In these Covid-19 affected times thoughts of travel are just daydreams, but no harm in thinking about the things you might do in the future! From bikes and beaches, to history and culture, there is lots to explore Albany, and many places to drink good coffee too.
Emu Point is a long promontory which juts out into the ocean near Oyster Harbour. It is the perfect place to go swimming, whether you want to do a few laps in the lanes or play in the clear, calm and shallow water. With grassy lawn, shady trees and a playground, it is a relaxing place for families. Also popular for fishing and boating, windsurfing and kayaking, walking and cycling, this is a great place to get some exercise – followed by breakfast or lunch at Emu Point Cafe. Alongside their delicious menu they serve our Daydream Organic blend, and also sell a range of whole bean coffee. On a hot day you can enjoy a cold brew coffee, or try the batch brew of the day in the cooler months.
Middleton Beach is one of Albany’s beautiful, safe swimming spots. Ellen Cove offers a floating pontoon, the nearby boardwalk leads to whale watching viewpoints, and you can enjoy the dog beach and surf. Whether its for breakfast, lunch or dinner Three Anchors has something for everyone on its menu. You will also find the best kids playground (with a pirate ship!) so you can enjoy your Stash Coffee in peace.
It is possible to walk and cycle from the centre of Albany to Middleton Beach and on to Emu Point along a shared cycle and pedestrian path. The return distance to Emu Point is 17km. Experience the Ellen Cove Boardwalk, Middleton Beach, the wetlands and bird-watching areas beyond Middleton Beach and of course the amazing views over King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour. Middleton Beach and Three Anchors is 4.5km from Albany and Emu Point Cafe is another 4km past Middleton Beach.
High above the sea, you can wander around the grounds of the Princess Royal Fortress, Australia’s first pre-federation defences. Explore original gun batteries, large coastal gun defences and the barracks. Located within the fortress grounds is the National Anzac Centre which tells stories of the Anzacs.
Stirling Terrace is at the heart of historic Albany. With heritage listed buildings dating back to the 1870s, expansive views over the Princess Royal Harbour and a footbridge connecting it to the foreshore and the Albany Entertainment Centre. The quirky Little Coffee Shoppe is located at the York Street end of the Terrace. It is a great place to find local art and gifts, house-baked treats and pastries, while you enjoy a great Stash Coffee (they run Pretty Things blend), grab some beans to use at home and chat with the friendly owners. Try the iced coffee if you need something sweet! Remember your reusable cup though, as it is take-away only, with a few seats available.
Walk across the footbridge from Stirling Terrace and explore the Anzac Peace Park and the Albany Entertainment Centre. Located on Princess Royal Harbour which has been home for thousands of years to Noongar people. The Albany Entertainment Centre is the focal point of the region’s performing arts.
The Museum of the Great Southern shares the stories of the Menang Noongar people and the influence of Mokare, a young Noongar warrior. Stories of the early settlers and convicts and the region’s unique natural landscape, flora and fauna are on display. The Brig Amity is a must see permanent attraction where you can explorea replica of the convict ship as it was in 1826 when it sailed from Sydney to establish the first European settlement on the west coast of Australia.
If you are after a pub style lunch or dinner, head to The White Star on Stirling Terrace. Using local produce and a seasonal menu the restaurant has a wide menu, including children’s meals and plenty of desserts. Plus if you feel like ending the day with a cocktail you could try an espresso martini made with Stash Coffee!