Established in 1826, two years before Perth, Albany was the first city in Western Australia to be settled by Europeans. The city has some beautiful old buildings dating from colonial times and has a spectacular location within close range of dense forests and stunning beaches. Once a major centre for the whaling industry, whale watching is now one of Albany’s big attractions.
TransAlbany operates local bus services in Albany. A one-way fare costs $2–4.40 ($1.70–3.74 with a SmartRider card), which allows you to transfer to other bus routes within a two-hour period. SmartRider cards from Perth will work on buses in Albany.