Family Holidays in WA: Amazing Albany

Family Holidays in WA: Amazing Albany

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Posted 2020-08-13 by Suefollow
Albany is not only a beautiful place to visit, but also has a rich history and lots of family attractions.

As one of the oldest colonial settlements in Australia and the oldest in Western Australia, Albany has a rich history that includes a major role in the Anzac legend, whaling and of course, stories of early life in the state. There is also plenty to do for families!

Albany is easily one of my favourite places in WA. Located around 4 hours drive south of Perth in the Great Southern, the city features pristine coastline, many historical landmarks and more recently, the National Anzac Centre, built on the shores of Mount Clarence - the very spot the ANZAC soldiers departed for Gallipoli in World War I over 100 years ago.

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My family and I recently took a trip with our camper trailer. Having been to Albany several times before our children came along, we were keen to take them to one of Western Australia’s most historically significant spots, although getting the kids to leave the caravan park was no easy feat!

The journey to Albany took us well over 5 hours, which is to be expected with a three and five year old, plus our camper trailer in tow. There were frequent trips to stop for food, despite having a multitude of snacks in the car, and toilet breaks for the kids and our puppy (ok yes, adults too.)

We stayed at Big4 Emu Beach , which is a holiday park around 10 minutes drive from the city centre. As a regional city, Albany has just about everything you need, including major retailers, plenty of places to stay and lots of things to see and do.

Big4 Emu Beach offers both powered and unpowered camping sites, plus a range of cabins if camping is not really your thing. There is easy access to the beach from the park. There is heaps for the kids to do, including a playground, mini golf, recreation room, jumping pillow, bike hire, and bike and scooter paths. The park also has a kids club, but this was not open during our stay due to COVID restrictions.

The park also has laundry facilities, bathrooms and a dedicated parent’s bathroom, plus communal kitchens - all amenities which my family and I made good use of! The parent’s bathroom was great and included a full size bath and baby bath. There is also a supermarket just a few minutes drive from the park, which saved us a daily trip to the city centre when we needed groceries.

The kids has an absolute blast. They made new friends every day of our holiday, and would often be off playing with their new friends either at the playground, in the recreation room or at the jumping pillow. It was a great introduction to camping for them and they are eagerly anticipating our next family trip!

On the third day of our holiday, we visited the National Anzac Centre , an interactive memorial facility dedicated to those soldiers who left Albany for Gallipoli during World War I. If you are visiting Albany, the centre is an absolute must-see.

Positioned on Mount Clarence, the spot where Australian ANZA soldiers departed for Gallipoli, the centre is unlike any other historical venue I’ve ever been to, and really focuses on the ‘faces’ of those who served. Through interactive displays and technology, you can follow the journeys of real wartime identities. It is a very sombre experience, but not only helps visitors understand the plight of Australian soldiers at Gallipoli, but also lets you learn about the war through the stories of those who where there.

We took our girls for a visit, and although the older one has been learning about the ANZAC soldiers at school, I don’t think she fully understood the gravity of it all. My youngest certainly didn’t, but both girls very interested in their identifies and using the interactive technology. They also liked looking at the wartime equipment located outside the centre, and having a look in the Forts Store for a take-home gift. My oldest daughter chose a nurse keyring, which she proudly displays on her schoolbag, while the youngest chose a LEGO-style tank.

Visitors to Mount Clarence can also visit the Albany Heritage Park, which surrounds Mount Clarence and Mount Adelaide, and includes historical, cultural and natural attractions.

Albany has lots more on offer, including some of the most beautiful beaches such as Middleton Beach and Emu Beach, which is a fantastic spot to have a fish and chip lunch or picnic. You can also visit Albany's historic Whaling Station , or go whale watching.

Families with an interest in history can explore the Albany Old Gaol Museum , along with a multitude of old buildings around the city.

Super active families with older children might like to explore the Bibbulmun Track, one of the world’s best long-distance trails. Families can also explore Torndirrup National Park, while mums and dads looking for some time out have access to a fantastic range of wineries and distilleries, plus plenty of bars and restaurants!

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Albany is one of those places that is not too far away that it takes forever to get to in the car with the kids, but far enough that it feels like you are getting away from reality for a while. For more information about Albany, check out the City of Albany website and get planning your next trip!

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