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can you expect when you visit? Well, the Albany - Frederickstown DVD
is only a snapshot of some of the places you will see; should you
care to visit, along with some other things of general interest.
Albany has one of the most attractive
coastline settings; endowed with an interesting history and an
abundance of attractions and activities.
About a 4 and a half hour drive from
Perth and less than an hour by air, it offers visitors cooler
summers and mild winters.
Albany's natural walking trails are at
the heart of what is widely recognised as one of the most biodiverse
environments for walkers, anywhere in Australia.
Fishing, diving, whale and river
cruises are all available throughout the year.
In this presentation we will journey to
various attractions covering around 300kms of coastline.
The following information is included
on the Albany – Frederickstown DVD.
Albany was the first established
European settlement in Western Australia (formerly known as
Fredericks Town) and is now one of the largest cities outside of
Perth with a population of over 34,000.
A thriving City, seaport and the
administrative hub for the region.
Albany is Western Australia’s premier
Perched on the state’s southern tip, it
is a city of beauty and opportunity.
construction at Princess Royal Harbour, one of the world's most
stunning natural harbours, is set to become one of the most
significant development projects in the town’s long history.
The Albany Town Hall,
1888, an iconic building of the main street. The grand old stone building, with its four-faced clock tower, is a
comfortable 310-seat theatre with a full concert sound and quality
St John's Church is the oldest
church to be consecrated in Western Australia, construction began in
1841 and The Rectory in 1850 with the upper floor added in 1875.
The graciousness and old world charm of
the Stirling Terrace area of town can be directly attributed
to the gold rushes of the 1890s, which saw thousands of prospectors
pouring into Western Australia through Albany, making their way to
the rich fields of the Kalgoorlie region.
The footbridge, built in 2007,
allows easy access to the new Albany Waterfront which will include a
new boat harbour, entertainment centre and much more.
The Old Post and Customs office,
now the University of WA opened in 1870. It is recognised as the
oldest Post Office in Western Australia.
At the time of construction it housed a
number of colonial authorities including the District Customs, the
Mail Room, the Customs Office and the Bond Store.
The Eclipse building houses the
prism and other memorabilia from the lighthouse on Eclipse Island.
The WA Museum includes the Brig
Amity, a full scale replica of the original vessel which brought the
first settlers and convicts to Albany in 1826. At the museum you can
also see many other historic artefacts and information.
The old convict Gaol, built in 1872,
serves as a museum and is a useful starting point for those
interested in the history of the region. The restorations to the
gaol have left the period features carefully preserved.
Launched in 1986, Leeuwin II
regularly visits Albany and is Australia's largest ocean-going tall
ship; it’s dedicated to challenging and inspiring people on
adventurous ocean voyages.
Dog Rock was
named so because, of its
likeness to the head of a bloodhound sniffing the air.
Hidden away in Albany's suburbia is
The Old Farm at Strawberry Hill. The old farm, the oldest in
Western Australia and it was the government farm for the settlement
In 1889 Francis Bird, a successful
architect, purchased 'Strawberry Hill' and extensive renovations
were carried out.
It was renamed 'The Old Farm' in 1890
in memory of the pioneers who founded it, and again became an
important venue for social functions of the time.
Desert Corp War Memorial stands as a stark reminder of their
valiant war effort and also that the Australian Army contingent
departed from Albany for Gallipoli.
The first Anzac dawn service was held
in 1930 by Padre Arthur White.
Princess Royal Fortress
the 19th Century because of its strategic importance in the
protection of the King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour.
It serves today as a military museum
and heritage centre. The various items of military weaponry and
heavy gun emplacements are on public display.
Queen Elizabeth II came to
Albany march 5th, 2008 on its final season to its final
resting place in Dubai to become a floating hotel.
Named after Captain
Middleton who arrived in 1834, bringing Governor James Stirling, the steady
surf at Middleton Beach provided a handy method for off-loading
supplies and stock into shore as some of the larger boats could not
navigate the entrance of the harbour.
Emu Point has popular swimming
and fishing areas, in the years gone by this area was dotted with
fisherman’s houses, and now places of accommodation.
The Albany Agriculture Show is
held yearly early in November and has everything on display for all
Albany Race Club is one of the
oldest race clubs in the state, having been established in 1865.
The Salmon Holes
is named after
the salmon that seek shelter in the calmer closer waters close to
the beach. The beach has strong currents and surges and is a good
Jimmy Newhill's Harbour a quiet
little inlet which was named after a local fisherman who, caught in
a sudden storm, was driven into the harbour where he found
protection and safety.
