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City of Albany mayor Dennis Wellington at the National Anzac Centre.
Camera IconCity of Albany mayor Dennis Wellington at the National Anzac Centre. Credit: Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

We’ve got whales, untouched coastline and a rich history stretching back to settlement and beyond.

You might be right if you reckon Albany is the best small town to visit in Australia and New Zealand, after a British travel website rated it among places such as Hobart and Fremantle.

Travel Weekly’s 10 of the Best Small Cities in Australasia list praised attractions such as the whaling museum and the National Anzac Centre as reasons to visit.

While the list did not specify if it was ranked, the towns were not in alphabetical order — and Albany placed first.

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Reviewer David Whatley said the region’s rugged natural landscapes helped it onto the list.

“The original site of British settlement in Western Australia, Albany is built around a stupendously beautiful natural harbour, and for a long time whaling was the main industry,” he said.

“This is explored at the former whaling station — now part of the Discovery Bay museum complex.

“(The museum) pulls no punches about how grim the job was, and does so inventively, with massive oil silos hosting videos and whale skeletons.

“Presentation is also a strong point at the National Anzac Centre, which looks at the story of the First World War from an Australian perspective.”

Hobart ranked second, with Dunedin third and Fremantle fourth.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said the result was a sign Albany was doing things right.

“I think we’ve always known we live in a pretty special spot, now everyone else is starting to realise it,” he said.

“For Albany that’s terrific.”

A poll placed at the bottom of Travel Weekly’s article online found Albany was the most appealing destination of those listed to nearly three quarters of voters.

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