Area Profiles



Goode Beach  
 
Goode Beach is nestled in King George Sound with its many islands framed against Mount Manypeaks and its panoramic views of Seal, Breaksea, Michaelmas and Mistaken Islands along with Oyster Bay and Albany City Centre will surely leave you speechless. The beach is beautiful and attracts Kite Surfers, swimmers and beach walkers alike, it is a secluded and stretch 20 minutes drive out of Albany and a 2 minutes drive to the Historic Whaling Station.  Frenchman’s Bay is adjacent and offers beautiful picnic grounds and a safe family beach.  There is a small local population that enjoy the seclusion and natural splendour of this special location.

Middleton Beach

Named after Captain Middleton in 1834, but was not officially gazetted as a suburb name until 1979. In the early years of Albany's settlement, Middleton Beach provided a handy spot to off-load supplies and stock onto shore as some of the larger boats could not navigate the entrance into the main port, Princess Royal Harbour.
 
This long beach in the deepest reaches of King George Sound has small to medium sized waves that can often be quite good for surfing or boogieboarding.
 
A grassy picnic area shaded by Norfolk Island pines, shops and cafes nearby, plus safe swimming within the swimming enclosure, jetty and a pontoon for jumping off make Middleton Beach a fun place for family picnics and swimming. Occasionally whales come right in close to Middleton Beach.
 
Local Groups
Middleton Beach Group: www.middletonbeachgroup.com
Albany Surf Life Saving: www.albanysurfclub.com.au
Emu Point
 
The beach within Oyster Harbour is a popular Albany picnic and swimming spot, especially with families. Here you’ll find a grassy park, calm water for swimming including lap lanes within the swimming pontoon, a playground, a small marina and plenty of pelicans. If you have a boat, the beach opposite Emu Point in Gull Rock NP is a great place to anchor for a swim.

Kalgan 

This old district has the story of one of the state's earliest farming districts. The earliest record of aborigines on the south coast of Western Australia comes from the lower reaches of the Kalgan River. Artefacts found at Upper Kalgan in the late 1970s by Dr William Ferguson, an archaeologist with the Australian National University, show that man was inhabiting the Kalgan district at least 19,000 years ago.
 
The area now offers small acreage lifestyle properties in addition to farming and is popular with families and retirees alike.  The Great Southern Grammar School is located here along with Albany Rowing Club and Albany Water Ski Club.
 
Kalgan Bush Fire Brigade: www.kalgan.bfb.asn.au/default.aspx
Kalgan Community: www.kalgan.wa.au/index.html

Lower King

Located along the lower reaches of the King River on the western shore of Oyster Harbour, both the town and the river were named after Captain Philip Parker who first visited the area in the 1818 aboard the Mermaid.  There are boat launching facilities at the Elizabeth Street Jetty and plenty of access points along the King River.
 
The area is a mixture of residential and semi-rural properties and the Lower King Store services the area with essential supplies, fuel, bottleshop and post office.
 
Lower King & Bayonet Head Community: www.lowerkingbayonethead.weebly.com