Proclaimed a city on July 1, 1998, Albany with a population of 28,000 is rapidly expanding. It is the commercial center of Western Australia's southern region and the oldest settlement in the state, established in 1826. Boasting an excellent harbor on King George Sound led to Albany becoming a thriving whaling port. Later, when steam ships started traveling between England and Australia, Albany was an important coaling station and served as a penal and a military outpost. The coastline offers some of Australia's most rugged and spectacular scenery. View more
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Walk along a section of the Bibbulmun Track with an experienced guide and discover the native flora and fauna on this half-day trek in the Western Australian countryside.
A short coach transfer takes you to the start of the trail, where your guide awaits. The Bibbulmun Track is a 600-mile (965-kilometre) walking trail that stretches from Kalamunda (Perth Hills) to Albany, across some of the most beautiful and peaceful areas in Western Australia. The track is named after an Aboriginal group from the local area. Although its route does not follow their traditional pathways, you may well become attuned to the spirit of the Bibbulmun people who journeyed on foot over long distances to care for and bond with their land as you walk.
During your 3.6-mile (5.8-kilometre) walk, your guide provides commentary on the flora, fauna and folklore of the trail. Ask questions, take pictures, enjoy the fresh air and scenery.
At the end of your trek, the coach collects you and returns you to the pier..
Please note: This tour must be reserved or cancelled at least 72 hours prior to arrival in Albany to avoid penalties. It requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3.6 miles (5.8 kilometres) over even and uneven surfaces, natural dirt trails, rocky, sand, boardwalk, gravel, and uneven ground, with 26 steps to manage at the site and 2-3 steps to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress in layers; a jacket may be needed as the winds can be strong and chilly at times. Wear comfortable and supportive footwear and bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and bottled water. You may wish to carry a small backpack. Order of sights visited may vary and itinerary may be reversed. The sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. The coach and guide supply in Albany is limited, and may not be up to the standards of larger Australian ports. Due to the limited number of coaches, all seats may be utilised. The transfer may be conducted by a driver/guide. We thank you for your understanding.
Relax and take in the scenic sights of Albany, the city which grew up around the whaling industry, on this half-day excursion.
You will learn about the city's controversial history at the Historic Whaling Museum by heading south along the Flinders Peninsula. Along the way, you will take in the picturesque scenery of King George Sound.
Historic Whaling Station
Upon arrival to the museum, take a 30-minute guided tour before you are free to explore on your own. The original whaling station in Albany ceased operation in 1978 and now the museum faithfully depicts the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of an industry that supported an entire community. Marvel at the world's largest collection of original marine mammal paintings by artist Richard Ellis of New York. Today, the restored whale chaser Cheynes IV stands high and dry as the centrepiece of the exhibit. This is the only museum in the world created from a working whaling station. Refreshments can be purchased at your own expense.
Torndirrup National Park
Next, re-board the vehicle for the short ride to Torndirrup National Park. Stroll along the park trail to the Gap where you can walk to a lookout of glorious views and dramatic land formations called "The Gap" and "Natural Bridge" where you will see immense forces of nature at work.
At the conclusion of the tour re-board your coach for the transfer back to the ship.
Please Note: This tour requires a minimal amount of activity for approximately 500 metres (1640 feet) over hills and some unpaved surfaces and approximately 3-4 steps at the venues. This tour is suitable for guest with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair however guests must be able to get in/out of the coach with minimal assistance or that of their travelling companion. The vehicles used are the best available in this port but may differ from other Australian ports. We recommend guests wear comfortable footwear and bring a hat, sunscreen & sunglasses. The order of sites visited may vary.
Take in the history and stunning views on this this half-day orientation excursion. Visit the National ANZAC Centre, a newly built, multimillion dollar museum which recognises the ANZAC legend.
Depart the pier and drive along Stirling Terrace, passing a number of Albany's superb Victorian buildings including the Courthouse, Rotunda and Old Post Office. Keep an eye out for Dog Rock, a large granite formation shaped like a dog's head that dominates Albany's central business district.
