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Introduction

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Albany is a port city in the extreme southwest of Australia, in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia. The city has approximately 34,000 inhabitants, making it the 6th largest in the state.

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Weather

Albany has a mild Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny and dry summers and mild but wetter winters. Summers is from December to March with average highs of around 22-23 °C and nights around 14-15 °C. Occasionally, temperatures can be much higher though, when winds blow directly from the desert, rising the temperatures up to 40 °C or even a bit more. Winters from June to August are still mild with highs of around 16 °C and lows of around 8-9 °C. The lowest ever was even just above zero. About 2/3 of the average annual 930 mm of rain falls from May to September with July being the wettest month at almost 150 mm.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max24.3 °C24.8 °C24 °C22 °C19.1 °C16.7 °C15.8 °C16.2 °C17.5 °C18.7 °C20.8 °C22.7 °C
Avg Min13.7 °C14.3 °C13.6 °C11.7 °C10 °C8.2 °C7.4 °C7.6 °C8.3 °C9.2 °C10.9 °C12.4 °C
Rainfall25.9 mm23.1 mm37.8 mm56.6 mm87.6 mm106.9 mm119 mm106.6 mm88.3 mm62.8 mm46.2 mm26.6 mm
Rain Days8.78.110.913.616.918.92020.618.515.913.39.5

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Getting There

By Plane

Albany Airport (ALH) is served by Skywest Airlines to/from Perth.

By Car

You can reach Albany from Perth, about 400 kilometres north, by using the Albany Highway or Highway 1, the latter being the more scenic drive.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Albany BackpackersCnr Stirling Tce & Spencer St PO Box 5232, WAHOSTEL87
Albany Discovery Inn9 Middleton Beach RoadGUESTHOUSE93
Albany's Bayview YHA49 Duke StHostel91
1849 BackpackersPeels Place Western AustraliaHostel87
HideAway Haven21 Yokanup RoadGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

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References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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