Albany is a town in the great southern region of Western Australia. Despite being a port city, it is a popular tourist destination with stunning white sand beaches and incredible natural wonders. Albany is located 418km southeast of Perth, the state capital.

The name of the area in the Nyungar language is Kinjarling, which is said to mean “place of plenty”, most likely referring to plenty of rain. Albany was originally a military outpost named Frederick Town in honour of the son of King George III, Prince Frederick, the Duke of York and Albany. On 7 March 1831, it was formally proclaimed part of the Swan River Colony, and in 1832 the name was changed to Albany. Due to Albany being Western Australia’s oldest colonial settlement, there’s a lot of history here and many heritage buildings.

The rugged coastline is breathtaking, and you can see whales migrating during the southern migration season in late May until early October.

Albany’s primary industries are tourism, fishing, timber, and agriculture. From 1952 to 1978, whaling was a major source of employment, but (thankfully) The Whaling Station closed operations in 1978. However, it has been converted to a whaling museum and features one of the ‘Cheynes’ whale chasers used for whaling in Albany.

Some of the most popular activities in Albany include fishing, surfing, swimming, diving, hiking, four-wheel-driving, and trying some of the region’s world-class wine.

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a beautiful bay with a sandy beach and clear turquoise water in albany

How to get to Albany from Perth

International visitors will land at Perth Airport. You can find details about visas, prohibited items, currency, and safety in this Australia Travel Guide.

If you haven’t booked your flight yet, look at our travel resources to find out how to get the best flight deals.

Flights from Perth to Albany

At present, only REX (Regional Express) is flying to Albany from Perth. The average flight time is just over an hour and costs around $280 return. The prices rise considerably at peak times, like summer school holidays.

The downside to flying is that a vehicle is needed to get to most of Albany’s best places. Also, the only option from the airport is a taxi or car hire. Therefore, budget on renting a car when you get there.

Car Hire

There are car hire booths at Perth airport, but it’s best to pre-book your car rental. We use Europcar within Australia due to their good reputation and competitive prices. See what deals they have here.

You can either travel the direct route via Albany Highway or take the longer but more picturesque way through the Margaret River region. This in-depth post about the two road trips from Perth to Albany provides essential information, tips, and itineraries for your drive to Albany, including where to stop on the way.

Read: Perth to Albany Road Trip

Perth to Albany Bus

TransWA buses run from East Perth to Albany and take about 6 hours. Return tickets start at $67. As with flying, it is best to hire a car upon arrival in Albany.

How far is the Perth to Albany drive?

It’s a 415km Perth to Albany road trip and will take around 4.5 hours without stops. This direct route is via Albany Highway (also called State Route 30) and is a relatively straight road and sealed all the way.

Read: Perth to Albany Road Trip for more information.

street art of a ute saying williams wool

Albany Weather

During Summer (Dec-Feb), high temperatures average 22°C and minimums about 15°C. Summer is the driest time of year. The sea temp is the warmest from January to March at just over 19°C.

Winter (Jun-Aug), the maximum average drops down to 16°C and the minimum 8°C. Winter is also the wettest time of year.

My choice for the best time to visit Albany would be January, February, March, April, October, November, or December. 

Albany Accommodation

Albany has many self-contained accommodation options to suit all budgets, but not any 5-star hotels or resorts. There are a few holiday parks and caravan parks in the area and motels.

If you are looking to camp in Albany, the best holiday parks are

For all other Albany accommodation recommendations and information, read this guide on Accommodation in Albany.

Read: Accommodation in Albany

a bedroom in a luxury setting

Albany Things To Do

There are plenty of things to do in Albany, a popular destination for Western Australians during school holidays and long weekends. This port town is full of history, delicious food, stunning beaches, incredible hikes, amazing natural formations, fishing spots, wildlife cruises, and much more.

Read this guide for an in-depth look at what there is to do in Albany.

A Brief History of Albany WA

I want to respectfully acknowledge the Minang Noongar People who are the Traditional Owners and First People of these lands. I would like to pay my respect to the Elders past, present, and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture, and hopes of the Minang People.

