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Albany
Historic Albany is the site of the first European settlement in Western Australia. Surrounding areas are rich in natural beauty from the tranquility of Princess Royal Harbour to the dramatic coastline of the Torndirrup National Park. Enjoy these views of Sandpatch Beach, Albany Wind Farm, The Gap, The Natural Bridge, Historic Buildings, views from Coastal Pathways, etc, in this popular holiday destination.
Date(s): 2002 / 2003. Album by gladysclancy. Photos by Gladys. 1 - 74 of 74 Total. 9 Visits.
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Sandpatch Beach
Clear waters of Sandpatch Beach viewed from walkway of Bibbulmun Track.

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Southern Coastline
Wind Turbines of Albany Wind Farm perched high above Sandpatch Beach.

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Southern Coastal Scene
Sandpatch Beach and Albany Wind Farm.

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Albany Wind Farm
The Albany Wind Farm is about 12 km from Albany and was officially opened in October 2001. It is in an elevated position approximately 80m above the Southern Ocean. This height, proximity to the coastline and small distance to the main electricity transmission system make this an exceptional wind farm site.

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Wind Turbine
The Albany wind farm consists of twelve 1800kW wind turbines connected to the Albany electrical system and control network.

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Albany Wind Farm
The turbines are ENERCON E66 machines from Germany and were installed by Enercon Power Corporation, an Australian Company.

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Albany Wind Farm
The turbines have a 65m tower and three 35m long blades, making them one of the biggest available in the world at that time, and the largest to be installed in the southern hemisphere. The turbines operate automatically, with the three blades adjusted to maximise power output from any wind direction or strength.

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Wind Turbines
The Turbines have been designed to withstand the strongest winds likely in Albany and incorporate special lightning protection.
The wind farm is open to the general public every day of the year.


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Pelican Mosaic on Path
Public Art at Albany Wind Farm.

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Lobster Mosaic on Path
Public Art at Albany Wind Farm.

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The Gap
At Torndirrup National Park the Southern Ocean has formed The Gap, a 24-metre drop to the sea, where the waves rush in and out with tremendous ferocity.

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Rugged Coastline of Torndirrup National Park
The Torndirrup National Park, named after a local Aboriginal people, is 10km from Albany and comprises 3906ha of land called the Torndirrup Peninsula in the southern section of King George Sound.

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Coastal Granite Outcrops
Torndirrup National Park contains massive granite outcrops and unusual rock formations, the most famous being the Gap, the Natural Bridge and the Blowholes.

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Torndirrup National Park
Heath lands exposed to winds off the Southern Ocean are visibly windswept and merge with tall, steep sand dunes that meet the cool, clear waters of the Southern Ocean.

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The Natural Bridge
At Torndirrup National Park the Southern Ocean has sculpted a Natural Bridge in the coastal granites.

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The Natural Bridge
At Torndirrup National Park the Southern Ocean has sculpted a Natural Bridge in the coastal granites.

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Torndirrup National Park
The coastline surrounding Albany is some of the most raw and dramatic settings in Western Australia, and indeed the world.

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Torndirrup National Park
Rugged coastal cliffs and rocks, sandy white beaches and thick forest comprise much of the coastline vistas.

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Albany Foreshore from Stirling Terrace
Old Railway Station and Memorial Gardens.

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Looking across Princess Royal Harbour

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Old Post Office Building
This Historic Building is now used by the Albany Branch of The University of Western Australia.

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The University of Western Australia, Albany Branch
This Historic Building was orginally the Albany Post Office and is noted for its distinctive round Clock Tower.

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Albany Town Hall from York Street

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Albany Town Hall

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Original Staircase in Town Hall
This Staircase was built over 100 years ago by my Grandfather who was a Shipwright.

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Staircase to Mezzanine Floor

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Mokare, 'A Man of Peace'

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Mokare's Plaque
Plaque in recognition of the role Mokare played in the peaceful co-existence between Noongar People and the First European Settlers.

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Dog Rock
A granite rock at the side of the road to Middleton Beach bears an uncanny resemblance to the head of a labrador dog.

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Dog Rock Landmark
This famous landmark of Albany is popular with photographers.

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Mt Clarence
A steep winding road reaches almost to the top of Mt Clarence, from which the views are breathtaking. It is an appropriate place for the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, a recast of the original statue erected at Suez in 1932.

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Lake McKail
'Lakeside' is a new Residential Area being developed at Lake McKail.

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Ducks on Lake McKail

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Friendly Ducks

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Looking across Lake McKail

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Gazebo by Lake McKail

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New Housing Development
Looking towards Albany with Mt Clarence and Mt Melville on the horizon.

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Johnny-Jump-ups
Colourful Street Gardens.

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Albany's Coastal Pathways
The Boardwalk begins at Ellen Cove and winds through coastal heathlands around the harbour and beyond, giving views across the sound.

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King George Sound from Ellen Cove
The two large granite islands on horizon are Michaelmas and Breaksea Islands.

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Middleton Beach from the Boardwalk
Middleton Beach is nearly 5 kms of fine white sand.

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Sunlight across the water

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King George Sound

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Baudin's Monument

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Baudin's Plaque
Plaque commemorating the Baudin Expedition to Terra Australis 1800-1804.

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King George Sound from Baudin's Monument

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The Bay below Baudin's Monument

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Camphor Myrtle (Baeckea camphorosmae)

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Native Wisteria (Hardenbergia comptoniana)

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Albany Woollybush (Adenanthos cygnorum)

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Albany Woollybush (Adenanthos cygnorum)

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Contours of the Coastline

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Navigation Beacon for Shipping

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Sticky Tailflower (Anthocercis viscosa)
Grows on granite outcrops near the coast. Shrub with Tubular white flowers and sticky broad or spear-shaped leaves.

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Yellow Buttercup (Hibbertia hypericoides)

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Peace at Home and in the World
General Ataturk's Monument.

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General Ataturk's Monument.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938). Founder of the Turkish Republic and its first President.

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Ataturk's view of King George Sound

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Showy Dryandra (Dryandra formosa)

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Showy Dryandra (Dryandra formosa)

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View to Emu Point and Oyster Harbour

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Grevillea

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Sturdy Shelter to Rest and Enjoy the View

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Return journey back to Ellen Cove

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Looking towards Emu Point

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On the Boardwalk back to Middleton Beach

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Rocky Coastline

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Lichen covered Granite Rocks

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Bird on the Rocks below

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Middleton Beach and Jetty

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Paper Bark Trees (Melaleucea)
Middleton Beach.

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Middleton Beach in Winter

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Norfolk Pines along Middleton Beach

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Grey Clouds over Middleton Beach

 
   
 
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