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21 Yokanup Road
Albany 6330

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Albany is a stunning place and a photographers dream. Stretching from West Cape Howe National Park in the West through the City of Albany and beyond to the East the Albany Region is a wonderful place to explore and photograph. We will claim Denmark through to Bremer Bay as in our region.


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Thank you Ria Grobler VD Walt for this stunning photo of the the windmill farm


Albany Region is a compelling choice for a relaxing discovery break

Maggie van Santen

Why the Albany Region is a compelling choice for a relaxing discovery break.

Dedicated Discoverer - Want to escape the daily grind? Looking for an authentic experience? Looking for adventure?

Aspirational Achievers - do you view travel and holidays as a reward for your hard work and success in life? Are you looking for a wine, food and activity based holiday?

Experience Seekers (International) - Do you want to challenge yourself? Visit authentic destinations off the tourist route?  Exposure to unique and compelling experiences? Grow as an individual and stay healthy?

Discover the Albany Region and enjoy a memorable experience in a nature based environment. 

"Make the change from Visiting to Discovering and Experiencing."

Albany and our surrounding region offer tourists an experience like no other.
National and local attractions, beautiful natural surrounds and wildlife, farmers markets, events and festivals,  restaurants, bars and shops — Albany has it all.

Add to this the surrounding offerings all within an easy drive—  pristine beaches, national parks and a wonderful selection of regional wineries — Albany Region is a tourism destination which truly has something for everyone.

Albany Region for the Aspirational Achievers - Munda Biddi Trail

Maggie van Santen

Albany Region for the Aspirational Achievers - Munda Biddi Trail

“It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.” 
Heinz Stucke, German long-distance touring cyclist

The Munda Biddi Trail is a world-class, nature-based, off-road cycling experience. A unique trail where a 1000km track has been built through an undeveloped natural corridor from Mundaring to Albany.  

The Munda Biddi Trail  means path through the forest in the Nyoongar Aboriginal language.

Enjoy a meandering pace with plenty of opportunities to stop and look at the cattle, goats, horses and other farm animals along the trail. In the quiet of the trail keep your eyes and ears alert for the many different of bird calls from the native birds, enjoy watching small animals such as bandicoots and rabbits running across or beside the trail.  

During the wild-flower season enjoy the beauty of as the forest floors come to life with amazing colours.  Surrounded by nature, relax and enjoy as the trail unfolds through majestic trees, such as the Karri that are the third largest in the whole of Australia.

Cross the suspension bridge at picturesque One Tree Bridge, experience  the splendour of the Walpole Wilderness and beautiful coastal landscapes.

Finish at Albany and enjoy the comfort of a pillow top bed and a Jacuzzi to soothe those muscles.  As a cycle accredited business HideAway Haven offers you the basic repair equipment and air pumps to pump up the tires.  While you are here, Albany is a cycle friendly town with many cycle friendly businesses.

Albany Region for the Aspirational Achievers - Sail the Southern Ocean

Maggie van Santen

Albany Region for the Aspirational Achievers - Sail the Southern Ocean

“I can't control the wind but I can adjust the sail.” 
― Ricky Skaggs

Sailing the open ocean challenges your reality like no other venture. ... by joining Southern Ocean Sailing as one of their passengers, you too can feel the thrill of the wind in your sails.  Come along to gain experience and those just looking for adventure will get more than they imagined possible. 

Southern Ocean Sailing has a beautiful 40' yacht 'Panacea' berthed at the Albany marina available for half day cruises, whole day charters, overnight stays at anchor, or just learning how to sail from our very experienced and patient skipper Mark.  Mark's passion is sailing but more importantly introducing you to the wonders of the oceans.

Why not book yourself into HideAway Haven and experience a few leisurely days sailing on our beautiful oceans.  Mark has plenty of options to suit you or will tailor make a tour just for you.

