Thank you Steve K Photography for your photo of the sun setting over the windmills at Sand Patch
Day 2 in the Albany Region
Today will be packed with scenic sights through the Torndirrup National Park. Drive down Chester Pass Road till the roundabout and then follow the signs to Frenchman Bay. Turn into Princess Road and visit the Windmill Farm and enjoy a hike down a flight of stairs to Sandpatch and take a short hike along the Bibbulum Track.
Sandpatch thank you Samara Maddison
Next is the Natural Bridge and The Gap. Stunning Views of the coastline, but please remember our coastline is treacherous so stay on the paths and obey the signs.
The Natural Bridge - Thank you Jenelle Smith Photography
Back to Frenchman Bay Road then turn into the Blowholes Road. A short hike takes you to the blowholes. When they are blowing it is an amazing experience.
Next stop is Jimmy Newhills Harbour. Jimmy Newells Harbour is a beautiful natural harbour in the Torndirrup National Park. It provides a protected calm area which is ideal for swimming. It is also a wonderful spot to try out beach fishing. Relax and soak up the views.
A must visit to Stony Hill is next. There is a short walk (approx. 15 mins) and then a longer hike (allow a couple of hours).
Stony Hill - Thank you Shawn Hayward - VBI Photography
Salmon Holes is a spot not to be missed. Walk down the stairs and let the sand squelch between your toes. Watch the crashing waves, but again be aware of the signs.
Thank you Yvonne Bloemendaal
At the end of the road you will find Whale World Whaling was a huge industry of the town for many years but in 1978 Albany's whaling station ceased its operations. Step back in time and take a journey through Whale World, the site of the last operating whaling station in Australia. Wander through Discovery Bay (work in progress) and visit with some cute Aussie native animals such as koalas, kangaroos and the wombat.
Thank you Amanda Jolly Photography
Visit Frenchman Bay and then take a walk along Goode Beach to Mistaken Island and walk off that lunch. This a beautiful stretch of beach and you may be the only person there. Remember your sunscreen and water.
Goode Beach - Thank you Amanda Pinchen
If you don’t want to walk to Mistaken Island follow Frenchman Bay Road and turn into Quaranup Road, Mistaken Island is not clearly signposted but you will see a track that leads to some stairs. Beautiful spot and one of our favourite beaches. A little further along Quaranup Road is Whalers Cove and another beautiful hike – Point Possession Trail starts here. This is an easy 6km hike Point Possession is a long, narrow isthmus with a beach on either side, leading to a low, rounded granite hill at the end. It's a scenic spot with Views of King George Sound, the shipping channel, Princess Royal Harbour and Albany Port. Whales sometimes pass through the shipping channel, very close to the point. Point Possession is where George Vancouver claimed Australia's West for Britain.
Thank you Lata Photography for this stunning photo of Whalers Cove
For those of you who enjoy Scuba Diving there are many dive sites in Albany suitable from the novice diver to the experienced diver. Check South Coast Diving Supplies for more information. Click Here Breaksea Cove: A great boat dive fully protected from the hard easterly winds. Walls and swim throughs, a great site for small colourful fish which live on and around the many vast plate corals. HMAS Perth is a “must dive” when you visit Albany. Permits are required and can be obtained from South Coast Diving Supplies or The City of Albany.
A Giant Cuttlefish in the kelp on Breaksea Island. Thank you Jamie Kiddle Photography
Why not stop at our award winning distillery company Limeburners and try their Single Malt Whisky or Vodka, made right here in Albany. Back to HideAway Haven, relax on your deck with a glass of wine or cup of tea and watch the colours of the sunset as you watch the birds. Dinner? Why not try Curry Leaf – best Indian Food and they do will deliver right to you at HideAway Haven.
Remember – WATER, SUNSCREEN AND HATS.