The port city of Albany was the first settlement on the south coast of Western Australia
Dishes you can't miss
Soda bread made with water, milk, and wheat flour.
Fried tube made with eggs, flour, and dough filled with beef, celery, cabbage, barley, carrots, and other spices.
Biscuit covered by two layers of malted chocolate separated by a cream filling.
Typical food of Albany, Australia
Gastronomy in Albany has dishes from all around the world, which are combined with the authentic cuisine of indigenous Australians.
Residents of Albany really enjoy eating "Damper," especially in family campings. This dish consists of a soda bread made with water, milk, and wheat flour, and is traditionally baked on ashes and hot coals from a fire until it sounds hollow when you tap it lightly. It is usually accompanied with a steak or golden syrup. Another local delicacy is "Chiko Roll," a tasty snack inspired by the Chinese spring roll. It was created to eat it easily without plates or cutlery, and consists of a fried tube made with egg, flour, and dough filled with beef, celery, cabbage, barley, carrots, and other spices. You can also try "Meat Pie," a small delicious tart filled with meat cubes, and sometimes onions, mushrooms, and cheese, which was considered in 2003 the national dish of Australia.
Before leaving Albany you have to try "Tim Tam," a chocolate biscuit made by the Australian company Arnott's®. It consists of a bar covered with two layers of malted chocolate separated by a creamy filling. With this cookie, Australians do a trick known as "Tim Tam Slam," which consist of drinking a beverage such as coffee or hot chocolate through a "Tim Tam," using it as a straw. The crunchy cookie inside the bar becomes smooth while the chocolate on the outside melts.
An ideal place to taste the local cuisine is Earl of Spencer Historic Inn, a restaurant that has been very popular in Albany since it opened its doors for the first time in 1884. The establishment has a bar with over 120 years old made with Jarrah wood (eucalyptus tree) and offers a children's play area. You can enjoy a menu specializing in local cuisine and a live band on weekends.
A great way to tour Albany is by bicycle, so we recommend wearing Bermuda shorts or pants, T-shirts, sneakers, and a sweater on colder days.
If you travel to Albany during winter, we suggest that you verify if your hotel has heating.
From May to September rains are abundant in Albany, so it is important to bring a rain jacket.
The weather in Albany, Australia
Albany has a Mediterranean climate with warm and dry summers and cool winters with abundant rainfall. Throughout the year, the relative humidity is high, so there are at least two foggy days per month and one or two thunderstorms. Sea breeze from the Great Australian Bight refreshes the atmosphere, reaching speeds of up to 20 km/h (12.4 m/h).
What to bring by season
Spring (October and November): the cooler month during this season in Albany is October, with temperatures between 10 and 18 °C (50-64 °F), while November is temperate with temperatures ranging between 12 and 20 °C (53-68 °F). The average temperature is 15 °C (59 °F) and the sea reaches 17 °C (62 °F). The UV index is high in October and very high in November. We recommend bringing long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes with non-slip sole, a sweater, and a scarf.
Summer (December to March): the average temperature in these months in Albany is 19 °C (66 °F). The hottest months are January and February with highs of 23 °C (73 °F), while December is cooler with lows of 14 °C (57 °F). These are the driest months of the year, accumulating between 23 and 38 mm (0.9-1.4 inch) of rain, from three to five days. The sea is mild with temperatures from 18 to 20 °C (64-68 °F) and the UV index is extremely high, so we recommend bringing your swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat or cap. We also suggest packing t-shirts, shorts, pants, comfortable walking shoes, and a sweater or jacket to go out in the evening.
Fall (April and May): April in Albany records temperatures between 13 and 21 °C (55-69 °F) and moderate rains that accumulates 69 mm (2.7 inch). In May, the weather is cooler with lows and highs between 11 and 19 °C (51-66 °F) and abundant precipitations of 117 mm (4.5 inch). The intensity of the UV index is moderate and the sea temperature is 19 °C (66 °F). We suggest wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes with non-slip sole, a sweater, and a scarf.
Winter (June to September): winters in Albany have an average temperature of 12 °C (53 °F), lows between 8 and 9 °C (46-48 °F), and highs between 16 and 17 °C (60-62 °F). These are the rainiest months with abundant precipitations that accumulate up to 144 mm (5.6 inch) in July. The intensity of the UV index is from low to moderate and the sea temperature drops to 18 °C (64 °F). We recommend wearing warmer clothing, including long-sleeved shirt, pants, shoes with non-slip sole, a coat or jacket, and a scarf. Winter nights are cold, so we suggest wearing wool or flannel pajamas.
Albany is a city located on the south coast of Western Australia, surrounded by three mountains: Mount Clarence, Mount Melville, and Mount Adelaide. It is the oldest locality in the region, founded in 1826.
The city’s main museum is Albany Convict Gaol, with historical exhibitions that include photographs and relics. Other museums in the city are Residency Museum and Patrick Taylor Cottage Museum. The former post office also houses a museum, and the arts center displays local works of art in an old building from 1887. The ancient royal fortress is a tourist attraction that features exhibitions about the military history of Australia.
The city has several beaches, being Middleton Beach the closest to downtown. The Whale World Museum has over 20 exhibitions including the display of skeletons called "giants of the sea," 3D movies, and an old whaling ship. Whale sightings are popular excursions for visitors.
The city has about 500 nature reserves, which offer many activities such as fishing, hiking, and sporting activities.
***The official currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD).