Before proceeding to Hyden, we made a quick detour to Emu Point Boat Harbour. It is located a few kilometres from Albany City Centre. Although not much to see here for tourists, the harbour at Emu Point is where one would take the reputed Kalgan Queen Riverboat scenic cruises from. We did not take the cruise as it’s a 4 hours cruise which we did not have time for. At the harbour, several Pelicans awaits your visit. You could get quite close to the Pelicans for photos without scaring them away.
Emu Point boat harbour.
Yachts docked at the boat harbour.
Route from National Anzac Center to Emu Point boat harbour.
You board your Kalgan Queen Riverboat scenic cruise here.
The several jetties to get on your boat.
The Pelican of Emu Point boat harbour.
Pelicans lining up for their pictures to be taken.
Bronze statue in honour of Sammy, the resident seal at the harbour.
Emu Point beach not far from the harbour, has shallow waters that leads gradually to a pontoon about 100m out. Swim laps or gaze into the harbour and watch pelicans glide over the water. There is plenty of shade and a triple terrace grassed area is ideal for picnic where everyone can sit comfortably with a clear view out to the waters. The calm shallow waters is safe for children to wade and swim. Emu Point beach is also popular for fishing and boating. At the end of the road, there’s Emu Point Cafe where you’ll take the small roundabout for a u-turn to exit.
The grass terrace at Emu Point beach.
The boat harbour at the background.
The shallow waters of Emu Point beach. The pontoon is off the frame.
Plenty of shade for picnic.
Residential houses in-front of Emu Point beach before Emu Point Cafe.
Our 3rd day road trip will take us to Albany Heritage Park, then on to Emu Point before proceeding to Hippos Yawn & Wave Rock in Hyden. Before the start of our drive, we headed to town for Woolworth to get some groceries. The road leading to Woolworth passed a rock formation called ‘Dog Rock’ as it has a resemblance of a dog’s head. The Dog Rock is just at the Corner of Middleton and Young Roads turning into Woolworth. Once purchases done, we headed to the Heritage Park driving up Apex Drive.
‘Dog Rock’. A rock formation that looks like a dog’s head.
Woolworth, Dog Rock. Dropped by for some groceries.
Route from Harbourside Motel to Dog Rock, Woolworth & Heritage Park.
Albany Heritage Park is a 260 hectare parkland. It surrounds Mount Clarence and Mount Adelaide and stretches from the port of Albany to the Middleton Beach. The park consists of parklands and historical monuments. We went here for the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial and the ‘Padre White’ Lookout.
Apex Drive leading up to Mount Clarence memorial.
From the car park (limited bays), it’s a gentle up-hill walk to the Memorial. Don’t be fooled by the gentle gradient as it got us panting and a bit of a sweat. At the end of the walkway, a few stairs up and we are at the Memorial.
Stairs from the car park up to the Memorial. Quite a distance to walk.
The length of the paved passageway to the Memorial is a gradual up-hill walk.
Relieved when the memorial was in sight. Few more stairs to go.
Desert Mounted Corps Memorial commemorates Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died in service or were killed in action in Egypt, Palestine and Syria during World War One. It stands close to the summit of Mount Clarence. The memorial is a 9m bronze statue of an Australian mounted soldier assisting a New Zealand soldier whose horse has been wounded.
sampaisudah.com finally conquered the stairs to reach the Memorial.
Around the back of the Memorial, is a steel walkway leading to ‘Padre White’ Lookout on the summit of Mt Clarence. The walkway curves in harmony with the surrounding and once on top, you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent view of Albany. From this point you could see the Wind Farm across Shoal Bay on the other side of the peninsular. Whilst on the opposite side, you’ll be able to see the shores of Middleton and Emu Point.
From behind the Memorial, take the paved and railed passageway up to Mount Clarence summit.
View across the bay all the way to the Wind Farm on the other side of the peninsular.
View across Port Albany.
Upon leaving the Memorial, on our way down Apex Drive, we made a quick stop at Apex Lookout to take a couple of pictures and selfies with the beach of Middleton, Emu Point and Princess Royal Harbour in the background. The weather was good and we got awesome pictures.
Middleton beach and Emu Point at the far end.
We had researched about Mount Clarence but not knowing that Mount Adelaide was within the Heritage Park too. It was by chance we spotted directions to Mount Adelaide and we took this opportunity to visit.
Albany was the gathering point for the first two convoys carrying the Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Expeditionary Force, before they departed for the war. These troops were later known as the Anzacs.
The National Anzac Centre.
The National Anzac Centre located on Mount Adelaide is a museum dedicated to honouring the Anzacs of the First World War. Set within the Heritage Park, the Centre offer visitors personal connection with the Anzac story revealed through interactive multimedia displays, unique artefacts, rare images and film, and audio commentary. The Centre was opened on 1 November 2014.
The center overlooking the bay.
On the grounds of Princess Royal Fortress close to the National Anzac Centre, you’ll find display of military hardware and missiles. Definitely not those used during WW1. We regret that we did not have time at this Centre, as we left after a quick walkabout to proceed for a long drive to Hyden. After coming home, we read there are other attractions here that are of interest to us.
—– Outdoor display of military hardware & missiles —–
We end our 2nd day road trip by checking into Harbourside Motel after a journey of some 415km. The motel is located on Frenchman Bay road, the same road we took earlier to reach The Gap, Natural Bridge & the Wind Farm. It’s sort of back trekking to town.
It’s in a quiet location away from the city centre but conveniently near if you have a car. This motel is less than 5 minutes drive to York Street (town center) but definitely not within walking distance. It’s a small motel with ample parking bays.
The motel’s signboard at the entrance.
Entrance from across the road.
Location of the Wind Farm to Harbourside Motel.
Our motel room, No. 6
The front portion is the bathroom and kitchenette.
From the moment we entered the room, there was a feeling of comfort. Our Deluxe room was large and clean with comfortable queen size bed with clean linen. There was an additional single bed in the room which was not requested for but still roomy for us to walk about. We had plenty of towels, extra blankets and pillows.
1 King size & 1 single bed. Comfortably large room.
The room has a flat screen CTV, air-cond/heater, microwave, mini fridge, toaster & kettle. As this room is handicap friendly, the kitchenette, sink, electric frypan, cutlery and crockery were kept in a cabinet in a section of the bathroom. A bit odd, but serves the needs for handicaps.
Amenities in the room.
The rear sliding door opens up to a small patio with great view and access to a lush green lawn. Chairs and a table at the patio allows you to have breakfast or tea outside the room.
The lush lawn at the back of the room.
The lawn accessible via a sliding door to a patio. Table and chairs to have your breakfast or evening tea.
For Muslim guest, you can get halal meal at Istanbul Kebab & Turkish Bakery at 189, York Street. It’s about a 5 minutes drive from the motel. They serves delicious kebab and opens everyday from 9:30 a.m.
Directional map to Istanbul Kebab. Click to enlarge.
Frontage of Istanbul Kebabs & Turkish Bakery. 189, York Street, Albany.
Order your meal for a take-away or eat-in.
Get your halal meal in Albany here.
Our 2nd day road trip of Western Australia. From Cape Leeuwin to Harbourside Motel, Albany. Click to enlarge.