Albany is an unspoiled, romantic and beautiful, historic city
located on the most magnificent natural harbour in the world, Princess
Royal Harbour, which is part of King George Sound. The buildings and
the layout of the city speak strongly of times past, when the only
practical forms of transport consisted of tall masted sailing
ships, or weeks of horse riding through the native bush to Perth.
The city of Albany has a resident population of about 22,000.
It is very hilly, with two small mountains Mount Clarence and Mount
Melville located within the city, with each mountain providing
magnificent views over the city, across King George Sound, plus out to
sea and inland.
Located 390 kilometres south-east of Perth, the city is remote
when measured against most standards. However, the main highway to
Albany from Perth is fast and straight, with no major towns
interrupting the journey.
The city boasts a good airport, with direct flights
to and from Perth. Excellent roads run both east and west from Albany,
connecting the city to coastal communities such as Denmark to the west
and Esperance far to the east.
When visiting the city, take a stroll along Stirling Terrace
Street to view buildings that were constructed during early
Beaches located close by include Middleton Beach, which is
nearest to the city centre, also Frenchman Bay and Muttonbird Island
are located close by. The city is located between Mount Melville and
Mount Clarence, which each provide magnificent views over Princess
Royal Harbour and out across King George Sound.
Founded in January 1827 the city was initially named
Frederickstown in honour of Prince Frederick the Duke of York and
Albany. In 1831 the settlement was transferred to the control of the
Swan River Colony and renamed. The city is ideally placed as a tourist
destination and as a base from which to explore the south western areas
of the state.
Today, the main industries in the city consist of tourism,
fishing and agriculture. Many local buildings date back to the the
early days of European settlement. Some of these are outstanding
historical examples of colonial architecture, including the Fort, the
Courthouse, many Military buildings, the Old Gaol, St John's Church,
the Town Hall and the Old Strawberry Hill Farm, each of which is well
Prior to the 1950s, whaling was one of the main
economic activities in the area. However, the Whaling Station ceased
operations in 1979 and is now a museum featuring one of the 'Cheynes'
whale chasers which were previously used for whaling activities in the
area. The station was at the time of closing the last operating whaling
station in the Southern Hemisphere.
Natural sights abound along the rugged coastline, including
the gap and
the Natural Bridge, and the nearby beaches consist of unspoiled and
uncrowded pristine white sand.
The port is frequently visited by warships and is home to HMAS
Albany (based in Darwin) and the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS
Anzac. In 2001 HMAS Perth was sunk in King George Sound for use as a
Two mountain ranges located within easy driving distance are
the Porongurups and the Stirling Ranges, each of which is well worth
visiting, especially during the wildflower season.
A fine selection of holiday accommodation and permanent
residences are available within the area. With growing numbers of
individuals from around the state and from elsewhere in Australia and
overseas choosing to initially visit and then settle in the area and
throughout the magnificent countryside located along the south coast.
Albany Primary School
Australian Christian College Southlands
Bethel Christian School
Great Southern Grammar
Mount Lockyer Primary
North Albany Senior High School
Spencer Park Education Support Centre
Spencer Park Kindergarten
Spencer Park Pre-Primary
Spencer Park Primary School
St Joseph's College
Yakamia Primary School
Albany Surfboard Riders
Albany (Sharks) Football & Sporting Club
Great Southern Netball Region
Albany Agricultural Society
Lower Great Southern Hockey Association
Albany Volleyball Association
Albany Golf Club
Albany Dragon Boat Club
Albany Clay Target Club
Princess Royal Sailing Club
Albany Regional Volunteer Service
Connections to the National Broadband
Network are due to be available in Albany after
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