Albany Region for the Experience Seekers - Scuba Diving

Maggie van Santen

Albany Region for the Experience Seekers - Scuba Diving

Only Divers Know the Feeling.

Only a diver knows the feeling you get when your eyes slip below the surface and the addictiveness of the salt water! Albany offers countless dive sites. From natural reefs to Islands and even 2 sunken ship wrecks., with lots of different fish to keep you company. There are blue gropers to amaze you with their colour, Nudibranchs to fascinate you, friendly seals to make you laugh and if you are lucky you will meet a dolphin to play with! There is lavishness of colourful hard/soft coals and sponges to keep you interested and coming back for more! Albany has a hidden secret and it is waiting for you to find it under the surface of the ocean.

'I find the lure of the unknown irresistible' Sylvia Earle  (Sylvia Earle has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. She's led more than 50 undersea expeditions, and she's been an equally tireless advocate for our oceans and the creatures who live in them.)

HMAS Perth is a must dive when you visit Albany. Scuttled November 24th 2001, the diver-prepared wreck has extensive coral and sponge growth and is rapidly maturing as an artificial reef.

For all your diving needs contact South Coast Diving Supplies  

What kind of traveller are you?

Maggie van Santen

Australian Tourism has identified three types of Tourists: 
• Dedicated Discoverers (Australians travelling primarily for learning and new experiences)
• Aspirational Achievers (Australians travelling primarily for relaxation and indulgence)
• Experience Seekers (International visitors that prefer to travel to new and different places) 

Travel is about experiencing something new, something wonderful. It’s about breaking out of our comfort zone and discovering a culture, landscape or people different to what we know.

Albany is every traveller’s dream paradise. Whether you like adventure sport or are looking for a secluded space or beach, want to experience food and wine or discover history.  

Through a series of blogs we will discover the many things travellers can see, do or experience.  




2013 Finalists in the WA Tourism Awards

Maggie van Santen

Thank you Doug Hawkins - Little Beach

Thank you Doug Hawkins - Little Beach

Category 1 – Major Tourist Attractions – Sponsored by The Sunday Times


Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm 

Fremantle Markets

Fremantle Prison

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Rottnest Island

The Bell Tower, Home of the Swan Bells, Perth

Whiteman Park

Category 2 – Tourist Attractions – Sponsored by Hello Perth and Fremantle 

Lobster Shack

Navy Pier Dive – Whale Shark-n-Dive 

Nullarbor Links – world’s longest golf course Australia

Yanchep National Park

Category 3 – Major Festivals and Events – Sponsored by The Sunday Times

Margaret River Gourmet Escape 

Pinctada Cable Beach Polo

Perth’s Festival of Cycling 

Sunsmart Ironman Western Australia

Category 4 – Festivals and Events – Sponsored by OAMPS Insurance Brokers

Avon Valley Gourmet Food and Wine Festival

Avon Valley Vintage Festival

City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks 

2012 Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash

Kings Park Festival 

Perth Caravan & Camping Show 2013

Category 5 – Ecotourism - Sponsored by Department of Parks and Wildlife 

Alek & Gina’s Ningaloo Ecology Cruises Glass Bottom Boat

Out of Sight Tours

Sail Ningaloo

Category 6 – Heritage and Cultural Tourism – Sponsored by National Trust Australia WA

Fremantle Prison

Rottnest Island 

The Bell Tower, Home of the Swan Bells, Perth

Two Feet & a Heartbeat

Category 7 – Indigenous Tourism – Sponsored by WAITOC

Koomal Dreaming 

Uptuyu Adventures

Category 8 – Specialised Tourism Services – Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Crystal Swan Cruises

