Our CommunityAlbany – the heart of the Great Southern – is situated on the picturesque south coast of Western Australia, approximately 410km from Perth. Long known for its hospitality and enviable lifestyle opportunities, Albany has so much to offer.
First claimed by the British in 1791, Frederickstown (as Albany was first known) was settled in 1826 by a small group who arrived on the Brig Amity, led by Edmund Lockyer. A replica of the Amity today sits on the Princess Royal Harbour foreshore, close to its original landing point.
Now a rapidly expanding city – with a current population of approximately 30,000 people – Albany offers plenty of opportunity for people young and old and is renowned for its spectacular scenery, excellent beaches and its historical landmarks. The annual migration of Humpback and Southern Right whales just off our coast, also attracts visitors from all over the world.
Boasting some of the best natural wonders in Australia, as well as award winning restaurants and cafes, cosy pubs and fabulous wineries (internationally recognised and producing some of the best wine available) it is easy to see why the South West is a great place to live!!