Looking for your next getaway in Western Australia? Pack your bags and set your sights on the South Coast.


Right at the southern tip on Western Australia, Albany is known for its gorgeous beaches, nature reserves, whaling history and burgeoning wine growing region. For an unforgettable trip, check out these awesome activities in Albany.


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Activities in Albany for nature lovers

Western Australia’s South Coast is home to an abundance of fascinating sea creatures from playful dolphins to formidable killer whales. If you’re visiting Albany between January and April, a day out on the water learning about the incredible orcas of WA is a must. 

Departing from Albany, this full day tour takes you down to Bremer Bay where you’ll jump aboard a fully decked-out vessel with a team of scientists and marine specialists. Heading out towards Bremer Canyon, you’ll have the opportunity to spot orcas as well as sperm, beaked and point whales. Keep an eye out for sea lions, dolphins, sharks and migratory Antarctic sea birds.


Orca Whale Watching Cruise in Albany

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To top off the day, you’ll enjoy a tasty lunch and take home a wealth of knowledge from the expert live commentary. 

Find out more info about the experience here.


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Activities in Albany for foodies

If you’re love a good drop, a day of winery-hopping around Mount Barker won’t disappoint. Leave the driving to someone else and join this private guided winery tour which include several wine tasting, morning tea, a delicious lunch platter and door-to-door service. 

The four Cellar Doors on the itinerary are each among the top award-winning cool climate wine producers in the region. Start the day at Gilbert Wines, nestle don the outskirts of Stirling Range National Park, before heading to Plantagenet Wines for a behind-the-scenes tour of the vineyard. Next, tuck into a fabulous spread of local produce for lunch before making your way to family-owned Galafrey Wines. To top it off, you’ll toast to a wonderful day at West Cape Howe where you’ll have the chance to sample wine, olive oil and locally-roasted coffee.


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For lover of good food and great wine, this unique Albany experience is sure to tick all of your boxes. 

Hungry for more? Checkout the experience here.


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Activities in Albany for history buffs

As well as beautiful scenery, a thriving wine region and plenty of great produce, Albany is perhaps best known for its whaling history. The region’s historic whaling station remains open today as an information centre for visitors to learn’s about Albany’s long history of whaling. 

This full day experience includes a guided tour of Albany’s historic whaling station where animation, photography and relics tell the story of the past. Climb aboard the whale chaser vessel and come face to face to the enormous whale skeletons on display. 


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To wrap up the day, take a scenic drive through Torndirrup National Park where you’ll have the chance to snap photos at The Gap and The Natural Bridge.

Book your day trip here.


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Still need some more Albany inspiration? Check out this video from Western Australia’s dedicated tourism body.



Where to stay in Albany

If location and comfort are your top priorities when choosing accommodation, you need to check out Quality Apartments Banksia Gardens. Close to all of Albany’s main attractions, these self-contained apartments offer all the amenities you need for an enjoyable stay – free WiFi, a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious BBQ area and kids playground.


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The hotel has partnered with a local favourite restaurant – Rustlers Steakhouse & Grill. The award-winning eatery will certainly curb your cravings after a full day of exploring. They even offer room service!

The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service to help you get around. Plus, you can take advantage of the concierge services to help you plan your adventures in Albany. 

Book your stay direct and save – check availability.


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