Lifestyle Travel

Destination: Albany – A Weekend Away!

August 19, 2014
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In my last post I wrote about the beautiful wedding we’d recently attended.

What I didn’t mention was that we were required to go away for the weekend for this wedding.  What a bonus! A wedding, and a weekend away with some of my most favourite people!  (Sans kids!)

Thankfully, I have parents that are always happy to have my two little terrors.  So, with them safely dropped off to Granny & Grampy, we very indulgently headed to the airport for our flight to, wait for it, Albany!

For those of you not West Australian, it is more than likely you have never even heard of this South West town.  Albany is approx. 420 km South East of Perth, a long drive from Perth, but a very short 55 minute flight!

Needless to say, Mr D & I were more than a little excited to meet up with some pals at the very new & very lovely T2 Domestic Terminal.  Drinks were purchased, laughs were shared, & off we went.

 

Ok, so we managed to squeeze in a bevy or two in the 55 minute flight, who wouldn’t!?  And Mr D even managed to read a few pages of a book he only reads on holiday.  I think he’s been reading it for about 2 years now….

 

Our accommodation was the lovely Harbourside Apartments & Houses.  Our little Bungalow slept five of us very comfortably, with two bathrooms to give us plenty of prep time for the wedding!


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Albany is actually the oldest permanently settled town in WA beating both Perth & Fremantle by two years.  The town was the last port of call for troopships departing Australia in WW1.  This important role in the ANZAC legend will be celebrated & remembered this November 1 as the 100 year Anniversary.  Albany is already buzzing with the lead up to the important festivities they have planned & the locals are more than happy to tell you all about it!

Hence, there are lots of totally interesting historical sites dotted around Albany, not only involving it’s military history, but also the whaling industry.  The whaling station was only decommissioned in 1978.

The Amity is still part of the Museum in Albany, dating all the way back to 1826 & the Museum includes lots of the cool little original buildings including the old school house.  My kids would love loved this stuff!

The coastal scenery is amazing too, water, crystal blue water, it’s everywhere!  Friends visited the Blow Holes, Natural Bridge & the Gap while they were there & loved them.  National Parks by the ton – it’s a nature lovers paradise!


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There’s loads of restaurants & places to shop too.

Our first night in Albany was all about steak, so we headed to Rustlers Steak House which was walking distance from our accommodation.  Food was hearty & the staff were fantastic.

Post wedding breakfast called for a big one.  Cosi’s was in the sunshine, we sat outside, comparing photos of the night, laughing into bacon & eggs & skulling our coffees to scare away the old bleary eye!


So thanks Albany for a weekend that I think all of us who attended, really needed!  We had friends & fun, some great outdoors, some education & lots of food & wine!!  I might just have to get back there again soon!

Finally, I included our taxi which got a flat tyre on the way to the airport home, maybe the universe trying to tell us something??  And JD, who I took this photo waiting for our flight, feeling a little like all of us….

Have you been to Albany?  What about a kid free weekend away – do you get enough time away, if any?

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