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albany's history, population & attractions

Kinjarling is the Menang Nyungar (indigenous) name of Albany. Kinjarling means 'place of plenty' or 'place of rain'.


Albany is a Port City located 408km south of Perth on the south coast of Western Australia in the Great Southern region. It was the first colonial settlement in WA, and was established more than two years before  Perth and Fremantle. Today, Albany's population is 33,000. Albany is a tourism hot-spot.

Well before white settlement, Albany was home to the Menang Nyungar indigenous tribes. They called Albany Kinjarling (place of rain). There is plenty of evidence of the Menang tribe living in the area. Fish traps have been discovered at Emu Point and the Kalgan River. Today, Aboriginal people account for only around 3% of Albany's population. The history of these peoples, and more of Albany's early history, can be found at the Albany Museum.

Albany has a gentle Mediterranean climate. Our summers are dry and warm and our winters mild and wet. Autumn is a great time to be in Albany because it tends to be very still and delightfully mild. During summer you can expect cloudy mornings and sunny afternoons, in the winter the opposite its true.

Today's Albany is a tourism hot-spot and agricultural hub. The annual whale migration along our coast from June - August draws thousands tourists. In September, wildflowers are on show in our national parks and gardens. Our summers are cooler than Perth's melting climate, making our shores popular with weather worn "climate change refugees" looking for a cooler experience. 


Geographically, Albany is an amazing place to visit with many nature walks on offer. Our mountains, river systems and rugged coastlines are worth the 4 hour drive to get here. In summer our turquoise beaches with white sands create a paradise for beachgoers.

Fishing is another major Albany attraction with anglers fishing in our rivers, inlets and harbours, and from our pristine ocean beaches. 

Aboriginal men in skin cloaks at Albany, Western Australia, 1877.

Early Colonial Settlement, Albany, Western Australia, 1874.

The Rotunda, in Albany's historic precinct on Stirling Terrace

Find free camping in Albany!

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the array of Albany attractions, campsites, wineries

If you love to camp, Albany is a great place to explore. Discover the Stirling Ranges, Bald Head Walk in the Torndirrup Peninsular or go Whale watching from June to August. Wildflowers in this region are in abundance and the best time to find them in bloom is September. Also check out our free campsites.

Once you’re done with Albany’s restaurants, consider some of the many attractions

We have also compiled a list of the best attractions available in Albany to keep you occupied after you’ve had your fill at one of the local restaurants.

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