Ellen Cove, Marine Drive – approximately 3km from Albany CBD
Ellen Cove is situated at the end of Middleton Beach and is the starting point for the boardwalk trail which ends close to Albany's port. It takes around one hour to complete the 6km return journey. The trail offers an excellent opportunity to view spectacular vistas of King George Sound and its surrounding landmarks including Middleton Beach, Emu Point, Michaelmas and Breaksea Islands and Camp Quaranup.
There are a number of interesting features accessible from the boardwalk, including the ruins of Point King lighthouse, a series of WWII army bunkers and lookout posts and the bronze statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, which was unveiled on April 25, 2001. The statue overlooks the stretch of water (now called Ataturk Entrance) to Princess Royal Harbour from which many Anzac troops sailed to fight in WWI. Ataturk (1881 – 1938) was a nationalist leader, founder and first president of the republic of Turkey and often referred to as 'the father of the Turks'.
His rise to prominence began during the Battle of Gallipoli when he led troops to victory over allied forces. This became a defining moment in Turkey’s history and led to a push by Ataturk to gain independence for his country. At a dawn service in Gallipoli in 1934, Ataturk delivered this heartfelt speech to the first Australians, New Zealanders and British to visit the battlefields after WWI.
"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives ...
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the
Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side ...
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away
countries. Wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in
our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives
they are now our sons as well."
An unbroken kinship has been forged between Australia and Turkey since this speech was made and in recent years Albany has become a brother city to Gallipoli.