Sample Itineraries - Bikes for the Trail and Albany Cycling Holidays
The 'Mountains' of Albany
Albany has three 'mountains' within the city precincts but anywhere else in the world, they would be called 'hills'. There are trails that circle and ascend all three. A pleasant day trip is to circumnavigate all three visiting the lookout on Mt Melville, the ANZAC museum and forts on Mt Adelaide and, if your legs are up to it, the Anzac memorial on Mt Clarence before coasting down to Middleton Beach and around the board walk back to town. The trail is spectacularly scenic as you see Albany, the Torndirrup peninsula, the Porongorup and Stirling ranges and Mount Manypeaks from all angles. There are numerous eating and drinking places to refresh along the trail. This route involves both bitumen and off road quiet bush tracks. There are a couple of steep ascents but these are on bitumen.
Located 20km west of Albany, Muttonbird Island is at the end of the scarp of cliffs to the south of town. The road terminates at a lookout where the white sand beaches of Muttonbird/Perkins/Cosy Corner run away towards West Cape Howe, the southern extremity of WA. On the way to Muttonbird, a quiet bitumen road meanders through the small holdings of Robinson before joining the south coast highway for a stretch through the hamlet of Cuthbert before turning off on another quiet minor road past potato farmland at the edge of the coastal bush reserve. A 3km detour (6km return) takes you to the cafe at Elleker. The turnoff to Muttonbird then goes up and over a few steepish hills (not too severe) and the coastal view when you get to the top of the second hill makes all that effort worthwhile. This route is all on bitumen with only a couple of testing slopes. Distance 45km return.