Fremantle Prison Gift Shop

Kalamunda Farmers Market

Tour Vision

Harbour Town Brand Direct Outlet Shopping 

Rottnest Island Bike Hire 


Category 9 – Visitor Information and Services – Sponsored by Tourism Council WA

Armadale Visitor Centre

Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association

Broome Visitor Centre / VisitBroome

Denmark Visitor Centre

Esperance Visitor Centre

Fremantle Visitor Centre 

Geographe Bay Tourism Association

Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold 

Kununurra Visitor Centre 

Zig Zag Cultural Centre

Category 10 –Business Tourism – Sponsored by Perth Convention BureauC

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Hyatt Regency Perth

Category 11 – Major Tour and/or Transport Operators – Sponsored by Budget Car and Truck 


The ADAMS Group

Rottnest Express

Rottnest Fast Ferries

Slingair Heliwork WA

Category 12 – Tour and/or Transport Operators – Sponsored by Tourism Council WA

Adventure Wild 

Alek & Gina’s Ningaloo Ecology Cruises Glass Bottom Boat

Aussie Wanderer Adventure Tours

Country Escape in WA Tours 

Harvest Tours 

Inspiration Outdoors 

Kimberley Wild Expeditions 

Out of Sight Tours 

Top Drop Tours

Category 13 – Adventure Tourism – Sponsored by MGIB

Kalbarri Quad Bike Safaris

Mills Charters 

Ningaloo Whaleshark-n-Dive 

Sail Ningaloo

Skydive Express 

Skydive Jurien Bay

Three Islands Whale Shark Dive

Truenorth Helicopters

Wagoe Beach Quad Bike Tours

Category 14 – Destination Marketing – Sponsored by Countrywide Publications

Characters of the Kimberley 2013

City of Fremantle 

Destination Rottnest 

Geographe Bay Tourism Association – Recharge Yourself Campaign 

Perth City – Get to Know Me

Perth Education City (PEC) Italy, Korea & Taiwan Education and Youth Tourism Campaign 

Category 15 – Tourism Education and Training 

There are no finalists in this category 

Category 16 – Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services – Sponsored by Hostplus

Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa - Sunset Bar and Grill 

CORE Cider House

Elmar’s in the Valley

Feral Brewing Company

Mosman’s Restaurant

The Lake House Denmark

Category 17 - Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries – Sponsored by Tourism Western Australia

CORE Cider House 

Elmar’s in the Valley

Feral Brewing Company

Laurance of Margaret River 

Matso’s Broome Brewery

Sandalford Winery

The Lake House Denmark

Voyager Estate Cellar Door 

Category 18 – Tourist and Caravan Parks – Sponsored by Caravan Industry Association WA

Big4 Peppermint Park

Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Kununurra

Category 19 – Backpacker Accommodation – Sponsored by Tourism Council WA 

Beaches of Broome 

Category 20 – Hosted Accommodation – Sponsored by Tourism Council WA 

Fawkes House 

Hideaway Haven

The Beach House at Bayside 

Trigg Retreat Bed and Breakfast

Category 21 – Unique Accommodation – Sponsored by Ascert Australia

Berkeley River Lodge

Kalyaana Spa and Wellness Retreat

Karma Chalets and Karisma Spa

Pelicans at Denmark

Rottnest Island

Category 22 – Standard Accommodation – Sponsored by Staragencies

Ibis Hotel Perth

Perth Ambassador Hotel

The Murray Hotel

Category 23 – Deluxe Accommodation – Sponsored by Whatson Group

Aiyana Retreat 

Cape Howe Cottages 

Crown Promenade Perth

Darby Park Serviced Residence Margaret River 

Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments 

Footprints Preston Beach Resort 

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Habitat Resort Broome 

Novotel Perth Langley

Pier 21 Apartment Hotel

Category 24 – Luxury Accommodation – Sponsored by Lion

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Crown Metropol

Pullman Resort Bunker Bay

The Rocks Albany 

Category 25 – New Tourism Development – Sponsored by Small Business Development Corporation

Kingfisher Tours 

The Terrace Hotel 

Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre

Category 26 – Qantas Award For Excellence in Sustainable Tourism - Sponsored by Qantas

