Visitors | Albany Pride Festival 2022 | February 18th - 27th 2022

FAQs

How do you get to Albany/Kinjarling?

If you’re driving by car from Perth, you just zip straight down the Albany Highway. It’s about 420km, and the drive will take you about five hours if you’re sensible, don’t speed, and you stop for a break (which we highly recommend). It’s a nice drive, but if you really want to make it a good trip, we suggest planning stop offs in the country towns and exploring the Great Southern region.

If you have the time, we also recommend coming to Albany/Kinjarling via the South Coast Highway from Bunbury, and then onto either the Muir Highway to Mount Barker, or the South Western Highway to Denmark. Both offer a stunning drive through the Great Southern and surrounding region’s natural forests (karri and jarrah), and we promise you won’t regret it.

Please be aware, however, that if you’re driving at dawn or dusk, you may come across kangaroos with no road sense.

We also have an airport, if you choose to fly here. Alternatively, TransWA coaches run from Perth daily (departing at 9am and arriving at 3pm), and regularly from other locations.

What accommodation is available in Albany/Kinjarling?

There are hotels, holiday apartments, Air B&Bs, caravan parks, etc. available in Albany/Kinjarling, many of which are close to the city centre (which, if you’re not driving, is important – see below).

One such recommendation is the newly-opened Hilton Garden Inn on the waterfront, right on the doorstep of the city centre. The Hilton Garden Inn and Albany Pride have been working together to establish a partnership for the upcoming festival, and we’re delighted with Hilton’s has ongoing commitment to be a Queer-friendly venue all year round, exercising best practice when it comes to LGBTQIA+ inclusion and support at all levels. Please keep your eyes peeled on this page for further information!

At present, we’re not able to compile a list of other accommodation providers that value themselves on being Queer friendly, but we’ve also not come across any who are hostile to LGBTQIA+ people. If you do know or come across any, please let us know via our Facebook page or email.

How’s the public transport in Albany/Kinjarling? Is it easy to get to the venues? Do you have ride-sharing apps?

Okay, we’ll level with you: public transport in Albany/Kinjarling is – well, virtually non-existent. We do have buses, but they only run a few times a day, and mainly between town and the outer suburbs during the day.

At present, the popular ride-sharing apps (Uber, etc.) aren’t operating in Albany/Kinjarling, but we do have a couple of taxi services, and there are car-hire services available.

Obviously, this is something you’ll have to factor in – particularly if your accommodation is out of town, and you don’t have a car or are planning on having a couple of drinks at some of our events. However, if you get talking to other attendees to our events, you’ll probably find someone who is going home in your direction and would be willing to split a taxi bill with you!

I’ve heard it rains a lot in Albany/Kinjarling and it’s cold. Is this true?

For the most part of the year, yes. But Albany Pride Festival takes place during the Noongar season of Bunuru – described as the hottest time of the year. February is probably our warmest part of the year, with average temperatures around 25°C, and only a few more millimetres of rain than Perth, and only a slightly increased average of days with rain during that period.

So yes, it’s a bit cooler than you’d experience in Perth (with average temperatures of about 31°C in the same period), but you might enjoy a slight bit of relief from the dry heat experienced there at that time of year. Plus, all this rain makes for our very stunning scenery: we can boast luscious greenery, and plenty of rainbows (both of the Pride and meteorological variety) – they don’t call us the “Rainbow Coast” for nothing!

Isn’t Albany/Kinjarling that place where that conversion therapy event took place?

Yes. In 2021, Albany/Kinjarling hit the news because one of our local churches hosted an event that advocated for “spiritual intervention” on LGBTQIA+ people (which is a nicer way of saying “conversion therapy”). Albany Pride, naturally, were very vocal in our opposition to such an event, and so were many other people in our community, both Queer and non-Queer.

Of course, events such as these highlight the importance of Pride Festivals such as ours, and we do not want our entire community to be tarred with the same brush as the people who hosted these events. Like anywhere else, we have to deal with our fair share of crap, but we also have a large (and ever-growing) Queer community that are out-and-proud, and there are plenty of allies. Albany Pride regularly puts on large events that sell out.

What’s Kinjarling?

Kinjarling is the name of the Albany area in the Noongar language of the local Menang people. Albany/Kinjarling is currently in the process of adopting dual place names, and this is something Albany Pride fully supports.

Aside from Pride, what else is there to do?

Let us say first off – the scenery. If there’s one comment we get from visitors to Albany/Kinjarling most often, it is about the landscape that we have to offer. We don’t mind tooting our own horn here: it is stunning. Our region is home to some stunning forests, captivating beaches (which can often be completely empty), bushwalks, and stunning views. We strongly suggest you set aside some time to explore them!

Aside from that, the city boasts some nice restaurants (although we always suggest checking their opening times), and if you’re looking for some decent food and drink, we strongly suggest three of our biggest supporters – Liberté and Wilson’s Brewery.

As Western Australia’s oldest European settlement, there’s plenty of history too. You could check out the Albany Convict Gaol and Patrick Taylor Cottage to learn about what life was like at the time of settlement, or the Historic Whaling Station to learn about what was once one of the principle forms of employment and income for the region.

If you’re a connoisseur of wine, you’ll love exploring the many vineyards and wineries in the Great Southern region.

If you’re someone who enjoys walking, we boast some spectacular walks: we recommend the Luke Pen walk along the Kalgan River, the Boardwalk along Ellen Cove, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could always climb Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges.

If you’ve come by car, we also recommend you visit some of our neighbouring towns, such as Denmark, Walpole, the Porongurups, and Mount Barker.