10 reasons why you should visit Albany

You can feel, see, smell the serenity…

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IMG_6012.JPG10 things I love about ALBANY and why it’s worth a visit!

  1. Albany has beaches everywhere – where the sand feels like powder….and where you can walk and not pass another person (often)
  2. There are also rivers, the Kalgan and King …
  3. It doesn’t take long to navigate your way around town (there’s NO traffic lights)
  4. Any direction you take will lead you someplace different and equally stunning in scenery, but get off the beaten track a little, visit beaches outside the town….
  5. It’s cool climate  is a nice escape from QLD (well, a little too cool in winter..)
  6. There are many yummy coffee shops that have popped up serving very decent coffee  AND a new Entertainment centre which looks pretty impressive and attract some great bands and shows.
  7. There are still lovely little cottages (heritage listed) around town some built of stone… Also churches, the town hall the old primary school gorgeous buildings
  8. Theres a lot of history here – The FORTS – where the ships left Australia in WW1 and a new ANZAC museum – worth seeing (apart from the old Whaling Station)
  9. You can still buy a  house here for under 200k (ok, not the normal price but I did see some around)
  10. The views from the hills in town are stupendous. IMG_6000.JPGimg_5961

The Gap & scenic picnic spots

IMG_5963.JPGA few kms from Albany along the coast is the formidable GAP. They’ve built a viewing platform nowadays which just accentuates the distance.

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As a kid there were 3 places we regularly took visitors from Perth. They were, the Whaling station (thankfully it closed down in the early 80’s) The Gap and The Blowholes.

IMG_5973.JPGFurther on from the Gap is a lovely picnic area called Frenchmans Bay. Another spot you can go to and not see another soul for miles and this is what is special about Albany. You can still have a beach to yourself. The town is surrounded by them but I’m not sure how many I’ll get to go to in the next few days…. its been so rainy these past few days it hasn’t exactly been ‘beach weather’…

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There is little doubt, Albany still tugs at my heart. I’ve missed the wide open spaces. The rawness of the scenery. Its changed a lot since I lived here in the 70’s… (sounds like such a long time ago now)….  but its natural beauty will live on….

 

West Coast Beaches

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Middelton Beach, Albany, where I grew up.. They have put a large net up now, which is kinda reassuring when you swim. As a kid, I learned to swim there, among the seaweed and ever present fear of what could be lurking beyond….

 

IMG_5918.JPGThere is a rawness in the west. A feeling of untouched beauty. The chill in the air reminds you where you are. So does the freshness of the water. Sometimes difficult to get in but so invigorating when you do. Blue Holes is a remote beach, known for it’s surf and fishing.

IMG_5931.JPGIs it no wonder that beaches are the place that I go to to rebalance my soul, reunite with my higher self. I feel whole again after spending time on her shores. Its getting back to basics again. What’s real, what’s important? What if I only had a year to live, what would my priorities be?

IMG_5928.JPGThere is also something unique about walking on a beach with no one else around. You can still have this luxury in the south west…

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