Bushland & Beaches
There are more than 176 bushland reserves within the City of Albany which cover an area of more than 11,000 hectares. The reserves are broken up into four classifications - Watercourse/Foreshore, Hinterland, Mounts and Coastal - and each classification requires a different management approach. Albany's reserves are used for a variety of uses including picnics and barbeques, recreational activities, scenic bushwalking, observing nature and camping.
The City supports the local Bushcare group along with a number of Friends Groups which help to control the environmental weeds within the reserves. If you are interested in volunteering to help conserve your local bushland areas please contact the reserves team.
The main areas of focus for the Natural Reserves Team is Trails, Beaches and Campgrounds
The City of Albany recently adopted a Strategy & Action Plan for its Natural Reserves (2017-2021). This Strategy was developed in consultation with the community and outlines the methods by which the City and the broader community can help improve the management of our natural reserves into the future. The plan and its actions are financially sustainable, reflect current environmental best practices and balances biodiversity conservation with community and user needs.
A copy of the plan can be found here
The City of Albany has a number of significant bushland reserves which are home to a variety of threatened and protected flora and fauna. The natural bushland of Albany forms part of Australia's only recognised international "Bi-Diversity Hotspot".
The community has an obligation to ensure that the natural bushland survives for future generations to enjoy and as such, from time to time, the City may be required to close sections of reserves to allow for rehabilitation of degraded areas or for safety reasons.
A number of reserve management plans have been prepared by the City to inform the community on the issues facing that reserve and the associated management actions.
The City of Albany is renown for it's beautiful beaches and secluded bays. Some of the best include:
Cosy Corner; Located 35 kilometres west of Albany town site and provides BBQ, picnic and toilet facilities. Cosy Corner provides excellent swimming, fishing and bush walks, it is well protected from the South Westerly prevailing winds during the winter months. Camping is only allowed within the designated nature based camping ground located at Cosy Corner East. Fires are not allowed anywhere within the reserve. Animals are allowed on a leash.
Frenchman Bay; Located 25 kilometres south of Albany town site and provides BBQ, picnic and toilet facilities. There are no fires or camping allowed within Frenchman Bay, dogs are permitted west of the boat lunching area. Frenchman Bay provides excellent swimming, fishing and bush walks, it is well protected from the South Westerly prevailing winds during the winter months and offers little protection from the South Easterly winds in the summer months.
Middleton Beach; Located 4 kilometres east of Albany town site, this would be one of Albany's most popular beaches and is the only beach in Albany which is patrolled by the Surf Life Saving Club. Middleton Beach provides BBQ, picnic and toilet facilities along worth children's playgrounds, a jetty and pontoon. Animals are not permitted south of surfers beach, fires and camping are also not permitted within this area.
Emu Point; Located 9 kilometres north east of Albany. Consisting of Emu Beach, Oyster Harbour Beach and the Emu Point Marina. This whole area provides a great location for family fun and provides BBQ, picnic, toilet facilities, a playground and a swim jetty. There are no animals permitted on any of beaches or parks within the three areas mentioned.
Cheyne Beach; Located 68 Kilometres east of Albany town site provides a well sheltered location from the South Westerly winds with BBQ, picnic and toilet facilities. There are no animals or vehicles permitted on the beach south of the Hassel beach entry located 1 kilometre north of Bald Island Road and Cheyne Beach Road intersection. A public boat launching ramp is located at the eastern end of Cheyne Road.
To protect the facilities that the City provides to the public, we encourage users to respect other users of the reserve, behave appropriately, dispose of all rubbish thoughtfully, and leave BBQ's in a clean state for the next person to enjoy. If walking or driving please stay on tracks and do not light any fires.