Cheap flights to Albany leave from Perth. From the east coast of Australia cheap flights to Perth leave from Melbourne multiple times each day. The Albany Regional Airport is located 11km north-west of the city. Cheap transfers from the airport to Albany are limited with Albany City Cabs and Great Southern Limousines offering services.
Albany is a small coastal town, so it easy to get around on foot. There is also a bus service run by Love’s Buses, which operates from Monday to Saturday between the City centre and some of the outlying suburbs, including Middleton Beach and Emu Point. The bus service does not cover many of the main tourist trails, so hiring a car may be an option for some. Hiring a bicycle is a cheap option, as there is a huge array of bike paths in Albany, providing access for cyclists from the City centre to some of the more popular locations. Visitors can pick up a copy of the Go Cycle amazingalbany map from the Albany Visitor Centre.
There is a diverse range of cheap activities in Albany highlighting the city’s history and the region’s natural beauty. Eco walks in and around the region range from 20 minutes to 4 hours and will suit different levels of fitness. Albany is also one end of the world class, 964km Bibbulmin walking trail which stretches to Kalamunda, in the Perth Hills, across some of the most beautiful and peaceful areas of the South West of Western Australia. The Gap, situated in the Torndirrup National Park, is a spectacular, natural rock formation at the ocean's edge, located 15 minutes from Albany city centre. The old convict-built jail, located in the central business area, serves as a museum and is a useful starting point for those interested in the history of the region. Whale World serves as a reminder of a grim past. It is located about 20 minutes from the City on the site of the once operational Cheynes Beach Whaling Station. The old whaling station has been transformed into a museum, and a state-of-the-art entertaining information centre. The Albany Wind Farm is 16km from the city centre. It is the site of a $43m project which is unrivalled in Australia. There are 16 turbines, perched high on their 65m towers, each turbine has three 35m blades, wider than most passenger aircraft wing spans.
York Street is one of the main shopping precincts and includes a number of historic buildings. There are many clothing boutiques, cheap gift stores, arts and crafts, newsagencies, book shops and sports, surf and outdoors speciality stores. There is also a varied a selection of cheap dining options in the area. The Albany region has a bountiful supply of fresh produce, which is showcased at the Albany Farmers Market every Saturday morning in Collie Street. Many farmers open their doors to visitors and travellers can meet the producers and sample their fare on the rural outskirts of the city on the Go Taste Albany Trail. On Sundays go to the Boatshed Markets, on the water on Princess Royal Drive, to sample an array of freshly caught seafood. Albany, which is Western Australia’s oldest town, is home to the state’s oldest pub, the Albany Hotel, where visitors can grab cheap, and historic, meal.