Travelling from Perth direct to Albany it’s a 415km road trip.
There are a few options to get to Albany from Perth, including flying, coach, and car.
REX (Regional Express) is the only airlines flying to Albany from Perth. The average flight time is just over an hour and costs around $280 return. The prices rise considerably at peak times, like summer school holidays. Click here to see what the prices are today, and its usually cheaper the further in advance that you book.
If arriving by plane, it's recommended you hire car so you can experience Albany’s best tourist attractions. Also, the only option from the airport is a taxi or car hire. Therefore, budget on renting a car when you get there. I use Rentalcars.com to compare deals and prices.
TransWA coaches run from East Perth to Albany and take about 6 hours. Return tickets start at $67. As with flying, it is best to hire a car upon arrival in Albany. Head to TransWA for details of the routes and fares.
My favourite way from Perth to Albany is on a road trip by car or campervan. I enjoy seeing the beautiful countryside as we drive and stopping at the cute country towns along the way.
There are two routes to get to Albany from Perth; direct along Albany Highway via scenic Wheatbelt towns, or via the coast and Margaret River along the South West Edge road trip. What one you choose will depend on how much time you have. If time isn’t an issue and you want to see more of Western Australia’s southern region, suggest going via the South West Edge.
This route will take approx. 4.5 hours (without stopping), via the Albany Highway (also called State Route 30). It’s a relatively straight road and sealed all the way from Perth to Albany.
Williams is one of the oldest settled towns in Western Australia and the perfect place as a first stop. It’s just over 2 hours from Perth and the gateway to the Great Southern Region. This rural community is made up of wool, livestock, and grain-producing areas.
Williams Lions Park is the ideal place to let the kids run around and have a picnic or barbecue. There’s a flying fox, playground, picnic table and the toilets were clean.
Williams Wool Shed is another great place to spend some time. There’s a cafe as well as other shops, including giftware and woolen products.
Kojonup is one hour on from Williams, so you can choose to stop in both places or choose one. It’s a farming country town with lots of historical sites to visit. Some of the buildings date back to the mid-1840s.
If you didn’t have something to eat in Williams, stop at Kojonup Springs, a popular picnic spot.
Right opposite the springs, you will see the Kojonup Military Barracks. It is the oldest building in Kojonup, being built in 1845, to replace the wooden original. The soldiers of the 51st British Regiment used this stone building and is in near perfect condition. It has been a school, a meeting place, and a private home but is now the town museum.
The Barracks’ peppermint trees were planted while it was a school and are now over 100 years old.
We haven’t visited here yet but hope to on our next Perth to Albany road trip in January. The Kodja Place weaves together Kojonup’s Noongar-Aboriginal and settler cultures by photos, art, and objects. More information is on the Kojonup Visitor Centre’s website.
Another hour later and you will arrive at Mount Barker. It’s a beautiful area and surrounded by the Stirling and the Porongurup ranges. It is only 40 minutes to Albany from here.
If you are feeling energetic, consider one of the walks in the Stirling Ranges. However, please note that you should allow at least 2 hours for the shortest 2.6Km hike.
Porongurup Village is 15 minutes east of Mount Barker. Here you will find a cute village shop with tea rooms, craft outlets, and vineyards. You will need a National Parks Pass to visit Porongurup ranges, which you can purchase at the Mount Barker Visitor Centre.
They are the oldest mountain ranges in the world, dating back billions of years. The walks are of varying grades and length, which you can find on the WA Parks and Wildlife site.
If history interests you, consider having a look at the Old Police Station Museum. It is open weekends and Public holidays from 10 am to 2 pm. Convict labour was used to build it in 1868, and remained a Police Station until 1908.
This lookout is located 3km from the Visitor Centre and has panoramic views over the surrounding countryside.
There are some lovely wineries to pop into if you want to purchase some wine for your evening. A couple of our favourites include West Cape Howe and Plantagenet Wines.