If you ask us, one of the most beautiful regions to visit in Australia is Western Australia’s Great Southern. With stunning coastlines, lush forests and towns filled with quirky (and delicious) treasures, it really is a top holiday destination.

We especially love Albany and we go there a lot, so we’re often looking for different things to do in Albany.

What are the highlights? If you’re looking to visit the Great Southern, you’ll find all the main tourist attractions on the Amazing South Coast website and we’ve done pretty much every site in the region – it’s hard to go wrong as there are so many stunning natural beauty spots as well as a good range of more commercial attractions.

But sometimes you want something a bit different to do – these are three of our Albany ideas.

Want to stay in your car but check out something cool?

For something unexpected, we’d really recommend checking out the amazing wood carvings at the Chainsaw Sculpture Park at 333 Mercer Road in Albany. It’s a drive-through experience with the driveway lined with a lot of spectacular artworks carved with a chainsaw – they truly are impressive. Make sure you take some cash to make a donation at the end of the trail.

Are you a shutterbug?

If views are your thing, you can climb Albany’s Mt Melville and scale the ‘Spark Plug’ – a communications tower perched at the peak. You’ll find the lookout signed at the start of Melville Drive and a little way up there is a parking spot, or you can drive all the way if walking isn’t your thing. The views from the tower are worth the effort.

Are you into geocaching?

Our geocache pick in Albany is The Isthmus – be prepared for some serious hill climbs but the location is worth the effort! I won’t share any spoilers but hopefully, you have success tracking down the cache and enjoying the view.


Do you love visiting the Great Southern? What are your suggestions for different things to do in Albany?