VILLAGE TOUR

A self guided tour of historic Albany

Take the historic town tour!
 

Start your day with an old town breakfast at the Vancouver Street Cafe

After breakfast, walk east on Vancouver St & visit the Vancouver Arts Centre, housed in a historic hospital.
Out back, visit the old morgue.

Take a leisurely walk up Melville street in the old town to see some grand old homes & gardens.

Visit Patrick Taylor's Cottage WA's oldest (1832) dwelling.
Next ... drive down to the foreshore and visit the Old Goal, the Residency Museum,
and the Eclipse Lighthouse Building.

 

  

Time for lunch! ... 
Head down to Gormandise Delicatessen, overlooking the harbour.

After lunch, take a walk or drive along Stirling Terrace to see The old Post Office, the old Courthouse, The Rotunda
and the many historic buildings that line the street.

Finish the day at the Old Farm, Strawberry Hill (via middleton road) where you can visit the original farm cottage, the heritage vegie garden
and historic gardens surrounding the cottage.

 

Now.... if you are you ready for a traditional english pub meal,
drive to the Earl of Spencer Inn for a pie & a pint!

 


See map at bottom of page

  

Vancouver Street Cafe

Vancouver Street Cafe

Start your day here with a great breakfast and coffee. Soak up the atmosphere of the old town. 65 Vancouver Street, Albany WA 6330 PH 08 9841 2475 See map below.

The Vancouver Arts Centre

The Vancouver Arts Centre

The Vancouver Arts Centre, built in 1887, originally housed in the former Albany Cottage Hospital. Colonial Architect, George Temple Poole designed the building which remained a hospital until 1962. In 1980, a major refurbishment program began, and the complex was transformed to a vibrant arts and crafts centre. 85 Vancouver Street, Albany WA 6330 PH 08 9841 9260

Historic Homes

Historic Homes

The historic precinct around the centre of town has many historic homes with elegant gardens which do well in the cooler climate of Albany. This one is in Melville Street.

Residency Museum

Residency Museum

The Residency contains the newly redeveloped exhibitions telling the stories of the Great Southern’s natural and social history, from its early geological formation, its indigenous history through to early settlement and on to the area’s modern day events such as the introduction of the wind farm, the largest in Australia. Residency Road, Albany WA 6330 PH 08 9841 4844

The Old Gaol

The Old Gaol

Now fully restored, the Gaol is a complex of men’s cell blocks and some warders' quarters, built in 1852 for Imperial convicts shipped to WA as artisans and skilled labourers. Women’s cells, the Great Hall and more warders' quarters were constructed of brick between 1872 and 1875. Lower Stirling Terrace, Albany WA 6330 (opposite the Police Station - to right of rail crossing) PH 08 9841 1401

The Brig Amity Replica

The Brig Amity Replica

The Brig Amity is an exact replica of original vessel which brought the first white settlers to Albany. Open to the public, for a small entrance fee you can roam above decks and explore below deck to see how the crew members lived during their journey from Sydney. 9.30am-4pm daily Residency Rd, Albany WA 6330 PH 08 9841 5403

Eclipse Building

Eclipse Building

This building houses some of Albany's maritime history including the light from the Eclipse Island Lighthouse. 9.30am-4pm daily Residency Rd, Albany WA 6330 PH 08 9841 5403

Historic Stirling Terrace

Historic Stirling Terrace

Walk down Stirling Terrace and discover many historic buildings including the Courthouse, The Old Post Office and the Rotunda.

Gourmandise Delicatessen

Gourmandise Delicatessen

Restaurant & Cafe / Coffee / Breakfast / Lunch Authentic traditional French provincial cooking, delicious wood fired oven pastries & coffee. A relaxed atmosphere with long table dining. Newspapers, good vibes and quickly becoming a fav local hang-out. Tue-Fri 8am-4pm Sat 8am-3pm 56 Stirling Terrace, Albany WA 6330 www.gourmandiseandco.com.au PH 08 9847 4005 MOB 0409 816489

The Court House

The Court House

The Courthouse entrances are unique and were built in created in 1896. A unique example of the work of that period, exhibiting masonry at its best. Its two arched entrances are a lasting memorial to Mr Trott, who was responsible for their design. Located on Stirling Terrace (West).

The Old Post Office

The Old Post Office

The Old Post Office building was formerly Albany's post office, customs office and a base station of the overland telegraph. The building is noted for its architectural and historical significance. The building currently houses the University of Western Australia Albany campus. Stirling Terrace, (East end), opposite Spencer Street, on a multilevel site that overlooks Princess Royal Harbour.

The Rotunda

The Rotunda

The Rotunda banstand was built in 1987 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Gardens were created in the surrounding area and were named Queen Victoria Jubilee Gardens. Located at the Eastern end of Stirling Terrace.

Albany Town Hall

Albany Town Hall

Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. This is where WA's first regional meeting of State Parliament took place. 217 York Street, Albany WA 6330 PH 08 9841 9208

Mokare

Mokare

Mokare (pronounced Mawarrie) was he son of an Aboriginal elder of the Minang tribe of the Nyungar (also spelled Noongar) people. His tribe lived in the King George Sound area and his first contact with Europeans seems to have been with sailors from the French ship Astrolabe. His picture was drawn by the French artist Louis de Sainson. Find out more about this fascinating story at the Residency Museum. Residency Road, Albany WA 6330 PH 08 9841 4844

Strawberry Hill Farm

Strawberry Hill Farm

WA's first wheat crop was planted at the old farm. Walk the heritage garden including a grain crop, a large collection of hydrangeas & established european trees. Visit the old historic cottage. 10am-4pm daily 174 Middleton Road, Albany WA 6330 PH 08 9841 3735

Patrick Taylor Cottage Museum

Patrick Taylor Cottage Museum

This 11 room wattle and daub home, furnished as it would have been in bygone days, is the oldest surviving dwelling in Western Australia. The cottage is the pride and joy of the Albany Historical Society and a must-see attraction for visitors. 37 Duke St, Albany WA 6330 PH 08 9841 5403

The Earl of Spencer Tavern

The Earl of Spencer Tavern

One of the oldest taverns in WA since 1865. In 1874 Richard Nesbitt established ‘The Spencer Inn’ as a boarding house and Inn. In 1925 the Inn was converted into a shop. The Nesbitt family owned it until about 1978. In 1988 the Inn was renovated to its original charm as ‘The Earl of Spencer Historic Inn’. A visit to Albany would not be complete without visit, you might even glimpse of our resident Ghost. Serving quality English pub food, wine boutique beer & spirits. PH 08 9841 1322

Albany Port area. Image by courtesy of Albany Aerial Imaging