Albany is a port city in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, 418 km SE of Perth, the state capital. It is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia, predating Perth and Fremantle by over two years. Albany was founded on 26 December 1826 as a military outpost of New South Wales as part of a plan to forestall French ambitions in the region.
Today the town is a significant tourist destination and base from which to explore the south-west of the state, and is well regarded for its natural beauty and preservation of heritage. The town has an important role in the ANZAC legend, being the last port of call for troopships departing Australia in the First World War. The brand new National Anzac Centre documents a 100 years history of the Anzac legend.
Just accross the bay from Albany is the Torndirrup National Park which sits directly on the Southern Ocean and contains a couple of amazing natural structures – The Gap and the Natural Bridge.