The view of Gull Rock National Park from our luncheon restaurant, the Emu Point Café, on the east end of Albany, West Australia
Cradled between Mount Melville and Mount Clarence, Albany (population 34,000) overlooks Princess Royal Harbor and King George Sound on Australia’s south coast on the Southern Ocean. Albany’s history is well represented by some 50 19th century colonial buildings now housing art galleries, museums and restaurants. The Amity Trail is a self-guided walk around town where visitors can see the old whaling station or climb aboard the Brig Amity, a full-scale replica of the ship that brought Albany its first European settlers (and convicts) in 1826. Albany has much to offer in the way of natural wonders as well, with white sand beaches, the rugged coastline of Torndirrup National Park and excellent diving and snorkeling sites.
Looking across Frenchman Bay in the rain from Golf Links Road in Albany, West Australia
Dog Rock is a natural formation that has given the nearby shopping center its name in downtown Albany, West Australia
The sign next to this mural noted, “This mural is a dedication to all those Men and Women who have served in the Australia Armed Forces in all theatres of war and peacekeeping operations. And all future Service Men and Women who will continue to protect what our War Veterans have fought and died to defend, Albany, West Australia
At the Dog Rock shopping center we found a mural (above) and (next photo) an interesting painted “poster” about Army soldiers (“diggers”).
Comparing a World War I and present Australian Army soldier (“digger”), Albany, West Australia
Town Hall, Albany, West Australia
Saint John the Evangelist Church, the oldest church in Albany – the first Anglican Church to be consecrated in West Australia in 1848
Full of character, York Street is the main thoroughfare in Albany, the oldest town in Western Australia. It is lined with shops, parks, and cafés and is a great place for a stroll.
Shops in buildings dating back to the 19th century along Grey Street at the intersection of York Street, the town’s main shopping street, Albany, West Australia
The Albany Entertainment’s modern architecture, located on the pier along the Southern Ocean near the cruise ship berth where we docked, is in stark contrast with the surrounding 19th century buildings, Albany, West Australia