First city in WA

Friendly and picturesque Albany, the oldest city in WA, is beautifully cocooned in a lucky cloverleaf of three connected natural harbours. Explore landlocked Oyster Harbour from free moorings next to Mount Martin Botanical Reserve, or look for whales teeth on the beaches of King George Sound, first discovered by Vancouver in 1791. Moor inside Princess Royal Harbour at the modern marina central to town and enjoy excellent shopping, fine restaurants, and Saturday morning farmers market within a short walk. The world famous Bibbulmun Track starts there with camping in SW State Forests all the way to Perth.

Oyster Harbour

Albany, oldest city in WA, discovered by Vancouver in 1791.
Numerous marinas and beautiful anchorages, the south coast’s major city, a favourite of ours. All supplies and services available. Excellent restaurants, healthy climate, friendly folk. Saturday morning farmers market. First class walking tracks. Camping in nearby ranges. World famous Bibbulmun Track passes through town. State Forests an hour drive.

1/ Albany Waterfront Marina,
A new world-class boating facility located at the end of main street. The marina has 70 floating boat pens available on an annual basis and four pens available for casual use. Showers & Laundry. 12m pen cost $90.24/day and 15m pen $112.80/day.

2/ Princess Royal Sailing Club,
Located across the harbour from Albany
PRSC welcome visiting yachts that draw 2.4m or less into their pens. Their largest are 12m x 5.5m, with 3 cat pens being 10m x 10m
Facilities: Hot Showers, Club Bar and Restaurant Friday nights, Club Bar Sat Night, Racing Saturdays afternoon.
General Store, Liquor store and fuel within walking distance.
Contact Club Manager: Mon, Wed, Friday 8.30am to 1.00pm
Tel (08) 98444033 After hrs 0417947298 More info:

3/ Emu Point Marina
Located inside Oyster Harbour, entrance via dredged channel.
Emu Point fees are $7.52 per m per day.
Contact: Tony Fitzpatrick, 0429 900 923 or Danial Pell, on 0427 011 745.
Facilities: Fuel by tanker, chandlery on site, travel hoist to 60t, Fish and Chips, other restaurant nearby, a long way to town.
NOTE: Scenic path along Middleton Beach to town, great cycle route.

 4/ Emu Point Slipway
Friendliest slipway in Australia may be able to offer alongside berth short term if hauling out.
Facilities: Excellent Shipwright, 60 T travel hoist, Long or short term hardstand.
Contact Darren on 0427426272 and mention Cap’n Jack sent you.

Main harbour:
1/ Town anchorage,
35°01.95’S ~ 117°53.18’E
Good in fine weather, outside marina in main harbour, dinghy inside break wall for shore access. All facilities of town.

2/ Quarantine Beach,
35°02.85’S ~ 117°54.79’E
Good in all but westerly winds. Weed bottom 3 m
Town within sight, but no facilities except walking track.
Squid fishing. Derelict Cheynes 3 whale chaser nearby.

Oyster Harbour: there are many other anchorages not restricted to these.
3/ Outside Emu Point marina area,
34°59.28’S ~ 117°56.85’E
Good protection from all winds in 3m mud, good holding.
Longish row to Emu Point Marina then long walk to town.
Very friendly boating community may result in lift to town.

4/ Johnson Cove, off National Park
34°59.69’S ~ 117°57.36’E
Good anchorage in all winds, 3 public moorings 72 hour limit.
Isolated from facilities. Walking tracks on shore.
Scenic – Great place to spend a quiet week. Fishing for whiting and bream.
Regularly visited by Dr. Ian aboard the classic Maid Marian and other yachties.

In King George Sound:
5/ Whaling Cove, off nudist beach

35°03.24’S ~ 117°55.49’E
Good in S to W Sand 3 m
No facilities except road to Albany 25 km

6/ Whalers Beach, near Whaling Station
35°05.42’S ~ 117°56.64’E
Good in SE through S to NW Sand 3m
OK in westerly storms.
Cheyne Beach Whaling Station, worth a look, open daily from 9am to 5pm
Free to museum and cafe, $28 to tour factory. Family $58.

7/ Ledge Beach
35°00.97’S ~ 118°00.13’E
Good anchorage in NE to SE
Sand 4m. In SE10 – some swell, light boat roll.
Popular weekend beach and anchorage. Scenic – no facilities.

Shelter Island,
35°03.02’S ~ 117°41.68’E
Fine weather anchorage in sand 3m
Anchor behind Shelter Island, approach from NW thru narrow gap with mainland
Nature Reserve, whiting and salmon fishing.


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