Excursion

National ANZAC Centre & Torndirrup National Park

Visit the National ANZAC Centre, a multimillion-dollar, award-winning museum commemorating the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), and marvel at the natural granite formations of Torndirrup National Park during this half-day outing.

  • Code
    ALH-EW
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    All
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    Approximately 4 hours

From the pier, enjoy a scenic transfer along Stirling Terrace, passing a number of Albany’s superb Victorian buildings, including the Courthouse, Rotunda and Old Post Office, as you venture out of town. Also keep an eye out for Dog Rock, the large granite formation shaped like a dog’s head that dominates Albany’s central business district.

After about 30 minutes, arrive at Torndirrup National Park, a wild and rugged landscape with granite formations and sheer cliffs poised over a crashing ocean. Walk to a lookout for views of the dramatic formations called The Gap and Natural Bridge. The Gap drops 78 feet to the raging sea below, while the Natural Bridge resembles a huge suspension bridge spanning the torrent. Taking in the vistas from this thrilling vantage point, be sure to remain on the marked paths for your safety.

From here, rejoin your motor coach and return to Albany for a brief, city sights drive. A stop at Mt. Clarence Lookout showcases panoramas of Princess Royal Harbor, King George Sound and the Albany Wind Farm.

Next, delve into the history of World War I as you continue to the National ANZAC Centre, an architecturally imaginative and beautifully located museum that brings to life the story of the ANZAC—the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps formed in 1914 to operate during the Battle of Gallipoli. Disbanded in 1916, the corps endures as a legend among the people of Australia and New Zealand and surely, to visitors like you who are treated to the chance to survey the center’s state-of-the-art exhibits, multimedia components and historic artifacts. Situated within Albany’s heritage-listed Princess Royal Fortress, the facility overlooks the very harbor from which 41,000 members of the Australian and New Zealand contingent departed Australia for the Great War.

Following your self-guided National ANZAC Centre visit, return to the pier.

It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and flat, comfortable shoes. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. The order of sights visited may vary.