Instagram-able Albany – your best coastline photo ops!
Planning a trip to Western Australia? Albany is a must; best known for its pristine beaches, cliff fronts and impressive rock formations overlooking the Southern Ocean. Take the opportunity to go see one or more of these top coastline destinations while you’re visiting!
Torndirrup National Park
Fall in love with Tornidirrup National Park’s rugged coastline featuring impressive rock formations including a natural bridge, the Gap and the blowholes all shaped from the local granite. Follow one of the walking trails out to the steep cliff-front lookouts or wander down to the secluded beaches below. Migrating whales can be seen passing off the coast of the National Park between May to November. The impressive granite formations dating back some 1,600 million years ago make for the perfect photo opportunity and story to tell.
King George Sound
Have your cameras ready! Look out from the King George Sound harbor between July and October and you could be lucky enough to spot southern right whales or humpback whales congregated to mate and calve in the protected waters of the sound.
The National Anzac Centre in Albany provides historical insight into the area and tells the story of Australia and New Zealand WWI troops through artefacts and audio-visual exhibits.
Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve
Two People Bay Nature Reserve is a protected area, a short 35-kilometre drive east of Albany, Western Australia. Accessible by 2WD, the Bay itself is home to two small secluded beaches that make for a great photo opportunity of the pristine coastline. Both beaches are protected from the Southern Ocean by a headland formed by the granite massif of Mount Gardiner, also a favourite spot for photos.
Greens Pool is a striking beach in a rocky, serene locale. It’s popular for its white sand, clear green water and granite boulders. Take advantage of the uninterrupted views from the viewing platform or wander down the sandy path to the beach.
West Cape Howe National Park
A coastline dominated by scenic rocky headlands, sheer cliffs and sandy beaches, West Cape Howe National Park is popular among photographers, hikers and fishermen. Granite-bounded Shelley Beach is the most accessible site to visit and offers good fishing and a low-key campground. Shelley Beach Lookout is a prime launching site for hang-gliders and offers bush walking on a short boardwalk. If you have a high clearance four-wheel drive, the soaring cliffs and crashing surf at West Cape Howe should not be missed.
Where to stay? Check-in to the ibis Style Albany Hotel and base yourself close to one of the most beautiful and diverse coastlines in the world.