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Albany



 
Albany is a city on the south eastern coast of Western Australia and was the first European settlement in Western Australia, established in the year 1826. Now, the city has a population of 30,000 people and is one of the most thriving regions of Australia. Albany is very close to Perth and is located between the hills of Mount Melville and Mount Clarence. The town of Albany looks down onto King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour and is encompassed by three large mountains. Albany was initially the home of Menang Noongar tribes and the first European settlers to this place were the Dutch who arrived in 1629. Thereafter in 1791, Captain George Vancouver was the first European to settle on this land and named the port as King George Sound. Albany was never a penal colony of the British, rather in 1970’s became the coaling station when steamships plied between Australia and UK. Albany has Mediterranean climate which is characterised by warm summers and wet, cool winters. During the summer months of January and February, temperatures soar up to 23ºC or more when affected by hot, dry northerly winds. During the winter months, temperatures drop down to 8ºC, especially in the months of July and August. Sea breezes are quite common during spring and summer. Huge amount of rainfall occurs in the month of May and October; however, July is the wettest month of the year with rainfall of 140 mm. Albany’s climate is greatly affected by the Southern Ocean as the city is located on the southern coast of Western Australia. Albany is easily accessible using the international airport of Albany. The road transport facilities of Albany are also quite developed and all major cities are served by a wide road network of highways and expressways. Albany has a very rich cultural past and heritage as it was one of the oldest European settlements on Western Australia. The evidence of this rich history is visible in the fine colonial buildings which are still present there. Albany is an excellent tourist destination with its numerous beaches which include Emu, Shelley, Middleton, Nanarup, Emu Point and Two peoples Bay. Apart from the exciting beaches, one can visit the other popular tourist destinations which include:
  • Albany Whale Museum
  • Albany Gaol
  • The Desert Corps
  • Princess Royal Fortress
  • Brig amity
  • The Porongurup Ranges
  • Stirling Range National Park
  • Torndirrup National Park
  • Strawberry Hill
Albany is well-known for its water-sports and whale-watching activities. Albany also has many shopping areas like the York Street which is an ultimate shopping area of Albany. There are many local shops as well where one will find unique handicrafts and other native objects. Albany has an excellent variety of restaurants which serve all kinds of food like Thai, Italian, Chinese, American, Mexican and seafood. Some of the most popular restaurants in Albany are Cobblestone Seafood Café, Genevieve’s, Al Fornetto, Bangkok Rose, Beachside, Classics Café, McDonald’s, Red Rooster, Shells, Rocks, Poppie’s café, Leornardo’s Ristorante, Hungry Jacks, Golden Town Restaurant and others. Some of the best accommodation options in Albany include:
  • Dog Rock Motel
  • Albany apartments
  • Albany Holiday Units
  • Havana Villas
  • Dolphin Lodge
  • Esplanade Hotel Albany
  • Best Westren Ace Motor Inn
  • Amity Motor Inn
  • All Seasons Albany
  • Albany Backpackers
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