What more could you want then some of Western Australia’s if not Australia’s best coast line. Albany is a coastal town at the bottom of WA which is home to some of the best Camping, 4x4ing, Fishing and Sight seeing WA has to offer.
Also accessible by 4×4 is the most southerly part of Western Australia. We started our 5 day trip from Perth and headed straight for Albany which normally is reachable within 4.5 hours, but being the adventurer that most of us are I couldn’t drive down the quick way. I decided to take the coastal way which is quite a bit further in time and distance but you get to witness some of the best South of WA has to offer. Things like the valley of the Giants where you can walk on a suspended platform amongst the top of the Tingle Forest.
Another must on the way or way home is spending a night at lake jasper which is the largest fresh water lake is south Western Australia, although keep in mind camping spots are limited and is only accessible by 4×4! Albany has many 4×4 tracks which take you to secluded beaches and cliffs and some of the best camping I’ve done, if it wasn’t for the HEMA maps we wouldn’t have found most of the camping spots we stayed and visited, so it pays to do your research before heading there.
There are many tourists attractions there which include the old whaling station which has been transformed into a museum. Another must is the gap and the bridge right next door to each other. They both have recently been redeveloped and now you can walk out on a platform and stand in between two cliffs and feel the water crash under you. Another good thing about Albany is that it’s a big town so if you forget anything or run out of food you can purchase pretty much everything you can in a normal city. If you have not already visited Albany I highly recommend it !
Article & images by Michael Frew