I would just like to tell you that your web page is very interesting and imaginative. I've been to Albany many times, although I am American I live in Bremer Bay for six months out of the year and I am always pleased at seeing anything from around the area. I can't wait to get back to the scenery and all the kind people -- Don't take this wrong but "Thanks for making me homesick in my own country"
John & Val Streeter
A few facts about Albany t
Albany can be found 409 kms South East of Perth on the South Coast of Western Australia - overlooking the Southern Ocean. 35 degrees latitude South of the Equator - 118 degrees longitude East of Greenwich.
Albany's climate is temperate with an average temperature in summer of 22.4 degree's Celsius and an average winter temperature of 17.9 degree's Celsius. Most of the rain is received during the Winter months but light rainfall in Summer is not uncommon.
Albany is one of the States leading holiday centers. The harbours, rivers and estuaries provide excellent fishing and sailing, while spectacular coastal scenery, beaches and nearby National Parks provide a wide variety of activities for visitors.
When To Visit
Albany is rated as an all year round destination. However, wildflowers are in bloom from August through to October, the same months that the whale watching occurs. Of course any time of the year is the right time to visit the vineyards and sample award winning wines.
ALBANY TOURIST BUREAU
Old Railway Station, Proudlove Parade
Telephone: 08 9841 1088
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Albany celebrated becoming a City in 1998.
Albany's pristine harbour was founded by Britain's Captain George Vancouver in 1791. Matthew Flinders mapped the coast line (seen at the left of the page) in 1801.
The first settlement was established Christmas 1826 by Major Edmund Lockyer with 52 convicts and a military escort (this was 2 years earlier than the Swan River settlement near Perth City).
Lockyer and company arrived in the infamous brig Amity.
The Amity was built in Canada in 1816 beginning it's ocean life as a trader across the Atlantic Ocean for the first seven years and then spent a period also as a trader in the Irish Sea. The brig was purchased by the Ralston family of Scotland in 1823 as transport for the purpose of migrating to Australia. The following year it was sold to the NSW Gov't. In June 1845 the Amity failed to navigate an uncharted sandbank in Bass Strait after spending approximately 14 years trading out of Hobart. A replica of the Amity now rests on the foreshore of Princess Royal Harbour only 200 meters from the original landing at Point Frederick.
The new colonist arrivals began to open up the region now known as the Lower Great Southern.
In 1832 Governor Stirling renamed Albany and claimed it as a part of the Swan River Colony.
Albany was a coaling Port, prior to the establishment of the the Fremantle Harbour Port, servicing mail steamers on their United Kingdom route.
Until 1978 Humpback, and other species of whale, were hunted and processed at the whaling station in Frenchman Bay. Fortunately the practice of whale hunting was prohibited throughout Australia by the International Whaling Commission in 1963 and all whaling stations except Frenchman Bay ceased to operate. The old station is now a whale museum ("WhaleWorld") where people can visit to learn about past practices and new understandings of these ocean bearing mammals. Whale watchers come to Albany from the four corners of the earth to view Humpback and Southern Right whales during their migrations.
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