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Albany

Distance Travelled: 162 NM
Steaming Time: 15 Hours

Our last stop on the Western Australian coast is the historic port town of Albany. This is the oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia, predating Perth and Fremantle by over two years. It was settled in 1826 by the British to ward off claims by the French. The history includes a period in the late 19th Century as a gateway to the Eastern Goldfields. For many years, it was the colony's only deep-water port, having a place of eminence on shipping services between Britain and its Australian colonies. The opening of the Fremantle Inner Harbour in 1897, however, saw its importance as a port decline, after which the town's industries turned primarily to agriculture, timber and later, whaling.

The town has a role in the ANZAC legend, being the last port of call for troop ships departing with infantry and cavalry horses from Australia in the First World War. Our visit will include an exploration stop of the historic whaling station museum and town visit before we embark on our crossing of the Great Australian Bight.

Traditional custodians:  Menang Noongar people

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