Top 5 roadtrips from Albany

Albany Advertiser

There is no better region to take a day trip than the Great Southern.

We’ve picked five of the best day trips from Albany for you to try.

Porongurp National Park

Instead of heading straight to Mt Barker and east to the Porongurups, turn off at Yellanup Road north of Narrikup.

This road runs through farmland at the foothills of the beautiful mountain range.

Take a left on Woodlands Road and wind your way up and over the western edge of the range.

The road is part gravel but suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles and offers stunning views across to the Stirling Range.

From here you can spend an hour or two at a local winery or for those seeking more adventure head to Castle Rock Granite Skywalk.

Cheynes Beach

West Wheels Offroading Saturday May 11 2013 - For peaceful camping unroll your swag and Waychinicup Inlet > (Picture © GBTW)
Camera IconWest Wheels Offroading Saturday May 11 2013 - For peaceful camping unroll your swag and Waychinicup Inlet > (Picture © GBTW) Credit: Get Behind The Wheel

The white beaches of Cheynes Beach are a haven.

The small town offers plenty to do with fishing, surfing and four-wheel driving among the most popular on the list.

Nearly every day whales are sighted off the coast during whale season.

Head to nearby Waychinicup Inlet to find one of the south coast’s hidden gems - a protected inlet, ideal for a picnic or swim.

Katanning playtime

The Great Southern town is home to the region’s largest playground - suitable for adults and children.

The Katanning Adventure Playground has drawn visitors for decades and now includes a specialised playground for toddlers.

Grab a coffee on Clive Street in Katanning and checkout the town’s historic buildings.

Walpole wilderness

" Scenes From Our Spectacular State" - Mal McFetridge 3 Portland Place Safety Bay WA 6169 Telephone: Home: 9527-3224 Mobile: 0410 758 393 Email: maljackie@primusonline.com.au Good morning, The attached photograph was taken on the 29th February 2008 from the top of Conspicuous Cliff looking west. The cliff overlooks Conspicuous Beach just east of Walpole/Nornalup on the south coast. There are just no words to describe the beauty of this spectacular region of WA.
Camera Icon" Scenes From Our Spectacular State" - Mal McFetridge 3 Portland Place Safety Bay WA 6169 Telephone: Home: 9527-3224 Mobile: 0410 758 393 Email: maljackie@primusonline.com.au Good morning, The attached photograph was taken on the 29th February 2008 from the top of Conspicuous Cliff looking west. The cliff overlooks Conspicuous Beach just east of Walpole/Nornalup on the south coast. There are just no words to describe the beauty of this spectacular region of WA. Credit: Supplied by Subject

From its wild and rugged coast to its stunning karri forests, Walpole is worth a visit.

Just before hitting town, turn left and visit Conspicuous Cliffs - a viewing platform on the sand dunes offers 360 degrees views of the Southern Ocean and surrounding bushland.

Just west of Walpole is Mandalay Beach. A beautiful beach named after the wreck Mandalay, which does occaionally emerge from the sand.

The Walpole-Nornalup National Park is home to several beautiful pools and the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.

West Cape Howe National Park

Scenes From Our Spectacular State Shelley Beach
Camera IconScenes From Our Spectacular State Shelley Beach Credit: supplied

At just 20 minutes drive from Albany, West Cape Howe National Park is a stunning area and the most southerly point of Western Australia.

Shelley Beach is a must-see and popular among swimmers and campers.

For those in a four-wheel drive and suitably skilled the area has plenty of tracks to explore.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails