Albany Via Margaret River

If you’ve decided to go the the Margaret River Region then you should try and stretch your time and budget a little and continue on to Albany further along the coast. Along the way you are going to have the option to pass through the Pemberton region. There are plenty of little things to do here for the nature, food and wine lover.

Pemberton

If you are in to your outdoor adventures then Pemberton offers drives or hikes through the forests surrounding the town via the Karri Forest Explorer Drive. This route has commentary and stories accompanying it available to play on your vehicles FM radio. You can jump on and off the route at various points or you can do the whole 48kms of it. A map of the trail can be found at the Pemberton Information Centre.

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If a little bit of adventure is your thing, you can climb the 61m high Gloucester tree look-out which is a massive tree in the Karri Forest with a cage at the top. The view is stunning from the top and so it should be, this lookout was originally designed to keep an eye out for bush fires. Although technology has moved on in the fire-detecting front, the climb to the top is enjoyable, slightly dangerous and a lot of fun.

If outdoor adventures aren’t your thing, then maybe you are more interested in wine and food. There is no shortage of options in Pemberton on this front. By far the best winery in the area is Salitage, so if you are only going to visit one winery, make it this one. To get a wine-TV review on the Pemberton region, check out WineAroundOz who did a story on Pemberton and its wineries. There are also cider makers in the area and some amazing restaurants. Check out Silkwood Wines for a HUGE food platter if you are going Friday though Monday, but the wine on last tasting was pretty average.

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AlbanyThere are plenty of other things to do in and around Pemberton to so make sure you visit the Pemberton Visitor Centre whilst you are there to get the latest information

Albany

Albany has a rich history to go with the amazing coastline that it boasts. Originally set up as a military outpost in 1827 to deter any French interest in trying to make any claim on Australia, it’s past is guided by agriculture, timber and whaling. Sitting about 420km from Perth on the south coast of Western Australia it is a great destination to complete a wonderful tourist loop from Perth and back following the West Australian coast.

The industry that seems to have had the most lasting impact on the town is whaling. Most active up until the 1950′s, the era is remembered through the whaling museum of Albany – Whale World, which is actually housed in an old whaling station.If you come at the right time of year you can still take whale watching tours – thankfully, the boats no longer carry harpoons, just binoculars.

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