New visitor centre a virtual experience image

3 April 2018

Flying above the granite cliffs at The Gap, swimming with killer whales at Bremer Canyon and soaring over the Sandpatch wind farm are some the amazing experiences you can enjoy in Albany’s new visitor centre.

The visitor centre reopened for business in its new home on York Street on Good Friday after several busy weeks moving from Proudlove Parade, ahead of its official opening in late April.

It has been worth the wait, with visitors to the new centre able to enjoy a breathtaking virtual reality experience. Mayor Dennis Wellington was among the first people to immerse himself in the new technology.

“It’s just amazing,” he said. “It gives you a whole new perspective of Albany and the region and I’m sure everyone that visits will just love it, it will certainly add to their experience.”

All hands have been on deck to finish the visitor centre in time for it to open for the busy Easter weekend, but work will continue on the surrounding landscaping.

“We are very excited about the new visitor centre and look forward to sharing it with everyone,” Mayor Wellington said. “It’s a state of the art building that will be a wonderful asset to the city centre for a long time.”

The opening coincides with the recent launch of The Amazing South Coast destination marketing campaign and is the beginning of a new era for tourism and visitor servicing in the region.

“It has been carefully designed to complement the existing features of the civic precinct and reflect Albany’s surrounding landscape,” Mayor Wellington said. “We have also done a lot of work to connect the new centre to the existing library, with the library space being refitted and remodelled to interact with the visitor centre.”

The Library reopens today.

The project has received more than $1.5 million through the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Funding, the Tourism Demand Driven Infrastructure Fund, the State Government’s Regional Visitor’s Centre Sustainability Fund through Tourism Western Australia, and the Great Southern Development Commission.