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The indigenous inhabitants of the Albany area were the Menang Noongar tribe. They called the area Kinjarling, meaning “place of the rain”. The first European explorer to sight the Albany area was the crew of the Dutch ship
Gulden Zeepaert in 1627. This was followed by English explorer George Vancouver in 1791. He entered the area and named King George Sound. The following year French explorer Bruni d’Entrecasteaux explored it. Captain Matthew Flinders arrived here in 1801, staying for a monthy to chart the southern Australian coastline. Australian-born explorer Phillip Parker King visited King George Sound in 1822 while Frenchman Dumont d’Urville arrived in 1826.
The European settlement here was established in 1826, three years before
Perth. This makes it the oldest continuous European settlement in Western Australia. In January 1827, a military outpost (of then New South Wales) was placed in Albany to check any possible French ambitions in the area.
Albany was originally called Frederickstown, in honor of Prince Frederick, the Duke of York and Albany. It was renamed Albany by Governor James Stirling in 1831. The city has a picturesque coastline that contributes to making it a noted tourist destination today.
From Perth, take the Albany Highway (30) heading south to reach Albany.
Sights & Attractions to visit in Albany
- Cosy Corner
Family beach in Torbay, about 25 km west of Albany.
- Emu Point
Suburb and park on the northeast of Albany.
- Middleton Beach
Beach area about 4 km from downtown Albany. It has the main swimming beach of Albany as the site is sheltered by King George Sound.
- Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve
Nature reserve located about 35 km to the east of Albany.