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King George Sound

At the bottom of South Western Australia is the City of Albany facing the Southern Ocean. It is located 409km south of Perth and is situated on the picturesque King George Sound, a most magnificent harbour which would rival for beauty the famous Sydney Harbour located on the eastern seaboard. It is a city of 52,000 people and is the regional centre for the Great Southern, an area covering 40,000 square kilometres of rich untouched forests, waterways, pristine beaches and coastline, adventure trails, farmlands, vineyards, craftsmen, particularly timber etc. It is a fine place to live and holiday.

Orchid Challenge in Albany

Each year all Western Australian Orchid Societies meet the first weekend in August for a Challenge to see which Society can claim to be the Best in WA for that year. This year Albany Orchid Society hosted the Challenge and we travelled over 400 km to the Great Southern for a fabulous weekend. It was mid winter and we braced ourselves for the notorius cold weather, however we were lucky with warm sunny days. This enabled us to enjoy the many beautiful tourist sights of the Great Southern and obtain many photos for VT.

Hike Or Walk the Coastal Trails

For those interested in hiking or bushwalking Albany is the place to visit. There are bushwalks everywhere and the ones we enjoyed were through the coastal reserves with beautiful native trees and bush, some just commencing to flower, and on the other side is the King George Sound and Southern Ocean. There is a trail for everyone, if you are not so fit drive up to Mt Clarence and take a short walk through the native bush, you most likely will see some of the local animals.

  • Last visit to Albany: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 6, 2007
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  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Hi Don, Thanks for visiting and rating. A beautiful city, magnificent harbour, nearly as good as Sydney Harbour. 5 hours drive from Perth, and just had the 100 year celebration of the fleet departing for Europe WW1. Included Japanese battleships.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    This is a cornerf of Australia that I have never heard much about. Looks great!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    What a charming city. Dog Rock is pretty neat. I like the quirky stuff. The the beautiful flowers and the church is beautiful. Lovely page Mike!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Another nice page Mike! Love the wildflowers, especially the Woolly bush, and the walks would be nice to do, everybody tells me, this is a really lovely area.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2008 at 4:47 AM

    Hi Mike, Looks like Albany changed a bit since I've last been there in 95. Used to spend a fair bit of time near Mt. Barker. Thanks for bringing back memories.

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Great page Mike! I liked Albany a lot, especially the spectacular coastline. Thanks a having a look at my WA page!!!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2008 at 3:59 AM

    Such a beautiful coast and wonderful wild flowers. I can't imagine finding such colourful, exotic flowers in the wild.

  • albaaust's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:04 AM

    Great tips on Albany Mike. Can I ask you to put the tip about the boardwalk on your things to do as well? Had friends going down this weekend and looked but could not find a reference to it easily. :)

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2007 at 12:52 AM

    Good useful tips, thanks for sharing.

  • bkoon's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2007 at 1:25 AM

    Great tips.


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