Visitor Information Centre
A good place to start in Albany is the Visitor Information centre, in a good location looking out on the waterfront. It's a large building, though not very well set up, though you can get info on a lot of other regions of W.A at the same time to plan your onward journey.
There were constructions going on within the building, so I think they may have been expanding their services or adding a souvenir shop, which was almost completely lacking in this Info Centre, as though tourism just wasn't developed enough yet...
The Brig "Amity" is an exact replica of the original sailing ship which brought the first convicts and settlers to Albany way back in 1826.
The replica was built in 1975 which now sits about 200m from the original landing site and what is now part of the harbour foreshore.
For a gold coin donation you can clamber below decks to see what conditions may have been like for the unfortunate souls who were transported to Australia during the 19th century.
Mt Clarence & the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial
Mount Clarence is located at Apex Drive off Marine Drive.
This is the site of Albany's Anzac Day dawn service on every 25th April. Panoramic views from the top of Mount Clarence looking over the city of Albany and King George Sound.
Take the steep and winding Apex Drive up to the parking area. Take a short walk up the path to the lookout point at the top of the mountain where you could have a 360 degree view of the surrounding area.
The Desert Mounted Corps Memorial is a recast of the original statue erected at Suez in 1932.
Albany to Perth Bike Ride - 877kms.
"All ready to go!!!!!!!!!!"
This was the first day before the ride began, in Albany, one of the southern most points of Western Australia. We arrived, first timers, new to it all, watching others arrive from Tasmania, and from all over Australia. 10% of the riders were from overseas. We spent most of the time setting up, sorting out the bikes, touring round Albany with a freind. Then we all attended a beautiful 'welcome'dinner on the other side of the very large bay. Albany is a beautiful place.
Riding through the forest...............It was quite damp in parts, then hot, dry and wet. It varied quite a bit. I think it was a good choice. The next ride were doing is in Victoria, its a fair bit colder there than in WA. This photo is from Walpole to Shannon River, probably one of the most difficult days.I mean the road is flat, but it was fairly challenging for the first 5 days, then it became virtually flat the whole way back (with a headwind)......
"Hill is a four letter word!"
It was drizzling with rain this morning, and all the day after, which was our first rest day......by this time, I really needed it. But we thought we'd stop & take a photo of this sign, but as we put the camera back in out pockets, it started to rain...........hmmm hot sweaty rainjacket that dosent keep out the wet after 10mins.......the right gear is worth it. Gotta come prepared. Not that Mike was fatigued half as much as I was, he is a much more seasoned rider than I. But I certainly learnt a lot from him and others. Watch & listen.
Im glad I did this ride. I look at things differently now. I ride regularly, too,and I dont' die after 20kms!