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At Havana Villas we are more than happy to help you not only find accommodation for your stay, but to plan your time while you are here. We have many brochures and maps available at the office and can provide you with the local knowledge to make your time memorable.

We try to keep you up to date with events and happenings in Albany that we feel a visitor should be aware of - so make sure you check  back here before you come to Albany.

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Albany's Anzac Connection

Albany's Anzac connection

The first and second ANZAC convoys left from Albany. These convoys consisted of troop ships from all over Australia, as well as New Zealand, and included the flagship of the China Station and a Japanese battle cruiser as part of the naval escort.
Their final sight of Australia

Albany was chosen as the rendezvous because it was an important coaling and watering port and the convoy left Albany for Egypt, where the troops would train before being landed at Gallipoli to fight the Turks.
For the thousands of Australian soldiers who died at Gallipolli, this was their last chance to walk on Australian soil.

The first Dawn Service

Albany has another strong Anzac connection in that it was where the first dawn service was held. In 1918 a young Anglican chaplain, Padre Arthur Ernest White, who served as chaplain with the 44th Battalion AIF, celebrated a Requiem Mass for the Battle Dead at the alter of St. John’s, Albany.Mount Clarence
After the service he and some members of the congregation climbed to the summit of Mount Clarence. It was from this viewpoint that the people of Albany had gathered in 1914 to look at the great convoy of ships that had gathered in the Sound to carry the men to Egypt.
As Padre White looked over Princess Royal Harbour, he is reported to have said 'Albany was the last sight of land our troops saw of Australia. Perhaps we should commemorate them this way every Anzac Day.'

The start of a tradition

In 1929, Padre White was appointed Rector of Albany and decided to mark the next Anzac Day by celebrating a Dawn Eucharist. On April 25th, 1930, some parishioners who attended this 6 am service then accompanied their rector to the nearby war memorial, where he placed a wreath on behalf of the parish.
They then followed him up Mt Clarence to wait for a boatman to lay a wreath in the water at the entrance of the harbour where it would drift out into King George Sound. As it was laid, Padre White, said these words, 'As the sun riseth and goeth down, we will remember them'.
When he entered the details in the church service register, he wrote, 'First Dawn Service held in Australia.'

The Ataturk Channel

Albany has commemorated our Anzac links by naming the channel, between King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour, Ataturk Channel. There is also a large statue of Ataturk looking out over the channel.
And today ...
Two services are held in Albany for Anzac Day. The Dawn Service up on Mt Clarence at the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial starts at 5.30 am and the street parade and Anzac Day Memorial Service, held at Albany’s Anzac Peace Park on the foreshore.

Information from the Albany Historical Society.


Bicycle Hire

Bicycle Hire - AlbanyBicycle Hire:

We have a large range of bicycles for hire in all sizes, both adult and child. If you are coming to Albany for the Easter weekend or School Holidays, we strongly recommend you prebook your bicycle requirements. They will then be ready for your arrival. Sizes range from Extra Large mens to toddlers trikes.

Training wheels are available for 12,16,and 20" bikes if needed. Our 20" child bikes come in regular or shortie frames, geared or bmx style. A limited number of bikes with Baby Seats and tag-a-longs are available so early booking is essential. Bikes will be available for hire everyday over the Easter Break.

Our bikes are available for hire to the general public as well as our own guests, so save yourself the hassle of carting more stuff than you need in your car. Remember the fabulous Middleton Beach Cycle Path starts almost at our doorstep and we are conveniently located to all accommodation in the Emu Point Area.


Albany Farmers Market

If you are in town on a Saturday morning, be sure to visit Albany Farmers Market on Collie St. The winner of  Best Farmers' Market at the Vogue Entertaining and Travel Produce Awards for 2008.

You can speak to the farmer responsible for growing your food - and you know that the food has come from the Great Southern Region.

On Sundays, head for the Boat Shed Markets from 10am - 1pm. Princess Royal Drive