Albany is a small city, located on the south coast of Western Australia, 414km from Perth. It reminds me of a larger version of Esperance and has plenty of history, things to do and places to eat.
We stayed in a 3 bedroom house on Mount Merivale, overlooking Princess Royal Harbour. The house is part of holiday home program offered through Mr FMT’s employer. For $150/year membership it offers discounted holiday homes around Australia and New Zealand.
Our days were spent enjoying at the beaches, national parks and playgrounds. On the rainy days we went to the swimming pool, local museums such as Cheynes Beach Whaling Station, National Anzac Centre, Princess Royal Fortress and Museum of the Great Southern.
Fun fact: Albany was the first European settlement established in Western Australia. It was settled three years before the Swan River Colony (Perth) was claimed in 1829.
Some of the National Parks we visited during our stay were Two People National Park (Little Beach), Tornidirrup National Park (The Gap), Williams Bay National Park (Green Pools and Elephant Rocks, Denmark)
We also took our daughter to Old Marron Farm, which is a animal farm to cuddle the guinea pigs, rabbits, ponies, pigs, and horses. To treat ourselves, we went to local cheese and chocolate factory.
Fun fact: Albany whaling station was Australia’s last whaling station to close in 1978.
Most dinners we enjoyed home cooked meals, a couple nights we had takeaway, going to a restaurant for dinner with a toddler isn’t super fun. Half of our lunches we ate out at local breweries or cafes.
Albany has all the beaches and national parks of Esperance but is a couple hours away. We will definitely be back to explore more, hopefully in summer next time.
Accommodation: 7 days $410
Spending Money: $810 including two car travel days.
Total $1,220 $174/day