Albany's History

Situated on the southern coast of Western Australia, Albany boasts a rich and storied history that stretches back thousands of years. The area has been inhabited by Aboriginal peoples, particularly the Noongar people, for countless generations, who lived in harmony with the land and sea, leaving behind a legacy of deep cultural significance. Albany's modern history began with the arrival of European settlers in December 1826, establishing it as the first European settlement in Western Australia. The town flourished as a hub for whaling, shipping, and agriculture during the 19th century, playing a pivotal role in maritime trade and transportation, serving as a vital link between Australia and the rest of the world. The town flourished with the influx of settlers, convicts, and immigrants, who contributed to its cultural diversity and economic prosperity. Albany’s maritime significance was further underscored during World War I as the departure point for ANZAC troops bound for Gallipoli.

    National Anzac Centre

    Overlooking King George Sound, the National Anzac Centre offers a moving, immersive experience commemorating the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand soldiers during World War I. Personalized experiences, interactive media, and thousands of artifacts create a profound tribute to the ANZAC spirit. Adjacent to the Princess Royal Fortress, the centre is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. While in the area, do not forget to visit the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial and the Padre White Lookout.

      Historic Whaling Station

      The last whaling company in Australia was based in Albany. When it closed down in 1978, everyone simply downed tools , leaving a time capsule that has been turned into a museum. Step inside Albany’s Historic Whaling Station to explore a fully restored whaling ship and former processing factory and see the giant blue whale skeleton. Open 9am to 5pm daily apart from Christmas Day, allow about three hours for the full experience.

        The Brig Amity

        Experience the full-scale replica of the Brig Amity, the ship that brought the first white settlers to Western Australia. Located on the Princess Royal Harbour foreshore, the brig offers a fascinating insight into Albany's maritime history. Open hours vary, so it’s best to check with the Museum of the Great Southern before visiting.

          Strawberry Hill Farm at Barmup

          Discover Albany’s rich cultural history at Strawberry Hill, meaning ‘place of tall trees’ inhabited by local Menang people before becoming a British military outpost and WA’s first established farm. The Visitor Hub and grounds are open daily from 10 am to 3:30 pm.