With a wild coastline and a colourful whaling, Albany, on the southern tip of West Australia, will be an exciting port for the fleet to enter and berth from 27 November to 3 December.
To celebrate the first Australian stopover of this race edition, a Clipper Race Festival is being hosted at the Boat Shed from 1200 - 1800 on 30 November 2013. The family festival will host Whale Boat Races, ‘Float your Boat’ competition, food & wine stals, markets and entertainment
Take in the magnificent race start on 3 December from the great viewpoints of King George Sound.
Albany is known for its beautiful beaches and big Southern Ocean swells, well-preserved heritage buildings and Whale World. Set against a backdrop of craggy granite coastline and emerald seas, Albany is five hours drive from Perth (or a one hour flight).
The first European settlers in West Australia stepped ashore at Albany, and more than 50 colonial buildings that were once convict prisons, taverns and whaling stations now act as museums, restaurants and galleries.
Albany also has a significant World War One past and will celebrate its centenary Anzac history connections in 2014.
Thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops departed Albany for Egypt and then Gallipoli in Turkey in 1914. The first Anzac Dawn Service was also held in Albany to commemorate fallen troops.
Mount Melville Lookout is the place to start sightseeing in Albany because of its stunning views 23 metres above the Southern Ocean. And 10km south of Albany lies Torndirrup National Park on the Rainbow Coast. It has some of Australia’s most impressive coastal scenery. Unusual rock formations, blowholes, beaches and gullies make it a great day trip.
Albany has plenty of picturesque beaches, and with the stopover during Australian summer time, it will be a good chance for some well-deserved relaxation.
Try Middleton Beach, Little Beach, Goode Beach or Betty's Beach – they all have different wind conditions for watersports fans.
Adrenaline junkies can try a whole host of activities, including surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, fishing and diving at two major wrecks.
The former HMAS Perth is a 133-metre long guided missile destroyer with much of the ship’s machinery left in place. Australian sea lions, sponges, cuttlefish, mussels and all sorts of fish can be seen on dives to the scuttled vessel.
There are also various snorkelling trails and other diving spots to explore.
For food and wine lovers, exploring local wineries and restaurants in the sunshine will be a highlight. Wignall’s Wines and Parish Lanes Wines are local favourites. And Albany Farmers market has been voted the best in Australia for its regional produce. Visit on a Saturday for treats such as a Yabbie and a Marron (kinds of Australian crayfish), venison pie, King River avocadoes and asparagus.
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