National Anzac Centre
Visitors to the National Anzac Centre can follow the journey of the ANZAC soldiers, who set out from Albany in 1914, through their recruitment and training; to key battles in Egypt, Gallipoli, and Sinai; and on to the Western Front. Interactive exhibitions, rare artifacts and photos, and multimedia displays transport you to the heart of the action, with each visitor taking on the identity of a different soldier and following him through the war.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Plan around an hour to visit the center, but exploring all the surrounding sites within Heritage Park can easily take half a day.
There is an admission fee for the National Anzac Centre, with discounted entrance for under 15s. Entrance to the Princess Royal Fortress and other attractions within Albany Heritage Park is free.
The center has a bar-restaurant, gift shop, and picnic areas.
The center is fully wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
The National Anzac Centre is located in Albany Heritage Park, around 3 miles (3.2 kilometers) east of downtown Albany. Although Albany tours often include a visit to the center, the easiest way to arrive is by private vehicle or taxi; it’s just a 5-minute drive from town. There is ample free parking on-site.
When to Get There
The center is open daily all year round. Visit on a sunny day to make the most of the nature walks and memorial trails within Albany Heritage Park, or check the schedule in advance and time your visit for one of the regular gun firings and salutes that take place at the neighboring Princess Royal Fortress. The most emotional day to visit is on ANZAC Day (April 25), when special events, services, and memorials are held at the center and throughout Albany.
Albany Heritage Park
The National Anzac Centre is set within the 642-acre (260-hectare) Albany Heritage Park, and it’s worth taking the time to explore the scenic parklands, which are home to a number of monuments and memorials. Highlights include the Princess Royal Fortress, now a military museum; the Convoy Lookout atop Mount Adelaide, which affords views across King George Sound; and the ANZAC Desert Mounted Corps Memorial. The most popular viewpoint is the Padre White Lookout at Mount Clarence; the drive to the top follows the tree-lined Avenue of Honour, where each tree bears the name of a soldier lost in the Great War.