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Albany - Home of Tim Winton

Tim Winton was born in Karrinyup, Western Australia and moved at age of 12 to our beautiful Albany.

Image Credit: SKYPRINTS  Tim Winton recommends Middleton Beach for swimming.

Image Credit: SKYPRINTS  Tim Winton recommends Middleton Beach for swimming.

Lockie Leonard is a fictional character in a series of children's novels. The books were written by multi-award winning Australian author Tim Winton..  Lockie Leonard is a teenage surf rat who moves from Australia's East Coast to Perth Lockie has to deal with starting high school in a new town, his father is a police officer who everybody calls Sarge, his mother Joy, is overly understanding, and his brother Phillip still wets the bed The books follow his adventures and the disasters which beset him. From falling in love, being dumped, finding a best friend, being embarrassed by his family and through it all making discoveries about himself.

The Lockie Leonard TV series, adapted from the books, was shot in Albany, Western Australia and originally screened on the Nine Network in 2007, and a second season began airing in 2010. It was popular all around the world and still has many avid fans.

The book has been republished several times by different publishers and in different formats (print, eBook, audio, braille) and languages (English, French, Dutch).

Tim only lived in Albany for three years but it had a profound effect on him as a person and, later, as a writer. He says 'I think it's something to do with its wildness. For a young person who felt claustrophobic being surrounded by strangers, it was reassuring to know that within minutes I could be out in the bush or on a beach with no other footprints in the sand.'