Winter is not all doom and gloom along the South West coast.
Drive or take to the skies to reach Albany to warm your adventurous heart with an unforgettable winter getaway filled with whale-watching, natural wonders, and tantalising times on the tongue.
Here we list why you should brave the cold and embrace Albany’s hottest winter escapades on a Fly+Drive break.
Wine from the underground
Margaret River may be WA’s darling when it comes to fine wines, but Albany is steadily producing its delicious drops.
The award-wining Single File Wines offers a unique experience to the avid grape connoisseur. Visitors are in for a treat that when strolling through its vineyard to discover a wooden box at ground level mid-vineyard. Surprise! The perfect picnic setup awaits – a bottle of one of its finest drops alongside two glasses. Cheers to having the perfect drop amongst the picturesque environment where it all originated from.
Single File Wines also provides cellar door tastings as well as a private wine tasting room.
Single File Wines, 90 Walter Road, Denmark, WA 6333
Visit Little France in Albany
France may be on another continent, but that doesn’t mean the delectable flavours of France had to be left there. Luckily, a slither of France came to Albany in the form of local favourite, Gourmandise and Co, a French bakery serving up a traditional fare in a quaint rustic setting and Liberte, a French-inspired bar.
Gourmandise and Co wood-fired salmon baked eggs are a stellar choice, as well as its in-house baked pastries and breads. We will forgive you for turning your breakfast into an impromptu food photoshoot as the way that the food is presented is one for the almighty gram’. Cap of your Frenchie feed with a cup of its organic coffee or freshly brewed tea in tow.
Come night time, visit the Parisian-themed bar, Liberte. Located in the historic London Hotel, the bar offers kitsch feels with its Boehme French décor adorning its walls and floors throughout the bars’ lounges. Its food is not so French although this is forgivable with its flavour flare Vietnamese-fusion inspired dishes leaving a bounty of good taste on your rouge palate. Pair it with its signature cocktail and let your senses be liberated!
Gourmandise and Co, 56 Stirling Terrace, Albany, WA 6330
Liberte, 60-162 Stirling Terrace Albany, WA 6330
See those that roam the sea
Have a whale tale of a time by taking advantage of Albany’s frequent visitors – whales! Head to the coast and hop on board a whale watching tour to see the whales (southern right, blue and orcas) flirt with the Southern Coast.
If you want to find out more about these majestic mammals, head to Albany’s Historic Whale Station at Discovery Bay. Enjoy a guided tour around the only whale station in the world that is open to tourists. This unique station includes an interactive museum on whales and whaling with 40-minute guided tours running daily from 10 am to 3 pm daily.
Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, 81 Whaling Station Rd, Frenchman Bay, WA 6330
Stand on the shoulder of tall giants
Check out another giant that rules along the Southern Coast.
Stand on the shoulders of WA’s giants by walking across the world-famous top tree walk, suspending high over the canopy of towering tingle trees, otherwise known as the Valley of the Giants. This epic tree walk lets you have a bird’s eye view from its lightweight bridge that smoothly ascends 40 metres high above the ancient forest.
Come back down to earth and work your leg muscles walking along its boardwalk network, “Ancient Empire Walk.” This walk traverses a grove of old tingle trees – by old, we mean some over 400 years old! These trees are some of the tallest in the world and can only be found in the forest nearby the Valley of the Giants.
The park is nothing sort of stunning natural spectacles with forested hills divided by rivers and scenic creeks adding to the allure of this award-winning attraction.
Valley of the Giants, Walpole-Nornalup National Park and Walpole Wilderness Area
Take part in one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages
Pay your respects to the ANZAC legend of the First World War by visiting the award-winning National Anzac Centre along the Southern Coast and within Albany Heritage Park.
The centre oversees the last harbour from which over 41,000 men and women departed Australia to join the Great War.
The state-of-the-art centre offers visitors an interactive, deeply personal experience with the Anzac legend through audio commentary, multimedia displays, artefacts, historical images and film.
National Anzac Centre, 67 Forts Rd, Mount Clarence, WA 6331
Have a mindful encounter
Say goodbye to winter blues and seek solace from within.
Mount Romance’s meditation 16-sided bell tent, The Cone, The Gong and the Bowl offers a unique experience in the South West – a place where you can find peace from inside.
Visitors can enjoy a profound deep relaxation experience with the combination of Gongs and Sandalwood taking your mind and body on a vitally energising journey.
The Cone, The Gong and the Bowl, 2 Down Road, Albany, WA 6330.
This is just the tip of the wonders that await in our great south west – to find out more about Fly+Drive to Albany visit amazingalbany.rezdy.com.
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