Things To Do in Albany
There are lots to do in Albany and The Great Southern, while you stay at Havana Villas.
40 Things to Do in Albany
Finding something to do will definitely not be a problem when you are down in the Great Southern. Here is a list of only some of the activities available for you to do in Albany and the surrounding areas.
Havana Villas is an ideal base to explore our sensational region - be sure to allow plenty of time in Albany to explore all there is to do. From nearby walks to day trips, there is just so much to do.
40 Things to do while you stay at Havana Villas
- Get a free map at check-in
- Take a stroll down York Street
- Find "Dog Rock"
- Visit the National ANZAC Centre, Albany Heritage Park & Mt Clarence Desert Mounted Corps Memorial
- Explore the tunnels of the Princess Royal Fortress
- Hear the sand squeak on Middleton Beach
- Enjoy the freshest ever fish & chips
- Go bird watching around Lake Seppings
- Canoe up the King and Kalgan Rivers
- Visit the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve Interpretive Centre
- Take the 9km Luke Pen Walk on the Kalgan River
- Make a reservation for dinner at a local restaurant
- Explore the Torndirrup Nation Park - the Blow Holes, The Gap, and the Natural Bridge
- Visit the Albany Wind Farm interpretation trail
- Take in the sensational views from Stoney Hill
- Try spotting dolphins or schools of salmon at Salmon Holes
- Visit Whale World for the whaling history of Albany
- Take a free tour of the Sandalwood Factory
- Visit Strawberry Hill, the first farm settled in WA
- See the Porongurup region, only 40km inland
- Climb Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Range National Park
- Pack a picnic & take in the beautiful scenery
- Keen for a round of golf?
- Call into the Visitor Centre and get a fishing guide
- Take a scenic flight or para glide over the coastline
- Go on a scenic cruise - river or harbour
- Sample locally distilled spirits
- Book a tour - farmgate, history or scenery
- Visit Saturday's Albany Farmers Market and Sunday's Boatshed markets
- Walk Albany's historic Amity Trail Guide
- Head to Albany Leisure & Aquatic Centre
- Take the children down to the 'see & touch' gallery at the WA museum
- Go aboard Albany's historic icon, the Brig Amity
- Take a candlelit evening tour of the Old Convict Gaol
- Walk a section of the Bibbulmun Track
- Hire some bikes and follow the "Go Cycle Albany Map"
- Visit Albany's very own coffee roasters warehouse
- Browse through the Albany History Collection at the Albany Public Library
- Try fresh marron from the marron farm
- Watch the sunset over the Sand Patch beach at Albany Wind Farm
And that's not all........
- Fantastic clean beaches and safe swimming areas.
- Great beach fishing, rock fishing plus deep sea fishing charters.
- Well-equipped playgrounds.
- We are situated right on the paved walk trail that runs from Emu Point to Middleton beach and joins the Boardwalk through to the Albany Port.
- Tennis courts and lawn bowls.
- Harbour and/or river cruises.
- Whale watching cruises.
- Boat ramp and marina.
- Wildflower Walks.
Plus our guests are welcome at the nearby sportsman's club.
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Albany has something for everyone on any budget. Restaurants, Cafes, Take-Away, Pubs & Taverns- you name it.
Whether you're a local or a visitor, there's always something to do in Albany and the Great Southern. Click on the above link for a comprehensive list of things to do in the Great Southern region
Albany's Anzac Connection
The first and second ANZAC convoys left from Albany. These convoys consisted of troop ships from all over Australia, as well as New Zealand, and included the flagship of the China Station and a Japanese battle cruiser as part of the naval escort. Their final sight of Australia
Albany was chosen as the rendezvous because it was an important coaling and watering port and the convoy left Albany for Egypt, where the troops would train before being landed at Gallipoli to fight the Turks. For the thousands of Australian soldiers who died at Gallipolli, this was their last chance to walk on Australian soil.
The first Dawn Service
Albany has another strong Anzac connection in that it was where the first dawn service was held. In 1918 a young Anglican chaplain, Padre Arthur Ernest White, who served as chaplain with the 44th Battalion AIF, celebrated a Requiem Mass for the Battle Dead at the alter of St. John’s, Albany.
Mount Clarence after the service he and some members of the congregation climbed to the summit of Mount Clarence. It was from this viewpoint that the people of Albany had gathered in 1914 to look at the great convoy of ships that had gathered in the Sound to carry the men to Egypt.
As Padre White looked over Princess Royal Harbour, he is reported to have said 'Albany was the last sight of land our troops saw of Australia. Perhaps we should commemorate them this way every Anzac Day.'
The start of a tradition
In 1929, Padre White was appointed Rector of Albany and decided to mark the next Anzac Day by celebrating a Dawn Eucharist. On April 25th, 1930, some parishioners who attended this 6 am service then accompanied their rector to the nearby war memorial, where he placed a wreath on behalf of the parish.
They then followed him up Mt Clarence to wait for a boatman to lay a wreath in the water at the entrance of the harbour where it would drift out into King George Sound. As it was laid, Padre White, said these words, 'As the sun riseth and goeth down, we will remember them'. When he entered the details in the church service register, he wrote, 'First Dawn Service held in Australia.'
The Ataturk Channel
Albany has commemorated our Anzac links by naming the channel, between King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour, Ataturk Channel. There is also a large statue of Ataturk looking out over the channel. And today ...
Two services are held in Albany for Anzac Day. The Dawn Service up on Mt Clarence at the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial starts at 5.30 am and the street parade and Anzac Day Memorial Service, held at Albany’s Anzac Peace Park on the foreshore.
Information from the Albany Historical Society.
Albany Bicycle Hire
We have a large range of bicycles for hire in all sizes, both adult and child. If you are coming to Albany for the Easter weekend or School Holidays, we strongly recommend you prebook your bicycle requirements. They will then be ready for your arrival. Sizes range from Extra Large mens to toddlers trikes.
Training wheels are available for 12,16,and 20" bikes if needed. Our 20" child bikes come in regular or shortie frames, geared or bmx style. A limited number of bikes with Baby Seats and tag-a-longs are available so early booking is essential. Bikes will be available for hire everyday over the Easter Break.
Our bikes are available for hire to the general public as well as our own guests, so save yourself the hassle of carting more stuff than you need in your car. Remember the fabulous Middleton Beach Cycle Path starts almost at our doorstep and we are conveniently located to all accommodation in the Emu Point Area.
To make a booking please call: (08) 9842 2468 or mobile: 0428 415 168.
To book online click here
Albany Farmers Market
If you are in town on a Saturday morning, be sure to visit Albany Farmers Market on Collie St. The winner of Best Farmers' Market at the Vogue Entertaining and Travel Produce Awards for 2008.
You can speak to the farmer responsible for growing your food - and you know that the food has come from the Great Southern Region.
On Sundays, head for the Boat Shed Markets from 10am - 1pm. Princess Royal Drive
Emu Point Sporting Club Tennis Court Hire
Weather permitting Tennis is able to be played all year round on one of the 6 synthetic grass courts.
Courts are available to hire at $12 per hour. Rackets and balls are also available to hire from the Havana Villas office.
To hire these courts please call us on: (08) 9844 1085 or drop in to the office at Havana Villas Firth St Albany WA