Torndirrup National Park
Your first stop will be Torndirrup National Park where you can walk to a lookout for glorious views of dramatic land formations called "The Gap" and "Natural Bridge." The Gap drops 78 feet to the raging sea while the Natural Bridge resembles a huge granite suspension bridge spanning the torrent. It's a thrilling vantage point, and for safety purposes, guests should not deviate from marked paths during the walk.
Next, enjoy a brief city sights drive which ends at Mt. Clarence Lookout. Here you'll have more spectacular views which include Princess Royal Harbour, King George Sound and the Albany Wind Farm. In 1791, Captain George Vancouver claimed the southern part of Western Australia for the British Crown. He named the natural harbor the Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound.
National ANZAC Centre
Lastly, visit the National ANZAC Centre, a newly built, multimillion dollar museum which recognises the ANZAC legend. The Anzac spirit or Anzac legend is a concept which suggests that Australian and New Zealand soldiers possess shared characteristics, specifically the qualities those soldiers allegedly exemplified on the battlefields of World War I. Your time here will be self-guided to explore independently. You will also have time to visit the gift shop before you re-board your coach for your return journey to the pier
Please Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of activity for approximately 500 metres (1640 feet) over hills and some unpaved surfaces and approximately 3-4 steps at the venues. This tour is suitable for guest with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair however guests must be able to get in/out of the coach with minimal assistance or that of their travelling companion. The vehicles used are the best available in this port but may differ from other Australian ports. We recommend guests wear comfortable footwear and bring a hat, sunscreen & sunglasses. The order of sites visited may vary.
Embrace the picturesque beauty of Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound during this scenic and relaxing half-day cruise aboard the Sail-A-Way.
Depart the pier for the brief transfer to your awaiting catamaran, the Sail-A-Way, for a scenic cruise along Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound. The Sail-A-Way features a 360-degree, walk-around deck, a comfortable cabin equipped with DVD screens and a restroom with showers for guests who wish to take an optional swim (time permitting).
Your friendly and knowledgeable crew is on-hand to point out sites of interest along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for seabirds, whales, dolphins and seals. Afternoon tea or coffee served with home-made scones, jam and cream is included.
Following your cruise, disembark the Sail-A-Way and commence the brief transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour must be reserved or cancelled at least 72 hours prior to arrival in Albany to avoid penalties. It requires a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the ship. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, non-slip walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests opting to take a brief swim (time permitting) should bring a swimsuit and towel from the ship. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Experience an action packed "Incredible Journey" in the sheltered waters of Oyster Harbour and the ancient Kalgan River on this half-day excursion while marvelling at the wildlife and scenic beauty.
Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the Kalgan Queen for a leisurely sightseeing cruise that takes you from the Emu Point Landing to the protected Oyster Harbour and ancient Kalgan River. Your glass-bottom vessel offers excellent underwater views.
During your cruise, hear colourful commentary about Albany's history, bird-life, wildflowers and poetry while enjoying a cup of 'Billy Tea' served with skillet bread, or 'damper'. A highlight of this trip includes the chance to have close interactions with trained pelicans and giant stingrays during the cruise. You can see Kangaroos in the wild and this is a great attraction as we take a quick trip on the banks of the Kalgan in a wagon. There is a live, humorous yet comprehensive commentary which covers local poems, Aboriginal Dreamtime, history, the Anzac legend and so much more.
At the conclusion of the tour re-board the coach for the brief transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour must be reserved or cancelled at least 72 hours prior to arrival in Albany to avoid penalties. It requires a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat. Access to the vessel may be an inclined gangway depending on tidal conditions. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility but is not wheelchair accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, non-slip walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. Although birds, animals and marine life are frequently seen on this tour, their sighting cannot be guaranteed. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. The coach and guide supply in Albany is limited, and may not be up to the standards of larger Australian ports. Due to the limited number of coaches, all seats may be utilized. We thank you for your understanding.