.

how to get there


Albany is situated only 415km or a 5 hour drive south-east of Perth along Albany Highway. Alternatively travel from the popular town of Margaret River only takes 4 hours, making Albany a great stop along a popular South Western Australian driving route.

Perth to Albany

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A direct flight from Perth airport will whisk you to Albany in one hour and 10 minutes. REX airlines will take you there with 4 flights daily. Albany airport has a wide selection of car rental companies available for your travelling ease and comfort. 

Regional Express Airlines

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Public transportation connects Albany to Perth through a network of state run buses. Services depart daily from the East Perth Railway Station at 3pm and take approx. 6-7 hours with stops throughout regional WA towns. 
Link: Download the timetable here


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Albany is well serviced by a number of Western Australian tour companies operating two to six day itineraries from Perth and Bunbury. Why not experience the Field of light: Avenue of Honour and discover the beautiful South West all in one.

ADAMS Coachlines  
Casey Tours  
Explore Tours

Plan your visit

Everything you need to know to plan your visit to Albany & the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour is right here. Discover a place rich in history, dramatic in nature and charming in soul! Tick off some extraordinary things to see and do, book your Albany accommodation or snag yourself a great package deal. Don’t delay, click away.