Minang People have occupied this region for over 50,000 years and traditionally lived in the coastal regions during the summer months, then moved inland for shelter in winter.

Albany was sighted by several European visitors long before it was settled by the British:

1627 Dutchman François Thijssen

1792 Frenchman Bruni d’Entrecasteaux

1801 Englishman Matthew Flinders

1826 Frenchman Dumont d’Urville

Major Edmund Lockyer arrived onboard the Brig Amity from Sydney in 1826 to become the first European settlement in Western Australia. Noongar often led explorers through the area as their intimate knowledge of the land and its waterways was invaluable to the British. Many of the original walking tracks used by Minang Noongar eventually became roads.

One Minang Noongar, Mokare, became an intermediary, guide, and good friend of several settlers to the region, particularly Captain Collet Barker. Mokare died in June 1831, most likely from influenza introduced by the British, and was buried close to what is now the Albany Town Hall. 

As time went on, tensions grew, and violence erupted as Europeans made their way further inland, using up resources and intruding on Noongar land. You can read more about the Minang history and culture on the Noongar Culture website.

Governor Stirling named Albany in 1832 after the Duke of York and Albany.

The Gold Rush in the 1890s brought more settlers. It was during this time that many of the historic buildings were built along Stirling Terrace.

The whaling industry started due to the lack of minerals for mining and inadequate opportunities for farming and didn’t stop until 1978.

semi detached stone cottages with iron roof
Albany Heritage Park

Population of Albany WA

According to the 2016 census, 33,145 people were living in Albany at that time.


How Big is Albany WA?

Albany covers an area of 297.2 km².


More towns close to Albany

a natural pool with giant boulders and clear water

Denmark

Denmark is a small town situated between Walpole and Albany. It takes about 45 minutes from Denmark to Walpole and 40 minutes to Albany.

view of the coastline with backdrop of forest

Walpole

Walpole is a small quaint town but makes an ideal place to stop on the way to Denmark or Albany.

a stunning sandy beach with clear turquoise ocean

Esperance

Esperance is in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. It lies on the Southern Coast about 720 km from Perth.

Flights

plane flying over a beach

I use different sites to try and get the best possible price for flights.

First I visit matrix.itasoftware.com to get an idea of the cheapest dates, but you can’t book through this site.

Next I compare the cost of flights with Trip.com and try different routes.

Accommodation

The Ultimate Albany (Kinjarling) WA Travel Guide 2021

I mainly use Booking.com for accommodation as they consistently have the lowest rates with free cancellation on most properties.

Car Hire

black car

To compare rental car company prices, I use Rentalcars.com. They are world’s biggest car rental site, comparing all main brands including Europcar, Budget, Ace, Hertz, Avis, and Alamo.

Travel Insurance

The Ultimate Albany (Kinjarling) WA Travel Guide 2021

Don’t travel anywhere without travel insurance, it’s not worth the risk.

Travel insurance: simple & flexible

You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from over 130 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

Travel Information & Guides

This Australia Travel Guide, which includes all essential information and tips, will help with the planning of your holiday to this beautiful country.

If you are looking for more things to do in Western Australia, check out this Western Australia Travel Guide.


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5 Comments

  1. Enjoyed the history and cultural notes as always. And the street art! Looks like a perfect place to get away from it all if you live a city life 🙂 – gorgeous beach.

    1. Thank you Carole. Albany is a great escape from Perth with so much to see and do.

  2. Albany sounds like the perfect destination for me to visit! With all the outdoor activity and interesting things to see; its right up my alley. It is sad about the Whaling industry but I guess in those days people needed ways to survive. I learn more about this industry every time I visit Hawaii too.

  3. Absolutely stunningly beautiful beaches!! The turquoise water & powdery sand look like perfect vacation spots 😎
    I had never heard of Albany, Australia before so very interesting & interested in knowing more! Is there any good snorkeling or scuba diving in this area?

    1. The water is usually too cold for me to go snorkelling. HMAS Perth is a must dive when you visit Albany though and there’s a good shore dive off Little Beach in Two Peoples Bay, which is also a great snorkel spot.

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