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Albany Hotel & Accommodation

Resting on the edge of cliffs that once touched the Antarctic and overlooking the Southern Ocean, discover an old seaside port rich with convict history, rugged coastlines and natural beauty just 409km south east of Perth. Famous for its beautiful beaches, you'll be spoilt for choice when deciding where to take a dip along Albany's pristine coastline. Locals recommend Middleton Beach for a decent surf while the gentle waves of the Frenchman Bay beaches are ideal for a picnic, snorkel or fish with the family. Don't forget to carve your name in the squeaky white sands of the award winning Little Beach before heading home. Looking to stay dry? A wander through Albany's convict jails, grand colonial building and old settler cottages will tell the story of life in the Port during the 1800s. With several historic walks on offer through the city, there is an overflow of history waiting to be explored. An abundance of local produce and four distinct seasons make Albany a haven for foodie experiences. With premium restaurants, fine dining cafes and cellar door sensations you won't have to lift a finger to cook. For a unique flavour head to The Old Marron Farm and try the seafood delight of Marron and Yabbies.

It doesn't matter which scrumptious dishes you eat while in Albany, because there is a bottle of local wine to match. Just don't leave without a stocking up on some gourmet goodies for the journey home from the Albany Farmers or Boatshed Markets. The perfect destination for those seeking a great escape to a Mediterranean climate, Albany is a short 75-minute flight direct from the state's capital, Perth, or a five-hour drive inland along the Albany Highway. Offering a more coastal (and slightly longer route), the Old Coast Road follows the South Coast through Mandurah, Bunbury, Margaret River, Dunsborough and Augusta with plenty of accommodation along the way for an overnight stay. If departing from the East Coast, allow for a day of travel as all flights are via Perth.