Rottnest Island


27 – Local Government Award for Tourism – Sponsored by WA Local Super

City of Fremantle 

City of Swan

Shire of Carnarvon

Shire of Irwin 

Shire of Kalamunda 

28 – Excellence in Food Tourism – Sponsored by Tourism Western Australia

Bushfood Factory and Cafe 

Chocolate Drops 

Eat Drink Perth

Harvest Tours 

Kalamunda Farmers Market

Lobster Shack

The Old Marron Farm

Vino Foods - The Lake House Denmark

29 - Sir David Brand Young Achiever Medal – Sponsored by Hospitality Group Training 

Emma Miller – The Bell Tower

Genevieve Whisson – Shire of Kulin 

Justine Nagorski – Denmark Visitor Centre 

Kirsty Lucas – Pinnacle Tours

Ryan Frost – Novotel Perth Langley

31 - FACET Golden Guide Award – Sponsored by Department of Parks and Wildlife

David Bomba – Out of Sight Tours 

Kurt Williamson – Barradict Sportfishing Charters


Wildflower Watch

Maggie van Santen

WILDFLOWER WATCH 30th August 2013

Queen of sheba Thank you Judy Walker Photography

Queen of sheba

Thank you Judy Walker Photography

Today was a warm sunny day, and many Queen of Sheba orchids (Thelymitra speciosa) were spectacular. Note: the Queen of Sheba,” closes on cold, overcast days, and closes for the season when pollinated. The end of her season is usually the first few days in September depending on the weather.
As well, beautiful Caladenia orchids shown on the tour include the Club Spider
( C. longiclavata), Cowslip (C. flava),Joseph (C. polychroma), King (C. pectinata) Little Pink Fairy (C. reptans), Prisoner Orchid ( hybrid Zebra X Joseph), Reaching Spider ( C. arrecta), Stumpy Spider (C. ensata), White Spider Orchids (C. longicauda subsp. longicauda and eminens ) and Zebra (C. cairnsiana). The Blue Fairy (Pheladenia deformis), Silky Blue (Cyanicula sericea), Blue China (Cyanicula gemmata), Donkey (Diuris corymbosa,) Bird (Pterostylis barbata), Banded Greenhood (Pt .vitata), Dark Banded Greenhood (Pt sanguinea), Cupped Banded Greenhood ( Pt concava), Jug (Pt.recurva ) and Slender Snail Orchid (Pt slender) are also blooming.
Wildflowers delighting visitors include orange davesias and 1080 peas; red leschenaultia, grevillea, beaufortia, nemcia, kennedia , running postman, banksia; blue philotheca and dampiera; purple tinsel flower (Calectasia grandiflora), hovea and hardenbergia; white leucopogons and drosera; cream petrophile and hakea; yellow synaphea, pea flowers, and acacia; rust coloured (Stirlingia latifolia) and Banksia Gardneri; pink boronia, pixie mops
( isopogons) and cupped hakea.
To visit well camouflaged orchids and wildflower hot spots, join the Hidden Treasures Orchid and Wildflower Tour which leaves Stirling Range Retreat’s office every day at 9am, until 31st October. Duration 3 hours. Tariff $49 per person. Bookings recommended. Ayleen , Tony and Brian welcome you on board!
Did you know?
 The mountain bells (Darwinia lejostyla) which grow above the 300 metre contour level on Mt Trio are stunning. They also in bloom on the Bluff Knoll path.
 Unless you’re admiring a cultivated crop of yellow canola (rape seed), with mountains in view, spring at Stirling Range is all about plant diversity.
 Stirling Range Drive which winds through the southern section of Stirling Range between Red Gum Pass and Chester Pass Road is worthwhile. We drive via Chester Pass Road (due west) in the morning and Red Gum Pass (due east) after lunch to prevent being blinded by sun on the windscreen. Drive at 40 kph along this gravel road and stop when you see colour. You’ll be surprised what else you find.