Published: October 28th 2011October 28th 2011
Some times one thinks they should skip a spot to visit as it is out of the way, has a bad weather history and maybe seems to be insignificant. Do not think of Albany in that way or you will be the looser.
Albany lived up to its windy/wet reputation as you will see in the photos, but still go - you nerver know your luck. Locals tell us this is unseasonably cold for the end of October.
Albany is dominated by two lasting things - history and rocks!
The city is built on a large rocky formation that creates two harbours and a third sheltered water area. The entrance is the King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour as well as Oyster Harbour. It is a relatively deep water harbour well protected from the prevailing south and west winds.
Lucky for the visitors to this city, much of the history has been retained or at least recreated. The Amity sailed from Sydney to set up Western Australias first settlement here at Albany. While the old ship is not here, there is a full sized replica on the foreshore in the city. For a modest price you
can discover just how crew, convicts and setlers survived terrible seas to arrive here in 1826. You will never again complain about cattleclass seats on a modern airline!
The first cottage built in Albany still exists today and is in good repair. Take an hour to visit this cottage and reflect on many fine things from yesteryear including mangles and an early manual washing machine. The house is an excellent museum and a very cheep treat.
Not quite so cheep is the history of whaling from Albany at Whale World. If you want to learn about one of the yuckyish industries, take a couple of hours to visit. The last whale boat is here and available for inspection including the engine room, bridge and you can line up a whale with the harpoon and shoot. Oh, the shooting is with cameras only.
Then there is the buildings in town, churches, municipal and commercial. The old lives on and in full use. Many other Australian cities have not retained much of the old, but here the old finds colourful new life.
Oh, they love their rocks here - Dog rock is just on the edge of the
city centre and is one of many intriguing rocky outcrops. See how many you can visit.
According to a sign we read, there is another rocky outcrop south of the city which used to be joined to Antarctica. Not sure I buy into the story, but judging by the cold wind when we visited, it felt like there could be some truth.
Enjoy the photos even though the sun didnt shine often.
There are more photos below