The Albany Wind Farm is perhaps not the most obvious spot to visit when in the Great Southern town, but it needs to be on every Albany bucket list! The free attraction is well worth a visit with kids for the impressive wind turbines and spectacular coastal vista.
Here there’s various different bush trails, and is a fabulous opportunity to get the kids out to enjoy the fresh Albany air. The impressive 18 windmills are dotted along the rugged coastline. You can walk right up to the base of one of the wind turbines – from where you can appreciate the magnitude of these incredible structures! Each 65 meter tower has three 35 meter long fiberglass blades, that spin in the wind, generating electricity. They need to be flexible in order to withstand the strong gusts of wind from the sometimes-ferocious Southern Ocean.
At the car park there are toilets (not always clean and working in my experience), and an information shelter.
From here there are several very accessible wooden walkways and gravel tracks from which you can see the wildlife and flora of the region, as well as the wind turbines.
There are plenty of interesting facts on the information boards scattered along the way.
The Albany Wind Farm is open to the public every day of the year. Be sure to dress for the weather, as it is open to the elements and obviously very windy at times. Be sure to watch out for snakes too! We spotted this guy, who we think is a dugite, in mid-Autumn.
A short loop walk, took us to the ocean’s edge and back to the car park in about 20 minutes. Here there are steep stairways that lead down to the beach, if you want to explore further. A longer 8km return trail takes you past 12 of the 18 wind turbines.
The Torndirrup Peninsula is just stunning. If you’re lucky, you may even spy a whale passing by (in season). The Albany Wind Farm is also close to Torndirrup National Park, where you can visit more natural wonders – the Natural Bridge and The Gap. There are lots of photo opportunities at this picturesque part of WA!
Find the Albany Wind Farm at Sand Patch Rd, Albany.
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