Blowholes, a crack line in the
granite blows air and occasionally spray, the noise can be quite
The Gap has been calved from
years of pounding ocean swells, some times spray can even cover the
The Torndirrup National Park has
many natural attractions and has a dangerous and unpredictable
coastline. You must take care when visiting this area - read the
warning signs and stay on the paths provided. Lives have been lost
here. Even the calmest of waters can change quickly, so please don't
The Natural Bridge was created
from the ocean swells; in this case lose rocks were washed away
leaving what you see now.
The Albany Wind Farm is just 12
kilometres from the City centre; it is the site of a $43 million
project which was unrivalled in Australia.
There are 12 turbines; perched high on
their 65 metre towers, each turbine has three 35 metre blades, wider
than most passenger aircraft wing spans.
Even if you have no interest in
technology, the wind farm provides an insight into the future in
terms of environmentally friendly power generation.
At Shelley Beach during the
autumn months, schools of Australian salmon migrate along Western
Australia's southern coastline and are a popular catch here and
Hang Gliding is a regulated
sport which requires member participants to be licensed and have the
relevant experience to fly at Shelley's and the Sand Patch.
Hang Gliders off
Shelley's Beach lookout and the Sand Patch began from the early to
Paragliding is also regulated
sport which requires member participants to be licensed and have the
relevant experience to fly.
Foot launching Paragliders began in the
A 10km sand track takes you to
Cape Howe’s rugged outcrop of black scorched rocks and wild
Golden Gates, The Steps and West Cape’s
Gap are found here, where 70metre cliffs provide the perfect
opportunity for Rock Climbing in a very surreal setting.
a mysterious beach of light and colour and often with a painting
like scenery, there are two parts to the beach, both are popular.
Ocean Beach is a popular surfer’s beach
and swimming is great for all ages.
Bay is best described as awe inspiring.
The low rock shelves extend over a
hundred metres out to sea. The pools of water that form, create a
mosaic of contrasting colours against the dramatic scenery.
Nearby is Elephant Cove with
huge rocks that look like elephants cooling in the shallow waters,
forming yet another delightful sheltered beach.
The enchanting town of
was originally established as a group settlement for farmers in the
This was followed by the development of
a thriving timber milling industry.
The calm rivers,
inlets and adjoining wilderness areas also provide a wide range of
activities for visitors to enjoy.
is found in the deep river, only 36 kms north-west of Walpole.
Between June and October experience the falls in action. From
November to May, camping, picnicing, swimming and bush walking are
highlights. Fantastic at any time of the year.
the raging winter torrents pound through stones and luxuriant
forest. Settling here at the Circular Pool, there are two pools
which froth and foam. Circling, the deluge then continues down river
to the sea.
The tree top walk
provides the opportunity for visitors to walk safely across a canopy
40 metres above the ancient foliage. You can stand, gazing at these
huge giants and their lush undergrowth and surroundings, or stroll
the paths below and look up in awe.
Porongurup National Park
range 12kms long and up to 670 metres high.
The Porongurup National Park covers
over 2,500 hectares.
There are over 750 plant species
including 55 different species of orchid found in the range together
with an abundance of different bird and wildlife.
In early spring, the range bursts into
every imaginable colour.
The craggy peaks of the
Range stretch for 65 kilometres seem to rise abruptly from
nowhere and stand out in contrast to the relatively flat farmland.
It was English Captain Mathew Flinders
who provided the first recorded sighting of the mountain range in
The range was subsequently named in
1835 in honour of the first Western Australian Governor Captain
The park is one of the world's most
important areas for flora, with 1,500 species. More species occur in
the Stirling Range than in the entire British Isles and 87 plant
species found in the Stirling Range occur nowhere else on earth.
Bluff Knoll stands 1,095 metres
above sea level.
The peak can be reached by following a
well formed bush track but it does require a reasonable degree of
The range is one of few places in
Western Australia where snow occasionally falls.
Snow probably falls on the highest
peaks several times each year.
Cheynes Beach is a protected
cove, with beautiful aqua blue waters and sparkling white sands,
this vehicle accessible beach stretches for around 20kms to Bluff
Creek and is an area of pristine coastal wilderness.
Waychinicup National Park extends from Cheynes Beach, the
inlet of the Waychinicup River has polished granite rocks, beautiful
all times of the year.
The park is a nature lover’s treat,
with tree filled gullies, rivers, streams and lush vegetation.
Peoples Bay Nature Reserve alsoboasts of unspoilt
coastal scenery and is a vital sanctuary for threatened animal
The bay lies between the granite
massifs of Mount Gardner and Mount Manypeaks.
The high rocky hills around Mount
Gardner form a headland on the south side of the bay, protecting it
from the heavy Southern Ocean swells.