(Camping at Salmon Beach, Albany, photo by Barry Epstein)
At Out and About Camper Trailer Hire, we want you, your family and friends to experience the best of WA: we want to help you discover the best camping spots our amazing state has to offer.
Albany is 4.5 hours’ drive or 420km south of Perth in Western Australia’s Great Southern region. It’s a port city and WA’s oldest city – predating Perth and Fremantle by more than two years. Albany’s city centre sits to the north of Princess Royal Harbour, part of King George Sound.
Things to do in Albany
There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Albany. Here are some things.
- four wheel driving,
- whale watching
For a rundown of upcoming events, head to the Amazing Albany website. The Great Southern Festival happens in February each year, bringing some of the acts from the Perth International Arts Festival to the south.
Albany is also home to the National ANZAC centre, a museum commemorating the fact that the city was the last port of call for ships leaving Australian shores during World War I.
Torndirrup National Park
Torndirrup National Park is home to a number of breathtaking rock formations along the southern coast. It’s well worth a trip there to see The Gap, Natural Bridge and the Blowholes, all natural formations in the local granite.
To find out more about what camping activities are available in the park, as well as how to access it, click here for the Parks and Wildlife website.
Albany History – Whaling
Back in the 1950s, the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company was established in Albany, attracting whalers from the United States, France and elsewhere. It was closed in 1978 after Australia terminated all whaling activities. It’s reported that a total of 1,136 humpbacks and 14,695 sperm whales were caught there in its 26 years of the Company’s operation.
Today, you can visit the Historic Whale Station, created in the wake of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company, and take part in whale watching off the southern coast from June to October.
Mount Barker Wines
The Mount Barker wine region, one of Australia’s largest, is situated north of Albany. Riesling is the region’s most well-known variety, but there are quality wines of other varieties as well. For more information about wineries in the area, visit the Mount Barker Visitors Centre website.
Bluff Knoll is the highest peak in the Stirling Range, and one of the only places in WA to experience regular snowfall. If you climb to the summit you’ll have incredible 360 degree views of the landscape. It’s well worth the day trip and the 3.1km to the summit should take three to four hours return. So be sure to pack your hiking boots!
Up to 80% of the city’s electricity usage can be generated by the wind farm located at Sand Patch, west of Albany – the city’s commitment to going green.
Camping Places in Albany : Round-up
There are a number of places in Albany where you can safely set up camp with your Out and About Camper Trailer.
Albany Gardens Holiday Resort
22 Wellington Street
Phone: (08) 9841 4616
This resort offers a number of accommodation options, all housed in a beautiful garden setting. Different sites are available for your camper trailer: powered with ensuite, powered, and unpowered sites, all of which are close to the range of amenities (laundry, bathroom, activity room, pool, playground, barbecues).
Albany Happy Days Caravan Park
1584 Millbrook Road
Phone (08) 9844 3267
Situated on the banks of the King River, just outside Albany, this park offers grassed sites in a picturesque setting. You’ll be surrounded by nature and can hire canoes and pedal boats to enjoy the river. Facilities include bathrooms, camp kitchen, barbecues, even a veggie patch!
Albany Holiday Park
550 Albany Highway
Phone: (08) 9841 7800
This park is in a convenient location just minutes from the city centre and is in a quiet, relaxing setting. Powered sites are available. There’s a spacious grass parkland, and access to a full range of facilities (laundry, barbecues, playground, communal kitchen, and more).
BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park
8 Medcalf Parade
Phone (08) 9844 1147
Located 10 minutes from Albany city centre and metres from the beach, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy: playground, barbecues, mini golf and more. Powered and unpowered sites are available.
BIG4 Middleton Beach Holiday Park
28 Flinders Parade
Phone: (08) 9841 3593
This relaxed resort is surrounded by trees and is located on the beachfront. You’ll have direct beach access, plus the use of an outdoor pool, kids’ pool and a hot tub, barbecues, playground, games room and laundry. Ensuite and powered sites are available.
Explore Albany further
To find out more about the region, go to the Amazing Albany website.
If you’re planning a trip to Albany, you’re going to need a reliable Camper Trailer, so make sure you check out our fantastic range and great deals on offer. Get in touch with the friendly staff at Out and About Camper Trailer Hire on 0448 970 210 or send us an email.
We look forward to holidaying with you soon!