Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Discover Beauty of WA; There's So Much More for Visitors to Albany Than Meets the Eye

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Discover Beauty of WA; There's So Much More for Visitors to Albany Than Meets the Eye

Article excerpt

Byline: SHIRLEY SINCLAIR

GOODTO KNOW about albany

Albany Visitors Centre and Booking Service, Old Railway Station, Proudlove Parade. Bookings: (08) 98419377. Information: (08) 98419290. Email: avc@albanytourist.com.au. Visit www.amazingalbany.com and www.albanytourist.com.au

Princess Royal Fortress: www.forts.albany.wa.gov.au.

Mount Romance The Sandalwood Factory is on the corner of Down Rd and Albany Highway, 15km north of Albany. Bookings are essential on (08) 98456888. Visit www.mtromance.com.au

Athena cruises from Perth and Adelaide next summer from $450 pp for two nights. A five-night cruise from Perth to Albany and Esperance is priced from $1095 per person, twin-share. Children under 18 travel free on several cruises, paying only taxes. Book through travel agents. See www.classicintcruises.com

FROM the wharf below, a lone bagpiper played a rousing welcome to herald our arrival in quaint and quirky Albany on Western Australia's south coast. But passengers aboard Classic International Cruises' Athena soon realised the city's Scottish heritage is far from its only charm.

For starters, Albany boasts a dramatic granite coastline, pristine white-sand beaches such as Middleton Beach with its popular boardwalk, and the sheltered waters and small islands of King George Sound.

Lookouts including Mt Melville on Princess Royal Drive offer the best vantage points to see nature at its ferocious best.

The city's surf breaks are less crowded than Margaret River to the north, while nature lovers also come for the southern right and humpback whale-watching (between July and October), snorkelling, fishing, diving (the 133m former guided missile destroyer HMAS Perth rests on the ocean floor just offshore), bird-watching, wildflower tours, paragliding, rock climbing in the Porongurup Ranges, and the Bibbulmun Track Co one of the world's great long distance walk trails, stretching nearly 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills.

Fifteen minutes drive from Albany, Torndirrup National Park CoWA's first gazette and most visited national park Co has a lion's share of the area's spectacular coastline, including The Gap Co with its 24-metre drop to the ocean, the aptly named Natural Bridge and noisy but impressive blowholes. But there's more to Albany than meets the eye.

The winery trail is gaining a reputation for quality drops and the Saturday morning farmers' market was voted best in Australia.

At Mt Romance The Sandalwood Factory, the anti-ageing and medicinal benefits of WA's native sandalwood are being taken a step further than the Santal Signature Spa and retail showroom with a new therapy treatment. Sandalwood has been used in ancient cultures for ceremonial purposes, in the perfume market for its unique scent, and in aromatherapy for its ability to stimulate the pineal gland and improve mood and C[pounds sterling]happyC[yen] endorphin levels. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.