Albany Wind Farm, Sand Patch Road

Albany Wind Farm

A visit to the Albany Windfarm is a must do while staying in Albany. Firstly to view the huge turbines and not really but secondly to view the beautiful unspoilt coastline.

The windfarm was constructed by Verve Energy in October 2001 after ten years of planning with 12 wind turbines. In 2011 another 6 turbines were added to the site. The 18 wind turbines are the largest that have ever been installed in the southern hemisphere. They tower 65m above the ground and  have three 35m  blades. The wind farm has the capacity to produce 80% of the electricity requirements for Albany.

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Western Australian Museum – Albany, Residency Road (Residency Museum)

Residency1Phone (08) 9841 4844

Open: 10am - 4.30pm daily and 1pm – 4.30pm on Anzac Day; closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.

Admission: Free entry - suggested donation $5

Refurbished in July 2010 the Western Australian Museum – Albany or Residency Museum as it is known locally, overlooks the picturesque Princess Royal Harbour and sits on the site where Major Edmund Lockyer hoisted the British Flag on January 21, 1827.

The museum contains recently redeveloped exhibitions and is a wonderful showcase for the biodiversity and ancient natural environment of the Great Southern region of WA. It also provides a series of imaginative educational and public programs and features excellent displays of artefacts pertaining to the area’s early settlers and Indigenous Menang Noongar people.

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Whale watching

The Southern Ocean whale watching season starts in June and ends in October. During this period, humpback and southern right whales enter coastal waters for calving and are clearly visible from the shore in many parts of the Great Southern.

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P&O Cooperative Store Museum, Frederick Street

Open: 11am - 3pm, Wednesday to Saturday
Entry: $2 per person

In 2009, Albany Historical Society's fulfilled a long held ambition to open the old P&O Cooperative Store in Frederick Street as a museum. For several years the society had been using the building as a repository for around 30,000 artefacts not on display in its other museums.
 
The museum has a friendly, personal touch and gives visitors an opportunity to view rare and interesting pieces of provenance to Albany and the Great Southern, many of which have not been seen in public for more than 20 years. The building was opened as the P&O Cooperative store in 1870 to provide heavily subsidised goods to its employees. It has also been used as a shop, guest house, private residence and barracks for the Western Australian Railways. Although the building looks unattractive from the outside, underneath its 1960s brick façade is the perfectly intact original granite structure – a unique example of this type of architecture in Albany.
 
For further information, contact the Cooperative Store direct on 9841 1401 or Albany Historical Society on 9841 5403.

Birdwatching at Lake Seppings

Location: Golf Links Road near Middleton Beach - parking is available at the start of the loop trail.

A good place to look for water birds, Lake Seppings is also home to many bush birds. More than one hundred different species of birds have been recorded on and around the lake. With the recent completion of the Lake Seppings Bird Walk it is now possible to walk around the entire lake. A viewing platform is located at the northern end of the lake and a bird hide is found on the western shore, approx. 1.4 km from the parking area.

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