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Lying at the southern tip of Western Australia, the port city of Albany is not only blessed with beautiful white beaches, but retains plenty of colonial character from the days of its early European settlement. To top it all off, rugged and unique Torndirrup National Park sits right on its doorstep.

Since Albany was the first place European settlers set foot on in Western Australia, the city contains a mixture of heritage buildings and modern architecture. And with a backdrop of Mount Clarence and Mount Melville, it still has a quaint and natural feel.

I spent two days in Albany on my epic Perth to Adelaide adventure, enjoying both nature and civilisation after a night of free camping at the stunning Shelley Beach in West Cape Howe National Park. Here are my recommended things to see in Albany WA and Torndirrup National Park.

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What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.


Albany WA City Centre

Although a pretty city, Albany still felt shockingly big after camping at the beautiful but isolated Shelley Beach. And since I’d dropped my phone down the compost toilet at the campsite the night before (sob), it was exactly what we needed in order for me to find a new one! (As well as stock up on essentials before our upcoming journey across the Nullarbor.)

Here are a few pics of Albany WA city centre.

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Albany city centre with its mountainous backdrop

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

St John’s Anglican Church, Albany

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Albany Entertainment Centre


Albany Cafes and Restaurants

Albany has plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from. We had a lovely healthy lunch at The Alkaline Café and caught up with reality using the free Wi-Fi.

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

The Alkaline Café, Albany

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Yum!


Albany Beaches

Albany is known for its beautiful beaches, and we chose to check out Middleton Beach, the closest to the city centre. Here’s a link to the Rainbow Coast website for a map and list of Albany’s beaches.

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Middleton Beach


Torndirrup National Park

The main attraction of Albany for us was Torndirrup National Park, a beautiful unspoilt wilderness that hangs down on a peninsula right below the city. After a good night’s rest at Rose Gardens Beachside Holiday Park at Emu Point (see further down for details), we spent our second day in Albany exploring Torndirrup’s beaches, hills and blowholes.

Here’s what to see at Torndirrup National Park.

Misery Beach

Our first stop was the misleadingly named Misery Beach, which looked anything but with its blindingly white sand and bright blue water! It was pretty chilly down there (despite looking boiling in the photos!), but one brave lady was having a swim regardless.

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Nothing miserable about Misery Beach!


Flinders Peninsula: Isthmus Hill Track

Next stop was the Flinders Peninsula, where we took on the short but steep 1.6km return walk along the Isthmus Hill track. Whilst extremely windy, the views across the 300 metre-wide isthmus were beautiful. This is a great little walk to do in Torndirrup National Park if you don’t have the time or inclination to complete the 16km Bald Head Track!

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Map of Torndirrup National Park

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Michi climbing the Isthmus Hill Track

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Western Australian flora along the Isthmus Hill Track

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Stunning views from the top


 Frenchman Bay WA: Albany’s Historic Whaling Station & Cafe

Next we headed to Frenchman Bay for a coffee break at the café in the Historic Whaling Station on Frenchman Bay Road. The station is right on the water, and as you can see, the views are amazing! It’s well worth stopping here for refreshments whilst you’re in the national park.

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Waterfront Cafe at Frenchman Bay

With the weather warming up (finally!), it was time for a picnic outside the whaling station on beautiful Frenchman Bay Beach.

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Cheeky picnic at Frenchman Bay

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Crystal-clear water at Frenchman Bay

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Frenchman Bay in Torndirrup National Park – wow!


The Blowholes at Torndirrup National Park

Unfortunately the Natural Bridge and The Gap, well-known Albany attractions in Torndirrup National Park, weren’t accessible when we visited (they’ve since reopened). We made our way to the Blowholes to end our day instead.

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Michi exploring The Blowholes

It was so unbelievably windy up there that I felt like I might get lifted right off the rocks Mary Poppins style! So I stood back and admired from a distance while Michi wandered across to the edge.

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

While there was a huge amount of noise from the blowholes, they weren’t actually blowing that day so we didn’t see anything too exciting.

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.


Camping in Albany: Rose Gardens Beachside Holiday Park

Rose Gardens Beachside Holiday Park was a great find as it was cheaper than the Big4 (a big chain of holiday parks in Australia) and also right by the beach at Emu Point! I’d highly recommend staying here if you’re camping in Albany.

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Our camping spot at Rose Gardens – the water is just behind the fence!

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Right next to the holiday park!

There’s a great walk/cycle track along the water’s edge, so we ended our day by jogging to the beach and back at sunset.

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Perfect track for a jog

What to see in Torndirrup National Park and Albany Western Australia. Discover the highlights of this pretty port city, home to colonial architecture, beautiful beaches and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Find out Torndirrup's attractions including The Blowholes, Isthmus Hill, Frenchman Bay and Albany's Historic Whaling Station.

Looking across the beach to Albany after a work out


After our “luxury” night at the holiday park, it was back to basics again as we headed east for a couple more nights of free camping at Bettys Beach and Millers Point before reaching Bremer Bay. Click here to find out more about these beautiful spots.

To read my whole Perth to Adelaide drive itinerary, which includes all the best attractions, drive stops and driving times and distances, click here.