A leisurely 10 minute stroll from Albany city centre, Best Western The Clarence on Melville is an ideal base to discover the beautiful and rugged Rainbow Coast. Nestled in the iconic waterways of King George Sound, the Kalgan River and Princess Royal Harbour, Albany is picturesque. Steeped in antiquity with its faithfully preserved historic centre, Albany is a fitting destination for wanderers looking to take in the best of nature and culture. A scenic five hours’ drive from Perth or a 10 minute drive from Albany Airport, Best Western The Clarence on Melville is a comfortable and convenient option for friends, families and guests travelling with work. Our recently rejuvenated rooms and suites are each kitted-out with the amenities guests need to ensure a productive and seamless stay in Albany.
5 kilometer(s) from Whale Museum, It’s almost incomprehensible that whaling stations harvesting humpback and sperm whales operated on Australia’s south west coast less than 40 years ago. The former Cheynes Beach Whaling Company has been converted into a museum offering an insight into the gruesome industry. Former whale oil tanks now house theatres and photo galleries while rusting blocks and iron chains on the flensing deck (where whales were hauled ashore and slaughtered) remain intact.
Utilising disused land adjacent to the former whaling station, Discovery Bay Tourism Experience will open in 2014 showcasing Australian indigenous wildlife amidst native gardens with sweeping views over the bay.
5 kilometer(s) from Mt Romance Sandalwood, The leading producer of Indian and Australian sandalwood which has been utilised for eons in traditional medicine and healing, Mt Romance Sandalwood forms base notes of Chanel No 5 amongst other international fragrances. Linger long enough to take time out with a Gong Master during a calming session of relaxation and meditation utilising soothing vibrations and aromas.
10 kilometer(s) from Lookout Trail, Lookout Trail
With a coastline and countryside dotted with striking rock formations, a Lookout Trail is slowly developing across a handful of stunning elevated platforms. The upper lookout of Granite Skywalk wraps around the summit of Castle Rock while the lower lookout is not quite so vertigo-inducing. Both offer views over the Porongurup National Park and beyond to farmlands and the coast. In 2014 a cantilevered platform will replace the existing teeny lookout in Torndirrup National Park overlooking coastal icons The Gap and Natural Bridge. Other worthy lookouts are Padre White Lookout and the Wind farm at Sand patch Beach
5 kilometer(s) from ANZAC History, ANZAC history
The birthplace of the Dawn Service tradition (and consequently the ANZAC spirit), after army chaplain Padre Arthur White held a private Requiem Mass for battle dead on 25 April 1930 before observing boatmen below laying a wreath in in King George Sound. 16 years earlier troops aboard 38 ships escorted by six warships departed Albany bound for the Great War, eventually landing at Gallipoli. Many never set foot upon Australian soil again. Today Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum stands atop Mt Adelaide with commanding views over the sound and Princess Royal Harbour. A state of the art interpretive centre is under construction to honour the 100 year commemoration on 14 Nov 2014.
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330 kilometer(s) from Bunbury, Western Australia
420 kilometer(s) from Perth, Western Australia
1 kilometer(s) from Shopping centre, Groceries, newsagent, coffee shops
2 kilometer(s) from Town Centre, Pharmacies, furniture, gifts, newsagent, groceries, cafes, restaurants